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1944

United States, Washington, DC. On February 22, Franklin D. Roosevelt writes a Top Secret memo on White House stationary for “The special committee on non-terrestrial science and technology.” Both the title and the content clearly allude to extraterrestrial life, the former using the word “non-terrestrial” and the latter talks about “coming to grips with the reality that our planet is not the only one harboring intelligent life the universe.

In July, The “Breton Woods” economic conference is held in England.

The International Monetary Fund (“IMF”) and the International Bank of Reconstruction and Development [i.e., today’s World Bank] are proposed.

Friedrich Von Hayek publishes the “The Road to Serfdom.”

U.S. Navy uses human subjects to test gas masks and clothing. Individuals were locked in a gas chamber and exposed to mustard gas and lewisite.

The first Rockefeller Foundation grant of an eventual $2 million total is made to develop Princeton’s Office of Population Research, which demonstrates connections between population and development in the Third World.

Austria, Klagenfurt. Major Leet, a bomber pilot, saw a luminous disc follow his plane and its maneuvers.

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