ow that The X-Files is back for yet another season, why not dust off the always-trending topic of UFOs. Are you a believer? Or are you a skeptic? Are you willing to listen to the conspiracy theories? How about analyze photographs? Sure, oftentimes UFO stories have an alternative, and much more practical explanation to the prospective UFO theory. But many of the hundreds of reported UFO stories legitimately go unsolved and unanswered. That’s why we decided to put together a list of those specific moments from the past 100+ years of UFO sightings that might be worth further investigation.
The Aurora UFO (1897)
On April 17, 1897, a UFO clipped the windmill of a local farm in Aurora, Texas and crashed. The “not of this world” pilot died in the crash and was subsequently buried “with Christian rites” in an unmarked grave at Aurora Cemetery. Both Dallas and Fort Worth newspapers would go on to cover the extraterrestrial story.
Cape Girardeau UFO crash (1941)
In 1941, Reverend William Huffman was summoned to Cape Girardeau, Missouri to pray over crash victims. The Reverend was driven into the woods where he witnessed a scene full of policemen, firefighters, and FBI agents. As he was taken to the crash victims, he noticed the disc-shaped craft adorned with hieroglyphic writings. Upon arriving at the victims, he quickly realized they were not human, but rather hairless, big-eyed and large headed creatures. The military would later make the Reverend swear to secrecy about what he had seen. To this day, many believe the authenticity of this UFO story.
The Battle of Los Angeles (1942)
On February 24, 1942, less than three months after Pearl Harbor and the United States entering WWII, air raid sirens rang throughout Los Angeles County. At 3 in the morning the 37th Coast Artillery Brigade began firing over 1,400 shells into the sky at what they believed to be another Japanese attack. Ultimately the event was determined to be a false alarm, but to this day conspiracy theorists believe the military’s target that night was an alien spaceship.
The Ghost Rockets (1946)
Throughout the year of 1946, around 2,000 different sightings of rocket-shaped UFOs were reported in and around Sweden. The UFOs were quickly named ghost rockets, or because of the location of the sightings, Scandinavian ghost rockets. Investigations concluded that the ghost rockets were merely meteors, however skeptics are quick to point out that a majority of the ghost rockets weren’t witnessed during meteor shower activity.
Maury Island incident (1947)
On June 21, 1947, two harbor patrolmen witnessed six donut-shaped objects in the sky over Maury Island. They told authorities the UFO released a “white metal” lava substance onto their boat. Following the event, one of the patrolmen, Harold Dahl, claimed a man in a black suit confronted him. The mysterious man told Dahl to never speak of what had happened. This is likely the first instance in UFO folklore of what would become the image and inspiration for Men In Black.
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