Ed Loves Bacon - Los Aliens - 'The Battle of Los Angeles' 76th anniversary
Holy crap, there really was a Battle of Los Angeles.
- Copy of Los Angeles Times Article on Battle over Los Angeles
Earlier this week, after reading a press release about the 76th anniversary of the Battle of Los Angeles, I thought it was a hoax. A clever made-up PR campaign to peddle Columbia Picture's new alien invasion film, Battle: Los Angeles. I'm no historian, but I know enough about World War II and its battles - and Los Angeles was never a topic discussed in that vein anyway. Well imagine my surprise to find out that its true - there was a Battle of Los Angeles that took place on this day. But let's set the record straight - there was no real skirmish over the City of Angels.
According to Wikipedia, the Navy let loose a barrage at what they thought was another Japanese attack force but the object(s) they fired upon were never determined. The assault created a panic in the city as the media tried to capture another potential attack on U.S. soil. Later the Secretary of the Navy, Frank Knox declared it a false alarm and bad case of "war nerves." After all, this was a mere two months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. After further investigation from the Air Force, they declared it was probably an errant weather balloon.