U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law.
The act created unemployment insurance and pension plans for the elderly.
U.S. President Harry S Truman announced that Japan had surrendered to the Allies during WWII!
Thousands of people ran into the streets throughout the United States to celebrate V-J Day. The official ratification of the surrender didn’t take place until September 2, in Tokyo Bay aboard the “USS Missouri”, but it was all over on August 14.
The first meeting to organize the American Football League was held.
The Foolish Club, as they were then known – because they were foolish to “take on the NFL” – formed their own football league, one that would eventually merger with the NFL. This group of eight original owners included Lamar Hunt, the founder of your Kansas City Chiefs! He was actually such a key figure in both the formation of the AFL and the merger with the NFL, that the champions of the AFC every year receive the Lamar Hunt Trophy!
The U.S. bombing of Cambodia ended. The halt marked the official end to 12 years of combat in Indochina by the U.S.
Direct U.S. military involvement ended as the Case–Church Amendment passed by the U.S. Congress
A charity picnic and softball game was staged to raise money for a new softball field and for the Community General Hospital in Monticello, NY. Gager’s Diner and Bend ’n Elbow Tavern fielded competing teams (a total of 50 men and 20 women) to play a 365-inning ball game!
The game began at 10 a.m. and was finally called because of rain and fog at 4 p.m. the following day! The score was Gager’s Diner 491, Bend ’n Elbow Tavern 467. Goodness!
Michael Jackson outbid Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono for the rights to 250 songs written by John Lennon and Paul Mccartney. The winning bid was 47.5 million dollars!
The real question was, how in the world did Paul McCartney lose ownership in the first place?!
and then lastly…
The Backstreet Boys sold all 765 thousand tickets for their North American Into The Millenium tour in just one day. That’s over 30 million dollars!
All the tickets for the 11-week, 39-city tour went in an hour. This tour was so big, the concert at Georgia Dome in Atlanta, was the 5th most attended concert in American history – and the biggest ever for a pop group!
Talk about superstardom!