On this day: August 14

POSTED: 11:06 PM Aug 11 2012   UPDATED: 12:00 AM Aug 14 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 - Rainey Bethea
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New York Daily News

1936: Rainey Bethea is hanged in Owensboro, Ky., in the last public execution in the United States. Bethea, who was a black man, confessed to the rape and murder of a 70-year-old white woman named Lischia Edwards. Mistakes in performing the hanging and the surrounding media circus contributed to the end of public executions in the United States.


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