On This Day

What Happened on December 23, 1938

Historical Events

  • Discovery of the first modern coelacanth in South Africa

Film PremierThe Wizard of Oz

Margaret Hamilton's costume catches fire while filming "The Wizard of Oz"

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Publicity still of the Wizard of Oz, showing the Tin Man, Scarecrow, Dorothy and Cowardly Lion
Publicity still of the Wizard of Oz, showing the Tin Man, Scarecrow, Dorothy and Cowardly Lion
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Famous Birthdays

  • Bob Kahn, American internet pioneer, born in Brooklyn, New York City

Famous Deaths

  • Robert Herrick, American novelist (Chimes), dies at 70
1938 Highlights

About December 23, 1938

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 82 years, 5 months and 21 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Capricorn