The UFO Phenomenon
UFO enthusiasts celebrate 'World UFO Day'
By T.K. Randall
July 2, 2016 · 8 comments
Today is a good time to look to the skies. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Jim Trottier
Today marks the anniversary of the famous UFO crash that occurred in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947.
Intended to help raise awareness of "the undoubted existence of UFOs", World UFO Day is a special event for UFO enthusiasts and researchers as well as for disclosure advocates who are attempting to encourage world governments to reveal what they know about UFOs.
The day also commemorates the best known UFO case of them all - that of the object which crashed on a ranch near Roswell, New Mexico and was later covered up by the military.
While the event has since become synonymous with the UFO phenomenon in popular culture, the truth of what happened that day will likely continue to remain shrouded in mystery for all time.
In some places World UFO Day is also celebrated over a week earlier on June 24th to coincide with another key event in the history of the phenomenon - the sighting by pilot Kenneth Arnold of several unidentified objects near Mount Rainier, Washington in 1947.
He later revealed to the press that "they flew erratic, like a saucer if you skip it across the water", a quote that would go on to coin the term "flying saucer" - and thus the phenomenon was born.
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