Today in History
August 14
1457The first book ever printed is published by a German astrologer named Faust. He is thrown in jail while trying to sell books in Paris. Authorities concluded that all the identical books meant Faust had dealt with the devil.
1559Spanish explorer de Luna enters Pensacola Bay, Florida.
1605The Popham expedition reaches the Sagadahoc River in present-day Maine and settles there.
1756French commander Louis Montcalm takes Fort Oswego, New England, from the British.
1793Republican troops in France lay siege to the city of Lyons.
1900The European allies enter Beijing, relieving their besieged legations from the Chinese Boxers.
1917The Chinese Parliament declares war on the Central Powers.
1942Dwight D. Eisenhower is named the Anglo-American commander for Operation Torch, the invasion of North Africa.
1945Japan announces its unconditional surrender in World War II.
1947Pakistan becomes an independent country.
1973The United States ends the "secret" bombing of Cambodia.

Born on August 14
1777Hans Christian Oersted, Danish scientist who discoverd electromagnetism.
1863Ernest L. Thayer, author of the poem "Casey at the Bat."
1925Russell Baker, author and columnist for The New York Times.
1938Niara Shudarkasa, educator and first woman president of Lincoln University.
1945Steve Martin, American comedian, actor and screenwriter.

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