On this day in 1969 the Woodstock Music Festival opened in White Lake, New York. The most famous concert in American history was attended by over 400,000 people. The line up of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, the Who, CSNY, Joe Cocker, and CCR amongst others created a mass migration to Max Yasgur's farm, where the concert was located.
On this day in 1979 the Vietnam War film Apocalypse Now is released. Despite many production problems that almost grounded the project, the film was released to critical acclaim and started a wave of Vietnam movies throughout the 80's. The line "I love the smell of Napalm in the morning" became one of the most famous from this film.
On this day in 1057 King Macbeth of Scotland is killed by Malcolm Canmore at the battle of Lumphanan. Macbeth killed Malcolm's day some 17 years earlier to claim the title as king of Scotland. Malcolm killed Macbeth to claim the title as king of Scotland. And you thought the process was confusing in Braveheart.
On this day in 1914 the Panama Canal opened to shipping traffic. The American built project was built mainly to have a much quicker route to link the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. It made the journey four times as fast as going around the horn of South America. The United States ceded control of the canal to Panama in 1999.