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.

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, ending in widespread flooding in March when the thaw begins.

On the 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 don’t find it terribly convincing.

March Mitt Romney born.

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

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.

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.

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, 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.

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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