august 1950


U.S. Marine machine gunner Corporal Leonard Hayworth, 22 years old, weeps upon realizing that he and his men, who have taken heavy casualties, are out of ammunition. “His eyes swung searchingly along the edge of the ridge, then up into the rainy sky. Slow, heavy tears started down across his face.”

When it seemed that … machine-gunner Cpl Hayworth was shattered beyond all hope, a black-jawed, smiling old veteran crawled over … Sitting shoulder to shoulder with the younger man, he calmly told him how they were still holding the line … The grimy old veteran talked a feeble smile back upon the face of the corporal. Tears still streaked his face up under his helmet where the rain could not wash them away, but the Old Marine seemed not to notice. Korea, August 1950.“ (This Is War!)

Weeks after taking this picture, while still in Korea, David Douglas Duncan handed Hayworth a copy of the September 18, 1950, issue of LIFE in which the above photo appeared. “Hayworth looked at this huge picture of himself, in the biggest photo magazine in the world,” Duncan recalls. “He didn’t say anything. He just smiled. He looked like Errol Flynn, about 6-foot-3, a tall, handsome Marine. And no one’s saying anything, looking at this picture of him, crying, and an old sergeant behind him says, ‘We all cry sometimes.’ The next day, September 25th – the three-month anniversary of the start of the war – a sniper shot Corporal Hayworth between the eyes.”
Photo: David Douglas Duncan/LIFE


UFO sighting  Great Falls, Montana 1950

Filmed at approximately 11:30 AM, August 15th, 1950. This footage is supposedly the first UFOs captured on video and was filmed by Nick Mariana. Mariana sent his footage to an air force base where it was investigated and he was told the UFOs were simply fighter jets. Mariana claimed that when he got his film back, part of it was missing. The part that was missing showed the UFOs spinning as well as their elliptical shape.

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One of the most compelling incidents supporting the theory that UFOs exist and have visited Earth occurred in August 1950 when Nick Mariana, and his secretary, reported witnessing two sphere-shaped objects flying across the sky.

Mariana captured the flying objects on his camera. The film was one of the first to ever be taken of an alleged UFO sighting and naturally received widespread national publicity and is widely regarded as being the first great UFO sighting in the U.S. The video has managed to withstand the best efforts of UFO sceptics to explain what the shiny disk-shaped objects were.

After seeing the Mariana UFO video footage, the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio opened an investigation into the sighting. Air captain, John Brynildsen, interviewed Mariana and his secretary Ms Raunig, who told him that they had both seen two jet fighters pass over shortly after they had seen the unexplained silver sphere-shaped objects.


New Arrivals: Plath, Sylvia. FIVE EARLY APPEARANCES IN SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE - 1950-1953.

After receiving 50 rejection slips from an assortment of publications before a single piece of her creative writing was accepted, Plath was informed during her final term in high school that Seventeen would publish her story “And Summer Will Not Come Again” in their August, 1950 issue. The magazine would be the first mainstream publication where Plath’s poetry and short fiction would be exposed, printing her work on eight occasions between 1950-1953. 

Her contributions in the present group include “Ode to a Bitten Plum,” “a short, Keats-inspired poem in which the narrator, contemplating a plum, decides its seed represents more abstract concepts like time and eternity” (November 1950, p.104); “Den of Lions,” a story based on her failed love affair with a boyfriend while attending Smith College (May 1951, p.127, 144-145); “It’s All Yours” (story, October 1952, p.76, 100-104); “The Suitcases Are Packed Again” (poem, March 1953, p.91); and “Carnival Nocturne” (poem, April 1953, p.127). An attractive and uncommon group of early appearances.