There’s hardly anything more eerie than when an entire city skyline goes black. It will be 36 years ago tomorrow that New York City and some of its surrounding area experienced a total blackout. Here is everything you need to know about that crazy 24-hour period from July 13 at 8:37 PM until the power was finally restored the next night at 10:39 PM.
1. What caused the blackout? To make a long story short, four lightning strikes in less than an hour’s time, that started at 8:37 PM. Mayor Abe Beame, incredulous of how lightning strikes could cause a total blackout, accused New York City’s power company, Con Edison of gross negligence.
2. The blackout occurred when the city was experiencing an austere financial crisis, its residents were fearful over the Son of Sam murders and New York was in the middle of a brutally oppressive heat wave.