Blackout '65: We interrupt this program...
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.
. The blackout affected much of Ontario, from Timmins in the north, to Cornwall in the east and Sarnia in the south. In the United States it shut down much of New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and parts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
. In Ontario, most of the power returned after three hours. But some areas were without electricity for as long as 13 hours.
Program: CBC Radio News Special
Broadcast Date: Nov. 9, 1965
Guest(s): Dennis Dack
Host: John O'Leary
Reporter: Brian O'Brien
Last updated: April 5, 2012
Page consulted on December 27, 2013
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