On This Day

What Happened on August 17, 1939

Historical Events

The Wizard of Oz

Musical film "The Wizard of Oz", starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, and Jack Haley opens at Loews Capitol Theatre, NYC

Famous Birthdays

  • Anthony Valentine, British actor (Colditz), born in Blackburn, Lancashire (d. 2015)
  • Luther Allison, American rock guitarist ("Bad News Is Coming"), born in Mayflower Arkansas (d. 1997)
1939 Highlights

About August 17, 1939

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 82 years, 3 months and 19 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Leo