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 - James Horner
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1953: Composer James Horner, known for scoring films like "Titanic," "Braveheart," "Apollo 13," "Field of Dreams" and "Avatar," is born in Los Angeles, California. Horner won Academy Awards and Golden Globes for the score to "Titanic" and for the song "My Heart Will Go On." His score for "Titanic" remains the best selling orchestral film soundtrack of all time. He's also won five Grammys, three for "My Heart Will Go On" and two for "Somewhere Out There" from the animated movie "An American Tail." Horner died at the age of 61 when his single-engine Tucano aircraft crashed in the Los Padres National Forest on June 22, 2015.


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