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 - Wiffle ball
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1953: The Wiffle ball is invented by David N. Mullany at his home in Fairfield, Connecticut, when he designs a ball that curves easily for his 12-year-old son.

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