September 18, 1973
During the presidential campaign of 1976, Democratic challenger Carter was forthcoming about his belief that he had seen a UFO. He described waiting outside for a Lion's Club Meeting in Leary, Georgia, to begin, at about 7:30 p.m., when he spotted what he called "the darndest thing I've ever seen" in the sky. Carter, as well as 10 to 12 other people who witnessed the same event, described the object as "very bright [with] changing colors and about the size of the moon." Carter reported that "the object hovered about 30 degrees above the horizon and moved in toward the earth and away before disappearing into the distance." He later told a reporter that, after the experience, he vowed never again to ridicule anyone who claimed to have seen a UFO.
During the presidential campaign of 1976, Carter promised that, if elected president, he would encourage the government release "every piece of information" about UFOs available to the public and to scientists. After winning the presidency, though, Carter backed away from this pledge, saying that the release of some information might have "defense implications" and pose a threat to national security.
September 18, 1876
The "monster" was seen in the Malacca Straits, which link the Indian and Pacific Oceans between the Malay Peninsula and the Indonesian island of Sumatra. In his log, John W Webster, Captain of the SS Nestor, described the creatures as having a body which was "quite fifty feet broad" and its total length "over two hundred feet". Its head "was about twelve feet broad and appeared ... about six feet above the water." It had a "long dragon tail with black and white scales". The monster continued its course alongside the ship, taking no note of either ship or occupants, who were entertained by its presence for about half an hour.
September 21, 1741
On 21 September 1741, a thick fall of Angel Hair occurred over Selborne, England. The phenomenon was documented in "The Natural History of Selbourne (England)" by Gilbert White, where he described it as follows: "A shower of cobwebs falling from very elevated regions and continued without interuption until the end of the day. Most were not single filmy threads floating in the air in all directions, but perfect flakes or rags, between an inch and 5 or 6 long, which fell with a degree of velocity that they were considerably heavier than the atmosphere. On every side the observer looked might he behold a continual succession of fresh flakes falling into his sight, twinkling like stars as they turned their sides towards the sun. How far this wonderful shower extended would be difficult to say, but we know it reached Bradley, Selbourne and Alresford, the three who lie in a sort of triangle, the shortest of whose sides is about 8 miles in extent."
(As I completely forgot about doing the strange history post this week I had to very quickly get it together as such the above extracts are from History. com and Today .net)