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23-08-1974

John Lennon sees a UFO

John Lennon

On the cover of John Lennon’s album Walls and Bridges, the following odd inscription can be seen: “On the 23rd Aug. 1974 at 9 o’clock I saw a U.F.O.” Was the former Beatle being all metaphorical and obscure? Not at all! In fact, according to him, this is exactly what happened. He claims that on this exact date, he was lying naked in his bed when he ‘got an urge’ and went out onto his balcony where he saw a large, circular object with a rim that was covered in white lights, plus a blinking red light on the top, see the video below. 

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John Lennon describing his UFO sighting.

Even though this incident took place during Lennon’s ‘lost weekend’ when he was separated from Yoko Ono and regularly binging on drink and drugs, he promised the skeptics that he was completely sober when the sighting took place. Though he took photos with two different cameras, no pictures emerged. He called the police and was told that they’d received many similar calls. With no explanation forthcoming, Lennon did the only thing he could. He left a cryptic message about it on the inside of his next record. Let’s hope those interstellar visitors are fans.

Of course, Lennon isn't the first celebrity to have claimed to see a UFO nor will he be the last. Here is a rundown of other famous celebrity alien stories from David Bowie to Elvis Presley. 

David Bowie

David Bowie is there life on Mars?
David Bowie

From his classic song "Life on Mars?" to starring in the movie "The Man Who Fell to Earth," David's work long reflected his fascination with extraterrestrials. But in a case of life imitating art, David claims to have seen genuine UFOs many times. As a child he said he saw so many UFO's that he simply got used to them, and as an adult saw an unidentifiable object hovering over a field that he believed was "a projection of my own mind trying to make sense of this quantum topological doorway into dimensions beyond our own." 

Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams
Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams took a break from his singing career and public life in 2006 to study aliens. After supposedly experiencing three UFO encounters, he began attending UFO seminars and conferences, and has connected with many fellow UFO enthusiasts. He even said a UFO visited him when he wrote the alien themed song "Arizona" claiming, "I had just finished writing a song called Arizona, which is about alien abduction, when there was this glow. It was magic."

Elvis Presley

Elvis
Elvis Presley

Elvis claimed many connections to extraterrestrials. When he was born his family and family doctor remember an unexplainable light beaming over Elvis' family home. Elvis recalled that when he was 8 years old he was telepathically visited by aliens who showed him a future vision of "a man wearing a white suit singing to a crowd." He also said to have seen many UFO's in his adulthood, particularly strange, moving lights when travelling through deserts at night. 

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