Friday, November 9, 2012

This Day in History November 9, 1965

By Arnoldius (Own work (own foto)) [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Can you imagine having a big power outage in this day and age?  It wasn't so long ago that a major Northeast blackout occurred.  On this date in 1965, the biggest power outage in U.S. history occurred.  All of New York State, portions of seven nearby states, and parts of eastern Canada were plunged into darkness at dusk.  There was some kind of malfunction in one of the New York power plants occurred.  There was a tripping of a 230-kilovolt transmission line near Ontario, Canada, and this started a chain of events.  Thirty million people were affected.  During the night, power was gradually restored, and by morning, everything was fine again.

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