The Roswell Report

Roswell strong center for Ufologists

One summer’s day in Rosewell, New Mexico, a ranch foreman found pieces of shiny metal scattered across his land. Air Force officials were contacted and soon announced that the metal pieces were wreckage from a downed “flying disk.” Suddenly, the relatively unknown town leaped into headlines. But it didn’t take long for the Air Force to take it all back, saying instead that the wreckage was actually a downed weather balloon.

50 years after that incident, UFO enthusiasts maintained that the weather balloon explanation was a cover up. And so on June 24, 1997, just a week before the 50th anniversary of the Roswell incident, the Air Force issued a 231-page report called The Roswell Report: Case Closed.

Report inspires X-Files

Most found the report to be confirmation of what they already knew: Roswell’s “flying saucer” had been nothing of the sort. But for those who believed that a UFO really had crashed in Roswell in 1947, the report fell on deaf ears.

Opinions about Roswell flying saucer and Roswell Report

Ever wondered why an alien aircraft would come tumbling down to Earth in the first place? Check out these theories:

Theory on 1947 UFO crash

Theory on 1947 UFO crash

More theories on 1947 UFO crash in Roswell

For UFOlogists, The Roswell Report would be filed away as just another comical attempt to cover up the truth.

Roswell Report not convincing for some

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Titanic Disaster

In the frozen pre-dawn hours of April 15, 1912, the passenger liner RMS Titanic was swallowed by the waters of the North Atlantic Ocean. Just two hours and forty minutes after an iceberg ripped through the rolled steel hull plates on Titanic‘s starboard side, the massive ship and most of her passengers sunk out of sight.

Giant Liner Titanic Sinks

1800 Lives Lost

Steamer Titanic

It was one of the most fatal maritime disasters to happen during a time of peace. The oversights that caused so many deaths, and the misinformation that followed, prompted outrage, particularly from family and friends who ached to know if their loved ones had survived—or why they hadn’t.

Titanic disaster

Wireless from the Carpathian

Not Enough Boats

The disaster cost thousands of lives, millions of dollars, and—fortunately—led to major improvements in maritime safety regulations, some of which are still around today.

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Women’s Army Corps

WAAC approved

May 15 was an exciting day for the women who yearned to aid their husbands, sons, fathers and friends during the war-torn years of World War II. It was on this day in 1942 that the bill to create a women’s military corps was passed into law and the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps was established.

Thousands of women enlisted after hearing the news, and within two months the corps was granted full status in the military. Its name was changed the Women’s Army Corps, with full military benefits granted to its members. Though the group was specifically used in noncombat roles, women in the WAC participated in every war theater across the globe as technicians, air-traffic controllers, electricians, clerks, radio operators, and in numerous other positions.

WACs making good with army

Opinions on the WAC were varied. Mostly, the public was none too happy about the development, as they believed that women did not belong in the war. The WAC was even advertised as a way to free the men for combat to help allay public outrage about allowing women in the military. Many in the army, too, felt threatened by the presence of these women who were taking over their roles. Others disagreed, however, finding the WAC to be vitally helpful. And there was no denying that the women of the WAC were well-disciplined, organized, and extremely useful.

WAC vital to army

In the end, over 150,000 women served in this branch during the years before they were integrated with the rest of the military. During that time period, women served in their own corps in the other military branches as well.

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