Fitch Bits: Boston's First Recorded UFO

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Fitch Bits: Boston's First Recorded UFO

DID YOU KNOW that the first recorded (by the Western world) UFO sighting in the Americas happened in what would become Boston?
It happened all the way back in 1639 when, on March 1st, John Winthrop (yes, of the Winthrop Winthrops) wrote: "earlier in the year James Everell, 'a sober, discreet man,' and two others had been rowing a boat in the Muddy River, which flowed through swampland and emptied into a tidal basin in the Charles River, when they saw a great light in the night sky. When it stood still, it flamed up, and was about three yards square,” the governor reported, “when it ran, it was contracted into the figure of a swine.”
That's not all. He also said that "Diverse other credible persons saw the same light, after, about the same place."
But don't go yet, there's still more! It also turns out that the men in the boat experienced missing time! As he put it, the men happened to find themselves one mile upstream, as if the light had transported them there. The men had no memory of their rowing against the tide, although it’s possible they could have been carried by the wind or a reverse tidal flow.
So, what was it? We don't know. What do you think it was? An alien? A scary ghost? A pig on fire
Anyway, what do you think about it? Let us know in the comments! You can also check out all of the previous DID YOU KNOW posts right here on! as well as full length posts about the odd and haunted history of New England!
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