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On this day in history - August 14

What Happened On This Day – August 14

  • 2010 The First Youth Olympics Begins

    he Olympic-style games meet was organized by the International Olympic Committee and was held in Singapore. Like the games, the Youth Olympics are held every 4 years and have both summer and winter versions. The first Winter Youth Olympics were held in Innsbruck, Austria in January 2012. Only athletes aged 14 to 18 years are allowed to compete in these games.

  • 1971 Stanford prison experiments begin

    The controversial Stanford prison experiments to study the effects of authority in a prison setting began. The experiment had to be shut down by the 6th day because of the adverse effect on the subjects.

  • 1947 Pakistan becomes Independent from British rule

    The South Asian country was part of British India Empire, until August 14, 1947, when the region held by the British was partitioned into India and Pakistan. The new country became a part of the commonwealth and appointed Liaquat Ali Khan as its first Prime Minister.

  • 1935 Social Security Act is Signed into Law in the United States

    The act, which was signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, provided benefits to the unemployed, retirees, and the disabled.

  • 1904 Battle of Ulsan begins

    Also known as the Battle of the Japanese Sea, the conflict took place between Russia and Japan during the Russo-Japanese War.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
August 14

  • 1987 Tim Tebow

    American football player

  • 1983 Mila Kunis

    Ukrainian/American actress

  • 1960 Sarah Brightman

    English soprano, songwriter, actress

  • 1959 Magic Johnson

    American basketball player

  • 1945 Steve Martin

    American actor, singer, writer, producer

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Deaths On This Day,
August 14

  • 1956 Bertolt Brecht

    German author

  • 1951 William Randolph Hearst

    American publisher, politician, founded the Hearst Corporation

  • 1941 Maximilian Kolbe

    Polish martyr, saint

  • 1938 Hugh Trumble

    Australian cricketer, accountant

  • 1909 William Stanley

    English inventor, engineer