It was evening rush hour on November 9, 1965. The power lines from Niagra Falls to New York City were operating near
their maximum capacity. At about 5:15 a transmission line relay failed. Now there was insufficient line capacity for New York
City. New England and New York are inter-connected on a power grid, and the power that had been flowing toward New York City
had to go elswhere, instantly.
From what i have read there was no rioting and no amount of looting that happened in that Blackout. Compared to
the one in 1977.