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1947 – THE YEAR THE HIGH STRANGENESS BEGAN?

Posted on: March 3, 2013

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We have a tendency these days to think we live in particularly troublesome and strange times. Some even refer to it as the “end times”. From the Millennium onwards there has been an apocalyptic feel to everything. Even the massive anti-climax of the Mayan apocalypse on 21 December 2012 doesn’t seem to have dissipated this feeling much. It would be very easy to get carried away with all this. To see every natural disaster, every corrupt government, every damn fearful and frightening thing has A Sign that the end is nigh.

I’ve often felt though that if you pull any year at random out of history, you could probably find that it was choc-full of frightening, strange and unfathomable occurrences. Whilst browsing through Monte Cook’s ‘The Skeptic’s Guide To Conspiracies’, I found a segment where he points out that 1947 was a particularly odd year. I was sufficiently intrigued to go on to Wikipedia, and see just how many disturbing/apocalyptic/mysterious things happened that year.  I am adding any further snippets I come across as and when.

1 January – I found this one in Nick Redfern’s 365 Days Of UFOs.  A man and a friend took a jeep into the Arizona desert, but were stopped by a group of armed Air Force personnel.  The man said he could see other Air Force personnel grouped around a large object half sunk into the sand.  He got the impression the military had only just arrived on the scene.

3 January – Al Herpin, known as The Man Who Never Slept, a chronic insomniac, died. A reclusive resident of New Jersey, he would spend his nights sitting in a rocking-chair reading the newspapers. He lived to the ripe old age of 94, and was in a good health. No beds were found in his house after his death.

8 January – David Bowie born

15 January –  The body of Elizabeth Short – aka the Black Dahlia – was found in a Los Angeles street. She was cut in half and drained of blood.  She had also had a clown-like smile sadistically carved into her face.  The case remains unsolved to this day.

16 January – RAF Trimley Heath, nr Felistowe, England, tracked a strange series of blips flying erratically at 38,000 ft 50 miles off the Dutch coast.  It was reported that they were moving at a speed faster than sound (9 months before the sound barrier was broken).  ‘Operation Charlie’ was launched to investigate.  Although it was officially concluded that it was due to natural phenomena, the Daily Mail the following April described it as “a ghost plane” which the RAF couldn’t catch.

February – Severe weather in North America. Blizzards buried towns in Canada. The lowest air temperature, a terrifying -63degsC, was recorded in the Yukon Territory, US. Meanwhile the United Kingdom is enduring one of the worst winters ever recorded, (sheep froze to death in the fields), ending in widespread flooding in March when the thaw begins.

12 February – a meteor crashes into the Soviet Union.

19 February –  American Admiral Richard E Byrd claimed to see evidence of alien activity and the entrance to the  Hollow Earth whilst flying over the North Pole.  He said that at a meeting at the Pentagon the following month he was ordered by the President of the United States not to reveal any more. His diary can be found Online, but I have to say I personally don’t find it terribly convincing.

March – Mitt Romney born.

April – Multiple tornadoes in the US Midwest result in the deaths of 181 people.

8 April – Two employees of the Weather Bureau Station at Richmond, Virginia reported seeing an unknown metallic disk on 3 occasions.

22 May – The Cold War officially begins. And oh boy, does the fun really begin then.

21 June – Harold Dahl claims he saw several UFOs near Maury Island, Washington, and the following day is visited by the Men In Black.

24 June – Kenneth Arnold sees a formation of what he describes as “flying saucers” whilst flying near Mount Raina, Washington, kickstarting a whole phenomenon that endures to this day.

28 June – A US Air Force lieutenant reported seeing 5 or 6 circular objects flying in close formation over Lake Meade, Nevada.

2 July – Workers rebuilding the Russian city of Kiev found a strange object underground.  The object, initially thought to be a foreign missile, was transferred to Moscow, where it was concluded the seamless cylindrical object had in fact lain underground for up to 5000 years!

7 July – A farmer discovers some strange wreckage on his land near Roswell, New Mexico. The Roswell Incident is born.

9 July – Ball lightning seen in the Dumfries and Galloway region of Scotland.  On 17 August it was also seen in Cornwall.

10 July – A circular object seeing flying at high velocity over Harmon Field, Newfoundland.

August – According to Janet & Colin Bord’s Modern Mysteries of Britain, two men disappeared in Filey, North Yorkshire.  Would love to know more about this, particularly as this area is known for its High Strangeness events, but I haven’t been able to find anything.

27 August – Riots due to severe bread rationing break out in France.

18 September – The Central Intelligence Agency (the CIA) was founded.

October – The first recorded use of the word “computer”, as regards an electronic device.

14 October – Chuck Yeager became the first human to  break the sound barrier for the first time.

20 November – Princess Elizabeth (the future Queen Elizabeth II) marries Philip, the future Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey, London.

1 December – Aleister Crowley, famous Occultist and writer, died in a Hastings boarding-house. Known during his lifetime (mostly put about by himself) as The Great Beast, and the wickedest man in the world. He died of heroin addiction. Reputedly his last words were “I don’t understand”.

On top of all that there were the following:

. the Doomsday Clock is introduced, which has gloomily forecast ever since how close the human race is to all-out nuclear annihilation.

. House of UnAmerican Activities begins its investigations into Communism in Hollywood.

. The Dead Sea Scrolls are found in a cave.

. And last (but by no means least) occurs the largest sunspot ever recorded.

So, if we think the times we are currently going through are anything different or truly bizarre, perhaps we are mistaken. Or perhaps, 1947 was the year when the strange wonders of modern life really began to kick off.

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