Today In History- August 15

Today In History- August 15


The Panama Canal opens to traffic with the transit of the cargo ship Ancon.

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Panama Canal completed after 10 years of construction.

  • Panama City, Panama

A historic event in trans-continental navigation, on August 15, 1914, the Panama Canal was completed, allowing traffic of the cargo ship Ancon.  The project, undertaken by American engineers following their assistance to Panama in achieving independence from Colombia, was one of the most difficult engineering projects in modern history.  More importantly, the canal has had an enormous impact on global shipping, replacing more dangerous routes through the Arctic Ocean, and around the tip of South America as alternatives.  As a result of French and American efforts, nearly 28,000 thousand died, mainly from disease and poor working conditions.

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