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.
1954: Author and journalist Stieg Larsson, best known for "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" series of books, is born in Skelleftehamn, Sweden. He died of a heart attack at the age of 50 on Nov. 9, 2004.
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