On this Day August 25
1939 – MGM Studios’ “The Wizard of Oz” premieres, starring Judy Garland as Dorothy. It and “Gone With The Wind,” which was released later that year, are the first major motion pictures to use Technicolor at a time when films were shot in black and white.
1985 – Samantha Smith of Maine, the 11-year-old “ambassador” to the Soviet Union, dies in a plane crash. Smith was best known for writing to Soviet leader Yuri Andropov in 1982 and visiting as Andropov’s guest in 1983.
2009 – Edward “Ted” Kennedy, the youngest brother of President John F. Kennedy and a U.S. senator from Massachusetts from 1962 to 2009, dies of brain cancer at age 77 at his home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.
Own a Piece of This Day
Brother Louie / Stories
Though originally helmed by onetime Left Banke mastermind Michael Brown, Stories ironically scored their lone hit, the 1973 chart-topper “Brother Louie,” following Brown’s exit from the lineup.
Born To Run / Bruce Springsteen
Springsteen’s third album was the one that broke it all open for him, planting his tales of Jersey girls, cars and nights spent sleeping on the beach firmly in the Top Five.
The Wizard of Oz
MGM Studios’ classic “The Wizard of Oz,” follows Dorothy and her dog Toto when they are caught in a tornado’s path and somehow end up in the land of Oz.
Journey to the Soviet Union
Samantha Smith, an 11-year-old from Maine, describes her trip to Russia at the invitation of Yuri Andropov after writing him a letter expressing her fears about a nuclear war.
The Joy of Music / Leonard Bernstein
This classic work is perhaps Leonard Bernstein’s finest collection of conversations on the meaning and wonder of music. It is a must for music fans who wish to experience music more fully and deeply through one of the most inspired, and inspiring, music intellects of our time.