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Originally posted by spikey
reply to post by Jimjolnir
Have you looked into a partial eclipse being the culprit?
As i said in my post up the page a bit..might be the cause.
I must be on a hell of a lot of ignore lists, nobody seems to want to answer me...oh well, i'll get my coat.
In Notes and Queries, 2-4-139, there is an account of a darkness in Holland, in the midst of a bright day, so intense and terrifying that many panic-stricken persons lost their lives stumbling into the canals.
Gentleman's Magazine, 33-414:
A darkness that came upon London, Aug. 19, 1763, "greater than at the great eclipse of 1748."
Monthly Weather Review, March, 1886-79:
That, according to the La Crosse Daily Republican, of March 20, 1886, darkness suddenly settled upon the city of Oshkosh, Wis., at 3 P.M., March 19. In five minutes the darkness equaled that of midnight.
I think that some of us are likely to overdo our own superiority and the absurd fears of the Middle Ages--
People in the streets rushing in all directions--horses running away--women and children running into cellars--little modern touch after all: gas meters instead of images and relics of saints.
This darkness, which lasted from eight to ten minutes, occurred in a day that had been "light but cloudy." It passed from west to east, and brightness followed: then came reports from towns to the west of Oshkosh: that the same phenomenon had already occurred there. a "wave of total darkness" had passed from west to east.
Other instances are recorded in the Monthly Weather Review...