This day in Disney History:
British film and radio actor Tom Conway, the narrator of Disney's 1953 classic film Peter Pan, is born in St. Petersburg, Russia
Disney's Alice comedy Alice the Jailbird is generally released. After stealing a pie, Alice and Julius are put on a chain gang, where they escape with the help of a friendly ostrich.
A session to record sound for Steamboat Willie takes place in New York. The day is filled with problems as the orchestra finds it difficult to play in synch with the animated film. By the end of this session, Walt has spent $1,000 at the studio ... and has nothing to show for it.
Original Mouseketeer Don Underhill is born in Alhambra, California. He was hired for the first year of the Mickey Mouse Club based on his dancing skills
Disney's Goofy short How to Play Football is released. Directed by Jack Kinney with animation by Art Babbitt, Goofy (in multiple roles) plays all the
positions on both teams to demonstrate the sport. The Goofies of Taxidermy Tech take on the
Goofies of Anthropology A and M ... with hilarious results.
Filmmaker Bruce Reitherman, who as a youngster voiced Christopher Robin in The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and Mowgli in The Jungle Book, is born in Burbank, California. He is the son of Disney animator/director Wolfgang Reitherman.
The Disneyland Viewliner, a narrow gauge, miniature train running since June 1957, shuts down forever. Billed as "the fastest miniature train in the world," it was the park's first attempt at mass-transit. Two separate trains, designed and built as scale replicas of General Motors' futuristic Aerotrain, traveled along a figure-eight track through parts of Tomorrowland and Fantasyland. The Tomorrowland train featured cars that were named for the planets, while the cars of the Fantasyland train were named after various Disney characters. The Disneyland Monorail System will take the place of Viewliner in June 1959.
"Davy Crockett Goes to Congress" airs on the NBC-TV series Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color.
An article about Disneyland's new Pirates of the Caribbean attraction
runs in LIFE magazine.