On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 April 12

1897-- A few days before the crescendo in a wave of "airship" sightings across the United States and Canada, there were 65 reports of "airships" on this day, including 25 in Illinois alone. Below are summarized two of the more interesting close encounter cases.

1897 -- Nilwood, Illinois - At 2:30 p.m. on the property of Z. Thacker, 19 kilometers north of Carlinville, an unknown object landed. Before Edward Teeples, William Street and Franklin Metcalf could reach it, the craft, which was shaped like a cigar with a dome, rose slowly and left toward the north. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 182; Jacques Vallee, Anatomy of a Phenomena, p. 12).

1897 -- Girard, near Green Ridge, Illinois -- At 6 p.m. a large crowd of miners saw an unknown object land three kilometers north of Green Ridge and 4 km south of Girard. The night operator of the Chicago and Alton Railroad, Paul McCramer, stated that he came close enough to the craft to see a man emerge from it to repair the machinery. Traces were found over a large area. The object was elongated like a ship, with a roof and a double canopy. It left toward the north. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 182, citing the Chicago Times-Herald, April 14, 1897).

1952 - North Bay, Ontario, Canada. At 9:30 p.m. Royal Canadian Air Force Warrant Officer E.H. Rossell and Flight Sgt. R. McRae sighted a round amber object that flew fast, stopped, reversed direction, and climbed away at a 30-degree angle during the two-minute observation. (Source: Don Berliner, Project Bluebook UFO Unknowns).

1960 - LaCamp, Louisiana. At 9:00 p.m. Monroe Arnold saw a fiery-red disc that exploded four or five times while flying through the sky for two to three seconds. An analysis of paint samples from explosion proved inconclusive. (Source: Don Berliner, Project Bluebook UFO Unknowns).

1969 - A former-schoolmistress was exercising her dog in some fields between Bridgeworth and Shrewsbury, England at about 6:30 p.m. when she observed a top-shaped object on the far side of a hedge, It stood about three meters high and was resting on gray colored legs. Around the object she saw three beings about the size of 11-year-old children. They had pear shaped heads and appeared to be lacking hands. They wore black outfits with white belts. Despite their apparent lack of hands they were collecting samples from the ground that they placed on the side of the object. The specimens seemed to disappear into the solid craft. The woman's dog fled the scene at the outset of her encounter. (Source: David F. Webb and Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1969-25, citing Roger Stanway & Anthony Pace).

1977 - At 3:30 p.m. two young girls walking under a highway overpass by a canal in Tucson, Arizona and were following a path up a small hill when they saw a UFO hovering above some nearby brush. The craft was dark gray, metallic, and shaped like a drum. It had four to six long spider like legs hanging from its bottom. The UFO rose slowly and disappeared towards the southeast following a curved path. From out of some bushes beneath where the object had been hovering, a thin, human-like figure emerged. It had long brown hair and was wearing a blue top and dark pants, but it also wore strange looking boots. Behind the thin figure five other shorter figures appeared. The group walked briskly away in single file, towards the desert and into the distance where they could no longer be seen. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1977, case # 1810, citing Virgilio Sanchez Ocejo, Destino, Vol. 27 # 3, quoting APRO).

1977 - at 11 p.m. in Henschen, Indiana a couple were driving to their trailer home and had to make a stop to change their baby's diaper. As the husband looked for a diaper in the car he glanced out a window and saw a twelve foot tall hairy creature with fierce glowing red eyes. The creature uttered some guttural sounds and made an apparent aggressive move towards the car. They drove off quickly, but the creature chased their vehicle as they attempted to flee. It pounded angrily on their car and dented it, flinging its arms up and down. The following night the couple saw a similar creature perched near a tree that was overlooking their mobile home. The creature took several steps towards the house and was shot at by the husband several times, at which point it seemed to jump up and disappeared in plain sight. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1977, case # 1710, citing Jim Barnett, UFOs and Alien Encounters # 1).

1989, Perth, Western Australia - At 12:25 a.m. a woman was awake in bed next to her sleeping husband when she became aware of a high-pitched sound. On the right side of the bed a short figure suddenly appeared. She described it as semi-transparent, and it wore a bright green neon belt and a green ring. The entity was examining a box when the witness made a sudden move, and the being then touched its belt and vanished in plain sight. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1989, case # 1318, citing Keith Basterfield).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 30 June 2005).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: bedroom visitation, cigar-shaped or elongated objects, drum-shaped UFO, giant hairy hominid with glowing red eyes, human-appearing UFOnauts, landings, amber UFO, red UFO, reversed direction, short humanoids, top-shaped UFO, trace remnants of UFO.