What Happened on August 17, 1939

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events


Film PremierThe Wizard of Oz

"The Wizard of Oz" opens at Loews Capitol Theatre in NY
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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

  • Anthony Valentine, British actor (Colditz), born in Blackburn, Lancashire (d. 2015)
  • Luther Allison, Mayflower Ark, rock guitarist (Bad News is Coming)