On This Day

What Happened on August 17, 1939

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
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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
1939 Highlights

About August 17, 1939

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 81 years, 3 months and 10 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Leo