A Brief History
This article presents a calendar of historical paranormal events that allegedly occurred in July!
On 1 July 2013, Mike Rosoft, an account with a bizarre history of being blocked, nominated the “Creepypasta” article for deletion on Wikipedia again after its apparent recreation.
On July 7, 1456, Joan of Arc (Jeanne d’Arc) was acquitted of heresy.
On July 7, 1947, a mysterious object fell from the sky near Roswell, New Mexico, and was reported the next day in the local newspaper as a “Flying Saucer” captured by RAAF (Roswell Army Airfield) personnel.
On July 8, 1947, the local Roswell newspaper reported the crash of a UFO outside of town, calling it a “flying saucer.”
On July 13, 2014, the 20th FIFA World Cup soccer championship game took place between Germany and Argentina with an alleged “psychic” turtle called upon to predict the result.
On July 13, 2017, we are on the eve of the release of the major motion picture, Wish Upon, a medium budget ($12 million) supernatural horror film that plays upon the idea that you better be careful what you wish for!
On July 13, 2018, probably not coincidentally Friday the 13th, the new blockbuster animated film Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, opens at theaters across the United States.
On July 15, 1838, while delivering a speech at Harvard Divinity School, Ralph Waldo Emerson described Jesus as a “great man,” but not “God.”
On July 25, 1593, Henry IV, King of France, converted from Calvinist Protestant back to the Catholicism of his birth.
On July 29, 1976, the homicidal lunatic known to the tabloid press as “Son of Sam” murdered his first victim and wounded another in the first of 8 shooting attacks by David Berkowitz of New York City.
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For more information, please see…
Clarke, Roger. Ghosts: A Natural History: 500 Years of Searching for Proof. St. Martin’s Griffin, 2015.
The featured image in this article, Roswell Daily Record, July 8, 1947, announcing the “capture” of a “flying saucer,” is in the public domain, because it was published in the United States between 1924 and 1963 and although there may or may not have been a copyright notice, the copyright was not renewed. Unless its author has been dead for the required period, it is copyrighted in the countries or areas that do not apply the rule of the shorter term for US works, such as Canada (50 pma), Mainland China (50 pma, not Hong Kong or Macao), Germany (70 pma), Mexico (100 pma), Switzerland (70 pma), and other countries with individual treaties. See Commons:Hirtle chart for further explanation.