Blackout '65: Where were you when the lights went out?
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 average power plant produces as much as 26,000 volts of electricity.
. Substations increase the voltage anywhere between 138,000 to 765,000 volts reducing power loss during long-distance distribution.
. Power, flowing through a 'grid', is transferred from area to area to meet higher demands.
. Additional power substations 'step down' (decrease the voltage for smaller distribution lines), while transformers along distribution lines further lower the voltage to 110-220 volts for use in homes and offices.
. There was a rash of UFO sightings reported during and after the blackout. Some speculated that they were the cause of the outage.
Program: Sunday Morning Magazine
Broadcast Date: Nov. 14, 1965
Host: Bruce Rogers
Last updated: April 5, 2012
Page consulted on June 3, 2014
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