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The Big Blackout
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Published Saturday, November 09, 2013 @ 7:21 AM EST
Nov 09 2013

If your birthday is August 2, you're 47 years old, and your parents lived in New York or the northeast on November 9, 1965, odds are pretty good you were conceived during the Great Northeast Blackout.

Click here for a recording New York radio station WABC 770 AM in the minutes prior to the blackout. As the failure cascaded through the grid, the power frequency dropped from 60 Hz to between 50-55 Hz, so the motors in the turntables and cart machines were running slow and the lights in the studio started dimming. The DJ noted "the electricity is slowing down."


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