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-16 April 1897 - Downs, Illinois, USA - Six people emerged from an aerial craft.
-16 April 1897 00:03 - Danvers, Illinois, USA - Mandolin Club incident.
-16 April 1897 00:30 - Bay City, Michigan, USA - Large object high up in sky, not cloud, appeared solid. Gradually descended, around 50'-70 feet in length, red light both ends, dull red glow, conical shape. Moved rapid pace, then slowed.
-16 April 1897 01:30 - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - Mystery airship.
-16 April 1897 02:45 - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - Cops hear drumming noise, 30 feet long cigar-shaped airship with something hanging 10 feet below it. Carried red and yellow lights. Speed 25mph to the south.
-16 April 1897 13:00 - Springfield E, Missouri, USA - Mystery airship.
-16 April 1897 15:00 - Hawkins, Texas, USA - Close encounter with a craft and its occupants. An unidentified object at close range and its occupants were observed by one witness in a clearing
In October 197. - Illinois, USA - An object was sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft. One object, about 10 feet across, was observed in clear weather by two witnesses, a married couple, for ten minutes.
In Fall 197. Evening - Madera, Pennsylvania, USA - An unidentified object was sighted, but with appearance and behavior that most likely would have a conventional explanation. One object was observed by one experienced male witness briefly.
14 October 197 Around 0400 - Minden, Ontario, Canada - An object was observed from a car. Telepathic phenomena were said to have occurred. One object was observed by one male 36-year-old witness (Smith).
To understand the origins of the British government's interest in UFOs it is necessary tolook back to an earlier period of 20th century history. In 1909 and 1913 phantomairships - dark cigar-shaped flying objects carrying searchlights - were sighted at nightmoving over many British towns and cities. As tension grew in the build up to the FirstWorld War, newspapers and some politicians accused the Germans of sending Zeppelinairships to spy on dockyards and other strategic areas around the British coastline.In October 1912, when sightings of an unidentified aircraft were made over the RoyalNavy torpedo school at Sheerness, Essex, questions were asked in the House ofCommons. This led the First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill, to order aninvestigation. Inquiries by naval intelligence failed to establish the identity of the aircraftbut the Germans were widely believed to be responsibl