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 - Will Rogers and Wiley Post
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1935: Cowboy and film star Will Rogers (standing on the wing) and the famed aviator Wiley Post (by the propeller) are killed when their plane develops engine problems at takeoff and crashes in Barrow, Alaska.

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