On this Day August 14
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.
2003 – A massive power outage leaves 50 million people across the Northeast and Midwest and parts of Canada in the dark for hours, some stranded in subways and elevators. The cause is later determined to be tree branches interfering with power lines in Ohio, triggering an explosion that crippled an outdated power grid.
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”)
Own a Piece of This Day
Sonny & Cher's Greatest Hits
Sonny & Cher proved one of the magical musical combinations of the mid-60s and one of the better rock-influenced “Middle-of-the-Road” acts of the early 70s, their wisecracking repartee providing counterpoint to a series of adoring hit duets.
Eye of the Tiger / Survivor
Survivor’s brand of melodic, hard, album-oriented rock netted the group several hits during the 1980s, including two smash themes from “Rocky” films. “Eye of the Tiger” introduced a sound built on catchy keyboard harmonies and rhythm guitars combined with drumming and a clearly audible bass.
Ferrari 70 Years
A stellar combination of beauty, performance, racing success, exclusivity and Italian flair have combined to make Ferrari the world’s most iconic carmaker. “Ferrari 70 Years” lifts the hood on Ferrari’s sports car history beginning in 1947, but also touches on Enzo Ferrari’s early career with Alfa-Romeo before he launched his iconic company.
Time Magazine / Blackout
Time magazine’s collectible cover story about the massive 2003 power outage that left 50 million people across the Northeast and Midwest and parts of Canada in the dark for hours.
Brady, Brady, Brady
For the first time, the “The Brady Bunch’s” famous creator — writer/producer Sherwood Schwartz and his son, writer/producer Lloyd Schwartz — share the behind-the-scenes story of one of America’s most beloved sitcoms. How the series was developed, pitched, green-lighted, cast, produced and embraced, to ultimately how it changed the TV and cultural landscape of America.
This is a hard-hitting Southern drama tempered by a story of powerful life-changing love, starring Oscar winners Billy Bob Thornton and Halle Berry. It is the story of Hank, an embittered prison guard working on Death Row who begins an unlikely but emotionally charged affair with Leticia, the wife of a man under his watch on The Row.