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.
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).
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