On this day: August 15

POSTED: 09:13 PM PDT Aug 12, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Aug 14, 2014 

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 - Omagh bombing
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1998: The Real Irish Republican Army, a splinter group of former Provisional Irish Republican Army members, carries out a car bomb attack in Omagh, Northern Ireland, killing 29 and injuring another 220. The BBC described the attack as "Northern Ireland's worst single terrorist atrocity" and Sinn Fein leaders Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness condemned the attack and the RIRA itself.


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