On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 April 18

1897 - A cigar-shaped UFO hovered over the town of Sisterville, West Virginia at 8:30 p.m.. It directed brilliant searchlights down toward the ground. It appeared to have large fins or wings, and flashing red, white and green lights on the sides and on each end. Several witnesses estimated the length of the object to be 180 feet long. (Source: Gordon I.R. Lore, Jr. and Harold Dennault, Jr., Mysteries of the Skies: UFOs in Perspective, p. 21).

1945 - There were two radar-visual UFO reports on this day from the Far East near Iwo Jima. At three o'clock in the morning ground control radar made radar contact with an unknown radar target over the Pacific Ocean at a distance of 18 to 8 miles from the island. The gunner in a P-61B "Black Widow" aircraft attached to the 549th NFS squadron saw a yellow, star-like light approach and lose altitude. Radar contact was then lost. The gunner saw a second light, but no radar contact was made with it. At 4:15 a.m. Ground control again made radar contact with a target. The gunner of a P-61B plane saw a reddish, round light. Contact on the radar screen showed two blips engaging in evasive action, which soon outdistanced the P-61, one of the fastest propeller driven aircraft of its time. (Source: Jan Aldrich, Project 1947 website).

1952 - 50 miles northwest of Kyushu, Japan (129.85 E, 34.32 N). Radar tracked an unidentified target for one minute flying at 2,700 mph. (Sources: US Air Force Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics; Don Berliner, Project Bluebook UFO Unknowns).

1952 - At 4:00 a.m. in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada Mr. C. Hamilton, a janitor, saw a yellow-gold colored spherical object make a sharp turn in the sky. It left a short, dark trail for one minute. Eighteen hours later at 10:10 p.m. a newspaper reporter, Chic Shave, sighted the same round, yellow-gold object as it flew to the south and then returned. His sighting lasted 90 seconds. (Sources: Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph, April 19, 1952; Don Berliner, Project Bluebook UFO Unknowns).

1952 - In Bethesda, Maryland at 11:30 a.m. Mr. R. Poerstal and three other men sighted seven to nine circular, orange-yellow lights in a 40-degree V or U-formation as they flew overhead silently for eight seconds at a high speed, from south to north. (Sources: US Air Force Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics, case 1128; Don Berliner, Project Bluebook UFO Unknowns).

1952 - On this day in Yuma, Arizona two Army weather observation students sighted a flat-white circular object flying in a very erratic manner. The sighting lasted approximately 10 seconds. (Source: Don Berliner, Project Bluebook UFO Unknowns).

1953 - A huge cigar-shaped UFO flew over Wilmington, Delaware at 11:15 a.m. and was sighted by a Ground Observer Corps observer. It was flashing as it passed over the city, heading northwest. (Sources: Wilmington News, July 9, 1954; Donald Keyhoe, Flying Saucer Conspiracy, p. 186).

1960 - At 9:00 p.m. Mr. Arnold saw a round, fiery red flying object approach at high speed from the south in Lacamp, Louisiana. It touched the ground about 300 meters away with a loud explosion heard by many people, and a flame. It bounced in an easterly direction for about 300 meters, then rose again, turned west and disappeared. The ground was scarred in nine places, and a substance resembling metallic paint was found. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 503).

1961 - Mr. Paul Simonton, a Chicken farmer in Eagle River, Wisconsin saw a disc-shaped carft land vertically on his farm. A hatch opened, and when he approached he saw three human-looking men inside. They asked him for some water. They appeared to be cooking pancakes on a griddle, and in exchange for the water they gave him four of the pancakes from griddle. The men were described as five feet tall with dark hair. They wore blue knit outfits and helmets. The newspapers had a field day with this report, but private UFO investigators who interviewed Mr. Simonton found him to be sincere and his story uncomplicated. (Sources: Allen Utke case files, case 6; Milwaukee Journal, April 23, 1961; George D. Fawcett, Flying Saucers, May 1963, p. 34; NICAP UFO Investigator, May 1961, p. 8; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, p. 23).

1962 - According to Lt. Colonel Herbert Rolph, on this evening at 7:20 p.m. NORAD tracked a UFO across the entire continental United States. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case 6174).

1966 - On this evening there were four good UFO reports made in the northeastern United States in Massachusetts, New York, and Ohio. At 7:15 p.m. an elongated oval-shaped UFO with reddish green flashing lights on each end hovered over Peabody, Massachusetts, zipped around, and maneuvered to the horizon and back three times. The perimeter of the object glowed blue. A dense light was seen hovering only three feet above a roadway in Albany, New York. A blinding bright object with intense red lights landed on a road in Lancaster, Ohio and then flew off through a corn field. The witness, Mr. P. Friend, had sore and bloodshot eyes after his sighting from looking at the object. At 9:45 p.m. a UFO responded to a searchlight directed at it in Cohasset, Massachusetts by zigzagging, turning off its lights, and shooting straight up into the sky. (Sources: Raymond E. Fowler, UFOs: Interplanetary Visitors, p. 338; Richard Bonenfant, Proceedings of the 1976 CUFOS Conference, p. 48, citing the Albany Knickerbocker; NICAP UFO Investigator, June 1966, p. 7; Walter N. Webb case investigation files, case 60).

1972 - In the afternoon two British tourists in Pokhara, Nepal took a photograph of a swarm of white dots that merged into discs, and then made fantastic maneuvers, flying off to the west. (Source: FSR, July 1973, p. 3).

1975 - A luminous disc came out from behind a house in Piano Chiesa, Italy at 7:50 p.m. and shot up into the sky. (Source: Maurizio Verga, ITACAT: Italian UFO Catalogue).

On this night in 1976 Ms. Larson was abducted out of her bedroom in Fargo, North Dakota to a UFO some distance away from her house. Inside the UFO she was put on a slab and hooked up to a complex of wires. She was levitated back to her house at dawn. She saw a small metallic cube zigzag and land on her lawn on the return trip. (Source: David F. Webb and Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case A1467, citing Jerome Clark).

1977 - At 1:20 a.m. a Mr. O'Connor reported seeing occupants inside a UFO from the Veterans Administration Hospital in Tucson, Arizona. Mr. Thrupp and Mr. Mancor, two weathermen in Vancouver, British Columbia watched an orange and blue cigar-shaped UFO with black portholes pass over the city in the predawn sky. It flashed as it went from south to north. (Sources: Center for UFO Studies case files, June 1977, International UFO Reporter, August 1977, p. 2).

1984 - A rectangular UFO hovered only 100 feet above the side of a road near the RAF Lakenheath Air Base in England. It had red, green and white lights, and was silent. (Source: International UFO Reporter, March 1986, p. 5).

1989 - On this night a terminally ill patient staying in the cardiology ward of the Kirv hospital located in the Crimea, Russia suddenly felt a strong wind penetrate her room, even though the doors were closed. A dazzling white light and a man dressed in white then appeared. The man's eyes radiated a brilliant light. The witness asked where he was from and she was told "the tenth dimension." She was then told that she would soon be able to walk. After that the man and the light disappeared. The next day other witnesses saw strange white and red lights moving slowly along the body of the terminally ill patient, who then heard a loud clear voice telling her to "get up and leave." She was able to do so and was apparently cured, but there is no report on the current health of the woman. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1989, case 121, citing Sergei Bulantsev, UFO Universe, October-November 1991).

1990 - A man driving in Milton, Florida at 11:00 p.m. saw a spherical UFO approximately 1,000 feet away. The object, about 20-45 feet in diameter, first hovered, then appeared to pace his automobile. It appeared to change shape. It was last seen descending below the Escambia Bay Bridge. (Source: MUFON field investigation files, case 900818).

1993 - A UFO hovered in the broad daylight on this afternoon in New Port Ritchie, Florida. It then rose up into the sky until it was gone from view. (Source: Paul Ferrughelli, Computer Catalog of UFO Reports, 1988-1994, case 1511).

1997 - Sitting on their porch at 12:45 a.m. in La Grange, California the witnesses first thought they saw a flock of birds, but soon it became apparent they were looking at a UFO that was slowly flying over the Kroger store on Commerce Avenue. It then came toward them. When directly overhead the object "sped up and rapidly disappeared." (Source: MUFON field investigation files, case 970418E).

1998 - At seven p.m. a group of witnesses in Kamloops, British Columbia observed a silver disc hovering nearby. A second object appeared and circled the first one, then both UFOs shot straight up into the sky. (Source: UFO Research Manitoba, 1998 Canadian UFO Survey, case 19).

2003 - A man was returning home from work at 1:00 a.m. in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and as he came out of an alley he saw a dwarfish figure run across the street between two cars. It was about four feet tall, humanoid shaped, and running on two legs. When the figure disappeared the witness ran to the place where it had last been seen, and had the feeling he was being watched. The witness could only describe the figure as having brown legs, and as it ran it seemed to be hunched over like it was trying not to be seen. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 2003, citing Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle).

2003, Kaliningrad, Russia - At 6:17 p.m. the entire Russian Baltic Fleet and a large number of local residents watched in awe as a flying wing shaped UFO flew rapidly over Kaliningrad Harbor and plunged into the water. The event was captured on video by a local RTR Russian State Television news crew, who happened to be present on the huge naval base filming a documentary. The UFO had two elongated dome-like protrusions on top, and three similar structures underneath. It passed directly over the Baltic Fleet, which lay at anchor in Kaliningrad Harbor. According to a Russian Naval Commander, who wished to remain anonymous, the craft was apparently caught within the sweep patterns of ship-borne radars, which automatically tracked its progress. This may have caused some a malfunction on board the craft that resulted in the crash. "It was traveling at a tremendous rate of speed" he said to the reporters on the scene. "It was very low, not more than 1500 meters above the surface of the water. When the radars came on, it simply winged over and dove into the water, as if had lost either power or control."

The light gray craft had no apparent seams or rivet patterns and was estimated to be about the size of a small airliner. It was estimated to be traveling at speeds in excess of Mach 2 and was absolutely silent as it flew. However, it made a tremendous noise when it hit the water, causing a geyser of steam and water. ,It appeared to one civilian observer that whoever was in control of the craft made a deliberate effort to steer it away from the naval ships and the shoreline before it went into the harbor. One Sovremini Class Destroyer was slightly damaged by flying debris, but no injuries were reported. Radiation levels at the site were "higher than normal." Debris recovered was small, less than a meter in diameter. Most debris recovered appeared to be "skin material" of an unknown alloy, and interior bracing and piping composed of a very high grade aluminum. The Navy cordoned off the area. In spite of the high speed at which the craft and it's very low altitude there was no sonic boom heard. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 2003, citing UFO Casebook Forum, Russian Newspaper Sources).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 8 September 2004)

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: abrupt sharp turns, cigar-shaped UFOs, crashes of UFOs and a retrieval of a UFO, erratic motion, human-looking UFO occupants, multicolored UFOs, multi-year UFO reports from Florida and Russia, radar tracking of UFOs, red UFOs, short humanoid, silent UFOs, spherical UFOs, trace residue resembling metallic paint, V-shaped UFOs or V-shaped formation of UFOs, vertical ascent, white UFOs, yellow-orange UFOs.