On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 April 8

1897 - A dark bulk with a narrow, rectangular shape and illuminated windows flew over a dairy farm in the western part of Iowa after midnight. It was 30 to 35 feet long and 6 or 7 feet wide. Over the rectagular shaped was a cigar-shaped bag, about the same length but 10 feet thicker in width. The two horses of a carriage being driven by a dairy farmer spooked at the sight of the craft and bolted, throwing the man into a ditch. The object rose vertically on its departure. (Source: Philip Rife, It Didn't Start with Roswell, p. 5).

1950 - At 2:00 a.m. Mr. Earl Baker, a metal worker in Kokomo, Indiana was awakened by his dog and observed an object outside his bedroom window only 60 meters away hovering at a low altitude. It was a gray metallic disc, five meters in diameter and 15-feet thick. It was shaped like a top with a kind of "conning tower" turret on top. It had three ports on the rim giving off a blue light. It was oscillating, spinning slowly, and had three portholes shining with a blue-white light. It hovered for about 2 minutes and then left toward the north at high speed. (Source: Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics, case #706; Kenneth Arnold and Ray Palmer, The Coming of the Saucers, p. 166; Don Berliner, Project Bluebook UFO Unknowns).

1950 - Later that day shortly before noon near Amarillo, Texas, David Lightfoot, age 12, and his brother Charles saw a disc land behind a hill. They were able to walk up to it and touch it. It was the size of a car tire, about 30 cm high, with a rounded top that rotated. It had a pivot between the base and the top. It took off very fast. The faces and arms of the boys later became red with welts. (Sources: Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, p. 194).

1950 - On the same day two disc-shaped objects buzzed a house in San Francisco, California. They stopped in mid-flight, then went up and around like playing a game of tag. (Source: Loren E. Gross, UFOs: A History. 1950: April-July, p. 13).

1952 - A CBS-TV staff engineer named Smith saw a copper red disc with sharply defined edges fly "unbelievably fast" between Pear Blossom and Big Pine, California. It made no sound as it flew and left no contrail. (Source: Edward Sullivan, Civilian Saucer Intelligence--Los Angeles files, letter dated April 9, 1952).

1953 - At 7:55 p.m. Lt. D. J. Pichon, pilot of a USAF F-94B jet interceptor, watched a bright blue light descend, accelerate, and then fly parallel to his F-94 over Fukuoka, Japan. The object increased its speed and blinked out after 45 seconds. (Source: Don Berliner, Project Bluebook UFO Unknowns).

1954 - In Chicago, Illinois Lelah Stoker sighted a white, domed disc with a humanoid suspended beneath it over Lake Michigan at 4:30 p.m. It skimmed above the surface of the lake in all directions. She called in another tenant of the building, Mr. Boruszak, who also saw the object. She called the Coast Guard to report it. The object diminished in size till it was no bigger than a piece of newspaper, as it descended and landed. The human figure, now on the ground, was short and wore a tight-fitting, green, one-piece suit that covered even the head. He walked up and down the lakefront until the Coast Guard search boat had passed. Then the UFO enlarged and rose up again; the suspended "pilot" entered it, and it took off very, very fast with no sound. The sighting lasted 30 minutes. (Sources: Don Berliner, Project Bluebook UFO Unknowns; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1954-06; citing Project Blue Book).

1956 - At 11:45 p.m. near Exauroux, France two brothers, ages 18 and 20, saw a red ball of light come down to their left and hover at tree height. It then left at fantastic speed. Three additional witnesses reported it independently. The object was a disc about 7.5 meters in diameter, with a red dome, and rotating fins under it. It emitted a yellow-orange glow. It moved away extremely quickly. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 253 (case 380)).

1966 - At 11:40 p.m. at Daniels Park near Denver, Colorado six teenagers heard footsteps on the roof of a park shelter where they were sitting and talking. They next saw a big humanoid figure pass in front of a landed light in a nearby field. Four domed football shaped objects maneuvered around in the sky, making a pulsating sound. When they tried to flee the area in their car the car's engine wouldn't start. (Source: Timothy Green Beckley, Flying Saucers, March 1967, p. 24).

1967 - Four college students saw a greenish fluorescent glow on the ground 180 feet away from their car while driving in the morning eight miles outside of Banner Elk, North Carolina. Their radio experienced interference and their car's engine quit. The glow came from an object, apparently on the ground, which flew up and passed nearby and then flew away. Three imprints in the shape of an equilateral triangle were found in the ground. (Sources: Ted Phillips, Physical Traces Associated with UFO Sightings, case 269; Mark Rodeghier, UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, p. 33; George D. Fawcett, Flying Saucers, March 1972, p. 6).

1968 - At a hospital in Magill, South Australia the hospital staff saw a circular craft in the sky that was flashing red, white, and green lights. The hospital's ship-to-shore radio was effected during the sighting. (Source: Michael Hervey, UFOs over the Southern Hemisphere, p. 181).

1972 - In Talavera la Real, Badajoz, Spain at 12:30 a.m. four people watched an orange ball of light in a 1.5 meter column of white smoke. A Ferris wheel of fireworks rose up, then flew off fast towards the northwest. (Source: Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos, Catalogue of 200 Type I UFO Events in Spain and Portugal, case 154).

1977 - A domed disc-shaped object flew around two witnesses in Cedar Springs, Michigan at two o'clock in the morning, hovering and flashing over some nearby trees. Ring ground marks were found on the ground. (Source: CUFOS files, report dated April 10, 1977).

1978 - A low flying oval-shaped object with an estimated diameter of 3.5 meters hovered over a garage at around 6:00 a.m. for 15-20 seconds in Saint-Laurent, France at a distance of 500 meters from the witness and an altitude of 50 meters. (Source: Pierre Delval, Ouranos, issue number 24 (1978), p. 31).

1981 - The complete failure of an aircraft's electronics, including the transponder, DME, navigation equipment, and two-way radios, occurred when a bullet-shaped UFO passed within 500 feet of an airplane being flown by Mr. Dennis, a flight instructor, while flying over San Luis Reservoir, Merced County, California at 3:00 a.m. The electronics recovered after the UFO had gone. The object was described as 35-50 in length, with a pulsating orange front end, and having a blue ring perpendicular to the craft. The object was said to be whirling, and made an instantaneous 90 degree turn. (Sources: J.Allen Hynek, International UFO Reporter, January 1982, p. 6; UNICAT database, citing Tom Page, case 34; Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 43).

1982 - An 80-foot wide boomerang shaped object, with a convex curved rear end, paced a car being driven by two teenagers west of Escanaba, Michigan at 11:45 p.m. The UFO followed as close as 30 feet altitude, and the two girls feared capture. (Source: Fred Merritt, International UFO Reporter, September 1982, p. 4).

1993 - Prison guards and police in Lebanon, Ohio sighted a nocturnal flying object with small lights around it at 2:20 a.m. There were four calls to the Ohio Highway Patrol of UFO sightings at around 2:30 a.m. as well. (Source: UFO Newsclipping Service, July 1993).

1993 - A cloud of dust was seen in the desert near Interstate 15 in Sloan, Nevada by police at 10:40 a.m. Then a huge silver disc rose from the ground and flew off. (Source; Larry Hatch, U computer database, case 16021).

1994 - On an overcast dawn at 6:10 a.m. a saucer-shaped object rose from the ground of a farm in Melbourne, Florida, then temporarily hovered at 30-50 feet before flying off. It had twelve white lights and six red lights on it, which had the appearance of headlights, except that these soft lights did not cast beams. There was one red light between every white light. The object was five times larger than a car. Its distance from the two witnesses, a man and a woman in their seventies, was estimated to be 1200 feet. the UFO made no sound. (Source: Melvin H. Tennis, MUFON field investigation database, case 950403E).

1994 - A silent, dull metallic saucer-shaped UFO with diamond-shaped windows and big red lights crossed Route 20 in Quiet Dell, West Virginia at 11:40 p.m. Cheryl, the witness, said her car made a screeching sound while the engine faltered, the lights dimmed, and the car's digital clock had its setting erased. (Source: Bob Teets, West Virginia UFOs: Close Encounters in the Mountain State, p. 160).

1996 - A 39-year-old man in Thomasville, North Carolina had a close encounter with a disc-shaped object on a partly cloudy night at 9:15 p.m. The object had a bluish-green, cone-shaped beam projecting from it. The beam was narrow at the top, but had a three foot diameter at the bottom towards the ground, although it did not seem to be illuminating the ground. The bottom of the disc had an inner circle of many red lights. Inside were four rocket-like cones, giving off a red glow. The UFO came within 10 feet of the witness. The UFO made no sound. (Source: Robert Hair, MUFON field investigation database, case 970408E).

1996 - At 9:30 p.m. local time a high altitude UFO zigzagged through the sky at very high speeds over Americana, Brazil. (Source: Boletim CEPEX, issue number 27).

1999 - A brilliant sphere some three meters in diameter flew over Hartford, Connecticut at 5:30 a.m. It had glowing lights that illuminated the low clouds overhead, as it flew at a low altitude, hugging the terrain as it went. (Source: George Filer, Filer's Files Internet news list, volume 9, number 15).

2000 - A yellowish orange cigar shaped UFO approached Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, India at 11:55 p.m. It flew at a high altitude, halted over a cargo terminal, hovered, descended, wobbled, then vanished. (Source: UFO Magazine (USA), July 2000, p. 25).

2004 - There were multiple reports from Rochester, Indiana on this night to the National UFO Reporting Center. One report was of a very large disc-shaped object with six lights that went on and off in 20 second intervals. The other report was of an independent sighting of yellowish orange lights in the southern sky. The object in question may have been around 200 feet in width. At about the same time, at 10:00 p.m. in Leiters Ford, Indiana another report came in of a UFO with yellowish beams of light. The beams were peculiar because the never seemed to touch the ground. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, Washington, April 2004 webpage archive).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 4 April 2006).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: aircraft UFO encounters, blue lights, car pursuits, disc-shaped UFOs, domed discs, EM vehicle ignition interference, ground marks: triangular imprints, landings or near landings, metallic UFOs, multi-year reports from Indiana and Michigan, nautical UFOs, UFOnauts in green uniforms, physiological effects: "sunburn", radio interference, red spheres, top-shaped UFOs.