Today is Wednesday, August 15th, the 227th day of the year.  There are 138 days until the end of the year. On this date in history:

In 1911, Proctor and Gamble Company introduced Crisco shortening.

In 1914, the Panama Canal opened for traffic.

In 1939, MGM's "The Wizard of Oz" opened at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

In 1969, The Woodstock Music and Arts Fair opened in upstate New York.

In 1981, Lionel Richie and Diana Ross topped the pop music charts with their hit "Endless Love."

Today is Lemon Meringue Pie Day and Relaxation Day.

Happy Birthday to Britain's Princess Anne who is 68. Emmy Award-winning actress Debra Messing, from Will and Grace, is 50.  Actor Anthony Anderson from Law & Order and “Blackish” is 48. Pop star Joe Jonas is 29. Actress Jennifer Lawrence, from The Hunger Games, is 28.