This Weekend In History….

The Wizard of Oz…..

August 25, 1939……

The film adaptation of L. Frank Baum‘s 1900 book The Wizard of Oz is released, starring Judy Garland as Dorothy and Terry as Toto. It was the story of two women fighting over a pair of shoes.
Buddy Ebsen was originally cast as the Tin Man, but had to quit because he had an allergic reaction to the silver makeup.

Women’s Right to Vote…..

August 26, 1920…..

The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting American women the right to vote is enacted.

Stevie Ray Vaughan Killed in Helicopter Crash…..

.August 27, 1990…..

Stevie Ray Vaughan and members of Eric Clapton‘s road crew are killed in a helicopter crash. They had just played at a concert with Clapton at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in Wisconsin. The helicopter took off headed for Chicago when it crashed into a ski resort. Everyone on board was killed, which included Vaughan, pilot Jeff Brown, agent Bobby Brooks, bodyguard Nigel Browne, and tour manager Colin Smythe. It was foggy at the time of the flight and while the pilot was qualified to fly by instruments in an airplane, he was not qualified in a helicopter. The day before the crash, Vaughan told his band members about a nightmare that he had in which he was at his own funeral and saw thousands of mourners.