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January 2

January 2, 1938 – The First Episode of the Mickey Mouse Theater of the Air Airs

“Who’s afraid of ra-di-o, ra-di-o, ra-di-o?”

On January 2, 1938, the first episode of the radio program Mickey Mouse Theater of the Air aired on NBC. It was a musical-variety series aimed at children, and was sponsored by Pepsodent. The program was created to promote the upcoming full-length feature animation film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and featured Walt Disney as the voice of Mickey Mouse, Clarence Nash as Donald Duck, Thelma Boardman as Minnie Mouse, Stuart Buchanan as Goofy, and Florence Gill as Clarabelle Cow. Each episode featured the characters in a different story, with the first story featuring the tale of Robin Hood. The twentieth, and final, episode aired on May 15th.

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March 20

March 20, 2014 – The Broadway Musical Aladdin Officially Opens

“Proud of your boy, I’ll make you proud of your boy, believe me.”

On March 20, 2014, after a little over three weeks of previews, the newest Disney Broadway musical Aladdin officially opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre. The musical, based on the hit 1992 animated feature film, includes several of the popular musical numbers; it also features three songs that were originally cut from the film: “Proud of Your Boy,” “Babak, Omar, Aladdin, Kassim,” and “High Adventure.” Four new songs were also introduced in the narrative: “These Palace Walls,” “A Million Miles Away,” “Diamond in the Rough,” and “Somebody’s Got Your Back.” The show would go on to be nominated for five Tony awards, winning Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical for James Monroe Iglehart’s performance as Genie. The original Broadway cast starred Adam Jacobs as Aladdin, Courtney Reed as Jasmine, James Monroe Iglehart as Genie, and Jonathan Freeman as Jafar.

September 13

September 13, 1997 – The Programming Block One Saturday Morning Premieres on ABC

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“What would make you feel real fine? One Saturday Morning!”

On September 13, 1997, the programming block One Saturday Morning premiered on ABC network’s ABC Saturday Morning lineup. The block, advertised as “five hours of summer, once a week,” consisted of a variety of programming, which included the shows Doug (acquired from Nickelodeon), Pepper Ann, and Recess. Interspersed in the broadcasts were short segments from a roving reporter named Manny the Uncanny, The Monkey Boys, and Mrs. Munger’s Class. One segment, entitled Great Minds Think for Themselves, featured the character of the Genie, voiced by Robin Williams, who gave viewers a look at great figures in history, including Jackie Robinson and Clara Barton. The Great Minds segments received two Emmy nominations during its run. The programming block ended its run on September 7, 2002.