Oz History

Here is the tentative list of Oz History! (It is a work in progress – please be patient!)

Month

Event

January

  • January 1, 1957: International Wizard of Oz (IWOC) club founded

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  • January 6, 2017: Release of first live-action Oz-themed TV show, Emerald City

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  • January 10, 1904: Ray Bolger’s birthday (Scarecrow from the MGM film)
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Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow

  • January 15, 1922: Thelma Carpenter’s birthday (Miss One from The Wiz film)
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Thelma Carpenter from The Wiz film

  • January 30, 2017: Release of Guardians of Oz – Newest adventure in Oz

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February

  • February 14, 2013: Disney’s Oz, The Great and Powerful releases

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  • February 17, 2011: Witches of Oz premieres (also known as Dorothy and the Witches of Oz)

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March

  • March 26, 1944: Diana Ross’ birthday (Dorothy from The Wiz film)

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April

  • April 17, 1911: Stanley Greene’s birthday (Uncle Henry from The Wiz film)
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Stanley Green in The Wiz film

May

  • May 1, 1989: The Great Movie Ride opened with the Wizard of Oz section

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  • May 5, 1856: W.W. Denslow’s birthday (artist/illustrator of Oz books)

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  • May 15, 1856: L. Frank Baum’s birthday

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  • May 17, 1900: Wonderful Wizard of Oz published

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  • May 30, 1971: Idina Menzel’s birthday (Elphaba, Wicked play: Broadway cast)
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Idina Menzel in Wicked play

June

  •  June 1, 1890: Frank Morgan’s birthday (Wizard of Oz from MGM film)
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Frank Morgan as Wizard of Oz

  • June 4, 1876: Clara Blandick’s birthday (Aunt Em from MGM film)
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Clara Blandick (far left) plays Aunt Em

  • June 16, 1902: Wizard of Oz Musical Production, Chicago, IL.

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  • June 21, 2016: Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz releases

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July

  • July 3, 1970: The Land of Oz fully opens in Beech Mountain, North Carolina
  • July 4, 1991: The Land of Oz re-opens for Summers and Falls

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  • July 5, 1904: The Marvelous Land of Oz published

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  • July 24, 1968: Kristin Chenoweth’s birthday (Galinda/Glinda from the Wicked play: Broadway cast)

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  • July 26, 1900: Pat Walshe’s birthday (Nikko the Flying Monkey King of the MGM film)

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 August

  • August 2, 2016: Over the Vinkus is born – Thank you for visiting!

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  • August 7, 1884: Billie Burke’s birthday (Glinda the Good Witch of the MGM film)

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  • August 10, 1897: Jack Haley’s birthday (Tin Man from the MGM film)

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  • August 12, 1939: Wizard of Oz MGM film released (IMAX trailer below)

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  • August 13, 1895: Bert Lahr’s birthday (The Cowardly Lion from the MGM film)

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  • August 19, 1873: Fred Stone’s birthday (The Scarecrow from the 1902 Musical)

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  • August 23, 2011: Tom and Jerry and the Wizard of Oz releases

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  • August 29, 1958: Michael Jackson’s birthday (Scarecrow from The Wiz film)

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 September

  • September 1, 2010: The Daily Ozmapolitan is born – Check our Reach of Oz for more information.

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  • September 8, 1990: Wizard of Oz TV show premieres

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  • September 15, 1918: Nipsey Russell’s birthday (Tin Man from The Wiz film)

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  • September 24, 1922: Therese Merritt’s birthday (Aunt Em from The Wiz film)

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 October

  • October 11, 1885: Anna Laughlin’s birthday (Dorothy from 1902 Musical)

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  • October 24, 1978: The Wiz film released

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  • October 30 (every year): “Wicked Day” (The day that Wicked: The Musical started on Broadway)

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.November

  • November 15 – The Royal Podcast of Oz is born in 2005
  • November 17 – Toto’s birthday (from the MGM film)

December

  • December 1 – Richard Pryor’s birthday (The Wiz from the Wiz film)
  • December 3, 2015 – The Wiz LIVE! premiered
  • December 9 – Margaret Hamilton’s birthday (The Wicked Witch of the West from the MGM film)
  • December 10 – The Dreamer of Oz TV movie premieres on NBC
  • December 20 – Charles Grapewin’s birthday (Uncle Henry from MGM film)
  • December 25 – Mabel King’s birthday (Evalene from the Wiz film)
  • December 28, 1975: Land of Oz closes due to drastic fire

Other Timelines

There are tons of other websites out there that detail out the timelines of Oz, so be sure to check those out as well. Below are just a few:

Video Resources/Links

  • IWOC, link on Oz Resources page
  • Emerald City Trailer, Click here
  • Ray Bolger Video (narrated by Angela Lansbury), Click here
  • Guardians of Oz Trailer, Click here
  • Witches of Oz (a.k.a. Dorothy and the Witches of Oz) Trailer, Click here
  • Diana Ross in The Wiz film, Click here
  • Great Movie Ride (Disney’s Hollywood Studios): Wizard of Oz Section, Click here
  • Frank Morgan in the MGM film, Click here
  • Clara Blandick in the MGM film, Click here
  • Judy Garland in the MGM film, Click here
  • The Wonderful Blog of Oz, link on Oz Resources page
  • Oz the Great and Powerful trailer, Click here
  • Land of Oz Theme Park, Click here
  • Idina Menzel in Wicked, Click here
  • Kristin Chenoweth in Wicked, Click here
  • More about Pat Walshe, Click here
  • Billie Burke in the MGM film, Click here
  • Jack Haley in the MGM film, Click here
  • Tom and Jerry and the Wizard of Oz Trailer, Click here
  • Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz Trailer, Click here