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On this day: August 15

Published On: Aug 12 2012 11:13:29 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 15 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

The Panama Canal opens for business, "The Wizard of Oz" comes to Hollywood, World War II comes to an end, and "3 days of peace & music" starts up in Bethel, N.Y., all on this day.

OTD August 15 - Apocalypse Now
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Paramount Pictures

1979: The movie "Apocalypse Now," starring Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall and Martin Sheen and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, opens in theaters. The movie was honored with the Palme d'Or at Cannes, and nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture and the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Drama. In addition, Coppola and Duvall both won Golden Globes and BAFTA Awards for the film.

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