1.1901: Picasso’s first art show
On this date in 1901, more than 75 different paintings went up on display at a gallery in Paris by a young 19 year old man named Pablo Picasso. The gallery was on the famous Paris’ rue Lafiftte, a street very well known for its many different art galleries. At the time, he was an unknown artist outside of his home town of Barcelona, so to have the opportunity to display his work in Paris was a major deal.
1997: U.S. Air Force debunks rumors of Roswell, New Mexico
There have been stories about aliens landing in Roswell, New Mexico since the early 1940’s, and on this date in 1997 the United States Air Force publicly debunk all of those rumors with a 231 page report. The report would go on to discredit claims that an alien spacecraft crashed in Roswell almost exactly 50 years prior. One claim specifically where W.W. Brazel, a ranch foreman found shiny metal objects scattered all over his land, but the metal seemed “strange” according to reports. The local Sheriff apparently took the material to the local Air Force Base and not long after taking possession, officials announced they had recovered the wreckage of a “flying disc”. They immediately changed their story, saying it had been “weather balloons”. The report in 1997 was titled, “The Roswell Report, Case Closed” and it went on to say there wasn’t any evidence of aliens in Roswell. They thought this would put an end to all the alien talk, but for most it just confirmed that the government was most definitely hiding something.
1947: First publicized Flying Saucer
On this date in 1947, the first publicly documented “flying saucer” sighting takes place near Mount Rainier, Washington. Kenneth Arnold, a pilot, was flying when he saw what appeared to be nine shiny vehicles flying in a “kite tail” like pattern. It was reported that one of the vehicles appeared to be in a crescent shape, but all of the rest resembled round saucer type ships. It was estimated that these vehicles were traveling at over 1200mph. Not exactly sure how they would have come up with this figure, especially in 1947, but that is what was reported. Arnold claimed that it looked like a saucer skipping across water, which ultimately led to the term “Flying Saucer.”