On this day: August 15

Published On: Aug 12 2012 11:13:29 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 15 2014 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 - Tower of London
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1941: Cpl. Josef Jakobs is executed by firing squad at the Tower of London at 7:12 am, making him the last person to be executed at the Tower for treason. The German spy had been caught shortly after parachuting into the United Kingdom on Jan. 31, 1941.

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