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Also in 1939, the year The Wizard of Oz was released:
  • Germany invades Poland; World War II begins.


  • Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' wins the Pulitzer Prize for her novel The Yearling.


  • Albert Einstein writes a letter to President Roosevelt regarding the possibility of using uranium to initiate a nuclear chain reaction, the fundamental process behind the atomic bomb.


  • The Daughters of the American Revolution refuse to allow Marian Anderson to perform at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.


  • In 1939, The Wizard of Oz grossed just over $3 million; however the film has continued to make money since it's re-release in 1949. Most recently, the 1998 re-issue grossed almost $15 million in the United States.


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