On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 April 15

1897- This was the peak date in a wave of "airship" sightings around the United States and Canada. There were over fifty reports of "airships" on this day, including 18 in Michigan alone. There were six humanoid reports, two in Iowa and one each in Texas, Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan. Two of these reports invovled communication with quite human-looking people. Below are summarized four of the more interesting cases.

A large object was seen in Linn Grove, Iowa in the morning hours of this day in 1897 flying slowly toward the north. It seemed ready to land and five men--F. G. Ellis, James Evans, David Evans, Joe Croaskey, Benjamin Buland--drove toward it in a buckboard wagon. About seven kilometers north of Linn Grove they found the craft on the ground. They came within 700 meters of it but it "spread its four giant wings and rose towards the North". Two figures with shoulder-length hair were seen aboard the craft and made efforts to conceal themselves. Most residents of Linn Grove saw the craft in flight. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 183, citing Chicago Times-Herald, April 16, 1897).

Two farm workers, Adolph Winkle and John Hulle, saw a strange craft in a field near the city of Springfield, Illinois around midday. They had a discussion with its occupants, a woman and two men, and were told the ship had flown from Quincy to Springfield in 30 minutes and that the crew was making electrical repairs. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 183, citing Flying Saucer Review, January 1965).

At nightfall the same day a flying object followed a train traveling from Howard to Artesian, South Dakota in Miner County. It came closer and closer to the ground as it did, reported the engineer, Joe Wright. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 183, citing Flying Saucer Review, July-August 1966).

At around 9:00 p.m. a passenger train on the Wabash line heading toward Quincy, Illinois had just passed Perry Springs, Missouri when a low-flying object started following it. All the passengers saw the craft, which followed the train for fifteen minutes. It had one red and one white light. It flew ahead of the train and disappeared quickly, although the train was then moving at 65 mph. (Chicago Times-Herald, April 15, 1897).

At 11:00 p.m. a cigar-shaped airship without wings and with yellow lights at the bow and stern flew to the north over Hudson, Michigan. It flew at an estimated altitude of 500 feet, and was clearly visible in the bright moonlight. (Source: Lucius Farish newspaper clipping files).

1930 - A farmer in Largentiere, France saw a bright orange glowing, cone-shaped object on the ground at 5:30 a.m. The object took off slowly and flew away. The grass was flattened where the object had been. (Richard Hall, From Airships to Arnold: A Preliminary Catalogue of UFO Reports in the Early 20th Century, p. 14, citing Dominique Weinstein).

1952 - At Frenchman Flat, Nevada at 9:30 a.m. four to six flying discs passed through the mushroom cloud created after an Atomic bomb test blast. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case 2082).

1952 - That evening in Gardena, California a set of unidentified nocturnal lights flew silently to the north slowly, pulsating at regular intervals. The bright white light had a red glow preceeding it and one behind. When the white light went off the red glows seemed to merge to form a semi-elliptical red glow. It abruptly changed direction in a zigzag maneuver. (Source: Edward Sullivan, Civilian Saucer Intelligence-Los Angeles, letter dated April 26, 1952).

1958 - On or about this date in the mountains near Tabladitas, Argentina about 14 kilometers from Abra Pampa, a luminous object 30 meters in diameter came down to ground level. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 465).

1958 - A cigar shaped object with smaller satellite objects was sighted at 12:30 a.m. over Broager, Denmark. (Sources: UFO Nachtrichten, June 1958; Loren E. Gross, The Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse: UFOs: A History. 1958: March-April, p. 78).

1959 - On this evening Ove Christensen was coming home after work on his bicycle along the road between Svendborg and Nyborg, Denmark when he was stopped by a disc-shaped object spinning at ground level. After five minutes it began chasing him, flying six meters above him for five minutes. The UFO was luminous and seemed to be made of a glasslike material. (Sources: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 486; Flying Saucer Review, May-June 1959).

1966 - While flying near Santa Catalina Island, California a professional Hollywood movie cameraman named Hansen shot a motion picture film of a disc-shaped object while shooting an action film from a helicopter. The television show NOVA claimed the film shows what probably was a light aircraft. (Sources: APRO Bulletin, December 1974, p. 1; Xenolog, September 1978, p. 11; CUFOS case files).

1967 - Two young boys sawa dark gray UFO hovering over the eastern coast of Denmark in the early afternoon. An elevator descended from the bottom, with eight occupants sliding down a thick cable. They wore masks and breathing apparatus boxes on their backs, and one of them wore a blue colored uniform. They waved at the witnesses. (Sources: Dennis Stamey, Flying Saucers, June 1970, p. 36; Charles Bowen, FSR, September-October 1967, p. 32, citing UFONYT).

1968 - A three-foot in diameter reddish orange disc was seen on the ground by several soldiers near a canal north of the Gobi Desert in Xinjiang province, China on this evening. It shot straight up as the soldiers approached. (Source: Wendelle C. Stevens & Paul Dong, UFOs over Modern China, p. 49).

1969 - At 11:00 p.m. two people driving on the highway near Pichidangui, Chile in Coquimbo province were paralyzed and their truck engine died when they encountered a disc-shaped object ahead on the road. The object lit up the road and flew away, but came back two minutes later. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, citing Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue #118).

1970 - Kalle Tiihonen, age 39, a locally well known and respected retired athlete, had just come from the sauna and was drinking coffee in his kitchen in Kursu, Salla, Finland at around 5 p.m. when he and his family heard a sound resembling a swarm of bees. He then had the feeling that someone was staring at him from the doorway behind him. He turned around and saw a small creature about 1.2 meters in height, clad in a tight fitting shiny green suit and helmet. The creature had very dark, large eyes, with a human look. Tiihonen believed that the creature had not come in through the door since he would have heard some noise. For several moments they stared at each other, and then Tiihonen asked the creature where he was from. "From the space," was the answer. Tiihonen was unsure if he in fact heard the answer or if it was a mental message. In an effort to make conversation Tiihonen asked the alien if the Apollo 13 astronauts, then stranded in space, would get back home safely. "Yes they will", was the answer. Tiihonen spoke with the being of other subjects for some time, but could not recall later what they spoke about, other than the creature promised to return. It took a step backwards and disappeared in an instant. Tiihonen again heard the noise resembling a swarm of bees. Tiihonen's eight-year-old son was sitting in another room during the encounter and heard his father talking to someone, but the dividing wall kept him from seeing the humanoid. However, he did see a bright object land on the grass outside, and also saw it lift off. Tiihonen ran to the sauna where his wife was and told her about his encounter. After the incident, Tiihonen was unable to sleep for three nights in a row, and experienced a sort of malaise for over a week. (Sources: K. Gosta Rehn, UFOs Here and Now, p. 136; UFO Information Sweden, March 1971; Larry Hatch, U computer database, case 9601; Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1970, citing Mervi Virtanen, Finland).

1970 - At 1:38 p.m. local time in Mar del Plata, Argentina a luminous disc-shaped object glowed as bright as the sun, yet vanished while still in view. A man by the name of Galan took a photograph of it before it disappeared. Richard Hall gives the photographer a high rating for reliability and the photograph a strong rating for genuineness. (Sources: CUFOS files; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II: A Thirty-Year Report, pp. 15 & 287; Dwight Connelly, Skylook, November 1975, p. 10; Spacelink, April 1970).

1971 - Two forestry workers, Morel and Hay, were driving through the forest west of Taupo, New Zealand on a cloudy evening around 9 p.m. when they encountered a large cone-shaped object with rotating lights on its rim. It followed their car for over three minutes. (Source: APRO Bulletin, September-October 1971, p. 6; Data-Net Report, September 1971).

1972 - At 6:30 p.m. three women watched a large dark shiny disc-shaped object with two triangular windows on top and a rotating bottom. It approached their house in Driffield, Humberside, England to within 200 meters. It hovered there for a minute, then backed away very slowly. It curved away to the north-northwest, and then went behind some woods. The sighting lasted for over six minutes, and they were able to view the UFO through binoculars. (Source: BUFORA Journal, April 1973, p. 19).

1973 - During the late afternoon on the road between Manor and Penn, Pennsylvania twelve witnesses saw a disc-shaped object, between 35-60 feet in diameter, that came within 70 meters of a car, causing the car's headlights to dim. During the night of April 15-16 more than a dozen witnesses reported observations of UFOs in the area of Penn and Manor, Pennsylvania, near the larger town of Jeanette. Among these was the report of a single witness who was driving near the Manor, Pennsylvania Power plant at 10:55 p.m. when he observed a large glowing object over the nearby railroad tracks. It was just above the trees, and the light from the object illuminated the immediate area with an intense white color. The witness pulled over to the side of the road and got out for a better look. The object, no more than a hundred yards away, was about 400 yards west of the power plant and approximately 10 feet above the trees. The object itself was completely illuminated but apparently solid in construction and about three car lengths in size. It had a dome like structure on top, which was the same bright color as the rest of the object. Around the main section were 2 or 3 rows of multi-colored lights, or square windows. One was whitish, the next red, and the third a blue or green hue. From the left side of the UFO a line or cord extended some 30 yards, and at the end of the cord floated a human form some eight to ten feet tall, similar to the "Apollo astronauts walking in space". It was of a purple or orange color. The witness did not see the humanoid form retracted into the UFO; rather it disappeared like "a string of lights." The witness had left his lights on and engine running when he got out of his vehicle, and he noticed that the headlights had dimmed to the strength of a weak flashlight. When the object departed, the headlights came back on as bright as before. The object made a high-pitched sound "like a spinning top" when it departed. "You could hear the trees blowing" as it went over them. The encounter lasted three to four minutes. (Sources: (1) Irwin Standard-Observer, July 1973, p. 27; Mark Rodeghier, UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, p. 56, citing the UFO Register, (volume 5, 1974), (2) Stan Gordon, Skylook, June 1973, p. 6; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1973-08 (A1199), citing Stan Gordon; David F. Webb, 1973 - Year of the Humanoids, case 73-07).

1974 - At 8:15 p.m. a 20-year-old woman named Saudron, who was driving between Gipey and Cosne, Allier department, France, sighted a red glowing hemispherical object on the ground near some woods in the Foret de Dreuille. (Source: Michel Figuet & Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le Premier Dossier Complet des Rencontres Rapprochees en France, p. 483).

1974 - Fifteen minutes after the UFO landing in France, all passengers aboard a ferry off the coast of Algeciras, Cadiz, Spain saw a round, intense torch-like light rise from the ocean at 8:30 p.m. It emerged out of ocean near a huge rock, traveled at a low altitude, then dropped into the water. It then rose from the ocean a second time, flew a good distance, then dove back into the water again. (Sources: Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue 137; Richard Hall, UFO Reports from the Files of the CIA, p. 188; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II: A Thirty-Year Report, p. 346).

1975 - A science teacher and six others in San Jose, California viewed an orange glowing domed disc through binoculars as it approached them at 9:23 p.m. The object made a right angle turn toward the witnesses, then stopped over their street and front yard. It was estimated to be 90 feet in diameter, with a ten foot wide cabin structure. Although it made no sound, it emitted a white beam, an orange glow, and red sparks that dropped from underneath it. It oscillated, then shot straight up into space. (Sources: Slava Mach, MUFON UFO Journal, March 1978, p. 14; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II: A Thirty-Year Report, pp. 19, 154, & 162).

1981 - A huge metallic triangular object with several red lights on the sides and very bright white light on the leading edge flew over Mount Sunapee, New Hampshire at 7:35 p.m. It flew very low to the ground, and passed over a car flying off to the west. (Source: Philip J. Imbrogno, Contact of the 5th Kind, p. 24).

1990 - A night security guard observed three humanoids while on patrol in Miami, Florida at 4:30 a.m. He described the beings as seven-foot tall aliens with cat eyes, who he watched walk across a parking lot. (Source: Paul Ferrughelli, Computer Catalog of UFO Reports, 1988-94, case 995, citing UFO Bureau).

1992 - A bright blue, domed disc-shaped UFO emerged out of the clouds and approached a 20-year-old witness in his yard in Aloha, Washington at 10:55 p.m. It stopped briefly, changed color from bright blue to bright red, then accelerated rapidly away toward the west. (Source: Robert Gribble, MUFON UFO Journal, November 1992, p. 19, citing MUFON field investigator J. Kirby, case file 921504W).

1994 - Three 12-year-old boys including Diego Percebal were walking near an old crumbled shrine to the Virgen De Ciguela in Torralba de Ribota, Zaragoza, Spain at around 8:00 p.m. when they saw a strange-looking dwarfish figure moving close to the building. The figure was dark in color, about 1.30 meters in height, and somewhat deformed with a huge oval-shaped cranium and a dark featureless face. It moved on two short, thick legs. The dwarf was heavy set and wore a shiny black suit, and was seen to enter the abandoned shrine. The boys saw the strange humanoid hide behind some debris and broken boards. Terrified, the boys ran to get adult witnesses, several of whom responded and went inside the shrine to investigate. The adult witnesses saw the strange figure moving behind a partially collapsed brick-wall and ran from the area. There were other encounters with the humanoid later in the same area. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1994, citing Iker Jimenez, Encuentros: La Historia de Los OVNI en Espana).

1996 - Two police officers were conducting their nightly rounds late at night driving on the outskirts of Gerona, Spain when a powerful light crossed in front of them on the highway. One man felt mesmerized by the brilliant outburst of light, while his partner tried to keep hold of the patrol car's steering wheel. When the light extinguished the mesmerized officer told his companion that he felt a very odd sensation of being pulled upward at the same time that he saw two pairs of moist, black oval shaped eyes staring down at him from large, pear-shaped heads. The police officer had not even been able to comprehend the uncanny experience when the bizarre light staged a return. According to the officers, nine lights identical to the first appeared out of nowhere, and were then joined by three more that came from across the Portuguese border. The twelve lights were elongated and had an intense yellow glow. The lights remained suspended some 100 feet above the highway, prompting the police officers to flee the scene in terror. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1996, case # 2674, citing Scott Corrales, Uncensored UFO Reports # 1).

1997 - A woman reported seeing red and white lights flashing outside her home in Bridgeton, New Jersey late at night. She next remembered seeing a hundred white lights moving in unison like a swarm of bees, each carrying its own light in formation. She then experienced three hours of missing time. She can recall seeing a man inside a plastic looking column filled with liquid, with blue electricity flowing through it. She woke up violently ill, and with a scar on her face. While this was occurring her next door neighbor also woke up with facial burns, but he had no recollection of anything unusual happening. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1997, case # 3131, citing New Jersey MUFON).
Source: New Jersey Mufon

1999 - At 2:30 a.m. a man in Mexico City, Mexico woke up in a sweat, feeling dehydrated. He got up and drank a glass of water, and felt the need to open the window curtains. When he did so he saw a bright spherical object that was circling overhead. He took out his video camera and began to tape the object. The UFO began making symmetrical maneuvers, drawing lines and numbers in the sky. The witness felt mental communication then the video camera shut down. After about 10 minutes of circling around the object left. The witness felt what he described as a strange electrical sensation in his left lung soon afterwards. Upon viewing the videotape he reportedly saw three humanoid figures, including a female figure. Whereabouts of the film is unknown. (Sources: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, April 1999 archived webpage; Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1999, case # 3627, citing NUFORC).

2004 - A woman awoke at around 6:00 a.m. and walked to her screened bedroom window in Orlando, Florida.  She saw a small, oval, slightly glowing object hovering just above the ground, low outside the window.  The object was about 12 inches in diameter or less. A cat noticed the object and attempted to stalk it, whereupon it made a quick zig-zag maneuver and suddenly streaked away in a nearly instantaneous acceleration. (Sources: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, April 2004 webpage archive; Larry Hatch, U computer database, case 18198, citing NUFORC).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 18 March 2007).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: disc-shaped UFOs, domed discs, human-appearing occupants, landings, low-flying UFOs pacing trains, low-level pursuit of witness by UFO, multi-year reports from Denmark and Spain, shiny uniforms, short humanoids, tall humanoids, UFO approached witnesses; vehicle EM effects: headlights dimmed.