Walter Haut, the public information officer of the Roswell Army Air Field, issued a press release saying that the military had recovered the remains of a ‘flying disc.’

In what Kenneth Arnold later complained was an ‘historic misquote’, the press coined the now-ubiquitous phrase ‘flying saucers’ to describe the UFOs.

The flight lasted for 15 minutes and 22 seconds and reached a maximum altitude of 116 miles before returning to earth for splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean.

The Prospero satellite was launched, making it the first and only British satellite to be launched using a British rocket.

Shortly after midnight in Moscow, the Soviets became the first to successfully send a human-made object to the Moon.