On this day: August 14

POSTED: 10:06 PM PDT Aug 11, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Aug 13, 2015 

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 - Magic Johnson
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1959: Hall of Fame point guard Earvin "Magic" Johnson is born in Lansing, Michigan. Johnson played his entire NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning five NBA titles and earning three NBA Finals MVP awards. Johnson retired abruptly in 1991 after announcing that he had contracted HIV, but returned to play in the 1992 All-Star Game, winning the All-Star MVP Award. He retired for another four years before returning to play 32 games for the Lakers in 1996, but retired for a third and final time. Johnson, who also won an NCAA title with Michigan State in 1979 and was a member of the Olympic gold medal-winning "Dream Team" in 1992, is also a successful businessman, running Magic Johnson Enterprises, and is part owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers.


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