On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 April 16

1897 - At 12:30 a.m. in Bay City, Michigan a large object was sighted high in the sky. It gradually descended and was estimated to be around 50 to 70 feet in length. It had a red light at each end, that gave the conical shaped craft a dull red glow. It moved at a rapid pace, then slowed. (Sources: Lucius Farish newspaper files; Saginaw (MI) Courrier Herald, April 16, 1897).

1897 - Shortly before 3:00 a.m. police heard a drumming noise in Saginaw, Michigan and then spotted a 30-foot long cigar-shaped airship with something hanging down ten feet below it. It flew at a speed of 25 miles per hour to the south, and carried red and yellow body lights. (Sources: Lucius Farish newspaper files; Saginaw (MI) Evening News, April 17, 1897; Philip L. Rife, It Didn't Start with Roswell, p. 7).

1897 - While working in his field in Downs Township, Illinois farmer Haney Savidge saw an aerial craft land near him. Six people emerged from it and spoke to him for a few minutes before leaving. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 22, citing Chicago Times-Herald, April 17, 1897).

1897 - On that night there was a sudden flash in the sky over Logan, Ohio and then a 40-foot long dark shape flew over the town slowly. Witnesses thought they could hear voices coming from the object. Some followed it three miles south of town in a buggy. The craft descended to about 50 feet altitude, then rose swiftly and flew out of sight. (Source: Philip L. Rife, It Didn't Start with Roswell, p. 8).

1897 - On the same night a man named Williams in Greenville, Texas came upon a landed airship. He described it as an "immense cigar-shaped vessel" with large wings, and having a "sidewheel like a steamboat" in front, with a fish tail at the rear. He claimed it was 75 feet long and 30 feet wide, and he encountered three men performing repairs on the craft. (Source: Philip L. Rife, It Didn't Start with Roswell, p. 39, citing the Dallas Morning News, April 19, 1897).

1952 - At 10:26 p.m. a U.S. Air Force captain and his neighbor in Shreveport, Louisiana saw a bright white object make a fast approach, reverse direction, then change shape from a flat circular object to a thin lens. It also changed color from pink to red. Its speed was estimated at 1285 mph, and showed a red exhaust tail after making its turn. It was ten times brighter than the brightest star. (Source: J. H. Tessier, UNICAT computer database case #812, citing Blue Book; Project Blue Book Report # 6, April 30, 1952).

1953 - The crew of a Maritime Central DC-4 flying near Chatham Royal Canadian AFB, New Brunswick sights an eight meter in diameter metallic disc at 3:34 p.m. that is heading toward their aircraft. The UFO passed underneath at 300 knots, just under the nose of the aircraft. (Sources: Don Ledger, Maritime UFO Files, p. 37; Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 21).

1956 - On U.S. Route 1 in Henderson, North Carolina just before dawn, two government employees saw for a few seconds a large, top-shaped object passing over their car. It was as large as the road and made no sound. (Sources: Project Blue Book; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, p. 253).

1956 - Two police officers, Perkins and Williams, in Lexington, Kentucky sighted a small, pale-red light in the western sky at 11:55 p.m. They drove closer to get a better look. After 5 minutes the object disappeared; it left a glow in the sky for a few seconds. The object appeared to change shape, from round to ellipse, and then back to a circle again. (Sources: Lexington Herald, April 17, 1956; Alexander Mebane, CSI-NY News, June 1956, p. 8).

1960 - A brilliant vertical cylinder or pole-shaped object rose slowly over the shore of Napier, New Zealand at 5:50 p.m. It turned horizontal and then darkened. It finally flew to the northeast and out to sea. (Source: APRO Bulletin, July 1960).

1966 - At 7:55 p.m. an elongated elliptical object hovered over Highway 16 in Sherborn, Massachusetts. It had bright red lights affixed to each end, and blue lights along its length. At 10:44 p.m. in Weston, Massachusetts police were called to investigate two reports of an object resembling a dirigible or blimp-shaped UFO carrying bright lights. (Source: Raymond E. Fowler, UFOs: Interplanetary Visitors, p. 337).

Weston, Massachusetts - 1966

Sketch for Weston, Massachusetts - 1966 sighting

1967 - A fast moving, glowing ovoid UFO stopped and landed in Boraure, Venezuela on this day. It took off and flew away when approached. (Sources: Jim and Coral Lorenzen, UFOs over the Americas, p. 60; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 835).

1968 - At 12:10 p.m. Henry Ford II sighted a very large UFO while flying onboard the Ford Motor Company Jet Star near Austin, Texas. (Source: Gordon I. R. Lore, Jr., UFOs: A New Look, p. 1; Donald E. Keyhoe, Aliens from Space…The Real Story of Unidentified Flying Objects, p. 177).

1972 - In Trujillo, La Libertad, Peru a man had his eyesight impaired, and others reported that headaches were caused by the close approach of a saucer-shaped UFO. (Source: Jane Thomas, FSR, July 1972, p. 24, citing Cronica, April 16, 1972).

1974 - A metallic ovoid UFO approached a car on a highway in Mitcham, South Australia at 6:00 p.m. It revolved slowly, and had four lights on its dome. (Source: NICAP UFO Investigator, July 1974).

1974 - At around 12:50 a.m. a classic Italian CE-III case that has defied explanation occurred in Santa Maria del Tempio, Casale Monferrato, Piemonte district, Italy. Mauro Bellingeri and his wife had just arrived home when a luminous disc-shaped object came out of the sky at them, and then stopped over their house 40 feet up. The craft had a central ring of revolving red, green, and yellow lights that revolved around the cabin. The object made no sound as it hovered there. The couple could see a round, clear, dome-shaped cabin on the upper portion of the object that was 30 feet wide and six feet high. Inside the cabin there were three seated beings who were visible, wearing fishbowl or globe-shaped helmets. After several minutes of just hanging silently in the sky, 4-5 jets of flame were emitted from the underside of the craft, and the outer rim began to turn more rapidly. The object started making a whistling sound. With a strong blast of air that nearly knocked the witnesses down, the object then took off and flew away. (Sources: Renzo Cabassi, FSR, February 1977, p. 23; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher: HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case # 1974-17 (A1317); Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos, A Catalogue of 200 Type-1 UFO Events in Spain and Portugal, case # 187; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence Volume II: A Thirty-Year Report, pp. 18, 373, 460, 489; UNICAT, case 51; John Wallace Spencer, World Atlas of UFOs, p. 106).

1977 - An object consisting of two spherical lights that flickered back and forth between orange and deep red appeared to hover over Bushey, Watford, England. It approached and then suddenly vanished. (Source: D. N. Mansell, Awareness, October 1977, p. 18).

1979 - At 11:30 p.m. in Bedarrides, Vaucluse, France a red sphere, the size of a car, descended fast and then landed. Flashes white and red lights. It left behind ground traces at the landing site. There were at least two witnesses, and the incident lasted five minutes. (Sources: Lumieres dans la Nuit, May 1979; Jean-Luc Rivera, UFO Newsclipping Service, July 1979, p. 12).

1990 - A young man drove his wife to work in South Chicago, Illinois and then saw a silver, oval-shaped craft in the sky at around 7:30 a.m. The silver, domed oval object was hovering near an intersection in the city; it was motionless, and made a whooshing sound. He felt odd, developed a headache, nausea and neck pain. There was no missing time associated with this close encounter. (Source: Frances Ridge, Regional Encounters, p. 133).

1992 - On this evening the Current Affair TV film crew filmed a red UFO as it hovered over the Gulf Breeze, Florida Three Mile Bridge. (Source: Ed Walters, UFOs are Real: Here's the Proof, p. 13).

1993 - In Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire, England a witness reported that a one-foot in diameter, glowing ovoid object was just outside the window of the house at 2:30 a.m. It was very bright, and some psychic effects resulted from the close encounter. (Source: UFO Newsclipping Service, March 1994).

1993 - At 9:20 p.m. a deputy sheriff and others observed a 200-300 foot wide flying boomerang or V-shaped UFO in Bayport, Florida. The UFO was pulsing as it hovered, then "hauled ass." (Sources: Leonard Sturm, MUFON UFO Journal, November 1996, p. 20; Richard F. Haines, CE-5: Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind, p. 80).

1995 - In Tacoma, Washington at 10:10 p.m. two white or light gray discs moved quickly from south to north over the clouds in a steady trajectory. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle).

1996 - In Tonto Hills, Arizona, a couple that had observed a large diamond-shaped craft land previously in the same area back in February observed a similar large craft landing nearby them. It was white, diamond shaped, and had green and red lights around it. Three humanoid entities (not described) were seen walking around it as if searching for something. Their sighting lasted for 15 minutes. Note: There is a Tonto Basin in central Arizona, but there is no town or locality named "Tonto Hills". (Source: Albert S. Rosales, 1996 Humanoid Contact Report Database, case # 2812, citing Jim Ossipov & Myron K. Olson).

1997 - On a farm in Zagorje, Slovenia a 15 meter black sphere with a halo and portholes hovered near the ground at 6:45 p.m. Footprints were later found at the site, about size 9 in shoe size. (Source: Joseph Trainor, UFO Roundup, volume 2, number 16).

2003 - Two orange lights flew in a corkscrew pattern together from south to north over Victoria, British Columbia at 2:40 a.m., and then went west. (Source: Geoff Dittman, 2003 Canadian UFO Survey, case # 148, citing UFOBC).

2004 - There was no sound coming from a triangle-like craft seen near Fort Benning, Georgia by a mother and daughter. At 10:20 p.m. a 47-year-old woman was driving home from Columbus with her 16-year-old daughter when they thought they saw a military helicopter from the Fort. Upon getting closer the mother thought it resembled more of a Stealth Bomber with a triangle shape. They slowed down and rolled down their car windows, which revealed there was no sound coming from the craft. Near Ellerslie, in Harris County, Georgia, they then observed the dark triangle hovering at a relatively low altitude. It had blinking red and green lights at the rear, and it was projecting a spotlight beam with an adjacent blue light under each wing. The daughter became a little concerned and said they needed to get out of there, get home, and tell her dad. The mother reported to the MUFON investigator that she had observed a similar triangular craft before, along with her older daughter, but had never reported it (Source: George A. Filer & David E. Twichell, Filer's Files: Worldwide Reports of UFO Sightings, p. 95, citing field investigator Dan Worsham and Tom Sheets).

2007 - At 10:00 p.m. a gray triangle object outlined with many lights flew silently overhead New Westminster, British Columbia. (Source: Chris Rutkowski, 2007 Canadian UFO Survey, case # 200, citing HBCCUFO).

2008 - A close encounter with a large Moon-sized, spherical object near the witness' car was reported in Ontario, Canada (city not given); it scared the witness, then vanished. (Source: Geoff Dittman, 2008 Canadian UFO Survey, case # 212).

2009 - A large, metallic, cylindrical object was seen over Saint Augustine Beach, Florida at 5:00 p.m.; it hovered for about a minute and then disappeared. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, April 2009 webpage archive, report uploaded May 12, 2009).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 18 April 2014).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: aircraft UFO encounters; cylindrical UFOs; daylight discs; domed discs; domed ovoids; fishbowl helmets; ground traces; low flying UFOs; ellipsoid or ovoid UFOs; physiological effects: impaired eyesight, headaches, nausea, neck pain; red spheres or cones; shape changing UFOs; top-shaped UFOs; triangle UFOs.

© Donald A. Johnson