1949 – Georgia O’Keeffe moves to New Mexico

After her first visit in 1929, painter Georgia O’Keeffe became enamoured of the landscapes and colours of the American South West. She spent at least a part of each year there. Many of her paintings, including some of her best known, such as Summer Days (1936).

In 1945, she bought a property at Ghost Ranch, north of Abiquiu, New Mexico, and began renovating it. In 1949, she permanently relocated there, producing numerous paintings, sketches and sculptures. She eventually moved to Santa Fe as old age took its toll on her health, where she died in 1986. Her artistic legacy is vast and she is particularly noted for her contributions to abstract landscape painting.

Referenced in:
Splendid Isolation — Warren Zevon

I have been unable to pin this down any more clearly than August 1940 – if anyone out there knows the correct date, please let me know.

1947 – The Roswell Incident

Will we ever know the truth of what happened that day?

For more than sixty years now, the Roswell Incident has been a mystery, one only obscured further by the mass of claim and counterclaim that it has inspired. Even leaving aside fictional treatments (of which there are over a hundred), the ‘true’ accounts given by various people disagree in nearly every possible particular, from what happened to where it happened. But all speculation and rumour leads back to the few incontrovertible facts: the Air Force issued a statement on July 8, 1947, attempting to stem a tide of rumours regarding what it might or might not have picked up the day before. Unfortunately, later that same day, a second press statement that contradicted the first in some details was also released.

Wacky hijinks ensued, and fifty years later we were all watching The X Files. Strange but true. The rest of it, while definitely strange, is less clear as to truth…

Referenced in:

Hangar 18 – Megadeth
Roswell 47 – Hypocrisy
Aliens Exist – Blink 182
Hangar 84 – Pitchshifter
Motorway to Roswell – the Pixies
Remember 47 – The Skitzophones
Roswell that Ends Well – Far-Less