June 24, 1947: Kenneth Arnold, an American aviator and businessman, claims
to have spotted a string of nine shiny, unidentified flying objects
flying past Mount Rainier in Washington at a speed of 1,932 km/hr. The
sighting garnered nationwide news coverage and is credited with being
the first of the modern era of UFO sightings. Arnold’s description of
the objects also led to the popular moniker “flying saucer”, although
the US Air Force formally listed the case as a mirage. After his UFO
sighting, Arnold became a minor celebrity and interviewed other UFO
witnesses, as well as writing a book about his sighting and subsequent
research. In a 1950 interview he said: “I am inclined to believe it’s of
an extraterrestrial origin”, but he added: “I don’t think it’s anything
for people to get hysterical about.”
Also on June 24:
In history: 1948 – the start of the Berlin Blockade, in which the Soviet
Union makes overland travel between West Germany and West Berlin
In technology: 1963 – the first home video recorder, the Telcan, is
demonstrated in London. It has a capacity of 20 minutes of black and
In sport: 2010 – American John Isner defeats Nicolas Mahut of France at
Wimbledon, in the longest match in professional tennis history, clocking
in at 11 hours, 5 minutes of play and a total of 183 games.
Born on June 24:
1893 – Roy O. Disney, American businessman and co-founder of The Walt Disney Company, along with his younger brother Walt.
1901 – Chuck Taylor, an American basketball player and shoe salesman, designer and spokesman for Converse All Stars.
1987 – Lionel Messi, Argentinian footballer and captain of the country’s national team.
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