Wednesday, May 02, 2012

May 2, 1933: Nessie 'comes out'

Nessie1933 Loch Ness monster: A world-famous mystery came to public prominence with an Inverness, Scotland, newspaper article headlined 'A Strange Spectacle on Loch Ness'.
Water bailiff, Alex Campbell, claimed that he had seen a mystery creature on the 23-mile loch. Since Campbell's unexplained experience, there may have been more than 1,000 reported sightings of the monster that have added many millions of pounds to the local economy.

Nessie's Inverness-based official fan club has declared today International Loch Ness Monster Day.

On November 12, 1933, the first known photo of the monster was taken. From the Wilson's Almanac Book of Days, here are some other important dates for Nessie-watchers:

St Columba is the source of the first known reference to the Loch Ness Monster. According to the story, on August 22, 565 he came across a group of Picts who were burying a man killed by the monster, and brought the man back to life. In another version, he is said to have saved the man while the man was being attacked, driving away the monster with the sign of the cross ... 

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