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08-14-2008, 05:11 AM
Aug. 14, 1765 – In colonial America, a group of men calling themselves the Sons of Liberty gathered in Boston under a large elm tree at the corner of Essex Street and Orange Street near Hanover Square to protest the hated Stamp Act. In 1765 the British government imposed a Stamp Act requiring all legal documents, permits, commercial contracts, newspapers, pamphlets, and playing cards in the American colonies to carry a Stamp Tax. The Sons of Liberty concluded their protest by hanging two tax collectors in effigy from the tree! From that day forward, the tree would become known as the “Liberty Tree.” In WDW’s Liberty Square, a replica of the Liberty Tree stands opposite “The Hall of Presidents” attraction. The replica is an actual 100-year-old oak tree found on the Florida property and transplanted, with a younger oak grafted into the base.
Aug. 14, 1907 – Disney director and animator Dick Lundy was born Richard James Lundy in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan.
Aug. 14, 1942 – Disney’s Pluto cartoon “T-Bone for Two” was released.
Aug. 14, 1945 – Comedy writer/stand-up comedian-turned-actor Steve Martin was born in Waco, Tx. In 1950, his family would move to California and Martin from the age of 10 till 18, would work at Disneyland after school, on weekends and during the summers at “Merlin’s Magic Shop” on Main Street. (He would be influenced greatly by legendary Disney entertainer Wally Boag.) Martin could be seen in Disney’s “Fantasia 2000” and the Disney/Buena Vista Feature “Father of the Bride.” He also appeared in the special attraction Disneyland: The First 50 Magical Years” at the Disneyland Main Street Opera House in Town Square.
Aug. 14, 1953 – Composer James Horner, whose music could be heard throughout the Disney parks, was born in Los Angeles, California.
Aug. 14, 1958 – The grand opening of the “Alice in Wonderland” attraction at Disneyland took place with a ceremony hosted by Walt Disney himself and Mouseketer Karen Pendelton-dressed as Alice.
Aug. 14, 1987 – The Disney/Touchstone film “Can’t Buy Me Love” was released.
Aug. 14, 1990 – Disney’s Educational film “Who Owns the Sun?” was released.
Aug. 14, 1995 – Michael Ovitz was appointed president of the Walt Disney Co. He would leave Disney after a year of trying to share power with Michael Eisner.
Aug. 14, 1998 – The Recording Association of America certified Disney’s “Mulan” soundtrack gold.

08-14-2008, 08:58 AM
Cool, thanks:thumbsup:

08-14-2008, 10:18 AM
Thanks Vince! :thumbsup:

08-14-2008, 02:28 PM
Thanks :thumbsup:

08-14-2008, 03:42 PM
lots of cool stuff....thanx

08-14-2008, 10:03 PM
Thanks Vince.

08-15-2008, 11:20 PM
Thanks Vince! :thumbsup: :mickey: