This Day in History – Famous Roswell UFO Incident Celebrates 75th Anniversary

24 minutes ago · Famous Roswell UFO Incident Celebrates 75th Anniversary – The Debrief On July 8, 1947, an unusual front-page headline captured the attention of residents throughout southeastern New Mexico. “RAAF Captures Flying Saucer On Ranch in Roswell Region” read the story that appeared in the Roswell Daily Record that morning.

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Seventy-five years ago, a mysterious discovery on US ranchland triggered the world’s most famous UFO, or Unidentified Flying Object, case.

On July 8, 1947, a newspaper in the city of Roswell, New Mexico, ran a story about the United States military confirming debris from a crashed “flying disk” had been found in the area weeks earlier.

Despite a statement from the US Air Force the next day that the wreckage – composed of metallic-looking objects including rubber strips, tinfoil and sticks – was from a weather balloon, the events had captured global attention.

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“A flying saucer was easier to admit than Project Mogul,” Launius said.

In 1947 at the early stages of the Cold War, truth was not a priority for the US government, he said.

But if the military hoped to dispel interest in Roswell with its insistence a balloon had crashed, supported in an official 1948 report, it reignited decades later.

“We get to the late 1970s and early 1980s … and that period saw a real spike in extraterrestrial interest, from movies to books and other things,” Launius said.

Among the most outlandish claims was a film released in 1995 apparently showing autopsies of alien bodies recovered at Roswell and moved to the Pentagon’s top secret Area 51 site in Nevada.

It was later proved to be a fake.

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