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On November 9th, 1965 New York State as well as portions of six neighboring states and eastern Canada were plunged in to darkness for several hours.
Besides the loss of power, the blackout triggered sensors that placed the Mt. Weather facility (to house the president in time of nuclear attack) on red alert.
There were also a number of reports of anomalous lights, and speculation that the blackout may have been the related to UFO activity in some way.