Ann Hodgesa woman from Alabama, in the United States had a unique experience in her life when she became the first documented case of a person being hit by a meteorite that fell from the sky.
Hodges never intended to be famous, but she was thrust into the national spotlight when his nap was interrupted in 1954 by an otherworldly rock.
In the nearly 58 years since that day, Hodges and his strange story remain a source of fascination.. How did Ann Hodges receive the meteorite in her body? and most importantly, how did he survive after the impact? were some questions from the people who knew their adventures.
The nap interrupted by a meteorite
Mary Beth Prondzinskiwho is responsible for the collections at the Alabama Museum of Natural History, where the meteorite is on display, wrote in the facility’s memoir: “It’s one of those local legends that not too many people know about.”
Although the Asteroid day It is celebrated every June 30 to commemorate the largest asteroid impact on Earth in recent history, the Siberian Tunguska event. However, the story of Ann Hodges must be considered.
It all happened at a time both the threat of an atomic bomb and that of aliens invaded the fear of the population. Therefore it is not strange that when the residents of the small town in Alabama saw the fireball, they started calling 911.
According to the Decatur Daily media report, many thought they had witnessed a plane crash.
Ann Hodges rented a home in the Oak Grove community with her husband. “Incredibly, across the street was the Comet drive-in, which had a neon sign depicting a comet falling through the sky,” the Decatur Daily News reported.
How did the meteorite get on Ann Hodges’ leg?
Hodges, who was 34 at the time, was at home with his mother on the afternoon of November 30.. According to the specialized magazine Slate, the meteorite crashed into the roof of the Hodges house at 14:46.
The post says that “Ann Hodges was sleeping on the sofa in her living room and was under a blanketwhich probably saved his life in a way,” Prondzinski said.
“The meteor came down through the living room ceiling and bounced off a standing console radio that was in the bedroom and landed on his hip” the chronicle added.
Her mother, who was in another room, ran to her daughter’s aid when she heard her scream. After that, neither Hodges nor his mother knew what happened to him..
“All she knew was that something hit herProndzinski said, “They found the meteorite, a big rock, and they couldn’t figure out how it got there.”
Prondzinski said the meteorite was composed of iron and nickel. According to the Smithsonian magazine, it is estimated to be 4.5 billion years old.
When the meteorite entered Earth’s atmosphere, it broke apart. One fragment hit Hodges, while another was located a few miles away by a farmer. named Julius Kempis McKinney who discovered the fragment while driving a mule cart.
McKinney later sold it for enough money to buy a house and a car.According to him Decatur Daily News.
“Before they determined what had fallen from the sky, everyone in town surrounded the house and wanted to see what had happened,” said Prondzinski.
“There was no social media back then, but the word definitely spread quickly,” Prondzinski said.
A doctor and the police were called to the house. And the mayor, Ed Howard, also attended. They discovered the hole in the ceiling where the meteorite had crashed.
According to witnesses, the meteor impact left a large “grapefruit” sized bruise on Hodges’ hip.
“She was taken to the hospital, not because she was seriously injured that she needed to be hospitalized, but because she was very upset about the whole incident.. He was a very nervous person, and he didn’t like all the fame and all the people around him.”
Hodges’ husband, Eugene, came home from work to find his home surrounded by a crowd of people. He soon found out what was happening.
“I think the fact that she went through the roof slowed her trajectory, if she had taken the full impact she would have broken her leg or her back. It probably wouldn’t have killed her, but it would have hurt her a lot more.Prondzinsky said.
“The Air Force looked at it because they thought it was a flying saucer and all that crazy stuff,” Prondzinski said.
The fight for Ann Hodges to be the owner of the meteorite that hit her
After confirming that it is a meteorite, the Hodges faced a lengthy litigation process to obtain their property. Its owner, Birdie Guy, believes the meteorite belongs to her because she owns the house.
“Sueing the government to have the meteorite that hit me is the only way I’m going to get it,” Hodges said on a television show at the time.I believe that God has destined it for me. In the end it hit me“.
According to him Decatur Daily News, the Hodges wanted money to fix the house’s roof. The litigation dragged on for a year, and Prondzinski said Guy settled for $500. Eventually the house burned down and was torn down to make way for a mobile home park.
Hodges became an overnight celebrity and even appeared on a game show.
Ann Hodges became famous immediatelyand. “She was invited to come to New York to be on the Garry Moore show, I’ve Got a Secret, where the jury had to guess what her profession was or what happened to her, why she was a notable figure is,” Prondzinski said.
Hodges received fan letters from churches, children and educators asking about the meteorite.but never responded to any of them, leaving it in the hands of his lawyer.
“He was a very private person,” Prondzinski said. “He didn’t like having all the fame.”
Ultimately, Hodges decided to donate the meteorite to the Alabama Museum of Natural History. It was not a decision made for a scientific question, but because it caused many arguments in the couple.
The man wanted to make money from the meteorite, but could not find a buyer. And the tension only subsided when they divorced in 1964.
Finally, in 1972, Ann Hodges died in a nursing home. He was 52 years old.