Time and History 10:00 A.M. Dark Day in New England

About major and minor historical events around the clock such as the Dark Day in New England when it became dark as night for no scientific reason starting at ten o'clock in the morning.


10:00 in the Morning

May 19, 1780. The "dark day" of New England. It began like most other mornings, but at 10:00 A.M. a mysterious darkness spread over the land. Although there were no clouds, candles had to be lit inside houses, and outdoor work had to be stopped because people could not see what they were doing. At midday it was impossible to read a book. The darkness continued until the dawn of the following day. The strange phenomenon has never been scientifically explained. However, it is known that there was no eclipse of the sun on that day.

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