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May 16

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May 16, 2003 – The Animated Series Teacher’s Pet Wins Daytime Emmy Award

“He’s so over just being Rover.”

On May 16, 2003, the 30th Daytime Emmy Awards were held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. At this ceremony, the animated television series Teacher’s Pet, which was part of ABC’s One Saturday Morning programming block, ended up winning an award for Outstanding Special Class Animated Program, its second and final win in this category. The show won against Static Shock, Madeline: My Fair Madeline, Ozzy & Drix, and Rolie Polie Olie.

May 1

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May 1, 1999 – Mickey MouseWorks Premieres on ABC

“Oh boy!”

On May 1, 1999, the animated series Mickey MouseWorks premiered on ABC. The series sought to invoke the type of animated short films that were released in the early days of The Walt Disney Company, and featured several lesser known characters from that time, including Horace Horsecollar, Clarabelle Cow; the series, of course, also featured the more well-known characters such as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, and Pluto. The series ran for two seasons with 25 episodes; segments from these episodes were also featured in the series House of Mouse. The series officially ended on January 6, 2001.

April 28

April 28, 2006 – The 2005 Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade Wins a Daytime Emmy

“The 33rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards is a presentation of the National Television Academy in cooperation with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.”

On April 28, 2006, the 33rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards were held at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California. ABC won four awards, including one for Outstanding Special Class Special for The 2005 Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade. This was ABC’s first, and only, win in this category as of 2017. Among those recognized for their contribution to the parade were co-hosts Regis Philbin, Kelly Ripa, and Ryan Seacrest.

January 24

January 24, 2000 – Robert Iger is Named President of The Walt Disney Company

“Bob Iger is recognized as a leader in the communications and entertainment industries. I believe his experience and expertise will prove instrumental in helping to guide our company to seize new opportunities.” – Disney CEO Michael Eisner

On January 24, 2000, Robert Iger was named as the President of the Walt Disney Company, filling the spot left open after Michael Ovitz left in 1996. Iger had started his career with ABC in 1974 and rose through the ranks to become the President and COO in 1994. After ABC’s merger with Disney, Iger remained the head of ABC before switching in 1999 to the President of Disney’s International Operations. Along with his promotion to the number 2 executive position within the company, Iger was also appointed to the board of directors.

January 8

January 8, 2007 – The New Disney.com Portal is Unveiled at the International Consumer Electronics Show

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“We are witnessing an explosion of media and Disney is both reaping the benefits of that explosion and acting as a catalyst by taking a technology-friendly approach.”

On January 8, 2007, President and CEO of the Walt Disney Company Bob Iger was on hand at the International Consumer Electronics Show, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, to present several new technological advancements for the company, including the new Disney.com portal. Among the advancements mentioned were the acquisition of Pixar in early2006, the hit ABC show Lost and its distinction as one of the first series offered on iTunes, ESPN’s updated media presentation for Monday Night Football, and virtual games including Pirates of the Caribbean Online.

January 4

January 4, 1956 – The First Part of “When Knighthood Was in Flower” Premieres on Television

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“If your highness does not like the way we do and dance at my ball, you may retire as soon as you see fit.”

On January 4, 1956, the first part of the two-part television episode “When Knighthood Was in Flower” premiered on the Disney anthology series Disneyland. This two-part episode was the premiere of the live-action feature film The Sword and the Rose, which had been released to theaters on July 23, 1953, edited for a television audience and broadcasted in black and white. The title for the television airing is taken from the book on which the film was originally based, written by Edwin Caskoden (pen name for American author Charles Major). The second episode would premiere on January 11, 1956.

December 29

December 29, 1954 – The Disney Anthology Episode “Beaver Valley/Cameras in Africa” Premieres on ABC

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On December 29, 1954, the Disneyland episode “Beaver Valley/Cameras in Africa” premiered in ABC. Part of the Disney anthology series, this episode showed an edited version Disney’s True-Life Adventure featurette Beaver Valley along with some behind the scenes footage of the filming for The African Lion. The footage for the latter segment included a look with Alfred and Elma Milotte, who shot many of the True-Life Adventures for the company, as they film many of Africa’s wildlife. The African Lion would go on to premiere in theaters on September 14, 1955. This episode would eventually be rerun under the title “Cameras in Africa/Beaver Valley.”