1954

  • 1954.0000 Taormina, Sicily photo

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    During 1954, a photograph was allegedly taken in Taormina, Sicily by Giuseppe Grasso showing four men standing on a bridge apparently gazing at 2 UFOs.

     

     

     

  • 1954.0000 Unarius founded

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    During 1954, the “Universal Articulate Interdimensional Understanding of Science Academy of Science” (“Unarius”) was founded by Ernest Norman and Ruth Norman.

     

     

     

  • 1954.0200 “Civilian Saucer Intelligence” formed

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    During February 1954, “Civilian Saucer Intelligence” (“CSI”) was formed in New York..

     

     

     

  • 1954.0215 Stephen Darbishire photo

     

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    Stephen Darbishire photo
    On 15 February 1954, thirteen-year-old Stephen Darbishire allegedly takes a UFO photo near Lake Coniston, Cumbria, England. (Sometimes referred to as “the Coniston Saucer”).

    This incident is Case 91 in Isaac Koi's "Top 100" article,  since it was referred to in 31 of the books covered by that article.

    This photograph has been referred to as “the first UFO photograph ever taken in Britain” (Westmoreland Gazette, 8 October 2004).

    As a result of the press coverage of this photograph, Stephen Darbishire and his father were invited to Buckingham Palace to meet one of the Duke of Edinburgh’s private secretaries (the Royal Equerry, RAF Squadron Leader Sir Peter Horsley).

    This incident has also featured in a list of cases produced jointly by British ufologists Dave Clarke and Andy Roberts for the Fortean Times in 2007 as part of a survey of various researchers of the ten cases from 1947 onwards that interested them the most.

     

     

  • 1954.0310 JANAP 146(C)

     

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    JANAP 146(C)
    On 10 March 1954, JANAP (“Joint Army-Navy-Air Force Publication”) 146(C) CIRVIS (“Communication Instructions For Reporting Vital Intelligence Sightings from Airborne and Waterborne Sources”) supersedes JANAP 146 (B).

     

     

     

  • 1954.0400 Ruppelt's True article

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    The April 1954 issue of Truemagazine contained an article by Captain Edward Ruppelt.

     

     

     

  • 1954.0404 Giant Rock Convention

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    On 4 April 1954, the first annual Giant Rock Convention organised by George Van Tassel. The conventions continued until 1977.

     

     

  • 1954.0629 BOAC stratocruiser sighting

     

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    BOAC stratocruiser sighting
    On 29 June 1954, the British Overseas Airways Corporation (“B.O.A.C.” or “BOAC”) stratocruiser “Centaurus” sighting occurred near Goose Bay, Labrador during a flight from New York’s Idlewild Airport to London, involving pilot Captain James Howard and co-pilot Lee Boyd. (Commonly referred to as “the BOAC stratocruiser sighting”.)

    This incident is Case 46 in Isaac Koi's "Top 100" article,  since it was referred to in 55 of the books covered by that article.

    This case featured in a list of 5 cases which APRO nominated as being the best in a survey in 1965 by Jacques Vallee.

     

  • 1954.0702 Walesville Incident

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    On 2 July 1954, a USAF F94 Starfire Jet crashed into the village of Walesville, New York, near Griffiss, killing several civilians. (Commonly referred to as “the Walesville Incident”). This crash is sometimes alleged to have occurred during the pursuit of a UFO.

    This incident is Case 92 in Isaac Koi's "Top 100" article,  since it was referred to in 30 of the books covered by that article.

     

     

     

  • 1954.0729 Daily Express poll

     

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    Daily Express poll
    On 29 July 1954, the Daily Express newspaper published the results of a survey which included the question “Do you believe in Flying Saucers?”. 16.5 per cent answered “yes”, 65 percent answered “no”.

     

     

  • 1954.0812 Air Force Letter 200-2

     

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    Air Force Letter 200-2

    On 12 August 1954, Air Force Letter 200-2 entitled “Unidentified Flying Objects Reporting” (“FLYOBRPT”) sets forth procedures for information and evidence materiel pertaining to unidentified flying objects and sets forth the responsibility of Air Force activities in this regard.

    This Air Force Letter superseded AFR 200-2 (26 August 1953) including change 200-2A (2 November 1953).

     

     

  • 1954.0910 Quarouble, France encounter

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    On 10 September 1954, Marius Dewilde claims to encounter two beings wearing large helmets in Quarouble, France.

     

     

     

  • 1954.1014 Salandin sighting

     

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    Salandin sighting
    On 14 October 1954, Royal Air Force (“RAF”) Flight Lieutenant James R Salandin claims to have seen 3 UFOs whilst flying over Essex in a Gloster Meteor.

     

     

     

  • 1954.1021 Jessie Roestenberg encounter

     

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    Jessie Roestenberg encounter
    On 21 October 1954, Mrs Jessie Roestenberg of Ranton, Staffordshire claims to see two figures wearing “ski-suits” in a flying disc.

     

     

  • 1954.1028 Rome angel hair sighting

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    On 28 October 1954, there was a sighting in Rome by various witnesses, including Clare Boothe Luce, allegedly involving reports of “angel hair”.

     

     

     

  • 1954.1114 Forli tractor incident

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    On 14 November 1954, a UFO sighting occurred near Forli in Italy, involving the reported failure of a petrol-driven tractor next to a diesel-driven tractor.

     

     

  • 1954.1123 4602d criteria

     

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    4602d criteria
    On 22 November 1954, Colonel John M White (Commander, ATIAE-5 1st Ind) wrote to the Commander of Air Technical Intelligence Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He referred to meeting on 17 and 18 November 1954 at which, the Commander, 4602dAISS and his staff met with Captain Charles Hardin, ATIC and Doctor J Allen Hynek, for the purpose of discussing relationships in the investigation and processing of Unidentified Flying Object reports. It was agreed that ATIC would furnish the 4602d AISS with “rule of thumb” criteria to be used in investigations.

     

     

  • 1954.1216 Eisenhower comments

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    On 16 December 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower commented on UFOs during a press conference.

     

     

     

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