This happened today, August 12…

Princess Carnecer, Editor

1492 – Christopher Columbus arrives in the Canary Islands on his first voyage to the New World.

gold1896 – Gold is discovered near Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada. After word reaches the United States in June of 1897, thousands of Americans head to the Klondike to seek their fortunes.

 

 

 

 

1898 – the peace protocol ending the Spanish-American War was signed.

1939 – “The Wizard of Oz” premiered in Oconomowoc, WI. Judy Garland became famous for the movie’s song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” The movie premiered in Hollywood on August 15th.

SCAN OF WIZARD OF OZ AD An advertisement that appeared in a local newspaper promotes the "Wizard of Oz" showings in Oconomowoc that started Aug. 12, 1939 - before the official Hollywood premiere. At the bottom, the advertisment shows that admission prices started at just 10 cents.
SCAN OF WIZARD OF OZ AD An advertisement that appeared in a local newspaper promotes the “Wizard of Oz” showings in Oconomowoc that started Aug. 12, 1939 – before the official Hollywood premiere. At the bottom, the advertisement shows that admission prices started at just 10 cents.

 

 

 

1998 – Swiss banks agreed to pay $1.25 billion as restitution to World War II Holocaust victims.