Blackout '65: Betrayed by technology
Nov. 9, 1965 at rush hour: Toronto and New York are plunged into darkness as a blackout strikes Ontario and the eastern United States. The result: traffic chaos, airport turmoil and tales of kindness and courtesy as 30 million people react to the largest power failure to that point in history.
With his tongue only partly planted in his cheek, Donaldson wonders whether we can really trust machines to tell us why technology failed.
Program: Sunday Morning Magazine
Broadcast Date: Nov. 14, 1965
Host: Bruce Rogers
Last updated: April 5, 2012
Page consulted on March 22, 2013
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