When did the Roswell UFO incident happen? Why did it become so popular? The Google Doodle for June 8, 2013 commemorates the event with an interactive game. (Photo: YouTube)

A Roswell UFO Incident Google Doodle debuted on Monday, July 8, 2013, commemorating the 66th anniversary of the incident with a point-and-click interactive game featuring a lost alien trying to find his way back to the mother spaceship. Though the Roswell UFO incident occured all the way back in 1947, it certainly makes for a fitting Google Doodle. The impact of the Roswell UFO incident simply can't be understated, as it spawned a long line of UFO conspiracy theories that still persist over 50 years after the fact.

What Happened In Roswell, New Mexico 1947

So what is the Roswell UFO incident? Well, the story begins in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947, when local residents began reporting mysterious sightings of an unidentifiable flying object crashing to the ground on a local ranch. The Google Doodle commemorates this incident with the point-and-click game it offers today.

For government officials, the claim by local New Mexico residents that this was indeed a UFO sighting in the Roswell UFO incident, may have seemed pretty far-fetched. They brushed off the matter, telling those who believed the object which crashed on the Roswell, New Mexico ranch was indeed a UFO, that it was really just a government surveillance balloon which had crashed to the earth.

In light of all the discussion and angst that has recently arisen over the governments extensive data-gathering program PRISM, the Roswell UFO incident Google Doodle may serve as an uncomfortable reminder that most governments have long been in the business of surveillance — both on native ground and in foreign regions as well.

Why Are UFO Conspiracy Theories So Popular?

Ironically, though, the incident was far fresher in 1947, support for UFO conspiracy theories and myths didn't reach a fever pitch until sometime in the late 1970s and 1980s. During this time a UFO researcher named Stanton Friedman took an interest in the Roswell UFO incident featured in Monday's Google Doodle, and started looking for witnesses to interview and validate the story. This spawned a huge following of believers as multiple books were published on the subject in the years to come.

Later, TV movies were created about the event, and some cults were even established upon heavy belief in UFOs. One such cult is the infamous Heaven's Gate, an American UFO religion doomsday cult based in San Diego, California. The cult was founded in the 1970s by Marshall Applewhite and Bonnie Nettles. Things came to a tragic end for members of the cult: On March 26, 1997, police discovered the bodies of 39 members of the group who had taken their lives in a mass suicide. The Heaven's Gate cult members believed this was the way to reach the alien space craft they believed was following the Comet Hale-Bopp.

Roswell UFO Incident Google Doodle Interactive Point-and-Click Game

Even to this day we still see plenty of talk about UFOs, which is why the interactive Google Doodle for July 7, 2013 was a perfect selection. For those who wish to learn all the details of the Roswell UFO incident, the small New Mexico town of Roswell hosts a UFO museum to commemorate the event.

If you haven't seen the Rowell UFO Incident Google Doodle yet, or tried playing the interactive game, below is a video clip explaining how the point-and-click alien game works. The game is featured in black and white as a nod to the era in which the incident took place.

Watch Roswell UFO Incident Google Doodle Gameplay Video

More About the Roswell UFO Incident: Roswell Daily Record Original Report

In watching the Roswell UFO incident video you will find a little alien who has come out of the wreckage of his crashed UFO, searching for materials to repair his spaceship. The game play involves moving the alien around the Google Doodle on the ranch to collect what he needs to make the spaceship repairs.

Want to know more about the Roswell UFO incident featured in the Google Doodle on Monday, June 8, 2013? Check out the original story, which was printed in the Roswell Daily record in 1947

The Roswell UFO incident was first reported in the Roswell Daily Record as pictured here. (Photo: Angelfire)

RAAF Captures Flying Saucer
 On Ranch in Roswell Region

Roswell Daily Record, Tuesday, July 8, 1947.

 

No Details of Flying Disk Are Revealed: Roswell Hardware Man and Wife Report Disk Seen

The intelligence office of the 509th Bombardment group at Roswell Army Air Field announced at noon today, that the field has come into possession of a flying saucer.

According to information released by the department, over authority of Maj. J. A. Marcel, intelligence officer, the disk was recovered on a ranch in the Roswell vicinity, after an unidentified rancher had notified Sheriff Geo. Wilcox, here, that he had found the instrument on his premises.

Major Marcel and a detail from his department went to the ranch and recovered the disk, it was stated.

After the intelligence officer here had inspected the instrument it was flown to higher headquarters.

The intelligence office stated that no details of the saucer's construction or its appearance had been revealed.

Mr. and Mrs. Dan Wilmot apparently were the only persons in Roswell who seen what they thought was a flying disk.

They were sitting on their porch at 105 South Penn. last Wednesday night at about ten o'clock when a large glowing object zoomed out of the sky from the southeast, going in a northwesterly direction at a high rate of speed.

Wilmot called Mrs. Wilmot's attention to it and both ran down into the yard to watch. It was in sight less then a minute, perhaps 40 or 50 seconds, Wilmot estimated.

Wilmot said that it appeared to him to be about 1,500 feet high and going fast. He estimated between 400 and 500 miles per hour.

In appearance it looked oval in shape like two inverted saucers, faced mouth to mouth, or like two old type washbowls placed, together in the same fashion. The entire body glowed as though light were showing through from inside, though not like it would inside, though not like it would be if a light were merely underneath.

From where he stood Wilmot said that the object looked to be about 5 feet in size, and making allowance for the distance it was from town he figured that it must have been 15 to 20 feet in diameter, though this was just a guess.

Wilmot said that he heard no sound but that Mrs. Wilmot said she heard a swishing sound for a very short time.

The object came into view from the southeast and disappeared over the treetops in the general vicinity of six mile hill.

Wilmot, who is one of the most respected and reliable citizens in town, kept the story to himself hoping that someone else would come out and tell about having seen one, but finally today decided that he would go ahead and tell about it. The announcement that the RAAF was in possession of one came only a few minutes after he decided to release the details of what he had seen."