On this day in 1954 in Sylacauga, Alabama, USA a 31-year old woman become the first known person to be hit by a meteorite. She was hit on the left arm and hip by a 4-kg rock that fell through her roof. Though collectors offered her up to US$5000 for it, Mrs Hodges donated the meteorite to the local university.
A slice of the Sylacauga meteorite at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons