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Notable Events in 1939

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Cultures +2 Age Levels Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

Ever since their first appearance in the 1939 release of The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy's ruby slippers quickly became one of the most iconic pieces of pop culture. But, did you know that other notable events also took place in 1939? In the same year that Dorothy walked down the Yellow Brick Road while wearing the ruby slippers, Germany invaded Poland, Batman first appeared in comics, Lou Gehrig retired from the New York Yankees, and much more. Explore this collection of images to witness key moments from 1939.

New York World's Fair 1939

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Amelia Earhart

National Portrait Gallery

Mohandas Gandhi

National Portrait Gallery

John Steinbeck

National Portrait Gallery

Billie Holiday

National Portrait Gallery

Batman No. 27

National Museum of American History

25c Gone with the Wind single

National Postal Museum

Dorothy's Ruby Slippers

National Museum of American History

Keep Them Ruby: Conserve Dorothy's Ruby Slippers

National Museum of American History