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All-new additions to the entertaining and bestselling line of regional history for all ages! IT HAPPENED IN CONNECTICUT (TwoDot)Diana Ross McCain More than twenty true stories from the Nutmeg State—including how it got its nickname, as well as the country’s first witch trials, the Charter Oak incident, and the invention of modern football. Diana Ross McCain is a historian from Durham, Connecticut. IT HAPPENED IN PHILADELPHIAScott Bruce The rich history of the City of Brotherly Love comes alive with this ...
All-new additions to the entertaining and bestselling line of regional history for all ages! IT HAPPENED IN CONNECTICUT (TwoDot)Diana Ross McCain More than twenty true stories from the Nutmeg State—including how it got its nickname, as well as the country’s first witch trials, the Charter Oak incident, and the invention of modern football. Diana Ross McCain is a historian from Durham, Connecticut. IT HAPPENED IN PHILADELPHIAScott Bruce The rich history of the City of Brotherly Love comes alive with this compelling selection of true stories. Learn about William Penn’s “Holy Experiment,” the background of “American Bandstand,” and the creation of the “Mummer’s” parade. This book has wide appeal for both history buffs and browsing tourists. Scott Bruce is a comedian and host of a PBS-TV trivia show called “The Pennsylvania Game.” IT HAPPENED ON THE SANTA FE TRAIL Stephen J. Glassman This emigrant trail stretching from central Missouri to northern New Mexico was a critical artery in opening up the American West. This collection of suspenseful-but-true stories includes the tragedy of the Sand Creek Massacre as well as the discovery of “Boone’s Lick.” Other tales include appearances by Spanish conquistadors, cowboys of every stripe, and even the man who cured malaria. Stephen Glassman is a former Fulbright scholar and currently a professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. IT HAPPENED IN MINNESOTADarrell Ehrlick From the heartland of America come these thirty compelling tales. Starting with a harrowing battle between white settlers and Sioux Indians, swinging around to encompass a bank robbery masterminded by Jesse James, and ending with the creation of the Mall of America, Minnesota has never seen its history written quite like this. Darrell Ehrlick is editor of Minnesota’s Winona Daily News and lives with his wife on the state border in Trempealeau, Wisconsin.
The Dark DayMay 19, 1780 The darkness appeared in the western sky around daybreak, then approached steadily and ominously. By midday it blotted out the sun, making it impossible to work outdoors or read a newspaper inside. Chickens fooled into thinking night had fallen returned to their roosts, while nocturnal whippoorwills started to sing. This may sound like a scene from an alien invasion horror movie – think Independence Day – but it actually happened in Connecticut. On a spring morning in 1780, the heavens turned mysteriously – and alarmingly – dark across much of the state. Friday, May 19 dawned partly cloudy, with scattered light showers. In Norwich the darkness first appeared around 8 a.m. By 11, a person “standing in the middle of a room furnished with 3 windows . . . could not read one word in a common newspaper,” wrote attorney Benjamin Huntington. In Thompson, about 40 miles northeast of Norwich as the crow flew – or would have flown if the false nightfall hadn’t sent him back to his nest – Joseph Joslin first noticed the darkness around 10 in the morning, while he was building a stone wall. By noon, the gloom was so dense Joslin couldn’t see far enough to continue working. He went inside, where candles had to be lit in order to see to prepare the midday meal. At that very hour similar conditions were recorded in New Haven, 70 miles southwest of Thompson, by Yale divinity professor Dr. Napthali Daggett. In Hartford, the Connecticut General Assembly was in session when the darkness began to manifest itself. Jedediah Strong of Litchfield, clerk of the House of Representatives, reached deep into his Yale-graduate vocabulary for words impressive enough – although likely incomprehensible to the average man on the street – to describe the weird transformation. “A rolling, lowering sky, the vapours forming as it were an extensive concave integument in our hemisphere” created “a solemn gloom of unusual darkness” by 10 a.m., Strong wrote in the Journal of the House. Conditions lightened briefly, “so that the sun became barely apparent through the heterogeneous penumbra.” But soon a darker cloud arrived, so completely blocking the sun’s rays that people couldn’t read or write or even recognize each other at short distances. The House adjourned at 11 a.m. . . .