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The Wizard of Oz: Background

In 1939...

Television was introduced to the public for the first time at the New York World's Fair.

The Great Depression came to a close.

The American prairies were experiencing severe drought and dust storms in the Dust Bowl.

World War II began when Germany attacked Poland.

Lou Gherig delivered his famous "Luckiest Man" speech as he retired from baseball due to ALS.

Frank Sinatra released his first album.

Film classics such as The Wizard of OzGone With the Wind, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and Love Affair were released in theaters.

Learn more about 1939 and the Golden Age of Hollywood below!

History

The Golden Age of Hollywood