Tag: conspiracy theory

October 21, 1978: Another Alien Abduction?

Today in 1978, amateur Australian pilot Frederick Valentich mysteriously disappeared over Bass Strait in southern Australia. Just after 7 p.m., Valentich radioed Melbourne air traffic control in a panic, claiming that an unidentified aircraft was following him. Traffic control told him that no other aircraft were in his vicinity. He described erratic movements, and at one point claimed that the other pilot may have been messing with him. When asked to identify the other aircraft, Valentich responded, "It's not an aircraft." His transmission was then cut off after a short series of sharp, metallic-sounding noises. Valentich and his plane were never found. Many theories had…

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September 19, 1976: UFO Sightings Reported in Tehran

Today in 1976, two Iranian Air Force F-4 Phantom II fighter jets investigated claims of a UFO flying over Tehran, Iran. Reportedly, the planes both suffered various equipment malfunctions while on approach, which seemingly fixed themselves upon departure from the object. In actuality, what most people saw was a series of meteor showers that happen annually, the Gamma Piscids, the Southern Piscids, and the Eta Draconids. As for the equipment malfunctions, it was later clarified that only one plane reported equipment malfunction, and that plane had a history of malfunctioning equipment to begin with. Author Brian Dunning said of the incident, "Once we look at…

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July 8, 1947: Aliens Land On Earth! (But Not Really)

Today in 1947, the U.S. Air Force released a press conference confirming the crashing of a "flying disc" near Roswell Army Air Field in Roswell, NM. The object in question was actually a balloon from a top-secret Air Force operation called Project Mogul, in which microphones were flown in high-altitude balloons in an attempt to detect Soviet Union nuclear weapon testing. The initial story given by the air force was that it was simply a crashed weather balloon. Conspiracy theories at the time died down almost instantly, and it wasn't until the late '70s that interest piqued again. By the 90's, the names Roswell and…

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