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On This Day in History - 14th August

Birthdays

1867John Galsworthy, English playwright and novelist
1913Fred Davis, English world champion snooker player
1931Frederic Raphael, English novelist
1946Susan St. James, American film actress
1961Sarah Brightman, English singer

Events

1893Vehicle registration plates were first introduced; by the French
1900The Boxer Rebellion, in China, was ended by an international force
1945Japan surrended unconditionally to the allies
1947The country of Pakistan was created by the British
1956The English novelist and playwright, J.B Priestley, died
1962The seven and a half mile Mt Blanc tunnel was completed
1974The peace talks in Cyprus broke down, and fresh fighting broke out
1979The Fastnet yacht race was hit by severe gales, leading to 17 deaths
1982Barclays Bank began opening on a Saturday
1983French troops were deployed in the African country of Chad