On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 April 17

1897 - At least a dozen farmers in Williamston, Michigan saw an object maneuver in the morning sky for an hour before it landed. A strange man nearly 3 meters (10 feet) tall, almost naked and suffering from the heat, was the pilot of the craft. "His talk, while musical, seemed to be a repetition of bellowings". One farmer went near him and received a blow that broke his hip. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 184, citing Lansing State Republican, April 18, 1897).

1950 - Three flat, metallic flying objects were sighted east of the Los Alamos AEC nuclear facility in New Mexico by 15 University of California scientists at 1:30 p.m. The sighting lasted for 20 minutes and the UFO was viewed through a telescope. They estimated the size of the objects as approximately nine feet in diameter, and they flew faster than conventional aircraft. (Sources: Loren Gross, UFOs: A History. 1950: April-July, FSR, volume 25, number 2).

1950 - At 8:15 p.m. EDT two teenagers were driving in a car in Springfield, Massachusetts when their vehicle was bussed by two glowing saucers. The objects then hopped about in the sky, ascend very fast and are gone from sight in about a minute. (Source: Loren Gross, UFOs: A History. 1950: April-July, p. 26).

1952 - At 3:15 p.m. two military weather observers from the 9575 TSU at the Yuma Test Station in Yuma, Arizona watched a circular, flat-white craft with a short trail shoot across the sky from zenith to the horizon in 7 seconds (traveling at 13 degrees a second). It traveled so fast it could not be tracked with a theodolite. There was a similar sighting at the same place the next day. (Sources: UNICAT, case 813, citing Loren Gross, UFOs: A History. 1952: January-May, p. 47; NICAP UFO Investigator, volume 3, number 8).

1952 - Two engineers watched several silent noctunal lights make erratic maneuvers and ninety-degree turns in the sky over Longmeadow, Massachusetts at 8:30 p.m. The sighting lasted for 400 minutes. (Source: Loren Gross, UFOs a History, 1952: January-May, p. 48).

1952 - Thirty minutes later two men in Westmont, Illinois, Mr. Harvey and Mr. Hall, tracked an object traveling at a high rate of speed from the east to the north, vanishing just under the Ursa Minor constellation. No tail or exhaust were visible, nor were any signs of propulsion visible. They watched the object through a pair of binoculars. (Source: Edward Sullivan, CSI--Los Angeles letter files, April 17, 1952).

1958 - Three hovering discs were observed all night long in Boa del Tigre, Argentina by several witnesses in the area. Mr. Cavalheiro, a railroad employee, and his station chief, J. Machado, wired the Tupancireta police and all saw the UFOs come to ground level about one kilometer away. At times the discs appeared to exchange signals. One of the them flew over the station itself, leaving a luminous trail and considerable heat. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 466).

1964 - At 7:22 a.m. local time, Airman Edward Lowe, a radar operator at the Fallon Air Force Station, Nevada picked up on his ground radar unit two blips flying in stacked formation making rapid changes in altitude. They were first detected at 122 degrees, 60,000 feet, and at a range of 145 miles. Their motion was up and down. The length of the observation was 1 hour and 21 minutes, at which point the blips disappeared to the southeast. The official Air Force explanation was a mirage. (Source: Dan Wilson, www.nicap.org; Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics; J. Allen Hynek case files).

1966 - Beginning at around 5:00 a.m., Portage County Deputy Sheriffs Dale Spaur and Wilbur Neff and two other officers chased a 40-foot diameter glowing disc or football shaped object from Ravenna, Ohio to Atwater, Pennsylvania in the pre-dawn hours of this morning. It rose up out of the woods and stopped overhead. The UFO played cat-and-mouse with them in the pursuit: approaching, waiting for them to catch up, then moving away. It beamed an intense light onto the road. They chased it for 90 minutes. It was last seen shooting straight up into the sky and out of sight. At about the same time and in roughly the same vicinity, a man named George Buchert took a photograph of a double-saucer shaped object in Mantua, Ohio. Dale Spaur's psychological condition and professional career deteriorated in the months following his close encounter. This famous case was the basis for the dramatic UFO chase in Steven Spielberg's movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind. (Sources: J. Allen Hynek, UNICAT, case # 383; J. Allen Hynek, The UFO Experience, p. 100; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence Volume II: A Thirty Year Report, pp. 44, 172 & 320; NICAP UFO Investigator, March-April 1966, p. 1; Columbus Dispatch, April 19, 1966; Frank Edwards, Flying Saucers--Here and Now, p. 56).

Ravenna, Ohio Police Pursuit - 1966


1966 - At 7:15 p.m. in Danvers, Massachusetts three witnesses watched an elongated oval-shaped object with rotating white lights. It was estimated to be the same size as a passenger train car. It circled slowly in the sky before entering a localized cloud. At 7:30 p.m. in nearby Peabody, Massachusetts four witnesses reported seeing a bright red glowing object flying in circular and zigzag patterns. It suddenly darted away at an incredible speed, faster than any aircraft. In Wakefield, Massachusetts at 8:30 p.m. a multicolored disc-shaped object shot off beams of white, then blue, and finally red light. It moved rapidly up-and-down and made a humming sound. It descended to just 50 feet above Lake Quanapowitt. (Source: Raymond E. Fowler, UFOs: Interplanetary Visitors, pp.  337-338).

Danvers, Massachusetts Circling UFO with Rotating White Lights - April 17, 1966

Sketch of Danvers, MA UFO - April 17, 1967

1967 - At 2:20 a.m. military witness Robert Harkinson in Vo Tanh, near Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam saw five lluminated white ovals that passed behind small scattered clouds. The formation fluctuated slightly, and then moved at five times the speed of a jet. Five minutes later, several jets at high altitude were seen pursuing the same course as the UFOs. (Sources: J. Allen Hynek, The UFO Experience, p. 252; UNICAT, case # 371; Richard F. Haines, Project Delta: A Study of Multiple UFO, p. 88).

1967 - At 2:15 a.m. Mr. & Mrs. Moseley of Worthing, West Sussex, England heard a loud humming noise, then saw a glowing oval like an "upturned saucer" (domed disc) that flew across the sky and behind a hill. Later, the sound was heard again and the UFO was again seen, moving sideways. (Sources: Charles Bowen, Flying Saucer Review, July-August 1967, p. 30; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence Volume II: A Thirty Year Report, p. 336).

1967 - A huge elliptical object with portholes was seen at 8:45 p.m. in New Haven, West Virginia. It had two light beams that were directed downward. Dogs howled and barked and a pony reacted to the beams of light, and there was also severe TV interference. There were five independent reports of the close encounter, which lasted several minutes.  (Sources:NICAP UFO Investigator, May-June 1967, p. 6; MUFON UFO Journal, April 1992, p. 18; Richard F. Haines, CE-5: Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind, p.  33; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence Volume II: A Thirty Year Report, pp. 199, 280, 336).

1967 - At 9:00 p.m. over Jefferson City, Missouri an Ozark Airlines airliner coming in for a landing had a dramatic encounter with a domed disc that was shaped like a World War I helmet, and was over 300 feet in diameter. Captain Metz exclaimed, "below me, it's huge!" It gave off an intense, bluish-white, cold light from the underside of the object. It was accompanied by two small objects the size of a DC-3 aircraft, that dropped down and made very fast maneuvers in various directions. The objects shot off to the north and also to the east. (Sources: J. Allen Hynek, The UFO Experience, p. 96; Richard F. Haines, Project Delta: A Study of Multiple UFO, p. 175; Robert Gribble, MUFON UFO Journal, April 1992, p. 18; UNICAT, case # 380; Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 35; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence Volume II: A Thirty Year Report, p. 118).

1968 - At 7:45 p.m. EDT a dull silver-gray, domed disc-shaped object hovered just over the road near the US Air Force radio telescope installation at Sagamore Hill, Highway 1A, Hamilton, Massachusetts. (Source: Raymond E. Fowler, UFOs: Interplanetary Visitors, p. 352; Raymond Fowler investigator files, case dated April 26, 1968).

1976 - Two girls, the Melling sisters aged 12 and 9, saw a Mothman-like "bird-man" hovering in the sky over a church in Mawman, Cornwall, England. They drew a sketch of a man with wings, big pointed ears, and a large triangle in place of the nose and mouth. It so frightened the entire family that they ended their vacation. (Source: Doc Shiels, Fortean Times, June 1976, p. 19).

1977 - On a clear night at 4:30 a.m. a rectangular craft with windows was sighted by a 36-year-old man in North Haven, Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia. It made no sound as it flew. It speed was under 100 mph as it traveled to the east. (Source: Kel Blackman, ACOS Bulletin, December 1977, p. 10).

1977 - At around 4:00 p.m. a 67-year-old woman in La Louviere, Belgium sighted a solid, dark, flat cylinder-shaped object with faceted sides. It oscillated as it flew from southwest to northeast. (Source: International UFO Reporter, August 1977, p. 2).

1987 - At around 11:00 p.m. seven people witnessed a disc-shaped object hovering over a lake in Soderbarke, Kopparberg, Sweden. The bottom of the object was glowing, until a dark cloud engulfed the object. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database).

1990 - Two women driving in a wooded area of Upper Burrel Township, Pennsylvania at 10:30 p.m. first saw three bright lights ahead. They heard a "click" and then saw a sphere over a tree. Then a 40-foot long "bus" or cigar-shaped object with windows came over the tree. The women drove home and the object followed them, then it passed by, glowing yellow and surrounded by mist. A U.S. defense plant is located nearby. (Sources: Dan Wright, MUFON UFO Journal, February 1991, p. 12; MUFON field investigation files, field investigator Keith Bastianini, case # 901210).

1993 - In Birmingham, England Peter Gregory had gotten out of bed at 2:30 a.m. to go to the bathroom when he noticed a light outside his landing window. He peered out and saw a glowing ball the size of a football. After five seconds it flew silently past the window and out of sight. He fell back into a deep sleep and had a dream or vision. He saw himself in what appeared to be a control room inside an enormous object. He felt motion and heard a humming sound. The room was illuminated with an intense blue light that seemed to pulse with a hypnotic rhythm. He felt an inner state of euphoria. Without warning he suddenly then found himself inside an oval room with a console with lights in the center. On the left of the console was a cubicle about six feet high. Three humanoid figures were standing there and staring at a viewing screen, watching a transmission. The beings did not notice Gregory. He described them as human sized, with piercing deep blue eyes, reddish brown hair, and heads circled by a broad silver band. He moved closer and noticed on a display screen something that read "Year 3600." He felt the message on the screen meant the destruction of human civilization. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1993, case # 2748, citing Marcus Day, Aliens: Encounters with The Unexplained).

1993 - At 9:45 p.m. in the suburbs of Indianapolis, Indiana a 29-year-old man sighted a white "wishbone" object in the sky at a moderate distance. His sketch shows a V-shape with one long side extending below as if forming a cocked Y. The entire figure glowed white. The distance was estimated to be 600 feet, with an altitude higher than 300 feet. The speed of the object was slow, estimated to be around 30+ mph. There was a bright light on front when last seen. It was in view for about a minute and a half. (Sources: T. David Spencer, MUFON UFO Journal, January 1995, p. 16; MUFON field investigation files, field investigator Will Ott, case # 941210S).

1994 - On this night in Kapowsin, Pierce County, Washington State the first thing that happened was that a teenager's pick-up truck engine died. He next saw a creature with bat wings on the road. When it flew away he was able to restart the truck. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 16364, citing West Virginia UFO Newsletter, number 5).

1996 - At around 1:00 a.m. Alfredo de Oliveira Mendes, age 27, a parishioner at a local Catholic Church in Belem, Para State, Brazil, witnessed a UFO land in the churchyard of the mission. He next experienced a period of missing time. Under hypnosis he later recalled being abducted by eight beings. He described them as silver in color with elongated eyes and what looked like a fin on their foreheads. The beings wore silver coverall type outfits with an emblem containing a pyramid and a wing. A burnt circle was found on the ground at the landing site. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1996, case # 2739, citing Brazilian UFO Report).

2000 - On this night, a police officer walking home along the Plazoleta Alfonso de la Vega in Frias, Argentina noticed a short humanoid figure that he first mistook for a child. When he approached the figure, intending to reprimand it for being out late, he received a menacing look from the creature's fiery red eyes. The shocked policeman realized it was something other than a human child, and he quickly walked away from the area. Other local residents also reported seeing the same or a similar being. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 2000, case # 3402, citing Fabio Picasso, Argentina).

2002 - A yellow-orange ball made bizarre sharp turns while flying from southwest to northeast near the end of the Brisbane, Queensland, Australia airport runway at 9:30 p.m. (Source: Sheryl Gottschall, UFO Research Queensland).

2002 - At 12:30 a.m. a black oval or football-shaped object rocked from side to side as it flew behind a cloud in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Source: Geoff Dittman, 2002 Canadian UFO Survey Report, case # 144, citing HBCCUFO).

2007 - A circular craft with blue lights was seen by a 55-year-old man with an engineering background. At around 9:55 p.m. PST, the witness went out onto his front yard in Irvine, California for a smoke before bed. Normally he can see planes approaching Orange County Airport from the NNE and go past to the left to land approximately 8-9 miles away, but this night was overcast so he could hear some, but not see them as they broke cloud cover once they had passed his house. While standing on the driveway, he saw some blue light aloft to the North moving back and forth, almost flittering like a moth. He first thought it was a police helicopter. What was unusual was that it was moving more in a quick, back-and-forth movement instead of what is usually a slow circle. Also, he could not see a strong searchlight or hear any engine sound. It appeared that the object was 1-2 miles away. He thought this was odd, so he retrieved a pair of quality 20x binoculars from inside the house. What he next saw raised the hair on the back of his neck, because the lights seemed to consist of a row of individual blue lights that first were traveling to the left. As the object reversed direction, the object appeared to be first an ellipse and then a full circle; it had maybe 24-30 individual blue lights around the perimeter. It then traveled to the right and reversed the process, again forming a circle at the end of its travel when reversing direction. It traveled in each direction for 3-5 seconds. There were definitely no red/green port/starboard lights, only the blue perimeter lights and no strobe lights. He watched this object for 2-3 minutes. It finally disappeared into the cloud cover. The man used to fly small aircraft, so he was experienced with the shapes and types of various small aircraft. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, April 2007 webpage, report uploaded April 27, 2007).

2010 - A classic domed disc-shaped object with horizontal slits showing inexplicable lights was sighted while driving on U.S. Highway 101 S. near Nipomo, California in San Luis Obispo County at 10:10 p.m. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, April 2010 archived webpage, case uploaded May 12, 2010).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 17 April 2014).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: aircraft UFO encounters, animal reactions: dogs howling and pony ran, back-and-forth motion, balls of light, car buzzings and pursuits, complex maneuvers, domed discs, humming, low-flying UFOs, mental vision or out-of-body experience of interior of UFO and humanoids, metallic UFOs, Mothman flying humanoid, multi-year reports from Massachusetts, radar, sensation of heat, unintelligible language, very tall humanoid, vehicle EM ignition interference, violence by UFO occupant(s), up-and-down motion.

© Donald A. Johnson