HOW THE NEWS COV­ERED THE NEWS

New York Daily News - - 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.

Early Novem­ber also means Elec­tion Day cov­er­age dom­i­nated the news dur­ing the week of Nov. 5-11, and the Daily News was al­ways ready to bring the lat­est re­sults to its read­ers.

As The News counts down to its 100th birth­day next year, New York’s home­town pa­per – the first daily tabloid in the U.S. when it de­buted on June 26, 1919 – is giv­ing loyal read­ers a look into our famed ar­chives to help cel­e­brate the cen­ten­nial.

Check in ev­ery week to see how The News cov­ered the top sto­ries of the day.

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.

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