July 17, 2006
Historical chronicles dating back to the ancient civilizations of Greece, Egypt, and Roman Empire contain references to strange signs appearing in the sky. Those signs were either hanging motionlessly or moving over the area. Some of those signs looked like letters and numbers. Gaius Julius Caesar was reported to have seen a good omen in the sky several days prior to confronting the enemy on a battleground. Caesar won that battle.
A number of paintings and etchings in the Middle Ages feature the phenomena e.g. the “omen” seen over the city of Nuremberg on April 14, 1561.
The Danish (http://english.pravda.ru/filing/Danish/) national flag, otherwise known as Dannebrogh, is probably one of the oldest flags in the world. According to a legend, the history of the flag begins in the time of Waldemar II The Victor who led the Danish crusaders against the Estonians. On St. Vitus’ Day, June 15, 1219, the Danes were taken aback by a frantic assault of the Estonians who launched an all-out offensive, with hordes of bloodthirsty warriors rolling over the defenses. All of a sudden, a huge blood red flag with a white cross fell out of the sky like a heavenly omen (http://english.pravda.ru/filing/omen/). The retreating Danisn soldiers picked up the flag, regrouped and struck back. They defeated the Estonians, shouting at the top of their lungs: “We are winning under the sign of the cross!” However, there is no solid evidence showing that Dannebrogh originated at the time. The Wapenboek Gelre of the late 14th century has the first graphic representation of it. Perhaps Dannebrogh was originally used as a flag in the 12th century crusades.
The “heavenly messages” were also witnessed by the persons living in the 20th centuries. Below is an eyewitness account by Konstantin Tsialkovsky, the Russian inventor and rocket expert: