On this day: August 15

Published On: Aug 13 2012 12:13:29 AM EDT   Updated On: Aug 15 2013 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 - Thomas Edison
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Library of Congress

1877: Thomas Edison coins the telephone greeting "Hello" by suggesting the use of the word to the president of the Telegraph Company to answer the phone instead of "Ahoy, ahoy" as suggested by Alexander Bell.

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