This Week in Disney History: January 26-February 3

There’s always a great, big, beautiful tomorrow at The Walt Disney Company, because every day is tied to a milestone in the heritage and rich history of a company that has been entertaining millions of people every year. Published every week, this interesting series features highlights from all the divisions of The Walt Disney Company. Let's see what happened this week:

This week: 15th anniversary of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
Before this week in Disney history 15 years ago, the world knew nothing about “Mean Tweets,” “Handsome Men’s Club,” and a long-brewing, tongue-in-cheek disdain for actor Matt Damon. “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” debuted on ABC on Jan. 26, 2003, as an hour-long late-night talk show. The Emmy-nominated show features celebrity guests and live comedy segments, and is taped each weeknight on Hollywood Boulevard, right next-door to the El Capitan Theatre. Following the success of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” Jimmy was invited to host “The EMMY Awards” in 2016 and “The Oscars” in both 2017 and 2018. Jimmy’s well-known comedy sidekick Guillermo Rodriguez started with the show in 2003 as a security guard, and when he’s not appearing in comedy segments such as “Guillermo’s Hollywood Round-up,” he’s the real-life parking lot security guard for “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

Jan. 26
1945 – “The Clock Watcher” (Donald Duck cartoon short) debuts
1955 – “Davy Crockett Goes to Congress” (television show) debuts
1972 – “The Mouse Factory” (television series) debuts
1990 – “The Bones and Muscles Get Rhythm” (Wonders of Life educational film) debuts
1990 – “The Brain and the Nervous System Think Science” (Wonders of Life educational film) debuts
1990 – “The Heart and Lungs Play Ball” (Wonders of Life educational film) debuts
1996 – The Ford Formula 200 takes place at the Walt Disney World Speedway
2003 – “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” debuts on ABC
2011 – The Disney Dream sets sail on its official maiden voyage

Jan. 27
1996 – The Indy 200 is held at the Walt Disney World Speedway
2006 – “The Emperor’s New School” (television show) debuts on Disney Channel
2008 – “Wild About Safety: Timon and Pumbaa, Safety Smart at Home” (animated educational film) debuts
2011 – “The Magic, The Memories, and You!” show debuts at Disneyland Resort, projected on the exterior of it’s a small world

Jan. 28
1932 – “The Duck Hunt” (Mickey Mouse cartoon short) debuts
1944 – “How to Be a Sailor” (Goofy cartoon short) debuts
1962 – “Sancho, the Homing Steer” (two-part television show) airs
1968 – “Pablo and the Dancing Chihuahua” (two-part television show) airs
1982 – Wally Boag gives his final performance in the Golden Horseshoe Revue at Disneyland Park
2009 – Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure opens at Epcot in Walt Disney World Resort

Jan. 29
1943 – “Donald’s Tire Trouble” (Donald Duck cartoon short) debuts
1959 – Walt Disney Productions releases “Sleeping Beauty”
1959 – Walt Disney Productions releases “Grand Canyon” (CinamaScope featurette)
1960 – “Wild Burro of the West” (television show) debuts
2016 – Walt Disney Pictures domestically releases “The Finest Hours”

Jan. 30
1957 – “All About Magic” (television show) airs
1959 – “The Peter Tchaikovsky Story” (television show) airs
1966 – “Music for Everybody” (television show) airs
1977 – “Barry of the Great St. Bernard” (two-part television show) airs
1988 – “IllumiNations” debuts at Epcot

Jan. 31
1992 – Professor Barnaby Owl’s Photographic Art Studio opens near Splash Mountain in Disneyland Park
2008 – “Eli Stone” (television series) debuts on ABC

Feb. 1
1926 – “Alice’s Little Parade” (Alice Comedy) debuts
1925 – “Alice Gets Stung” (Alice Comedy) debuts
1956 – “A Day in the Life of Donald Duck” (television show) airs
1994 – Shades of Green at Walt Disney World Resort opens as a military resort
1995 – Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. opens at Magic Kingdom Park
2005 – “Mulan II” (direct-to-video animated film) is released
2008 – “Phineas and Ferb” officially debuts on Disney Channel

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