It has been 72 years since a UFO allegedly crashed near Roswell. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Jim Trottier
The annual event celebrates the UFO phenomenon and invites the general public to keep watching the skies.
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 date - July 2nd - coincides with that of the infamous 1947 Roswell Incident which saw an unidentified craft crash on a ranch near Roswell, New Mexico before being covered up by the military.
It all began when William Brazel, a foreman working on the Foster homestead, discovered a quantity of debris spread out approximately 30 miles north of Roswell.
He returned with his family on July 4th to gather some of it up, but after hearing reports about 'flying discs' he decided to mention it to Sheriff George Wilcox.
Wilcox then spoke to RAAF Major Jesse Marcel who came to examine the debris for himself.
In an official announcement on July 8th, public information officer Walter Haut declared that a "flying disc" had been found in the area, however the military, intent on covering up the true nature of the debris, later declared that it was actually little more than a crashed weather balloon.
By then however it was too late and in the years that followed, witness testimonies started to emerge of "alien bodies" being recovered at the scene and rumors of a crashed extraterrestrial spacecraft at Roswell became firmly ingrained in the public consciousness.
Given the amount of time that has passed and the uncertainly surrounding these events however, it seems unlikely that we will ever know for sure what really happened.
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