Today is Thursday, Aug. 14, the 226th day of 2014. There are 139 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History: On August 14, 1944, the federal government allowed the manufacture of
certain domestic appliances, such as electric ranges and vacuum cleaners, to resume on a limited basis.
On this date:
In 1848, the Oregon Territory was created.
In 1900, international forces, including U.S. Marines, entered Beijing to put down the Boxer Rebellion,
which was aimed at purging China of foreign influence.
In 1909, the newly opened Indianapolis Motor Speedway held its first event, a series of motorcycle races.
In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law.
In 1945, President Harry S. Truman announced that Japan had surrendered unconditionally, ending World War
In 1969, British troops went to Northern Ireland to intervene in sectarian violence between Protestants
and Roman Catholics.
In 1980, workers went on strike at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk, Poland, in a job action that resulted in
creation of the Solidarity labor movement.
In 1994, Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, the terrorist known as "Carlos the Jackal," was captured by
French agents in Sudan.
Ten years ago: A visibly weak Pope John Paul II joined thousands of other ailing pilgrims at a cliffside
shrine in Lourdes, France, telling them he shared in their physical suffering and assuring them the
burden was part of God’s "wondrous plan."