On This Day In History, 14 August

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World Events Today

  • The 7th Summer Olympic Games opened in Antwerp, Belgium, today in 1920
  • Operation Banner, the code-name for the British Armed Forces’ operation in Northern Ireland, the longest continuous deployment in British military history, started today in 1969, it would last almost 38 years
  • Ponte Morandi, a road viaduct in Genoa in Italy, collapsed during a rainstorm today in 2018, more than 30 cars fell from the bridge and over 40 people died

Entertainment Events Today

  • The American drama movie A Place in the Sun, starring Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, and Shelley Winters, was released in the United States today in 1951, it won 6 Academy Awards
  • The Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt won the 100m at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics today in 2016, he became the first person to win the 100m Olympic gold medal 3 times
  • Justin Rose won the gold medal in the Men’s golf tournament at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro today in 2016, it was the first such tournament since 1904

Family Events Today

  • The French comic editor and writer René Goscinny, who created the Astérix comic book series, was born today in 1926 in Paris
  • Earvin Johnson Junior, better known as the American basketball playing legend “Magic” Johnson, was born today in 1959 in Lansing, Michigan
  • The American actress Maria Halle Berry, who starred in many movies, including Monster’s Ball and Die Another Day, was born today in 1966 in Cleveland, Ohio

Main Event Today

  • Pakistan, officially known as the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, gained independence from the United Kingdom today in 1947

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Creamsicle Day

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