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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 - car registration
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1893: France becomes the first country to introduce motor vehicle registration with the passage of the Paris Police Ordinance, which stated: "Each motor vehicle shall bear on a metal plate and in legible writing the name and address of its owner, also the distinctive number used in the application for authorization. This plate shall be placed at the left-hand side of the vehicle -- it shall never be hidden."

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