Surnames/tags: 2003 northeast_blackout_disaster worldwide_disasters
NORTHEAST UNITED STATES BLACKOUT
The Northeast Blackout of 2003 occurred when a widespread power outage rippled across many parts of the Northeastern and Midwestern United States, and much of Ontario, Canada, on August 14, 2003. The outage began just after 4:10 p.m. (EDT.) Within three minutes, 21 power plants had shut down, plunging the Northeast into darkness and chaos.
After nearly seven hours since the blackout, some power had been restored by 11 p.m. (EDT.) Though most of the power was not restored, until two days later, or more. In more unfortunate areas, some waited a week or two for power to be restored. 
At the time, The Northeast Blackout of 2003 was the world's second most widespread blackout in history.
- 1 First Blackout - The Southern Brazil Blackout of 1999. The outage, which was much more widespread than the Northeast Blackout of 1965, affected an estimated 10 million people in Ontario, Canada and 45 million people in eight U.S. States.