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August 14th might seem like just another day on the calendar, but it's a date dotted with a variety of unique celebrations that appeal to a range of interests and passions. The mid-month day offers several reasons to pause and partake in themed festivities.

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Interesting Facts of August 14th

  1. 1. Pakistan celebrates its independence from British rule on August 14, 1947. This day is known as Pakistan Independence Day, a national holiday commemorating the country's freedom.
  2. 2. The Social Security Act, which created a system of old-age benefits for workers and benefits for victims of industrial accidents, unemployment insurance, aid for dependent mothers and children, the blind, and the physically handicapped, was signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on August 14, 1935.
  3. 3. In 2003, a massive blackout hit the northeastern United States and parts of Canada, affecting approximately 50 million people. It was one of the largest power failures in history and occurred on August 14.
  4. 4. Steve Martin, an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and musician, was born on August 14, 1945.
  5. 5. The first ever Youth Olympic Games were declared open by International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge in Singapore on August 14, 2010.