On this day: August 15

Published On: Aug 12 2012 11:13:29 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 15 2016 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 - Gene Upshaw
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1945: Pro Football Hall of Fame guard Gene Upshaw, who played for the Oakland Raiders for 15 seasons, is born in Robstown, Texas. Upshaw, a six-time Pro Bowl selection, won two Super Bowls with the Raiders and later served as the executive director of the National Football League Players' Association (NFLPA). He died of pancreatic cancer at age 63 on Aug. 20, 2008.

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