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Back in the Day: flying saucers spotted for the first time

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By Euronews
Back in the Day: flying saucers spotted for the first time

<p><strong>June 24, 1947</strong>: Kenneth Arnold, an American aviator and businessman, claims to have spotted a string of nine shiny, unidentified flying objects flying past Mount Rainier in Washington at a speed of 1,932 km/hr. The sighting garnered nationwide news coverage and is credited with being the first of the modern era of <span class="caps">UFO</span> sightings. </p> <p>Arnold’s description of the objects also led to the popular moniker “flying saucer”, although the US Air Force formally listed the case as a mirage. After his <span class="caps">UFO</span> sighting, Arnold became a minor celebrity and interviewed other <span class="caps">UFO</span> witnesses, as well as writing a book about his sighting and subsequent research. In a 1950 interview he said: “I am inclined to believe it’s of an extraterrestrial origin”, but he added: “I don’t think it’s anything for people to get hysterical about.”</p> <p><strong>Also on June 24:</strong></p> <ul> <li>In history: 1948 – the start of the Berlin Blockade, in which the Soviet Union makes overland travel between West Germany and West Berlin impossible.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>In technology: 1963 – the first home video recorder, the Telcan, is demonstrated in London. It has a capacity of 20 minutes of black and white footage.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>In sport: 2010 – American John Isner defeats Nicolas Mahut of France at Wimbledon, in the longest match in professional tennis history, clocking in at 11 hours, 5 minutes of play and a total of 183 games.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Born on June 24:</strong> </p> <ul> <li>1893 – Roy O. Disney, American businessman and co-founder of The Walt Disney Company, along with his younger brother Walt.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>1901 – Chuck Taylor, an American basketball player and shoe salesman, designer and spokesman for Converse All Stars.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>1987 – Lionel Messi, Argentinian footballer and captain of the country’s national team.</li> </ul>