HOW THE NEWS COVERED THE NEWS
At a little past 5 p.m. on a frigid November evening in 1965, a power overload that started in an Ontario plant soon caused a blackout that affected a large swath of the Northeast — about 30 million people overall were affected — and brought New York City to a standstill.
The outage, which came just as the evening rush hour was in full swing, lasted for up to 12 hours, stranded thousands of commuters with no way to get home — and trapped about 800,000 straphangers underground, according to reports.
Yet unlike the blackout of 1977 on a scorching July night, there was hardly any reports of looting or other major crime.
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The view from The News building on E. 42nd St. down Second Ave. shows a city in near darkness, with only emergency lights burning in buildings. In the distance is the fully-lit Verrazano Bridge, as parts of Brooklyn and Staten Island were unaffected by the outage. Straphangers stuck in the tunnel near the Montague St. station in Brooklyn had to be rescued by firefighters.