Awakenings: Blackout! | Awakenings: America & Beyond |

"The image above is New York City. No power. No lights. No electricity period. The only light visible comes from buildings equipped with generators, candlelight and automobile headlights. New York is just one city experiencing the largest power outage in our nation's history: the great Northeast Blackout of 2003. One would expect major looting and other crime-related activities but surprisingly crime, this time, was lower with fewer arrests as the city stayed dark. This day was nothing compared to the New York City Blackout of 1977.

This Day in History: August 14, 2003 "