August 14: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On August 14, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts that occurred throughout history. The 226th day of the Gregorian calendar is August 14th. In the First World War, China declared war on Germany and Austria in 1917. The Social Security Act, which established pensions and unemployment insurance, was signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935. President Harry S. Truman announced Japan’s surrender in WWII in 1945.

The 14th of August falls under the sign of Leo. On August 14th, Steve Martin, Halle Berry, and Mila Kunis were all born. On August 14th, the United States commemorates its victory over Japan.


(August 14, 1885)
The Patent Monopoly Act granted the first seven patents. Hotta Zuisho was awarded the first Japanese patent for an anticorrosive paint. Patent No. 2–4 for tea processing equipment was granted by Takabayashi Kenzo.


(August 14, 1893)
France is the first country to implement automobile registration.

(August 14, 1933)
In the Coast Range of Oregon, loggers ignite the first forest fire of the Tillamook Burn, which destroys 240,000 acres (970 km2) of land.

(August 14, 1947)
Pakistan Independence Day. photo source:

Happy Birthday! (August 14, 1959)
Magic Johnson, American basketball player and coach. photo source:

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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