On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 April 20

1897 - Capt. James Hooton was hunting in the vicinity of Homan, Arkansas when he heard the noise of a steam engine and found an object in a clearing. It looked like a cylinder with pointed ends, lateral wheels, and had a horizontal blade overhead. Hooton spoke with a man who wore dark glasses and walked behind the craft. There were three or four occupants in total. The witness was told this was indeed "The Airship" and that it used compressed air for propulsion. Capt. Hooton saw the wheels spin when the craft rose and flew away. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 184; Flying Saucer Review, July-August 1966).

1945 - A priest gathering mushrooms near Reneve, France around 6 p.m. saw a 17 cm tall midget with gray hair and a gray beard. It popped up less than a foot away and ran off into the forest. The tiny being wore dark-red coveralls with a pointed helmet. (Source: Henry-Jean Besset, Phenomenes Spatiaux, September 1975, p. 21).

1950 - Mr. Robertson was driving about 13 km west of Lufkin, Texas when he saw a round object about three meters in diameter hovering about 7 meters above him. It had a dull red glow. It took off with a "swooshing roar" as sparks flew from a slot under it. Minutes later the witness felt a burning sensation on his face. (Sources: Flying Saucers, July 1959; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 195).

1952 - A dark cylinder was sighted over London, England at 10 o'clock in the morning, flying at 40,000 feet altitude. It was moving from north to south at a speed in excess of 1,500 mph. Jet interceptors couldn't reach or catch it. (Source: Toronto (Ontario) Globe & Mail, April 21, 1952).

1952 - At 9:15 p.m. several people at a drive-in theatre in Flint, Michigan saw several groups of UFOs fly over. There were two to nine objects in a group, and a total of 20 groups. The UFOs were shaped like "oat kernels" and made changes in direction like conventional aircraft at a high rate of speed, but a red glow surrounded each object. The weather was clear at the time, and the sighting was reported to the Air Force by a Naval Aviation student. (Sources: NICAP UFO Investigator, January 1958, p. 24; Project Grudge/Blue Book Special Reports 1-12, May 1955; Richard F. Haines, Project Delta: A Study of Multiple UFO, p. 121, citing UNICAT).

1952 - At 9:30 p.m. a commercial pilot named J. Fidelli, on the ground at McClellan Air Field in Sacramento, California saw eight luminous objects moving in a undulating motion at a high rate of speed. They appeared to be following an aircraft during a landing approach. The formation of objects passed thru 20 degrees of arc in 6-8 seconds. They made no sound. (Source: letter to Civilian Saucer Intelligence from witness dated April 10, 1952; Loren E. Gross, UFOs: A History. 1952: January-May, p. 51).

1964 - Flying over Ross Island near McMurdo Sound Naval Air Station in Antarctica in the early morning hours, six members of the crew of a U.S. Coast Guard C-130 spotted nine bright white flying objects in a "V" formation. The UFOs came from above and paced along the left side of their transport plane. The aircraft entered a strange haze at 12,000 m altitude, and it experienced a total failure of the radar, radio, and engine. However, during this temporary engine failure the plane did not loose altitude.  The entire encounter lasted about 45 minutes. (Sources: APRO Bulletin, March 1981, p. 1; Richard F. Haines, Project Delta, p. 141).

1967 - At 3:30 a.m., near Estacion Casalegno in Santa Fe, Argentina the conductor of a train, Enrique R. Galimberti and another crew member saw what appeared to be bright multi-colored lights about 120 meters away from the tracks. Thinking it was a fire, Galimberti stopped the train and both men attempted to approach the scene, armed with fire extinguishers. When they got close to the area they saw the multicolored lights moving around in a circular motion, and then both observed a square metallic object over three meters in width behind the lights. It had several lighted windows around its edge. At the front the UFO had what appeared to be a "rotating wheel" that emitted multicolored light flashes. Several short humanoid beings were seen walking around the object. They wore silvery gray shiny uniforms, appeared to be bareheaded, and carried what resembled "rifles" or weapons on their shoulders. The witnesses used the train horn to check for a reaction from the creatures but there was none. Another railway employee, Salvador Pomidoro, reported seeing the same square metallic object on the ground about 15 minutes earlier. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1967, citing S. von Wurmb, Hoy newspaper, Asuncion, Paraguay).

1967 - At 8:30 p.m. two dark objects with two bright flashing red lights and two dimmer white lights flew over a lake in Georgetown, Massachusetts. They made no noise. At 9:40 p.m. a mushroom shaped object with a frosted white light on top and a red light on bottom hovered over Bolton, Massachusetts. It had turquioise colored lights fore and aft, and eight yellow lights on its perimeter. (Source: Raymond E. Fowler, UFOs: Interplanetary Visitors, p. 347).

Georgetown, Massachusetts - 1967


1969 - At 7:30 p.m. at a farm on Harwood Island, New South Wales, Australia a 25-foot diameter hat-shaped disc flew low over the sugar cane crop. It emitted a strong beam of light that swept the ground for 360 degrees. (Source: Bill Chalker, The Oz Files, p. 125).

1969 - On this evening in Itaucu, Goias state, Brazil, 25-year-old Adelino Roque was on his way to the local Serradinho ranch on his horse when a bright beam of light struck him from above. He soon found himself inside some kind of dark, drum-like object that was totally silent. The object was moving through the sky at a very high speed. He blanked out and could not remember anything after that. He awoke lying on top of a rock next to the Paranaiba River, miles from his original location. Meanwhile, his horse had been found tied up at another ranch, apparently unharmed. Sr. Roque also appeared to be unharmed except for a strange bruise on his side. He did not remember seeing any entities or hearing anyone talk to him during the time he was missing. Soon after his experience he began neglecting his work and drinking heavily. He also reportedly fell in love with his 17-year-old niece. A month later Roque again was reported missing, this time along with his niece. On June 12, both Roque and his niece were found dead under unusual circumstances. Some said they had been poisoned. (Sources: Gordon Creighton, FSR, September-October 1970, p. 13; Dr. Walter Buhler, FSR Case Histories, August 1971, p. 12; Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1969, case 66, citing Willy Silva, Revista Brasileira OVNI).

1969 - At 11:00 p.m. Mr. & Mrs. Phillips were driving on Highway 11 one mile west of Browntown, Wisconsin when a UFO came directly over their car, then hovered just 100 feet away off to the right. Its color changed from orange to yellow-orange to red as it moved. It was kettle-drum shaped, and had lights streaming from the bottom in a cone shape. The UFO followed their car home, for a total of five minutes. The UFO made a "tweeting" sound. (Sources: APRO Bulletin, May-June 1969, p. 8; Jay Rath, The W-Files: True Reports of Wisconsin's Unexplained Phenomena, p. 64).

1972 - At 2:45 a.m. neighborhood dogs in Scituate, Massachusetts began barking. A policeman on patrol noticed a light beam on the ground, and when he glanced up he saw a perfectly round, white glowing disc-shaped object move overhead. It descended into a marshy area behind some trees. (Source: Raymond E. Fowler, UFOs: Interplanetary Visitors, p. 358).

Scituate, Massachusetts landing - 1972


1977 - Mark Marston, age 11, was looking for bird's nests in a hedge in Herbrandston, Pembrokeshire, Wales when "a red glow appeared in the sky 50 yards away." A few moments later a figure appeared and drifted through a closed gate at the other end of the field. It was dressed in a silver suit, like a diver, with a large helmet and a square, featureless face. It approached Mark rapidly, who turned and fled for home, screaming. (Source: David F. Webb and Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1977, citing Randall Jones Pugh for BUFORA).

1980 - Barrio Aguerre, Ciudad Treinta Y Tres, Uruguay. At 12:40 a.m. 19-year-old Luis Vital Carneiro was returning home after visiting friends during a powerful electrical storm in the region. After entering a field through a gate he noticed a strange light cavorting over the field. Then, about 50 meters away near a barbwire fence, he noticed two short humanoid figures. Curious, he jumped the fence and approached the figures. At a distance of ten meters from the humanoids he noticed that they were projecting lights from the top of their heads down toward the ground. These lights suddenly turned red, and the two figures disappeared to re-appear 30 meters from the road. As Carneiro attempted to jump the barbwire fence again, a beam of light struck him that knocked him senseless. When he regained his composure Carneiro ran to his aunt's house nearby and told her what had happened.

Mrs. Orialis De Los Santos, his aunt, went out into her garden where she saw in the nearby field a group of four humanoids that seemed to quickly glide back and forth above the ground. Accompanied by Vital, they then counted a total of thirteen humanoids that "glided" about in different directions, within an area of about 100 square meters. For almost an hour the witnesses watched the strange humanoids cavort about as if playing. Vital Carneiro again attempted to approach one of the humanoids but again was knocked down by a beam of red light that seemed to come from the creature's head. He fell to the ground feeling as he had been struck by lighting. Concerned for his safety, Mrs De Los Santos ran to her stricken nephew and dragged him inside the house.

From inside the house they could still see the short humanoids gliding about, plus at about 500 meters distance, behind some trees, a large bright silvery light appeared on the ground that began slowly rising up and down. The witnesses described the humanoids as 60 cm in height, with very large heads, triangular faces, large pointed ears, and rounded eyes. Their bodies were small and "rectangular" in shape. They wore a kind of gray uniform and a rounded cap from where the beams of light originated. They seemed to communicate among themselves in quick bursts of "buzzing sounds." They glided quickly across the ground and according to Mrs. De Los Santos they stood on small rounded platforms. However, Carneiro does not recall seeing the platforms. (Sources: UFO Newsclipping Service, June 1980, p. 12; Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1980, case 62, citing Shoney Santana, Bettina Allen & Fabio Zerpa).

1980 - At 5:30 a.m. in San Mateo, California two witnesses in a car on I-280 watched five bright metallic Saturn-shaped objects silently travel the length of the San Andreas Reservoir. They flew straight and fast to the southeast. They reflected sunlight, and were seen against the background of hills and the overcast sky. (Sources: Allan Hendry, CUFOS News Bulletin, September 1980, p. 3; MUFON UFO Journal, September 1980; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence Volume II: A Thirty Year Report, p. 25 & 155).

1980 - In the suburbs of Palatine, Illinois at 8:20 p.m. a father and son viewed a grayish-black, crescent-shaped UFO with white lights at the ends of each curve. The white lights flashed every 3-5 seconds. The craft made abrupt changes in direction as it flew. They viewed it through binoculars for most of their seven minute sighting. (Source: John Timmerman, CUFOS News Bulletin, September 1980, p. 4).

1981 - Walter and Judy Austin, a 42-year-old married couple, were flying in a Cessna 210 at 1,600 feet over Cannon Airport in Reno, Nevada at 10:30 a.m. when they sighted a domed disc-shaped UFO. The UFO was seen below their horizon at a distance of only 300 feet. They described it as a solid object, shiny like chrome, which tilted and fluttered as it flew. It was small, onlly 3-5 feet in diameter.  It tilted, accelerated rapidly, then sped away toward the cloud shrouded mountains. It did not appear on radar. (Source:  MUFON UFO Journal, October 1981, p. 6; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence Volume II: A Thirty Year Report, p. 26 & 125).

1981 - Sr. J. De Souza Ramos was driving on Highway 101 near Linhares, Brazil in Sao Paulo state at 6:30 p.m. when a bright light overtook and blinded him. He recovered consciousness five days later. When he awoke he was in a remote part of Brazil, over 1000 kilometers away to the northwest, and without his car. (Sources: Thomas E. Bullard, UFO Abductions: The Measure of a Mystery, case 251, citing FSR, August 1981, p. 19; Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 13682; Jenny Randles, Time Storms: Amazing Evidence for Time Warps, Space Rifts, and Time Travel, p. 79).

1982 - Sometime after three a.m. a man in County Tyrone, Ireland awoke trying to scream and immediately became aware of two unusual humanoid figures standing by his bed. One was short and the other tall and lumpy, and the second being somehow had its head inside the witness's mouth. The beings were communicating in a language that resembled the ringing of bells. The witness could not move or yell because he was paralyzed. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1982, case # 1508, citing Steve Gerrard, Northern UFO News # 101).

1984 - Four people in a car in Beaverton, Oregon reported watching an aerial "dogfight" between a blue UFO and a yellow UFO at 10:04 p.m. The blue UFO zapped the yellow fireball with a red beam, apparently causing it to disintegrate because its light went out. The blue object then shot straight up. (Source: Bob Gribble, International UFO Reporter, May 1984, p. 16).

1986 - At 7 p.m. three people were in a boat on a reservoir near Pacajus, Ceara State, Brazil when a gray colored UFO, the size of a car, swooped down silently out of sky and approached the boat, then flew back up and away. (Source: Bob Pratt, UFO Danger Zone: Terror and Death in Brazil--Where Next? p. 232).

1986 - On the same night a group of police officers in Kremmling, Colorado saw a mysterious flying triangle with lights. It hovered over the southern shore of Green Mountain Reservoir, then took off to the southwest. A jet aircraft flying in the sky at the time was observed taking evasive action and veered to avoid a collision with the UFO. (Source: Philip Imbrogno, Contact of the 5th Kind, p. 27).

1989 - At 10:30 p.m. a couple driving in a car in Westchester County, New York saw huge lights on what they described as an object four times the size of a Boeing 747. Three other witnesses in a different location also reported seeing it. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 15341, citing Bob Gribble).

1992 - On this night a guard on duty at the Oderzo Army barracks in Oderzo, Italy suddenly found himself paralyzed and observed two humanoid figures wearing what appeared to be cloaks. The figures walked by him and then disappeared from sight. Around the same time other military personnel saw an object shaped like a cigar descend towards the ground from the sky. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1992, citing CISU website).

1998 - In Oakley, Michigan a stationary bell-shaped object was videotaped for 58 seconds by three women. It had three lights, red, white, and blue in color, that pulsated in sequence. It was lost from view at 10:15 p.m. (Source: Dan R. Wright, MUFON UFO Journal, July 1999, p. 16).

1999 - On this evening Michael Hawkins, a Lockheed Martin aircraft mechanic, and his wife Lia Simmons sighted a disc-shaped UFO from their home in Rialto, San Bernardino County, California as it hovered overhead. The craft darted back and forth over Ontario Airport. When two commercial jetliners approached it emitted a shower of red sparks and instantly shot out of sight. (Source: Preston Dennett, UFOs over California: A True History of Extraterrestrial Encounters in the Golden State, p. 211).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 21 April 2009).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: abductions; aircraft encounters; animal reactions: dogs barking; color-changing UFOs; cylindrical UFOs; disappearances in Brazil were the abductee finds himself many miles away from his original location; disc-shaped UFOs; faceless humanoid; formations of UFOs; human-appearing occupants; humanoid wearing diver suit with large helmet; humanoids with large pointed ears; procession of objects across the sky; short humanoids; small UFOs; square UFOs; physiological effects: burning sensation, paralysis; UFOs in the vicinity of lakes and reservoirs; very short humanoids.