On July 17, 1955 Disneyland opened in Anaheim’s Orange County. The debut of the theme park was inauspicious and belied the park’s current status as a (literal) money-making machine.
What went wrong? While the Pirates of the Caribbean did not eat the tourists—that attraction wasn’t opened until 1967—the park did run out of concessions its first day. The hungrier guests had one option though: the feral cats that were everywhere.
Eventually they worked the kinks out: Now Disneyland pulls in more than $3 billion dollars a year while serving 14-million-or-so visitors. The park found something for all the feral cats to do, too. The kitties are free to stay, but they’re put on pest control duty—sorry Mickey and Minnie’s non-famous friends.
Check out what else happened on previous July 17ths in the video above and watch other days in history at Timeline.
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