Today in history: August 15

Today in history: August 15

Each of the events below occurred on the same day of the month, August 15.

1912: Chef and author Julia Child is born in Pasadena, California.

1914: The Panama Canal opens to traffic with transit of the cargo ship SS Ancon.

1935: Humorist and actor Will Rogers, 55, and pilot Wiley Post, 36, are killed in a plane crash in Point Barrow, Alaska.

1939: The Wizard of Oz has its Hollywood premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles.

1965: Stadium rock is born when The Beatles play to an estimated crowd of 60,000 at Shea Stadium in New York.

1968: The actress Debra Messing is born in New York City.

1969: The three day music festival known as Woodstock begins on a dairy farm near Bethel, New York. An expected crowd of 50,000 swells to 400,000.

2015: Academic and politician Julian Bond dies in Fort Walton Beach, Florida at age 75.

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