World UFO day – 2 July

World UFO day – 2 July

World UFO day is celebrated on July 2nd when fans of unidentified flying objects celebrate their belief. The celebration of all things unidentified, object, and airborne started officially in 2001.

Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) have captured people’s attention and imagination for thousands of years. The term is widely used to define the sighting of an extraterrestrial spacecraft. The most general definition of the UFO is something that’s apparent in the sky that is not identifiable as any known object or natural phenomena.

History of UFO day

For thousands of years, people have described seeing strange flying structures of light, clouds, even fire. But as our cultural fascination grew with extraterrestrial life in the 20th century, so did the number of UFO sightings.

Although UFOs have come to the fore since the end of the last World War, there are reports of them all through history. Among the papers of the late Professor Alberto Tulli, former director of the Egyptian Museum at the Vatican, was found one of the earliest known records of a fleet of flying saucers. It was written on papyrus long ago in ancient Egypt—actually, it was at the time of Thutmose III, circa 1504 to 1450 BC, who, with his army witnessed the sighting of what we today would call UFOs.

Before 1947, written records of humans sighting unusual and unexplained objects in the sky existed. However, after the Arnold and Roswell incidents, reports increased dramatically.

Roswell incident as it is popularly called became the most celebrated UFO encounter of all time and has stimulated enthusiasts like none other. An alien spacecraft (an unidentified flying object) crash-landed in the desert near the small town of Roswell, New Mexico in July 1947. On June 24, 1947, Kenneth Arnold reported seeing near Mount Rainier nine “circular-type” objects flying in formation at more than twice the speed of sound.

10 Famous UFO Sightings

The Battle of Los Angeles, 1942

On the night of 24 February 1942, not too long after the attack on Pearl Harbor, air raid sirens rang out across Los Angeles. Thousands of people witnessed searchlights around Los Angeles fixing on a target hovering over the city.

The Roswell incident, 1947

Roswell has become synonymous with UFOs. The Roswell UFO incident took place in the summer of 1947 when a rancher discovered unidentifiable debris in his sheep pasture outside.

Kenneth Arnold case, 1947

While traveling to Yakima, Wash., for a business trip, Arnold noticed bright light reflecting off the side of his plane. To his surprise, he said he spotted nine aircraft flying in a “V” formation towards Mount Rainier at around 1,700 miles per hour.

The 1952 Washington, D.C. UFO Incident

A series of sightings were reported over the nation’s capital. Washington National Airport and Andrew Air Force Base detected the objects on their radar.

Levelland case, 1957

Texas motorists reported their engines stalling after encountering a glowing, egg-shaped object – and that their vehicles restarted after it flew past.

Westall encounter, 1966

More than 200 students and teachers at two Melbourne schools saw a flying saucer descend into a grass field, then ascend over a local suburb.

Ronald Reagan, 1974

The Ronald Reagan UFO sighting occurred in 1974 while Reagan was flying to Bakersfield, California. The UFO went from a normal cruise speed to a fantastic speed instantly.

Tehran incident, 1976

A UFO allegedly whizzed over Iran’s capital, disabling the electronic instrumentation of two F-4 Phantom II jets and jamming ground control equipment.

The Valentich Disappearance in 1978, Australia

Frederick Valentich disappeared whilst piloting a light aircraft over the Bass Strait. During his routine flight, Valentich reported to Melbourne Air Traffic Control that a ‘strange aircraft’ 1,000m above him was following him.

The Belgian UFO Wave, 1989-90

These sightings began in 1989 but peaked with the events on 30/31 March 1990. On that night several unknown objects were tracked by two Belgian aircraft and photographed.

How to celebrate the day

Celebrate this day with your friends by talking about UFOs or alien life. Look at the sky and take pictures of any strange objects flying around. You arrange a World UFO day meetup party. Read books, Watch UFOs movies and share the knowledge with proof that UFOs exist.

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