Today marks a strange anniversary of a famous pirate broadcast on British television that hasn’t been solved to this very day.
Back in 1977, viewers of the Independent Broadcasting Authority in the United Kingdom witnessed what claimed to be a message from an alien ambassador expressing concerns about the fate of the human race, according to DisInfo.com.
The pirated broadcast appeared during an evening news program in which the anchor’s reports were interrupted by an ominous voice claiming to be “Vrillon” from the Ashtar Galactic Command. The voice told viewers that he had broken into the TV station’s transmission “to warn you of the destiny of your race and your world so that you may communicate to your fellow beings the course you must take to avoid the disaster which threatens your world and the being on our worlds around you.”
Of course, the pirated message was entirely a hoax perpetrated by someone with a deep understanding of broadcast technology and a twisted sense of humor. The incident, however, left an interesting mark on history that remains to this day in pop culture such as the recent Man of Steel movie in which General Zod breaks into a TV broadcast to deliver a message to the people of Earth. The anniversary is also very close in terms of date and month to another famous pirated broadcast in television history in which two Chicago stations were hacked by someone in a Max Headroom mask.