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On this day: August 14

POSTED: 10:06 PM PDT Aug 11, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Aug 13, 2013 

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.

OTD August 14 - Gary Larson
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1950: Cartoonist Gary Larson, the creator of "The Far Side," a single-panel cartoon series that was syndicated internationally to more than 900 newspapers for 15 years, is born in Tacoma, Wash.


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