|Mrs. E. Hulitt Hodges|
So far as the authenticated records are concerned, no person has been killed in modern times by a meteorite fall. Animals have not been so lucky, however. Apart from incidents that might have gone unnoticed, there are two cases recorded so far. A meteorite killed a calf in Ohio, USA in 1860, whereas another fatally struck a dog in Egypt in 1911. The only mishap involving a human being occurred in Alabama, USA on November 30, 1954. Mercifully, it was not a direct hit. Mrs. E. Hulitt Hodges was napping on her drawing room sofa when a large chunk of meteorite crashed through the roof, bounced off a radio set and stuck her on the left leg. (See photo.) She was severely bruised, but survived. The odds against being directly hit by a meteorite in any given year are 10,000 billion to 1, for very few meteorites reach the Earth’s surface and most end up in the oceans.