This Day in Disney History- May 4

May 4, 1852

Alice Liddell – the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass – is born in London, England.

On July 4, 1862, there was a rowboat traveling on The Isis from Folly Bridge, Oxford to Godstow for a picnic outing.  In it, 10-year-old Liddell asked Charles Dodgson (who wrote under the pen name Lewis Carroll) to entertain her and her two sisters with a story. As the Reverend Robinson Duckworth rowed the boat, Dodgson told the girls fantastic stories of a girl, named Alice, and her adventures after falling into a rabbit-hole. Enamored with the story, Liddell asked Mr. Dodgson to write it down for her.  Lewis Carroll’s famous stories were born.

In 1951, Disney will release the animated Alice in Wonderland, based primarily on Carroll’s Adventures in Wonderland with a few additional elements from Through the Looking-Glass.