Wednesday, 8 January 2014



On This Day in Weird, January 8...

1800: "Victor," the Wild Boy of Aveyron, emerges from a forest at Saint-Sernin-sur-Rance, in southern France.

1864: Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale, heir to the British throne and future "Jack the Ripper" suspect, born at Frogmore, in Berkshire.

1904: Pope Pius X bans low-cut dresses in the presence of churchmen.

1918: Mississippi becomes the first state to ratify 18th Amendment, banning alcoholic beverages. (It will be the last to ratify the Thirteenth, banning slavery, in February 2013.)

1940: UFOs appear for the first of three consecutive nights over Lake Abitibi, Qu├ębec.

1971: 29 pilot whales beach themselves and die on California's San Clemente Island.

1974: Frank Searle snaps a purported photo of the Loch Ness Monster.

2007: First capture of a mature colossal squid, netted near Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf while feeding on Patagonian toothfish.

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