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1878 UFO Sighting

UFO Sighting from the Denison Daily News of Denison, Texas on January 25, 1878

A Texas farmer, John Martin, was credited with one of the first uses of the term “flying saucer.”  Martin had actually seen a “balloon-shaped” UFO, but used the saucer term to describe the size of the object from his perspective. Martin’s sighting was January 25, 1878.

He saw a dark object high in the sky that was moving closer to him all the while. Because the object maintained a dark color, there was speculation that the object was solid and backlit.  The headlines of the 25th would read, “A STRANGE PHENOMENON.” A portion of the report is listed here:  “From Mr. John Martin, a farmer who lives some six miles south of this city, we learn the following strange story: Tuesday morning while out hunting, his attention was directed to a dark object high up in the southern sky. The peculiar shape and velocity with which the object seemed to approach riveted his attention and he strained his eves to discover its character.”  When first noticed, it appeared to be about the size of an orange, which continued to grow in size. After gazing at it for some time Mr. Martin became blind from long looking and left off viewing it for a time in order to rest his eyes.

On resuming his view, the object was almost overhead and had increased considerably in size, and appeared to be going through space at wonderful speed.”  There are a number of other American reports, along with much evidence from around the world going back to early civilizations which indicate flying apparatus were being seen in the skies.  There seems to be little doubt that even before mankind had mastered the art of flying, someone, somewhere had. Of course, UFO reports can often times be explained by conventional flying objects, but what known craft could we use for an explanation in the mid to late 1800’s? The Wright Brothers had not yet created their new flying machine until 1903.

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