In 1924, the US had “Radio Silence Day” where radio broadcasts would be kept quiet for 5 minutes every hour in order to listen for radio signals from space. They didn’t hear anything.
In 1954, in Italy, a soccer match (Fiorentina vs Pistoiese) was suspended because multiple unidentified flying objects were spoted above the stadium and the whole city of Firenze. After a while a white sticky substance started falling from the sky. What happened is still a mistery.
In 1973, two men went to police claiming to have been abducted by aliens. The police thought they were lying, so they left them alone in the room with a secret recording device. To their surprise, they kept on talking about what happened and how scared they were.
Flying saucers weren’t the first reported UFOs. During the 1880s and 1890s, there were widespread reports of mysterious airships. Rumors that Thomas Edison was behind the airships were so common that he had to write a letter denying involvement.
The first CIA director stated in a letter to Congress that “high-ranking Air Force officers are soberly concerned about UFOs. But through official secrecy and ridicule, many citizens are led to believe the unknown flying objects are nonsense.”
Tom DeLonge, lead singer of Blink 182, opened a company with former top level CIA, Lockheed, and DoD engineers. They want to gradually release protected information on the UFO phenomenon.
In 1976, as part of America’s bicentennial celebrations, the residents of Lake City, Pennsylvania raised $6000 to build a UFO Landing Port. Explained Jim Meeder, the businessman who organized the effort, “We said to ourselves, ‘Let’s not look backward 200 years. Let’s look forward 200 years.’ Everybody else was restoring railroad depots and things like that. We wanted to do something different.”
The landing port consisted of “a grass-covered mound five feet high and 100 feet in diameter, bordered by red and blue lights.” A representative from the Tucson, Arizona Aerial Phenomenon Research Organization checked it out and said approvingly that he was relieved it wasn’t “a schlock thing.”
Twelve years later a reporter from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune checked back and found that the landing port hadn’t been visited by a UFO yet, but the town was using it as a helicopter landing pad for lake rescues.
On April Fools Day in 1989, billionaire Richard Branson designed a hot air balloon to look like a UFO, and hired a dwarf in an E.T. costume to come out and scare whoever was near it when it landed.
In 1978 a lone pilot flying in Australia reported to air traffic control that he was being accompanied by an aircraft above him. Asked to identify the aircraft, he radioed “It isn’t an aircraft”. His plane disappeared and has never been found.