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 -  At 6 p.m. a large crowd of miners in Girard, near Green Ridge, Illinois 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. They said it with terrific speed, twice the speed of an F-86. (Sources: Don Berliner, Project Bluebook UFO Unknowns; Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics, case # 1108; Loren E. Gross, UFOs: A History. 1952: January-May, p. 87; UNICAT, case # 810).

1953 - At 10:31 local time an unidentified target appeared on the radar scope at Torbat Airport, Newfoundland, Canada. It was on a magnetic course of approximately 270 degrees. One of the radar operators looked outside and saw what he thought was a B-29 aircraft, but when the object disappeared, he returned to the radar set and observed the object make a 180 degree turn 8 miles west of the airport. If fade from the radar scope 30 miles away in a northeast direction. (Source: www.nicap.org/waves/1953fullrep.htm citing Dan Wilson).

1953 - At 3:10 p.m., while flying over Sweetwater, Nevada in a USAF C-47 transport 80 miles southwest of Reno, USAF Major Padelford, Lt. White and Lt. Cripe, the pilot, co-pilot, and navigator, sighted 9-10 flat, darkish metallic discs flying against the terrain. They were flying enroute from Long Beach to Stead AFB, NV at an altitude of 10,500 feet. They described the discs as having fuzzy edges, as they flashed beneath their aircraft descending. The co-pilot took control of the C-47, and turned to the right in a tight 300 degree turn for a better view of the objects. The objects were then picked up unassisted by two more members of the crew. The objects were observed in a right turn of greater radius than that of the C-47, and at a lower altitude. The object were observed for approximately 120 degrees of their turn, and disappeared on a heading of 300 degrees. The observers were unable to estimate the speed of the objects because of the distance and the objects'' large radius of turn. (Sources: Loren E. Gross, UFOs: A History. 1953: March-July, p. 32; UNICAT, case # 762; Robert Gribble, MUFON UFO Journal, April 1988, p. 19; Richard F. Haines, Project Delta, p. 183; Project Blue Book files; James McDonald files).

1953 -  At 10:00 p.m. miners in Coniston, Ontario, Canada watched as a glowing cigar-shaped object hovered over their smelter in a light wind. Over the next several minutes in began to shrink and it changed color. The duration of the sighting was 20 minutes. (Source: APRO Bulletin, November 1953).

1957 - At 8:00 a.m. an odd cone-shaped UFO descended to the side of highway N562 in Figanieres, Var, France, causing the engine of the witness's car to stall. Vegetation at the site was later found to be dead. (Source: Lumieres dans la Nuit, August 1972).

1958 - On this night university professor Dr. Garron and his wife were in Tabladitas, Jujuy Province, Argentina when they watched a 30 meter luminous object descend to ground level. It had a halo; it turned and flew off to the east. (Sources: Uriondo Oscar A. Uriondo, FSR Case Histories, December 1973, p. 17; Loren E. Gross, The Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse: UFOs: A History. 1958: March-April, p. 70).

1960 - LaCamp, Louisiana. At 9:00 p.m. Monroe Arnold, a physical scientist, saw a fiery-red disc that made a rumbling sound and exploded four or five times while flying through the sky for two to three seconds.  It plowed through trees, struck the ground, bounced nine times, and resulted in explosions and flames. It left behind nine ground scars. An analysis of paint samples from the explosion proved inconclusive. (Sources: Don Berliner, Project Bluebook UFO Unknowns; Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics, case # 6711; NICAP UFO Investigator, May 1960, p. 4).

1966 - At 7:45 p.m. EST witnesses in Dorchester, Massachusetts reported a low-flying oval object with a dome on top and colored lights around its perimeter, circling over a schoolhouse and bobbing up and down. There was a coincident power failure (EM effects) in nearby Roxbury. At 10:00 p.m. EST an elongated elliptical (or cigar-like) object with a bright red-orange light at each end was seen hovering off Route 24 in Brockton, Massachusetts. (Sources: Raymond Fowler, UFOs: Interplanetary Visitors, p. 337; Boston Record American, April 13, 1966, quoted in Flying Saucer Review, July-August 1966 (volume 12, #4), pp. iii-iv).

1967 - In Toronto, Ontario, Canada at 8:15 p.m. four lens-shaped discs with flashing lights on their rims circled a group of about 20 witnesses. Two of the object shot away on approach of an airplane. There were also sightings in Rice Lake, and Scarborough, Ontario and a close encounter in Richmond Hill, Ontario. (Sources: NICAP files, report dated April 17, 1967; Gene Duplantier, Flying Saucers, December 1967, p. 11; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II: A Thirty-Year Report, p. 335, 372).

1967 - In North Granby, Connecticut at 8:30 p.m. three witnesses saw a glowing, red-orange, bowl-shaped object emitting a "painfully" bright light. It made rapid motions for five minutes, and a rod extended from object. It shot away. (Sources: NICAP files; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II: A Thirty-Year Report, p. 335).

1967 - Also at 8:30 p.m. six members of a team doing underwater film work for ABC News saw five bright white lights in formation while near the Coastal Keys Highway off of Key Largo, Florida. The lights pulsated bright-and-dim on a half-second cycle, and maneuvered around each other as they passed overhead at about 200 feet altitude. The witnesses, in two 16-foot boats in windy weather with choppy waves, included a former aircraft carrier pilot, two former submarine sailors, and a boat captain guide. (Source: Letter to Herb Roth, May 5, 1967, NICAP files).

1967 - At 8:59 p.m. in Phoenix, Arizona a close encounter occurred when a bell-shaped object buzzed a car with three witnesses; it banked, turned, and then flew away. The engine of the car was affected. (Sources: Project Blue Book files; Mark Rodeghier, UFOs Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, p. 34).

1967 - At 9:00 p.m. in Vienna, West Virginia two blobs of light maneuvered over the TV towers of WTAP-TV; a truncated cone of light searched the ground. (Source: APRO Bulletin, May-June 1967, p. 11).

1967 - At 10:10 p.m. in Hackettstown, New Jersey near a fish hatchery, five witnesses including a police officer had a UFO encounter lasting over an hour that involved an animal reaction. They watched a revolving object with a red light in the middle, green lights on both ends, and white lights on the bottom. The object left a white trail, and it started and stopped many times, becoming all white when not moving. (Source: Berthold E. Schwarz, FSR, March 1971, p. 5 & January 1972, p. 9).

1968 - A cluster of multicolored lights hovered, blinking red to orange to blue, in Hamilton, Massachusetts at 10:15 p.m. They shot upward out of sight. (Source: Raymond Fowler, UFOs: Interplanetary Visitors, p. 352).

1969 - At noon several Swedish Air Force personnel sighted seven balloon or disc-shaped UFOs; the objects hovered over Rissala AFB, Sweden and there was reported to be radar confirmation of the sighting. (Sources: Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 37; UFO Information Sweden, February 1971; MUFON UFO Journal, issue no. 152).

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).

1973 - At 10:30 p.m. An orange ball of light was observed from a Cessna 150 by physicist Harvy Rutledge and one other witness at 2500 feet flying southeast of Piedmont, Missouri. The orange ball of light appeared on the slope of Clark's Mountain, and disappeared when the aircraft turned toward it. A simultaneously identical light appeared to their right. When the aircraft banked again, the object turned and then shot straight up. The acceleration was estimated at 330 G's. Also, a glowing ball or disc-shaped object was chased by two experienced pilots in a Piper Cherokee over Farmington, Missouri, the same night and at the same time as the Piedmont incident. The object gave off heat waves, and made no noise. it outdistanced the plane with a tremendous burst of speed. (Sources: Charles J. Oswald, St. Louis Globe Dispatch, July 11, 1981; NICAP UFO Investigator, June 1973, p. 2; Harvey Rutledge, Project Identification, p. 15-18; Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 38).

1974 - In the early afternoon a bright object ascended vertically from the ground next to the road between Maintenon and Hanches in Eure-et-Loir, France, hovered for five minutes, and then flew away. (Source: Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue 137).

1974 - At 11:45 p.m. nurses in a hospital in Tarbes, Hautes-Pyrénées, France saw a red glowing disc, 0.2 m in diameter, vanish and then reappear near the 4th floor of the hospital's cobalt clinic. (Source: Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue 142).

1977 - Shortly before 11:00 a.m. a woman in the city of Oxelosund, Sweden heard a shrill whistling sound. A brown, four-meter diameter disc hovered 100m over a water tower. It had an antenna with a sphere on top. It hovered in place for four seconds. When the UFO departed a strong noise was heard causing windows to vibrate. It left toward the southeast. (Sources: UFO Information Sweden, May 1977, p. 17; Bertil Soderquist, MUFON UFO Journal, January 1978, p. 5).

1977 - On this night in Herbrandston, Dyfed, Wales there was a red glow in the sky when an 11-year-old boy reported seeing a figure 50 meters away dressed in a silver diver suit, wearing a large helmet and with a square, featureless face. The being drifted through a closed gate on a country lane. (Sources: Hugh Turnbull, FSR, June 1977, p. 6, citing Western Telegraph, April 28, 1977).

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).

1981 - In a remote farm area of Goodhue, Minnesota a civil engineer and his wife encountered a two-foot diameter aluminum-like disc as they drove by just 40 feet away. In the early afternoon R. E. Schenk, age 56, and his wife were driving south on Highway 58. At about 1:30 p.m. they saw the small disc, shaped like two saucers, one inverted on top of the other. The object was hovering just a few feet off the road about 40 feet away, with sunlight reflecting off its surface. Surprised by what he had seen, the former Navy pilot turned and drove back. He and his wife then saw the object at an estimated 2,000-4,000 feet altitude. It climbed rapidly through the sky, and disappeared in the distance, headed in the direction of Minneapolis. The weather was clear, and visibility unlimited. It was a bright, sunny day. (Sources: Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II: A Thirty-Year Report, p. 26, 155, 165; MUFON UFO Journal, October 1981).

Edge-on View of Silvery Disc Sighted by Civil Engineer. Goodhue, Minnesota - 1981

Small silvery disc seen by civil engineer Goodhue, MN

1986 - At 8:30 p.m. a single witness in Delmont, Pennsylvania sighted a 6-meter glowing circle of light only 5 cm from the ground in a residential area. It extended some legs and was completely silent. (Source: MUFON UFO Journal, December 1986).

1989 - At 12:25 a.m. a woman in Perth, Western Australia 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).

1989 - An 11-year-old boy in Webster, Massachusetts saw a cigar-shaped object rise out of a lake. It was brownish-black and 15' long. (Source: Robert Gribble, Paul Ferrughelli, Computer Catalog of UFO Reports, 1988-94, case # 253).

1992 - Driving in the desert on US Highway 180 near Deming, New Mexico a man was listening to his CB radio when the radio suddenly sent silent. He next noticed a patch of white light shining on a rise over the left side of the road. He then heard a voice in his head that told him to "watch out for the smoke." Thinking it had been the CB radio, he tried to reply but got no answer. Next, he saw what looked like a huge luminous cloud which created what looked like a curtain across the highway. He drove into the grayish-white mist for about an hour. He stopped his vehicle and walked across the road and to a ditch, but he was still unable to see anything. Suddenly, he became paralyzed, and saw the approach of two beings about 5 feet tall. Each being got on either side of him and place a firm grip on his forearms. The beings had long bony fingers. They then led him to a shiny metallic craft, shaped like a flattened arch with rounded ends. A rectangular opening appeared in the side of the craft. He experienced amnesia about what happened next. The next thing he remembers is sitting back in a chair inside the craft, feeling dizzy and numb. He was briefly left alone before two beings entered the room. One was a male with a round, oval face and oval black eyes. The second being was a female, similar in appearance to the male being. The witness was then led to a dimly lit room, and place in a reclining position on a chair. He felt a buzzing sensation on his face, and felt as if a small object was being inserted into his nose. He was then released and led outside, and floated horizontally to his vehicle. He resumed his drive and the vapor-like fog quickly dissipated. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, 2002 Humanoid Contact Sighting Reports, case # citing Richard J. Boylan and Les K. Boylan, Close Extraterrestrial Encounters).

1994 - Farm animals in Granville, Tennessee were reported to be unusually calm after a rectangular object passed at a low altitude. It had a white light at two corners, and trees hid the other two corners. The object was dark, but the space between the two lights blocked the stars; it was bigger than a house, and made a low rumble. The altitude was estimated to be 100 feet and the distance 500 feet. It moved very slowly. When the object vanished from sight, there was a sudden flash of white light and the rumbling sound ceased. The animals' calmness persisted afterward.  Animals involved were 5 goats, 4 dogs, 9 geese, 40 chickens, at least one cow and a horse. (Sources: LaVere M. Pisut, MUFON investigation files, case # 941214S; Francis L. Ridge and Joan Woodward, http://www.nicap.org/waves/1994fullrep.htm).

1996 - At 11:50 p.m. an intense fireball paced an airliner while flying over Philipsburg, Pennsylvania, then suddenly moved 20 miles in a few seconds. (Source: Domique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 48).

1998 - In Farmers Branch, Texas three witnesses saw a black round object that flew overhead at 1440 mph. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 18034; Joseph Trainor, UFO Roundup, volume 3, number 16).

2003 - A couple in Gisborne, New Zealand saw a multi-colored UFO hovering for 15 minutes. Laurence Fleming reported that at around 11:50 p.m. he and his wife were outside when they spotted the object. It displayed a red to green to yellow color pattern, alternating frequently to blue as well. The viewed it through binoculars. It vanished, and then suddenly reappeared further away in less than a second. Eventually it was lost from view because of the cloud cover. (Source: George A. Filer & David E. Twitchell, Filer's Files: Worldwide Reports of UFO Sightings, p. 49-50).

2004 - In Citrusdal, Western Cape, South Africa two witnesses were walking home at 9:30 p.m. when they saw a flying triangle craft moving very slowly through the sky. It had a yellow light at each of the three points, and in the middle of the craft was a blue and red light that went on and off and circled each other. "My grandmother an I stood there for about 4 minutes watching the craft, and then I went home." The witness told her father about it, and he became a third witness, but he could only make out a faint light in the sky. The grandmother had seen a similar craft several nights before. (Source: George A. Filer & David E. Twitchell, Filer's Files: Worldwide Reports of UFO Sightings, p. 114, citing Brian Vike, HBCCUFO).

2005 - A blue oval-shaped object was seen in the afternoon sky in Dorion, Quebec. Looking somewhat like a blimp, it was not moving at first when first sighted at 3:33 p.m.; it vanished after crossing behind some trees. (Source: Geoff Dittman, 2005 Canadian UFO Survey, case # 416, citing NUFORC).

2008 - In Sonora, California a man saw what he descibed as a "Grey translucent being" studying the flowers in his garden. He had arrived back home from work after parking the car in the garage and had walked to his front door, when he was amazed to see what looked like "a typical grey alien being in my garden." It was translucent and not completely solid, and about five feet tall. It seemed incredibly thin and had a very pointed chin. It appeared to be studying the plants, and from this point on he has no certain recollection of the events that followed. It didn't appear to be interested in him. He had two memories of walking into his house. One is where he walked in and went straight to bed; the other is where he alerted the dogs and made them check outside, which they didn't want to do. His wife had been working until 7 a.m. and was in bed asleep when he arrived. The next day he had no recollection of any of this. It wasn't until some 20 hours later that he remembered what he had seen. He told his wife as soon as he saw her, and she thought he was insane...fornot mentioning it sooner! The other strange thing was that he didn't feel afraid at all to go out in the dark garage or garden. He did not see any UFO or craft on this night, but had seen many previously. The following evening he did see a large white light sweep across the sky while walking the dogs. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, April 2008 webpage, report dated April 23, 2008). 

2008 - Several members from the UFO group “Ovni Merida” were conducting a “night vigil” in an isolated field at about 350 meters from the road in Baca, Merida, Mexico. It was a cloudy night with little moon. At around midnight one of the men saw what appeared to be a pair of red eyes at about 100 meters away in a field. The eyes were shiny and the men immediately thought it was a dog, but it did not bark, move, or approach them, and it suddenly disappeared. Two of the men walked over to the site, but failed to locate any tracks or ground traces. As they looked around, the same pair of red shiny eyes appeared again, about 100 meters away in another field. The eyes vanished and then would appear again another 100 meters away in another field; this went on for several minutes. The men again failed to find any footprints or traces. Soon, they rejoined the others, and heard a loud galloping sound like that of a horse; immediately after that they heard the sound of huge wings flapping overhead, and this caused one of the men to scream in fright. One of them managed to see a large pair of dark wings disappear into some nearby brushes. Two of the men went to investigate, one armed with a powerful flashlight and the other with a canister of tear gas. They approached the bushes but they failed to find anything. Later, when the group was again together, one of them who had gone to investigate reported that he had seen a shadowy, two-foot tall figure walking in the brush. The figure, whatever it was, seemed to be walking hunched over. Terrified, he asked the other man to return to camp. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, 2008 Humanoid Contact Sighting Reports, citing Emilio Cetz, Grupo Ovni Merida, Mexico).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 25 April 2014).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: amber UFO, abduction with memory loss, aircraft UFO encounters, bedroom visitation, car buzzings, cigar-shaped or elongated objects, discs, domed discs, drum-shaped UFOs, giant hairy hominid with glowing red eyes, human-appearing UFOnauts, landings, multi-year reports from France and Massachusetts, red UFO, reversed direction, short humanoids, top-shaped UFO, trace remnants of UFO, triangle UFOs, vehicle ignition EM effects.

© Donald A. Johnson