Great Britain: The Other Blackout

It was a clear, brisk autumn day in London, but much of the country shivered in fog and freezing mist. As darkness fell, housewives turned on their lights and electric heaters, started brewing tea and cooking dinner on electric stoves, snapped on the telly. Then suddenly, bang on 5 o'clock, it was New York all over again. The lights went out.

In London's Mayfair, office workers stumbled around in inky, icy blackness. At the American Embassy in Grosvenor Square, diplomats read their documents by candlelight. Scotland Yard sped emergency flashlight details out to direct traffic at major intersections. Throughout...

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