The secrecy around the military base in the Nevada desert has sparked endless conspiracy about UFOs and aliens. This is what we really know.
Its very existence
As secretive as the notorious Area 51 seems now, it was even more hush-hush until a few years ago. The government refused to acknowledge it even existed for years but was forced to come clean when 1992 CIA documents mentioning the military base were declassified in 2013.
It showed up in the news again recently when a Facebook event was created called, “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us.” Matty Roberts, 20, created the event which was scheduled for September 20, 2019, and over 2 million people responded as “going.”
Two separate celebrations took place, one in Vegas and one in a desert town near Area 51, where visitors could gather and hang out before “storming” the government base. Dozens of officers were standing guard around the gates to Area 51 ready to take on the crowds that Friday morning, but only around 100 people showed up.