July 6, 1947 – NBC World News Roundup – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –
July 6, 1947 – End of the long Holiday weekend in 1947 and the lead story was all about the rash of Flying Saucer sightings from just about every part of North America. Reports told of waves of Flying Saucers skimming through the air at high speed. The reports were coming from 30 states and trained, responsible observers declared they had seen the discs. The actual size of the objects hadn’t been verified but some reports claimed they were larger than airplanes and they were moving fast with an “undulating” motion in formation in a generally northerly direction. The Army was taking the reports seriously enough to be holding fast fighter planes on alert in order to track down the saucers, photograph them and possibly end the mystery. Both the Army and Scientists said they were baffled and the Air Force said they were not experimental planes, adding that they sounded as though they were radio controlled and they were not an astronomical body, such as a meteor. And to make matters complete, some were saying the Government wasn’t letting on to what it “really knew” what the Flying Saucers were all about.
The Coal Miner’s Strike was likely at an end, with John L. Lewis and Coal Mine Operators expected to sign a new agreement on this day.
And the Franco government in Spain was busy getting out the vote this day, for the first time a general election was being held in some eleven years. Voters were being asked to approve Franco’s right to choose a successor. Generalissimo Franco expected a big vote since anyone who didn’t cast a ballot was going to be penalized. Ballots were being distributed with “yes” apparently already being stamped on them, saving voters the time in making a decision.
And that’s just a little of what happened, this July 6, 1947 as presented by the NBC World News Roundup.