August 14 in Pop Culture History

August 14th History, Trivia and Fun Facts

August 14th History Highlights

  • 1592 – The Falkland Islands were discovered by John Davis.
  • 1935 – Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, creating a government pension system for the retired.
  • 1975 – The Gager’s Diner softball team played the Bend’n Elbow Tavern team for 365 innings, to raise money for the Montecillo Community General Hospital (NY) for the construction of a softball field.
    The Gagers won, 491-467. It remains the longest softball game of all time.
  • 1975 – The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the longest-running release in film history, opened in London.
  • August 14, 1989 – Sega Mega Drive/Genesis was released, Video Game Console
  • If you were born on August 14th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… November 21st (prior year)

Social Security Act

On August 14, 1935, the Social Security Act (SSA) was signed into law, and Roosevelt signed it into law. Congress passed it in 1934 to provide benefits to retirees based on their income and history. On August 13, 1936, Roosevelt, signed the Social Security Act, which provided benefits based on the pensioner’s employment history as required by the law, and on August 15, 1937.

Congress passed it in 1934 to provide benefits to retirees based on their income and history. On August 13, 1936, Roosevelt, together with Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court, signed the Social Security Act, which provided benefits based on the pensioner’s employment history as required by the law, and on August 15, 1937.

Social Security is the largest federal program, paying pension benefits to retired workers and their dependents and survivors through the Social Security program and to disabled workers and their dependents through the Disability Insurance program.

VJ Day

VJ Day stands for “Victory Day over Japan” and is the day on which the Japanese Empire capitulated, ending World War II as a war. Japan signed the official surrender document on September 2, 1945, and made the first announcement of its surrender on August 10, a few days after the end of the war in Japan. It was announced by Harry S Truman on August 14, 1945.

August 14th is…

Creamsicle Day
Navajo Code talkers Day
VJ Day

August 14th Birthday Quotes

” It’s hard to make changes. Things get so comfortable and you don’t want to move. Maybe it would do you good to be a little uncomfortable for a while, and do something different.”
– Danielle Steel

“Life is too complex to compress into soundbites. Every situation is different.”
– Sarah Brightman

“There is no normal life, there’s just life.”
– Doc Holliday

” Confidence, not cockiness. Knowing who you are is confidence. Cockiness is knowing who you are and pushing it down everyone’s throat.”
– Mila Kunis

” Don’t waste the time. Time is the final currency, man. Not money, not power – it’s time.”
– David Crosby

” Be so good they can’t ignore you.”
– Steve Martin

” There have been so many people who have said to me, ‘You can’t do that,’ but I’ve had an innate belief that they were wrong. Be unwavering and relentless in your approach.”
– Halle Berry

August 14th Birthdays

1586 – William Hutchinson, founder of Rhode Island (died in 1642)
1851 – Doc Holliday, American dentist, and gambler (died in 1887)
1881 – Francis Ford, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (died in 1953)
1923 – Alice Ghostley, American character actress (died in 2007)
1926 – Buddy Greco, American singer, and pianist (died in 2017)
1941 – David Crosby, American singer-songwriter
1945 – Steve Martin, American actor, comedian and screenwriter
1946 – Susan Saint James, American actress
1947 – Danielle Steel, American author
1950 – Gary Larson, American cartoonist, The Far Side
1956 – Rusty Wallace, American race car driver, and sportscaster
1959 – Magic Johnson, American basketball player
1960 – Sarah Brightman, English singer, and actress
1966 – Halle Berry, American model, and actress, Miss World United States 1986
1968 – Catherine Bell, English-American actress
1983 – Mila Kunis, Ukrainian-American actress
1987 – Tim Tebow, American football and baseball player

August 14th History

1888 – An audio recording of English composer Arthur Sullivan’s “The Lost Chord”, one of the first recordings of music ever made, was played during a press conference introducing Thomas Edison’s phonograph in London, England.

1893 – France became the first country to introduce motor vehicle registration.

1933 – Oxydol’s Own Ma Perkins debuted on Cincinnati’s WLW and became the first successful national radio soap opera.

1935 – Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act.

1936 – Rainey Bethea was hanged in Owensboro, Kentucky in the last public execution in the United States.

1945 – Japan accepted the Allied terms of surrender in World War II. V-J Day. Be sure to thank Alan Hunter, Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, J.J. Jackson and Martha Quinn for their service to our country.

1959 – Founding and first official meeting of the American Football League.

1965 – #1 Hit August 14, 1965 – September 3, 1965: Sonny & Cher – I Got You, Babe

1975 – The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the longest-running release in film history, opened at the USA Theatre in Westwood, Los Angeles, California.

1980 – Lech Walesa led the first strike at the Gdansk, Poland shipyards.

August 14, 1989 – Sega Mega Drive/Genesis was released, Video Game Console

1994 – Inside The Actors Studio made its debut on Bravo

2000 – Dora the Explorer premiered on Nick Jr

2010 – The first-ever Youth Olympic Games were held in Singapore.

2013 – Egypt declared a state of emergency as security forces killed hundreds of demonstrators supporting former president Mohamed Morsi.

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

Green Lantern’s ring is mostly just a 3-D printer, isn’t it?

Noah’s Arcade was the sponsor for the TV show “Wayne’s World”.

History doesn’t repeat itself, humans repeat history.

It is often easier to ask for forgiveness than it is to ask for permission.

“Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.” – Bruce Lee

Using the word “pedantic,” in fact, makes you sound pedantic.

“I was hiding under your porch because I love you.” – Up

“Does Barry Manilow know that you raid his wardrobe?” – John Bender in The Breakfast Club

Candygram! #TVCatchphrase

Two wrongs don’t make a right, but two Wrights make an airplane.

Acton’s Law: Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely.

The world record for 100-meter three-legged race stands at 13.6 seconds, since 1906.

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