For those like myself who live on the east coast of the colonies, there has been the most dreadful weather over the past week. I can't remember the last time I saw the sun. Such was the case 231 years ago for residents of New England. On 19 May, 1780 those in New England and part of Canada went about their day in the dark.
The Dark Day, as it was called, began around 10 in the morning. It became as dark as night outside, requiring people to use candles to go about daily life. The darkness did not clear until the following day, but by then one case safely assume everyone's natural clockwork was set off by the bizarre weather. It is thought that the cause of the phenomenon was a combination of Mother Nature's darkest elements: forest fire smoke, thick fog, and cloud cover.
Now one can only hope the current dark day New England is experiencing 231 years later will soon be gone!