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Blackout Engulfs New York City

This blackout came at a low point in New York's history, when the city was facing a financial crisis. It lasted only one night, but by the time it was over, a record 3,776 people had been arrested, and looting, vandalism, and arson had caused an estimated $300 million worth of damage. The chain of events that caused the blackout began when two circuit breakers were tripped in Westchester County. What was responsible for tripping them?



Bobby Hull

Bobby Hull, a retired Canadian ice hockey player, is considered the best left wing in the sport's history. He began skating at the age of 3 and began playing with the National Hockey League's Chicago Black Hawks in the 1957–58 season. Dissatisfied with his NHL salary, Hull responded to overtures from the upstart World Hockey Association's Winnipeg Jets in 1972 by joking that he would sign with them for a million dollar contract; how did the Jets respond?

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John Jacob Astor

Astor was a businessman, inventor, and writer. He made a fortune in real estate, built the Astoria Hotel, patented several inventions, and wrote a science fiction novel about life on the planets Saturn and Jupiter in the year 2000. His 2nd marriage to the much younger Madeleine Talmadge Force caused a scandal, and the two took an extended honeymoon abroad to wait out the controversy. On their return trip, John Jacob Astor was killed in what historical disaster?

Last updated on Friday, 13th July 2007

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