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October 28

October 28, 2013 – The Network Fusion Launches

“Pop Culture. Satire. News. This is Fusion.”

On October 28, 2013, the ABC and Univision joint network Fusion officially launched. ABC and Univision announced on February 11 their plans to create a channel that would feature topics of interest to American Hispanic teenagers; it was Univision’s first foray into the world of English-language programming. In 2016, ABC sold its stake of Fusion to Univision, making Univision the sole owner through the Fusion Media Group.

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September 25

September 25, 1957 – The Disneyland Episode “Adventure in Wildwood Heart” Premieres

On September 25, 1957, the episode of the Disneyland anthology series, titled “Adventure in Wildwood Heart” premiered on ABC. The episode was inspired by the filming for the True Life Fantasy Perri, which was based on the 1938 novel Perri: The Youth of a Squirrel by Felix Salten (who also wrote the book Bambi, a Life in the Woods which would inspire the animated feature film Bambi). Inspired by the surroundings of Utah – particularly that of Uinta National Forest – the crew took to calling the area Wildwood Heart. The episode explained the three-year process it took to film all the footage for the film, as described by film producer Winston Hibler. The episode was directed by Hamilton S. Luske.

August 16

August 16, 1999 – The Game Show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Premieres on ABC

“Starting tonight, and every night for the next two weeks, join us from New York City as we play Who Wants to Be a Millionaire!”

On August 16, 1999, the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire premiered on ABC, running every night for two weeks. The show, based on an British game show, was hosted by Regis Philbin and became a nationwide craze, with as many as 15 million viewers watching the show after the show’s first week. This show also spawned a Disney park attraction in both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, with both opening in 2001. The success of the show helped ABC fix its flagging spot as one of the top three networks. The show was brought back November 7 through November 21, and then brought back as a prime-time series on June 27, 2002.

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.