In 1981, John Waters’ film “Polyester” had its world premiere at the Charles Theatre. It was filmed in Baltimore and starred Tab Hunter and Divine (above). (Baltimore Sun file photo)

1856: Lyman Frank Baum, author of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” was born in Chittenango, N.Y.

1918: U.S. airmail began service among Washington, Philadelphia and New York.

1930: Ellen Church, the first airline stewardess, went on duty aboard a United Airlines flight between San Francisco and Cheyenne, Wyo.

1940: Nylon stockings went on sale for the first time in the U.S.

Compiled by Laura Lefavor and Paul McCardell.