On This Day

What Happened on December 23, 1938

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

  • Discovery of the first modern coelacanth in South Africa.

Film PremierThe Wizard of Oz

Margaret Hamilton's costume catches fire in filming of "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

Famous Birthdays

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

Famous Deaths

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