The True Story of History's Only Known Meteorite Victim
Ann Hodges was hit by a meteorite in her Alabama home in 1954.
In February 2013, the sonic boom from a massive meteorite damaged buildings and injured more than a thousand people near the city of Chelyabinsk, Russia. (See pictures: "Meteorite Hits Russia.") But that damaging space rock was not the first to shatter a human life.
Take the true story of Ann Hodges, the only confirmed person in history to have been hit by a meteorite, 62 years ago this week.
On a clear afternoon in Sylacauga, Alabama (see map) in 1954, Ann was napping on her couch, covered by quilts, when a softball-size hunk of black rock broke through the ceiling, bounced off a radio, and hit her in the thigh, leaving a pineapple-shaped bruise.
Ann's story is particularly rare