It was on this day in 1943 that the U.S. Navy destroyer escort USS Eldridge became invisible or “cloaked” to enemy devices say some conspiracy theorists. The event is commonly known as “The Philadelphia Experiment.” The story goes that astronomer Morris K. Jessup, author of The Case for the UFO, received two letters from Carlos Miguel Allende who made the claim that he saw the secret experiment at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard where the ship became invisible and was teleported to New York as well as another dimension, which cost the lives of some of the ship’s soldiers. Jessup concluded that the writer was a bit off.
Elsa Lanchester is Born
While you may not know the actress Elsa Lanchester by name, you definitely have seen her in one of her acting character rolls. Lanchester, who was born on this day in 1902, is best known for her portray as the “Monster’s mate” in the classic 1935 flick, The Bride of Frankenstein. She also had bit rolls in many movis including Disney’s Blackbeard’s Ghost, That darn Cat! and Katie Nanna from Mary Poppins.