“Fatal” Friday In Connection With American History

The Christian Recorder was published by the African Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States, “for the Dissemination of Religion, Morality, Literature and Science.” in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Our collection of The Christian Recorder issues is complete from 1861 through December 1902; excluding 1892.

“Fatal” Friday In Connection With American History

Among all the superstitions few are so incomprehensible as the belief in unlucky days. We have a friend of more than ordinary general intelligence and business capacity, who can not be persuaded to start upon a journey or undertake an enterprise on Friday. He will not listen to argument or heed ridicule; he knows what he knows.

But as he is a man who takes great interest in the history of his country, perhaps if he should study a recapitulation of lucky days in the American calendar, he might be cured of his prejudice.

For the benefit of all who may sympathize with our friend, we avail ourself of a Kentuckian’s research, to show how great cause we Americans have to dread the fatal day.

  • On Friday, August 3, 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed on his great voyage of discovery.
  • On Friday, October 12, 1492, he first discovered land.
  • On Friday, January 4, 1493 he sailed on his return to Spain, which, if he had not reached in safety, the happy results would never be known which led to the settlement of this vast continent. On Friday, March 15, 1493, he arrived at Palos in safety.
  • On Friday, November 22, 1493, he arrived at Hispaniola on his second voyage to America.
  • On Friday, June 13, 1494, he, though unknown to himself, discovered the continent of America.
  • On Friday, March 5, 1496, Henry VII., of England, gave to John Cabot his commission, which led to the discovery of North America. this is the first American State paper in England.
  • On Friday, September 7, 1565, Melendez founded St. Augustine, the oldest settlement in the United States by more than forty years. On Friday, November 10, 1620, the Mayflower, with the Pilgrims, made the harbor of Provincetown. On the same day was signed that august contract, the forerunner of our present glorious Constitution.
  • On Friday, December 22, 1624, the Pilgrims made their final landing on Plymouth Rock.
  • On Friday, June 16, 1775, Bunker Hill was seized and fortified. On Friday, October 7, 1777, the surrender of Saratoga was made, which had such power and influence in inducing France to declare for our cause.
  • On Friday, September 22, 1780, the treason of Yorktown, the crowning glory of the American arms.
  • On Friday, June 7, 1791, the surrender of Yorktown, the crowning glory of the American arms.
  • On Friday, June 7, 1776 the motion was made in Congress by John Adams, seconded by Richard Henry Lee , that the United Colonies were and of right ought to be free and independent.

The prejudices about days, thus so effectually exposed for Americans, is like many other prejudices preserved by tradition, an inheritance from our remote ancestors. Ancient calendars designated two days in each month as unfortunate, namely; January the first and seventh; February the third and fourth; March the first and fourth; April tenth and eleventh; May, third and seventh; June, the tenth and fifteenth; July, the tenth and thirteenth; August, the first and second; September, the third and tenth; October, the third and thirteenth; November, the third and fifth; December; the seventh and tenth. Each one of these days was devoted to some peculiar fatality.

– Golden Days.


Collection: African American Newspapers
Publication: The Christian Recorder
Date: December 3, 1885
Title: “Fatal” Friday In Connection With American History
Location: Philadelphia, PA

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