Residents of New England were doing their jobs when it suddenly came dark....
May 19, 1780. Windham Maine
What a beautiful day! It would really suck if it turned night out of nowhere.
10:30 AM is when the darkness started in Boston, slowly covering most of New England.
Meanwhile in Boston, Massachusetts
We're all gonna die!
Many had their superstitions, and many thought it was the end of the world.
Let it be known! God has returned, and we are about to pay for our sins!
The Dark Day was a phenomena in the sky that occurred on May 19, 1780, when a darkening of the day sky occurred over New England and parts of Canada.
Several days before the Dark Day, the sun was viewed as red, and the sky yellow.
The Great Spirit has blessed us!
Throughout the entire duration of the day, it was nearly pitch black. Roosters crowed, wolves howled, crickets sung, as if it were night time at 2PM in the day.
A vast majority of New England were god-fearing, which lead them to crowd churches to confess their sins and pray.
O Lord, I have broken the seventh of the ten commandments; Thou shalt not steal. Please forgive me.
A Rupert, New York man walks the city warning people that it is the end of the world. There, the sun was already obscured at sunrise, causing many to be worried.
When there weren't enough candles to see anything as if it were daytime again, a New Hampshire man had the idea to set his neighbor's house on fire to generate more light.
Several were forced to stop working their jobs for an entire day, leaving some families without food. Connecticut's Joseph Jolin was observed by his neighbor to stop shoveling soil because he couldn't discern the soil from the ground.
In the Connecticut Governor's Council, the event occurred during a meeting. Politicians suggested ending the meeting early, but Councilman Abraham Davenport rather famously said: “I am against adjournment, the day of judgment is either approaching, or it is not. If it is not, there is no cause of an adjournment; if it is, I choose to be found doing my duty. I wish therefore that candles may be brought.”
Overall, the Dark Day that occurred on May 19, 1780 will forever be a mystery as to what caused it. Nobody knows for sure, however studies are pointing to a mix of smoke from forest fires, thick fog, and heavy cloud cover.