This Weekend In History…

First Official UFO Report

June 24, 1947

Pilot Kenneth Arnold sights several unidentified flying objects flying in a “V” formation while flying near Mt. Rainier in Washington state. Arnold claimed he saw a string of nine, shiny unidentified flying objects flying past Mount Rainier. He said they moved from Mt. Rainer to Mount Adams, a distance of about 50 miles (80 km), in one minute and forty-two seconds, which would equate to a speed of over 1,700 miles per hour (2,700 km/h). This sighting is credited with being the first of the modern era UFO sightings. Arnold’s description of the objects as being shaped like saucers and their movement as being like saucers skipping on water led to the popular usage of the term “flying saucer”. A prospector on Mt. Adams claims to also have seen the objects that day, along with several other witnesses who claim to have seen objects around the same time. This sighting was followed by numerous sightings of UFOs by others in the following weeks.

Death of Michael Jackson

June 25, 2009

Singer Michael Jackson dies of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication at his home in Los Angeles. His personal physician, Conrad Murray, found Jackson in his room, not breathing and with a weak pulse. He administered CPR, but to no avail. Jackson was later pronounced dead at the hospital. Murray didn’t follow standard CPR procedure, as he performed the CPR on a bed as opposed to hard surface. The Coroner would conclude that Jackson died from the anesthetic propofol and ruled the death a homicide. Propofol, which can be used for general anesthesia and sedation for medical procedures, was administered by Murray to help Jackson sleep. Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and served two years in prison. Jackson was scheduled to begin his sold-out This is It tour three weeks later.

U.S. Bombs Iraq in Retaliation for Bush Assassination Attempt

June 26, 1993

Nine civilians are killed when U.S. forces launch a missile attack at Iraqi intelligence headquarters in Baghdad. The attack was in retaliation for an alleged Iraqi plot to kill former U.S. President George H. W. Bush during his visit to Kuwait the previous April. On orders by President Bill Clinton, the U.S. launched 23 Tomahawk cruise missiles from two U.S. Navy warships. Secretary of Defense, Les Aspin, stated, “What we’re doing is sending a message against the people who were responsible for planning this operation… (If) anybody asks the same people to do it again, they will remember this message.”