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April 18

April 18, 1983 – The Disney Channel Show Mousercise Premieres

“Come on everybody and Mousercize, Mickey’s Mousercize!”

On April 18, 1983, the aerobics show Mousercise premiered on Disney Channel. The show was modeled after the popular exercise programs of the time and was based on an exercise album released by Disneyland Records in 1982. It featured Kellyn Plasschaert as the main instructor, and Steve Stark as a facilitator on a discussion on health and safety. The show ran for 60 episodes.

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April 1

April 1, 1978 – The First Disney Films are Shown on Pay-TV

On April 1, 1978, the first Disney films were shown through pay-TV services, and served as a precursor to what would become the Disney Channel. Disney had been interested in creating their own cable channel since 1977, but instead made a deal with HBO to air several pieces from the Disney catalog. The idea for the Disney Channel was revived in 1981, and would finally launch in April 18, 1983.

March 20

March 20, 2007 – The Special Edition of the Hannah Montana Soundtrack is Released Through Walt Disney Records

“Nobody’s perfect! I gotta work it! Again and again till I get it right!”

On March 20, 2007, the special 2-disc edition of the soundtrack for the Disney Channel Original Series Hannah Montana was released through Walt Disney Records. The series had proved to be a runaway hit for the channel, and the original soundtrack was released on October 24, 2006. The special edition featured two new songs: “Nobody’s Perfect” (which was also released on the follow-up soundtrack), and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” both of which were performed by Miley Cyrus, who portrays the titular character. The second disc was a bonus DVD that featured a live performance of “Nobody’s Perfect,” as well as a short documentary called “Backstage Secrets.”

March 13

March 13, 1998 – The ABC Television Series Hiller and Diller Airs Final Episode

On March 13, 1998, the final episode of the ABC television sitcom Hiller and Diller aired its final episode. Premiering on September 23, 1997, the series explored the lives of sitcom writers Ted Hiller and Neil Diller, and the relationship between the writing pair. Ted feels that he owes his success to Neil, and essentially becomes a pushover for Neil’s actions, while Neil’s neurotic tendencies have a habit of pushing everyone away. The series was cancelled after twelve episodes, with four episodes left unaired. It starred Kevin Nealon as Ted Hiller, Richard Lewis as Neil Diller, Jordan Baker as Jeanne Hiller, and Allison Mack as Brooke Diller.

March 5

March 5, 1995 – The Santa Clause Wins at the People’s Choice Awards

On March 5, 1995, the 21st People’s Choice Awards were held at Universal Studios Hollywood, California. The holiday comedy film The Santa Clause went home with two awards that night: Favorite Comedy Motion Picture, and Favorite Actor in a Comedy Motion Picture for Tim Allen. Allen would go on to win again that night for his work on the ABC sitcom Home Improvement, with the show winning Favorite TV Comedy and Favorite Male TV Performer for Allen.

February 16

February 16, 1993 – The Television Special For Our Children: The Concert Airs on Disney Channel

“Some of the biggest names in the music industry came together to give a concert for children.”

On February 16, 1993, the televised benefit For Our Children: The Concert aired on Disney Channel. This two-hour special featured a variety of performers singing songs and raising money for the Pediatric AIDS Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to the research and prevention of HIV and AIDS. Some of the artists featured included Paula Abdul, Celine Dion, Woody Harrelson, Neil Patrick Harris, and Salt ‘N’ Pepa. An album of the event was also released this day through Walt Disney Records.

January 30

January 30, 2000 – Disney’s “Tapestry of Nations” is the Super Bowl XXXIV Halftime Show

“Put your hand on the future, share a dream together around the world.”

On January 30, 2000, Super Bowl XXXIV was held at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia, between the St. Louis Rams and the Tennessee Titans. The halftime show at this game was produced by Disney and was titled “Tapestry of Nations,” based on the then-running Epcot parade and inspired by Disney’s millennial celebrations. Several prominent performers were on hand, including Tina Turner, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Phil Collins, and Toni Braxton; there was also an 80-person choir, a full symphony orchestra, and a narration by Edward James Olmos.