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Born on this Day in History: August 14, 1941 - David Crosby was a founding member of Crosby, Stills, and Nash, and their first album earned them a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1969. Crosby has earned many gold and platinum records and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 with the Byrds and in 1997 with CSN. Crosby's success was often overshadowed by his personal demons, such as drugs, which he has since overcome.
On this Day in History: August 14, 2003 - A major outage knocked out power across the eastern United States and parts of Canada. Beginning at 4:10 p.m. ET, 21 power plants shut down in just three minutes. Fifty million people were affected, including residents of New York, Cleveland and Detroit, as well as Toronto and Ottawa, Canada. Although power companies were able to resume some service in as little as two hours, power remained off in other places for more than a day. The outage stopped trains and elevators, and disrupted everything from cellular telephone service to operations at hospitals to traffic at airports. In New York City, it took more than two hours for passengers to be evacuated from stalled subway trains. Small business owners were affected when they lost expensive refrigerated stock. The loss of use of electric water pumps interrupted water service in many areas. There were even some reports of people being stranded mid-ride on amusement park roller coasters. At the New York Stock Exchange and bond market, though, trading was able to continue thanks to backup generators.