On this day: August 15

Published: Aug 13 2012 12:13:29 AM EDT   Updated On: Aug 15 2014 02:00:00 AM EDT

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 - Peru earthquake
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Martin St-Amant/Wikimedia Commons

2007: An 8.0-magnitude earthquake off the Pacific coast devastates Ica and various regions of Peru, killing 519 and injuring 1,366.

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