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    What happened on August 14 in History





    On this day

    DateWhat happened
    1457The first book ever printed is published by a German astrologer named Faust. He is thrown in jail while trying to sell books in Paris. Authorities concluded that all the identical books meant Faust had dealt with the devil.
    August 14, 1559Spanish explorer de Luna enters Pensacola Bay, Florida.
    August 14, 1605The Popham expedition reaches the Sagadahoc River in present-day Maine and settles there.
    August 14, 1756French commander Louis Montcalm takes Fort Oswego, New England, from the British.
    August 14, 1793Republican troops in France lay siege to the city of Lyons.
    August 14, 1900The European allies enter Beijing, relieving their besieged legations from the Chinese Boxers.
    August 14, 1917The Chinese Parliament declares war on the Central Powers.
    August 14, 1942Dwight D. Eisenhower is named the Anglo-American commander for Operation Torch, the invasion of North Africa.
    August 14, 1945Japan announces its unconditional surrender in World War II.
    August 14, 1947Pakistan becomes an independent country.
    August 14, 1969British troops arrived Northern Ireland in response to sectarian violence between Protestants and Roman Catholics.
    August 14, 1973The United States ends the "secret" bombing of Cambodia.
    August 14, 1987Mark McGwire hits his 49th home run of the season, setting the major league home run record for a rookie.
    August 14, 1995Shannon Faulker becomes the first female cadet in the long history of South Carolina’s state military college, The Citadel. Her presence was met with intense resistance, reportedly including death threats, and she left the school a week later.
    August 14, 2007Four co-ordinated suicide bomb attacks in Yazidi towns near Mosul, Iraq, kill more than 400 people.
    August 14, 2010First-ever Summer Youth Olympic Games open, in Singapore. Athletes must be 14–18 years old.

    Born on August 14

    August 14, 1777Hans Christian Oersted, Danish scientist who discoverd electromagnetism.
    August 14, 1863Ernest L. Thayer, author of the poem "Casey at the Bat."
    August 14, 1925Russell Baker, author and columnist for The New York Times.
    August 14, 1938Niara Shudarkasa, educator and first woman president of Lincoln University.
    August 14, 1945Steve Martin, American comedian, actor, musician and screenwriter, his many awards include a Lifetime Achievement in Comedy (American Comedy Awards, USA), several Emmys, and  Grammys for Best Comedy Album (1977, 1979) and Best Bluegrass Album (2009, 2013)
    August 14, 1947Danielle Steel, the fourth-bestselling author of all time.
    August 14, 1950Gary Larson, cartoonist (The Far Side).
    August 14, 1966Halle Berry, actress, her many awards include a Golden Globe (Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, TV movie) and and an Oscar (Monster’s Ball).