Dark Day

As defined in Merriam-Webster Third International Dictionary (1950 and earlier editions): “Any day characterized by great darkness, whether due to cloudiness, smoke, volcanic ashes, or the like; esp., May 19, 1780, when an unexplained darkness extended over all New England (possibly due to forest fires).” Because of its preeminence as the most outstanding occurrence of this sort, unequaled in intensity, extent, and duration-as dark as at “candle-lighting” for some hours in a large area of New England, and also because of its timing, the Dark Day of May 19, 1780, was cited by Millerites and by later Adventists as a fulfillment of certain prophecies ( Matt. 24:29 ; Rev. 6:12 ). For eyewitness accounts describing the meteorological phenomena and the effect of this notable obscuration,...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.