Bring up alien encounters, and the first thing that most people think of is Roswell. The U.S. Army claimed the vehicle in the 1947 crash was a weather balloon, then a nuclear test monitoring device. To this day, though, UFO enthusiasts believe both stories were cover-ups for the recovery of an alien spacecraft, and Roswell has inspired dozens of stories about alien visits to Earth and years of debate over the existence of extraterrestrials.
But while the Roswell crash is arguably the best-known UFO story in history, it was far from the first. In chronological order, here are seven strange reports of UFOs and alien encounters, from long before Roswell became synonymous with alien activity.