Goatview Farm - The Saint Report



May 19
A Genuine Unsolved Mystery

On May 19, 1780, an unexplained midday darkness fell over New England. The length of time the phenomenon lasted varied depended on the location of the observer, but the accounts indicate that it was at least several hours in duration. The intensity of the darkness also varied.

Nathaniel Hawthorne died on May 19, 1864. Lawrence of Arabia (T.E. Lawrence) on the same date in 1935 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash.
May 19 was the birthday of Malcolm X (1925) and still is the birthday of Nora Ephron (1941).
Saints celebrating feast days on May 19th include Peter Morrone (Peter Celestine V)(patron of bookbinders), Pudentiana (patron of the Philippines), Pudens, Calocerus, Parthenius, Dunstan (patron of armorers, blacksmiths, goldsmiths, jewelers, and locksmiths), Ivo of Kermartin, Theophilus of Corte, and Emiliana.
It was not an eclipse and if it were a volcanic ash cloud, the source has never been found. (Coincidentally, two hundred years minus one day after the Dark Day, Mount St. Helens erupted, causing a similar darkness to blanket some parts of the Pacific Northwest.) Some scientists believe that the cause was a great cloud of smoke from massive forest fires west of New England, but this is still theory.

John Greenleaf Whittier, "the Quaker poet" of Snowbound fame, wrote a poem about the day, focusing on the actions of the Connecticut legislature, which was in session when the darkness fell. Whittier was born little more than 20 years after the event, and was therefore almost certainly privy to the first-person accounts of many New Englanders. Other accounts exist in old journals and letters.

Naturally enough, many people apparently thought that the day of judgment was at hand, and even now on the Internet the references to the Dark Day are made as some sort of proof that Biblical prophesies are being fulfilled. And to those people I wish to direct a question:

Why only New England?

Do the Christian fundamentalists in other countries (assuming there ARE Xian fundamentalists in other countries--Canada doesn't count) think that a dark day in New England fulfills a Biblical prophesy? And as long as we are on this topic, do the fundamentalist televangelists in other countries (assuming there are fundamentalist televangelists in other countries) also have real big hair and wives that look like 1965 graduates of the Mustang Ranch?


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Marilyn Jones 2000-2008