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Disneyland Opens in Anaheim, California

Having welcomed more than 515 million visitors since its opening, Disneyland is perhaps the world's most famous themed amusement park. Walt Disney's original plans called for a modest park to be built on eight acres next to the Disney Studios. A much more ambitious Disneyland opened to invited guests and the media on July 17, 1955, a year after construction had begun. The day's events did not go smoothly. What were some of the problems that plagued the much-anticipated opening?




In antiquity, Phrygia was a kingdom in the west-central part of the Anatolia, the site of modern Turkey. The Phrygian people settled in the area around 1200 BCE and established a kingdom in the 8th century BCE before being conquered and becoming part of the Persian, Greek, and Roman empires. Phrygia developed an advanced Bronze Age culture and the earliest traditions of Greek music were derived from the area. Who was the mythic Phrygian king who was given the "golden touch"?

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Vince Guaraldi

American jazz musician Vince Guaraldi was hired to score the animated adaptations of the Peanuts comic series after a producer heard his music playing on a taxicab's radio. Though he was a Grammy award-winning pianist prior to his work on the Peanuts specials, Guaraldi is best known for his musical compositions associated with the series, including the signature tune “Linus and Lucy” from A Charlie Brown Christmas. In what war did Guaraldi serve as an Army cook?

Last updated on Thursday, 17th July 2008

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