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Back in the Day: 'UFO crash' at Roswell

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Back in the Day: 'UFO crash' at Roswell


July 8, 1947: The recovery of a “flying disk”, from a ranch at Roswell, New Mexico is announced by the US military. After being taken to Roswell Army Air Field, the army later announces that it was just a crashed weather balloon. Around the same time Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) were reported by drivers and aviators in the area, who said they saw spinning disks flying in formation. In a declassified report produced by the FBI on their , website from the time dismiss these sightings as reflections from within the cockpit to the wind-shield that confused the pilots and drivers. The matter lay there until the late 70’s when UFO researchers began interviewing witnesses and applying for documents through Freedom of Information requests. They concluded that at least one alien craft had crashed in the Roswell vicinity, that aliens, some possibly still alive, were recovered, and that a massive cover-up of any knowledge of the incident was put in place. The controversy still rages but the truth is out there…

Also on July 8: The first issue of the Wall Street Journal is published (1889); the Great Train Robber Ronald Biggs escapes from Wandsworth prison, London (1965); Kim Jong-il becomes supreme leader of North Korea (1994); Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland join NATO (1997).

Born on July 8: Jean de La Fontaine (1621), Anjelica Huston (1951), Tzipi Livni (1958), Beck (1970).


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