What happened today in history?
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August 14

What happened on the day you were born?

In the headlines today:
2001Actor Nicolas Cage has his hand- and footprints placed in wet cement in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
1996A stray rocket knocks down a high-tension power line in Peru, electrocuting 35 people watching a fireworks show.

Pope John Paul II
 Pope John Paul II leaves the hospital, nearly 3 months after a failed assassination
 (photo credit: NARA)


Richard M. Nixon
 US president Richard Nixon halts the US bombing of Cambodia.
 (photo credit: NARA)


1969British troops arrive in Northern Ireland to quell violence between warring Catholics and Protestants.
1951Newspaper czar William Randolph Hearst dies in Beverly Hills, California, at age 87.
1947Pakistan gains its independence from Great Britain.

Harry Truman
 US president Harry Truman tells the world that Japan has surrendered to the Allies,
 ending WWII.
 (photo credit: NARA)


1936Basketball debuts as an Olympic sport, with the US team beating Canada, 19-8.
1935The US Congress passes the Social Security Act.
1917China declares war on Germany and Austria during WWI.
1900US Marines join a group of international troops in Beijing to help quell the Boxer Rebellion.
1873Field and Stream magazine is published for the first time.
1848  Oregon becomes a US Territory.

Born today:

1983  Mila Kunis - actress (That 70's Show)

1968  Halle Berry - actress

1959  Earvin 'Magic' Johnson - basketball player

1956  Jackee - actress

1954  Mark 'The Bird' Fidrych - baseball pitcher

1952  Debbie Meyer - swimmer, Olympic gold medalist

1950  Gary Larson - cartoonist (The Far Side)

1947  Maddy Prior - singer (Steeleye Span)

1947  Danielle Steel - author

1946  Susan St. James - actress

1946  Larry Graham - bassist, singer (Graham Central Station, Sly and the Family Stone)

1945  Steve Martin - actor, comedian

1941  Connie Smith - singer

1941  The Byrds: Turn! Turn! Turn! (Sony)  

David Crosby - singer, guitarist (The Byrds, CSNY)
(photo credit: Sony)

1940  Dash Crofts - singer, drummer, keyboardist (The Champs, Seals and Crofts)

1935  John Brodie - football player, sportscaster

1930  Earl Weaver - baseball coach, sportscaster

1926  Alice Ghostley - actress

1926  Buddy Greco - singer, pianist

1864  Ernest Thayer - author


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