History Of Bermuda Triangle
Some people trace the Bermuda Triangle history back to the time of Columbus. Estimates range from about 200 to about 1,000 incidents of ships and airplanes disappearing in the past 500 years. Howard, an expert on Bermuda Triangle, claims that more than 50 ships and 20 planes have gone down in the Bermuda Triangle over the last century itself.
It was in 1952, when the author George Sand first mentioned about the Bermuda triangle in a magazine called Fate
. In this magazine, he mostly described the Flight-19
incident where the U.S navy airplanes went missing in 1945. He also mentioned about the ship Sandra that disappeared in 1950.
In the whole of 1950s, the stories of Bermuda triangle basically had been spreading by the word of mouth. Every time there was a new incidence, people used to refer to that area by Bermuda triangle. In early 1960's though, it acquired the name The Deadly Triangle.
In 1962, the author Dale Titler in his book The Wings of Mystery started introducing concepts like the electromagnetic phenomenon and such. This was the book which actually started to trigger all the discussions and hypothesis about Bermuda triangle.
Again in 1962, Allan W. Eckert wrote about some interesting dialogue from Flight-19 in one of the American magazines. This sensational article The Mystery of the Lost Patrol became extremely popular. He mentioned reports from Flight-19 stating ... "the ocean looks strange", "...all the compasses are going haywire", and that they could not make out any directions and so on.
The name "Bermuda Triangle" is generally attributed to the writer Vincent H. Gaddis who first used it in a 1964 article he wrote for the pulp magazine Argosy. He mentioned in the article that Fligh-19 and several other disappearances were connected to a strange pattern of events in the region. Gaddis wrote a book Invisible Horizons in 1965 where he expanded his earlier article and that further helped spreading the concept of the Bermuda Triangle.
In 1969, John Spencer stated that the area had no real shape and tried to include the Gulf of Mexico as well as New Jersey as part of the area. It sold in limited quantities, but was later reproduced in paperback in the early 1970s and did well.
Dozens of magazine and newspaper articles came out in the early Ď70s, each author offering a shape and theory to the area. Richard Winer proposed the name The Devilís Triangle and extended the area close to the Azores near Portugal.
But it was the American writer Charles Berlitz in 1974, who produced the world's all-time best seller called, The Bermuda Triangle. He claimed to have located the City of Atlantis under the Atlantic Ocean and tried to link that with Bermuda Triangle phenomena. He also believed that extraterrestrials visited the earth. The book sold way over 5,000,000 copies in hardback and became a phenomenon by itself. However, he too cautioned that there was no real shape of Bermuda Triangle.
Out of all the books that were published on Bermuda Triangle until 1970s, only one remains in reprint today: Larry Kuscheís book The Bermuda Triangle Mystery - Solved that was first published in 1975. Having researched deeply and referring to newspapers of the times when incidents took place and interacting with many naval officers, Kusche was convinced that Bermuda Triangle was a "Manufactured Mystery"... he mentioned that the incidents occurred mostly because of weather conditions or were merely accidents, and there was no evidence in some cases they occurred at all.
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