On this Day August 14
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1945 – Emmy and Grammy-winning comedian, actor, musician and “SNL” alum Steve Martin (“The Jerk,” “Three Amigos,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Roxanne,” “Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” “Parenthood,” “Father of the Bride,” “It’s Complicated”)
2003 – A massive power outage leaves 50 million people across the northeastern U.S. and parts of Canada in the dark for hours, some stranded in subways and elevators. The cause is determined to be tree branches interfering with power lines in Ohio, triggering an explosion that crippled an outdated power grid.
1971 – The Who release their fifth studio album, “Who’s next,” which contains the smash “Won’t Get Fooled Again.” The album peaks at No. 4. Decades later, many music critics regard it as the British rock band’s greatest work.
1985 – Michael Jackson outbids Yoko Ono and Paul McCartney to secure the ATV Music Publishing catalog. At $47.5 million, Jackson gains the rights to more than 250 songs written by McCartney and John Lennon as well as tracks by Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley and others.