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August 23, 1986 – The U.S. Senate Passes Public Law 99-391, Designating December 5th as Walt Disney Recognition Day

“Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, president of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim December 5, 1986, as Walt Disney Recognition Day. I call upon all Americans to recognize this very special day in the spirit in which Walt Disney entertained young and older Americans.”

On August 23, 1986, the United States Senate passed Public Law 99-391, which designates December 5th, 1986, as “Walt Disney Recognition Day,” and requested that President Reagan issue a proclamation that observes this event. The joint resolution was introduced on September 9th, 1985, in the House of Representatives, sponsored by Republican Representative from California Robert K. Dornan. There were 221 cosponsors for this resolution, and, after signing it as public law on August 23, 1986, President Ronald Reagan gave an official proclamation on December 5th, 1986.


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