Genealogy Blogging Beat – Tuesday, 19 May 2015

On 19 May 1780, at midday near-total darkness unaccountably descended on much of New England. Candles were lit, fowls went to roost and many fearful persons believed that doomsday had arrived. At New Haven, CT, Colonel Abraham Davenport opposed adjournment of the town council in these words: “I am against adjournment. The day of judgment is either approaching or it is not. If it is not, there is no cause for an adjournment. If it is, I choose to be found doing my duty. I wish therefore that candles may be brought.” No scientifically verifiable cause for this widespread phenomenon was ever discovered.

On 19 May 1780, at midday near-total darkness unaccountably descended on much of New England. Candles were lit, fowls went to roost and many fearful persons believed that doomsday had arrived. At New Haven, CT, Colonel Abraham Davenport opposed adjournment of the town council in these words: “I am against adjournment. The day of judgment is either approaching or it is not. If it is not, there is no cause for an adjournment. If it is, I choose to be found doing my duty. I wish therefore that candles may be brought.” No scientifically verifiable cause for this widespread phenomenon was ever discovered.


Today is Tuesday, 19 May 2015, and here is what’s available in terms of Daily Blogging Prompts and other related events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

  • Today: Anne Boleyn Executed – Anniversary, Dark Day in New England anniversary, Lorraine Hansberry’s Birthday – 85th Anniversary, and Malcolm X’s Birthday – 90th Anniversary.

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Genealogy Blogging Beat – Monday, 18 May 2015

On 18 May 1980, a major eruption of Mount Saint Helens volcano, in southwestern Washington, blew steam and ash more than 11 miles into the sky. First major eruption of Mount Saint Helens since 1857, though on Mar 26, 1980, there had been a warning eruption of smaller magnitude.

On 18 May 1980, a major eruption of Mount Saint Helens volcano, in southwestern Washington, blew steam and ash more than 11 miles into the sky. First major eruption of Mount Saint Helens since 1857, though on Mar 26, 1980, there had been a warning eruption of smaller magnitude.


Today is Monday, 18 May 2015, and here is what’s available in terms of Daily Blogging Prompts and other related events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

  • Today: Allies Capture Monte Cassino – Anniversary, International Museum Day, Mount St. Helens Eruption anniversary, and Victoria Day – Canada.

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Genealogy Blogging Beat – Sunday, 17 May 2015

On 17 May 1954, the US Supreme Court ruled unanimously that segregation of public schools “solely on the basis of race” denied black children “equal educational opportunity” even though “physical facilities and other ‘tangible’ factors may have been equal. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.” The case was argued before the Court by Thurgood Marshall, who would go on to become the first black appointed to the Supreme Court.

On 17 May 1954, the US Supreme Court ruled unanimously that segregation of public schools “solely on the basis of race” denied black children “equal educational opportunity” even though “physical facilities and other ‘tangible’ factors may have been equal. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.” The case was argued before the Court by Thurgood Marshall, who would go on to become the first black appointed to the Supreme Court.


Today is Sunday 17 May 2015, and here is what’s available in terms of Daily Blogging Prompts and other related events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

  • Today: Bay to Breakers Race – 103rd Anniversary, Brown v. Board of Education Decision – Anniversary, First US Same-Sex Marriages – Anniversary, and New York Stock Exchange Established – Anniversary.

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