Originally from NE I was intrigued when I saw this posting,
having done extensive geneaology of the period & had
never heard of it before.
I've sent off an e-mail to relatives and friends with
several references to the "Day" for their comments. I doubt
they ever heard of it either.
Thanks! My guess is that when we launched the history (late 2008) Google hadn't yet crawled that article, or we just didn't see it when we hunted around. But I've updated the listing to give this as the most likely explanation for the phenomenon :-)
As a sidenote, this history feature isn't static - we can always add more "on this day" trivia or expand/update/correct an anetry. So if you know of any gardening, farming or weather-related events we might have missed, I hope you'll let us know!
This sounds amazing but real. Last year at the end of May, fires in Eastern Canada combined with wind patterns and blanketed NE and eastern NY state with smoke. You could swear that the fires were somewhere close by and could see the haze. It didn't darken the days however but, the smoke could be smelled for several days. Back then, they probably didn't figure the smell of wood smoke into the equation because everybody burned wood in those days.