On this day: August 14

Posted: 1:06 AM EDT Aug 12, 2012   Updated: 2:00 AM EDT Aug 14, 2015

The license plate and Social Security are born, basketball makes a muddy Olympic debut, a classic backyard kids toy is invented, and the Oklahoma City bomber is sentenced to death, all on this day.

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2013: Egypt declares a state of emergency as security forces kill hundreds of demonstrators supporting former President Mohamed Morsi, who had been removed from office by the military after mass street protests against him.

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