Here is an entertaining tongue-in-cheek article on the infamous event:
Seventy years ago today, the Battle of Los Angeles occurred, a vicious fight that resulted in three civilian deaths.
Haven’t heard of it? We’re not surprised.
The U.S. government said what happened was nighttime antiaircraft crews protecting Los Angeles got nervous — it was just two months after Pearl Harbor — and opened fire on a weather balloon.
The crews also set off flares, and all the confusion just built on itself. So we’re told.
Others say the night featured an attempted UFO landing, in which the valiant gun crews fought aliens trying to land.
It’s pretty obvious the latter is true.
Tip: Strange Times
I’m not certain Strange Times takes it to be a joke. Or the commentators. Or, wait, is this a joke? Yes, I’m pretty sure it’s a joke. Hard to tell with all the fringe stuff out there that is taken seriously.