On This Day

What Happened on August 15, 1939

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events


Film PremierThe Wizard of Oz

"The Wizard of Oz", American musical fantasy film directed by Victor Fleming and King Vidor, premieres at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, starring Judy Garland (Dorothy), Ray Bolger (Scarecrow), Jack Haley (Tin Man), Bert Lahr (Cowardly Lion), Frank Morgan (Wizard), Billie Burke (Glinda), and Margaret Hamilton (Wicked Witch)
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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
  • 13 Stukas dive into the ground during a disastrous air-practice at Neuhammer. No survivors.
  • First night game at baseball's Comiskey Park, Sox beat Browns 5-2

Famous Birthdays

  • Herman Onno C. R. Ruding, Dutch Financial minister (CDA) and Director of Amrobank
  • Herman van Keeken, Dutch singer (Daddy don't run so fast), born in Hilversum, Netherlands (d. 1995)