World UFO Day: Significance and developments
- World UFO Day: July 2 is celebrated as World UFO Day to commemorate the supposed UFO crash incident in Roswell New Mexico in 1947.
World UFO Day is celebrated every year on the second day of July to spread awareness about unidentified flying objects and aims to acknowledge the existence of UFOs. The day was first observed in 2001 by UFO researcher Haktan Akdogan. On the day, people gather together to watch the skies looking for extraterrestrial objects.
Earlier, the day was celebrated on June 24 by some people while others observed it on July 2. Later, July 2 was officially declared as World UFO Day. It was also celebrated on June 24 because as per aviator Kenneth Arnold, nine unusual objects flew over Washington in the early 1990s on that day.
July 2 is celebrated as World UFO Day to commemorate the supposed UFO crash incident in Roswell New Mexico in 1947. Thousands of researchers and paranormal enthusiasts gather for the UFO festival in Roswell every year.
In the latest development, a day before the annual UFO day, the US federal government has decided to embark on a major overhaul of how documented encounters with unidentified flying crafts are tracked, organised and analysed. The examination is expected to be key investigations yielding conclusions that were lacking in the unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) study released last week, reported the Washington Times.
The newly found legitimacy to the objects by government transparency and UAP investigations head by the Pentagon and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has made the event extra significant and prominent this year.
In Roswell and other parts of the world, people have become more interested in knowing about UFOs. Researchers say that the next few months and years will be very crucial in determining if the shroud of secrecy has lifted, according to the Washington Times report.
“Will this be carried through? Because this will not be done in a short amount of time. This is going to take years,” the Washington Times quoted Mark Rodeghier, scientific director at the Center for UFO Studies, as saying.
A six-month-old speech by President Xi Jinping on the need to preserve jobs and shore up growth was splashed across China's main financial newspapers on Monday, signaling greater urgency to bolster the economy after lockdowns brought Shanghai and other major cities to a halt. In the remarks, Xi voiced support for the “healthy development” of the private sector and entrepreneurs, but also warned that regulators must prevent “capital predators” from acting recklessly.
Most of Shanghai has stopped the spread of the coronavirus in the community and fewer than 1 million people remain under strict lockdown, authorities said Monday, as the city moves toward reopening and economic data showed the gloomy impact of China's “zero-COVID" policy. Vice Mayor Zong Ming said 15 out of Shanghai's 16 districts had eliminated virus transmission among those not already in quarantine.
Ranil Wickremesinghe, the new prime minister of Sri Lanka who was sworn-in last Thursday, is likely to address the country on Monday, in what would be the first national address of his record sixth term as the island nation's premier. During the speech, Wickremesinghe will present the 'full picture' of Sri Lanka's current economic crisis, its worst since 1948 when it gained independence from British rule.
Shanghai aims to reopen broadly and allow normal life to resume from June 1, a city official said on Monday, after declaring that 15 of its 16 districts had eliminated cases outside quarantine areas. The city plans to gradually increase domestic flights and rail services, and from Monday will begin reopening supermarkets, convenience stores and pharmacies.
The United States witnessed two mass shootings within 48 hours, one of which was confirmed as racially motivated. In the Buffalo supermarket shooting, the gunman, identified as a white 18-year-old man, killed 10 and wounded three, most of them Black. On Sunday, a gunman went on a rampage at a church near Los Angeles, killing one and leaving four others in "critical" condition, as per the officials.