Today marks the 63rd anniversary of the announcement of the famous UFO crash in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. The actual date of the crash isn’t known, but it was July 8th that it was first announced in the Roswell Daily Record.
While it’s pretty much established at this point that all that crashed at Roswell was a high altitude weather balloon with a radar reflector, people in 1947 were convinced that it was a flying saucer from outer space and it’s a story that still won’t completely die sixty years later. But of course, they just want you to think it was a weather balloon.
On a personal note, my late grandfather was a colonel in the Air Force and a meteorologist that was on some pretty high profile missions, including the crash Francis Gary Powers’ U2 in 1960. Okay, so that totally wasn’t my grandfather’s fault I swear. Anyway, he used to tease us when we were kids by swearing that he knew what crashed at Roswell, but he couldn’t ever say, because it was still classified. And he didn’t. Took it to the grave with him, though I imagine if he was privy to the information it was probably a weather balloon.
You can read all about the Roswell incident here at Wikipedia. Just don’t let them see you reading it or it might arouse suspicion.