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Remembering Past Blackouts

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Remembering Past Blackouts

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Remembering Past Blackouts

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'New York Daily News' front page celebrates return of power after 1977 blackout. Newspaper courtesy Ken Rudin, NPR News hide caption

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As millions wait for power to be restored, NPR's Neal Conan remembers the blackouts of the past, with personal recollections and vintage tape. New York City endured looting along with a major blackout in 1977 — and when the lights went out in Gotham in 1965, a flurry of babies arrived nine months later.