On this date in 1985, The city of Anaheim salutes Disneyland (on the birthday of Walt Disney) with a world-record release of one million balloons over the park. The 70,000 pounds of helium used is enough to lift 190 people into the air.
On this date in 1908, Actor Fred MacMurray is born in Kankakee, Illinois (though he was raised in Wisconsin). His Disney film credits include The Shaggy Dog (1959), The Absent-Minded Professor (1961), Bon Voyage (1962), Son of Flubber (1963), Follow Me, Boys! (1966), and The Happiest Millionaire (1967). MacMurray was one of many celebrities who took part in Walt Disney World’s three-day opening festivities in October 1971. Television fans know him as Steve Douglas from the classic sitcom My Three Sons (which ran from 1960-1972). In 1987 MacMurray was the very first recipient of the Disney Legends award.
On this date in 1961, Award-winning singer & actor Billy Ray Cyrus (Robbie Stewart on Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana) is born in Flatwoods, Kentucky. Cyrus was a part of the 2008 Disney collection, Country Sings Disney. In 2009 his album Back to Tennessee was released on Lyric Street Records, a label owned by the Disney Music Group. Cyrus voiced the character of Buck Buckerson for a 2008 episode of Phineas and Ferb. The father of Miley Cyrus, he is best known for his 1992 hit single “Achy Breaky Heart.”
On this date in 1989, Joseph Adam “Joe” Jonas, a member of Jonas Brothers, is born in Casa Grande, Arizona. The “middle Jonas,” he will actually start out wanting to be a comedian, not a singer.