Nation Jul 13

On the night of Wednesday, July 13th, 1977, the power went out in all of New York City and parts of Westchester County, leaving eight million people in the dark. The power failure was attributed to lightning that struck several critical transmission lines in northern Westchester County during a severe thunderstorm. Photo by Allan Tannenbaum/Getty Images
The night New York City went dark

On July 13, 1977, a massive electricity outage plunged all of New York City into darkness. PBS NewsHour's David Coles was working as a bartender in Greenwhich Village that day and shares his memories of those 25 hours.

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