Some people trace the Bermuda Triangle history back to the time of Columbus. Estimates range from about 200 to about 1,000 incidents of ships and airplanes disappearing in the past 500 years. Howard, an expert on Bermuda Triangle, claims that more than 50 ships and 20 planes have gone down in the Bermuda Triangle over the last century itself.
Map of the Bermuda Triangle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It was in 1952, when the author George Sand first mentioned about the Bermuda triangle in a magazine called Fate. In this magazine, he mostly described the Flight-19 incident where the U.S navy airplanes went missing in 1945. He also mentioned about the ship Sandra that disappeared in 1950.
In the whole of 1950s, the stories of Bermuda triangle basically had been spreading by the word of mouth. Every time there was a new incidence, people used to refer to that area by Bermuda triangle. In early 1960’s though, it acquired the name The Deadly Triangle.
In 1962, the author Dale Titler in his book The Wings of Mystery started introducing concepts like the electromagnetic phenomenon and such. This was the book which actually started to trigger all the discussions and hypothesis about Bermuda triangle.
Again in 1962, Allan W. Eckert wrote about some interesting dialogue from Flight-19 in one of the American magazines. This sensational article The Mystery of the Lost Patrol became extremely popular. He mentioned reports from Flight-19 stating … “the ocean looks strange”, “…all the compasses are going haywire”, and that they could not make out any directions and so on.
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The name “Bermuda Triangle” is generally attributed to the writer Vincent H. Gaddis who first used it in a 1964 article he wrote for Argosy magazine. Gaddis wrote a bookInvisible Horizons in 1965 that further helped spreading the concept of the Bermuda Triangle.
In 1969, John Spencer stated that the area had no real shape and tried to include the Gulf of Mexico as well as New Jersey as part of the area. It sold in limited quantities, but was later reproduced in paperback in the early 1970s and did well.