American Experience - Season 27, Episode 7 - Rotten Tomatoes

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The 1977 NYC blackout, which began the night of July 13th and concluded the next day, is recalled. Seven million people lost power; more than 1600 businesses were looted; more than 3700 people were arrested; and firefighters battled more than 1000 fires. It wasn't a complete nightmare, however: Impromptu block parties broke out; Upper East Side residents enjoyed candlelit dinners on their roofs; and patrons of the Windows on the World restaurant in the World Trade Center received free champagne.

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