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Monday 6 January 2014

On This Day in Weird, January 6....

1939: "Superman" debuts as a daily newspaper comic strip.

1948: Bernice Zaikowski heard a "sizzling and whizzing" sound overhead, looking skyward to see a "birdman" hovering 200 feet above her barn at Chehalis, Washington. Five other adults and several children also watch the "man equipped with long silver wings fastened over the shoulders with a strap" hover, ascend, and then fly out of sight.

1949: A diamond-shaped UFO flies over Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico, moving "faster than a jet." The same day brings reports of "unusual sounds" above and around New Mexico's Los Alamos National Laboratory.

1950: Three Air Force crewmen aboard a C-47 transport plane report a silver, football-shaped UFO 30 to 60 feet long flying near Howard, Kansas.

1953: Air Force radar operators track a UFO passing over Texas and Oklahoma, flying at an altitude of 7,500 feet, maintaining a speed of 600 knots (690 miles per hour).

1954: The Pentagon bars reporters seeking information on UFOs from Ohio's Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, home of "Hangar 18" which allegedly houses remains of crashed spacecraft.

1968: Robert James Jr. and Leroy Larwick sight a Bigfoot while flying over Confidence Ridge, California. They estimate its height at 10 to 12 feet.

1987: Astronomers at the University of California catch their first glimpse a new galaxy's birth.

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