Since ancient times, people have reported witnessing strange lights and mysterious objects traveling through the skies. Stories of unidentified flying objects (UFOs), alien encounters, and other mysteries have captured the popular imagination, and have even given rise to a whole pseudoscientific field of study known as Ufology. In the canon of UFO legends, there are some incidents that continue to fascinate people today.
1. Aurora, Texas, UFO Crash
One of the most famous legends concerns the alleged crash of a UFO in the small, rural town of Aurora, Texas. A report in the Dallas Morning News stated that the deceased body of a “Martian” was found in the wreckage, and later buried in a local cemetery. Though some believe the story was a hoax, concocted by an Aurora resident who hoped it would stir interest in the town, the legend has persisted. An historical marker can be found outside the graveyard where the alien is allegedly buried.
2. The Battle of Los Angeles
Shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the city of Los Angeles was subject to an apparent air raid. On the night of February 24, sirens sounded throughout the city, and anti-aircraft munitions were fired into the sky, killing three civilians. Later, after the incident was revealed to be a “false alarm,” the U.S. Army said that a weather balloon had been mistaken for an enemy aircraft. Others claimed that the attack was a reaction to the appearance of a UFO.
3. Roswell, New Mexico, UFO Incident
In 1947, rancher Mac Brazel found strange crash debris north of Roswell, New Mexico, and reported his finding to a local radio station. Shortly thereafter the military collected the debris and issued a statement that it had recovered a “flying disc,” which was later described as a weather balloon. Conspiracy theorists, though, have long insisted that the device was actually a UFO, and that the government has concealed the truth. Several books have been written about the incident.