On this day: August 14

POSTED: 11:06 PM Aug 11 2012   UPDATED: 12:00 AM Aug 14 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 - Carlos the Jackal
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1994: Political terrorist Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, also known as "Carlos the Jackal," is captured. He was charged with the 1975 murders of two Paris policemen and of his Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine contact and eventually found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. While in prison he would be further convicted of attacks in France that killed 11 and injured 150 people and was sentenced to an additional life term. He's seen here in 1970s files from the KGB.


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