Walt Disney (December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966) was an American
entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer. A pioneer of the
American animation industry, he holds the record for the most Academy
Awards earned by an individual (22), out of 59 nominations. He set up
the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio with his brother Roy in the 1920s,
and had his first big success with the character Mickey Mouse. As the
studio grew, he introduced synchronized sound, better cameras, and full-
color three-strip Technicolor, as seen in Snow White and the Seven
Dwarfs (1937), Fantasia, Pinocchio (both 1940), Dumbo (1941) and Bambi
(1942). In 1955 he opened the Disneyland theme park and diversified into
television programs, including The Mickey Mouse Club. He helped plan the
1959 Moscow Fair, the 1960 Winter Olympics, and the 1964 New York
World’s Fair. In 1965 he began work on Disney World and a concept he
called the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (EPCOT). Disney
was a shy and self-deprecating man in private, but adopted a warm and
outgoing public persona. The company he cofounded exists today as one of
the world’s largest and best-known entertainment companies.
Today’s selected anniversaries:
Pope Innocent VIII issued the papal bull Summis desiderantes
affectibus, giving Dominican Inquisitor Heinrich Kramer explicit
authority to prosecute witchcraft in Germany.
Fire engulfed the Brooklyn Theatre in Brooklyn, New York,
killing at least 278 people, mostly due to smoke inhalation.
Amid the First World War and following his loss of support in
Parliament, British Prime Minister H. H. Asquith resigned.
The 1936 Soviet Constitution, also known as the “Stalin”
constitution, was adopted.
The Birmingham Americans won the only World Bowl in World
Football League history.
Wiktionary’s word of the day:
1. Situated beyond, or on the farther side.
2. Beyond what is obvious or evident.
3. Being intentionally concealed so as to deceive.
4. (archaic) Happening later; subsequent.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
There is a fundamental error in separating the parts from the
whole, the mistake of atomizing what should not be atomized. Unity and
complementarity constitute reality.
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