August 14

New York City celebrating the surrender of Japan. They threw anything and kissed anybody in Times Square., 8/14/1945

Jorgensen, Victor, Photographer.  Series: General Photographic File of the Department of Navy, 1943 - 1958Record Group 80: General Records of the Department of the Navy, 1804 - 1983


August 14th 1975: Rocky Horror Picture Show debuts

On this day in 1975, The Rocky Horror Picture Show premiered in the United Kingdom, followed by a US release in September. The film, directed by Jim Sharman, was based on the 1973 musical The Rocky Horror Show, written by Richard O’Brien, and opened exactly two years after the premiere of the musical in London. It is a parody and tribute to science fiction and horror B movies, starring Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick as a young engaged couple whose car breaks down and are forced to seek help at a mysterious castle occupied by an alien transvestite scientist named Dr. Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry). Iconic songs of the film include ‘Science Fiction, Double Feature’, ‘The Time Warp’, and ‘Hot Patootie, Bless My Soul’ (which featured an appearance from Meatloaf). Despite not being a success upon its initial release, Rocky Horror has since gained a cult following, with fans attending screenings of the film and performances of the musical in costume, and frequently shouting callback lines during the show. It remains the longest-running film release in history, as it has never stopped screening since 1975.

40 years ago today


Hundreds Protest Police Brutality After Murder Of Michael Brown

Hundreds gather at Union Square, New York City on August 14 to protest the murder of Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old from Ferguson, Missouri, among other incidents relating to police brutality.

Brown, who was shot and killed by officer Darren Wilson, a six-year veteran of the force on Saturday, August 9, is said to have been walking to visit his grandmother when the incident occurred.

Photo Credit: Fatima Sesay



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Celebration of VJ Day, 8/14/1945

At 7 pm on August 14, 1945, President Harry Truman stood before reporters gathered at the White House and announced the unconditional surrender of Japan. The Pacific War was over.

Although the formal signing of the terms of surrender ending World War II would not occur until September 2nd,  the announcement of Victory Over Japan Day, or V-J Day, sent millions of Americans— citizens and members of the armed forces, out into the streets of cities and towns across the country and around the world .

In Washington, DC, people had gathered in Lafayette Park, across the street from the White House, to wait and listen for Truman’s announcement. Later, people jammed the streets of downtown Washington, DC.

“Celebration of VJ Day”, 08/14/1945
Creator: Department of Defense. Department of the Navy. Naval Photographic Center. (National Archives Identifier: 81427)

via Celebration of V-J Day, 08/14/1945” | The Unwritten Record

August 14, 1935: FDR Signs Social Security Act into Law

On this day in 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, which was originally designed to provide economic security during the Great Depression.  Funded through a 2% payroll tax, the 1935 Social Security Act offered aid for the unemployed, the elderly, children and various state health and welfare programs.

Learn more about all the Roosevelts with preview videos from Ken Burns’s The Roosevelts.

Photo: Library of Congress

While India and Pakistan are celebrating their independence these two days, the partition marks the day East Bengal (currently Bangladesh) was given to Pakistan and changed into East Pakistan. Pakistanis and Indians are celebrating their independence from Great Britain but this marks the anniversary of when Bangladesh was not granted independence but, given to another oppressor. Bangladeshis had to survive another war and a genocide before granted independence.