On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 April 23

1897 - Judge Lawrence A. Byrne of Texarkana, Arkansas was surveying a tract of land when he saw a peculiar object anchored on the ground. "It was manned by three men who spoke a foreign language, but judging from their looks one would take them to be Japs." (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 185).

1897 - According to the Houston Post, two men reported that they had discovered a landed airship near the town of Kountze, Texas. It was cigar shaped, 50 feet long and 20 feet wide. They talked to the two human occupants of the airship, named Jackson and Wilson, who were allegedly repairing a punctured "air compartment." (Sources: Houston Post, April 25, 1897; Donald B. Hanlon, Flying Saucer Review, January-February 1967, p. 25; Philip L. Rife, It Didn't Start with Roswell, p. 49).

1950 - At around three o'clock in the morning two people driving in a car three miles south of Morinville, Alberta, Canada encountered a big flash and then had a near collision with an 8 meter glowing ovoid object hovering over the road. It flew off at 150 km/hour at low altitude. (Source: Loren E. Gross, UFOs: A History. 1950: April-July, p. 7; Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 1701).

1954 -  Mr. & Mrs. F. E. Robinson of Pittsfield, Maine reported seeing a silver dollar coin-shaped disc with a dome in the sky at 9:30 p.m. It had a flashing light and made a sound like a swarm of bees. It hovered and tilted, flew horizontally, then rose vertically without tilting. Stones on the ground underneath it moved. Their sighting lasted for 4 minutes. A Project Blue Book "unidentified" case. (Sources: Don Berliner, Project Bluebook Unknowns; Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics, case # 2974; Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 3264).

1954 - On this evening a three meter wide glowing ball of light circled a house in Pearcy, Arkansas slowly, stopping at irregular intervals. It then dove at a man walking in the yard. When he tried to put a spotlight on it, it would dodge the beam every time. There were six male witnesses, and the encounter lasted 20 minutes. (Sources: NICAP files, newspaper clipping dated April 24, 1954; Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue 339, Richard F. Haines, CE-5: Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind, p. 165, citing AP report).

1959 - At 12:10 a.m. a luminous disc flew over a pasture in Bradenton, Florida and stopped two kilometers away from the witnesses. It emitted a beam of light that searched the ground for a couple of minutes, then it flew away toward the south. (Source: Loren E. Gross, The Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse: UFOs: A History. 1959: April-June, p. 16).

1963 - A close encounter occurred in Levendale, Tasmania at 10:30 p.m. to a Mr. McConnon. (Source: Keith Basterfield, citing Tasmanian UFO Investigation Centre).

1964 - A nine-foot in diameter lens-shaped UFO with a dome hovered six feet above the ground in Rivesville, West Virginia at 7:30 a.m. making a humming sound. It extended a three-foot wide cylinder to ground, and a black figure, three to four feet tall, with painted ears and a tail emerged, collecting grass and dirt samples. The creature got back in the craft and it took off vertically. The witness was a woman named Ms. Frederick. (Sources: Ted Phillips, Physical Traces Associated with UFO Sightings, case 681; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case A0585, citing Gray Barker; Gray Barker, Saga UFO Report, December 1976, p. 33; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 644 (Vallee mistakenly listed the date as 1965)).

1966 - At around 2:00 a.m. a 60-foot long cigar-shaped object with multiple legs for landing gear and a light beam, making a roaring noise, landed on the Johnson farm in Clarinda, Iowa. It illuminated the area surrounding it with a red color, and the cattle on the farm bolted and ran in response to the object's presence. It left behind a smell like ozone and deep impressions in the ground, with 20 imprints. (Sources: Gordon I. R. Lore, Jr., Strange Effects from UFOs, pp. 22 & 70; NICAP case investigation files; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II: A Thirty-Year Report, pp. 198, 263, 279 & 320; Ted Phillips, Physical Traces Associated with UFO Sightings, p. 41; Gordon Creighton, FSR, January-February 1971, p. 28).

1966 - At 2:15 in the afternoon in Bingham, Maine Miss Kim Baker, a 6-year-old girl, saw a shiny metallic, lens-shaped object, 18 feet wide, descend and land a few yards from her in a field. It had red lights on each side, a flashing green light on top, and a rectangular window through which she saw a man's face. He winked and smiled at her, and said something she could not hear. He had a "bubble" on his head that he took off before speaking. He then stood up, and she could see that he was wearing "shiny white" clothing with numerous black buttons on his chest. Then the object took off again. At the site her parents found a circular area of crushed pussy willow bushes, about 15 feet in diameter. (Sources: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1966-20, citing Richard Bonenfant; Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1966).

1966 - At 10:30 p.m. EST three members of a family in Dorchester, Massachusetts saw a disc with a dome on top bobbing up and down. It had blinking red lights around the edge and a brilliant yellow light on top of the dome. The yellow light blinked or flashed alternately with the red lights. The object stopped, hovering over a building. After a while it approached the family's apartment building and maneuvered between it and the adjacent building, emitting a humming sound. It hovered again briefly at the end of the alley, then moved away erratically to the east and disappeared. The same or an identical object was seen again several hours later. (Sources: Gordon I. R. Lore, Jr., Strange Effects from UFOs, pp. 45-47; Walter N. Webb investigation report; NICAP UFO Investigator, May-June 1966, pp. 7-8; Raymond E. Fowler, UFOs: Interplanetary Visitors, p. 340).

1971 - At 8:30 a.m. Mrs. French, a school teacher in the mountains of Kempsey, New South Wales, Australia sighted a fiery orangish-red ball of light that showed white and trailed behind it a very long cigar-shaped object, flying from the east to the southwest. As the same time, to the northwest of Kempsey in Collambatti Rail, New South Wales three 13-year-old boys with the last names of Fuller and Donnelly saw a silvery ovoid UFO with four legs or landing gear fly overhead. The legs had what looked like landing pads at the ends of them, and the object gave off flames and exhaust. It may have landed remotely. (Sources: APRO Bulletin, May-June 1971, p. 4; Eileen Buckle, FSR Case Histories, December 1971, pp. 1-2, citing the Macleay Argus, April 24, 1971).

1974 - A UFO with green, red and white lights engaging in complex maneuvers over Warden Hill was sighted by 64 students in Luton, Essex County, England on this night. A second object had three blinding white lights, and appeared to land. At the suspected landing site large scorched areas and marks were found in the grass, with lumps of a black clayish material also found lying around. (Sources: Ted R. Phillips, MUFON Conference Proceedings: 1975, p. 105; Ted R. Phillips, Physical Traces Associated with UFO Sightings, p. 99, citing the Luton Evening Post, April 23, 1974; George D. Fawcett, Flying Saucers, December 1974, p. 38).

1976 - A man was reportedly abducted for four hours by a UFO that landed in a pasture in Quixada, Ceara State, Brazil at 5:00 a.m. Soon after the abduction experience his mental and physical health quickly deteriorated, and now he is described as completely mindless by his fellow villagers. (Sources: Jacques Vallee, Confrontations: A Scientist's Search for Alien Contact, p. 136; Bob Pratt, UFO Danger Zone: Terror and Death in Brazil--Where Next?, p. 153; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II: A Thirty-Year Report, p. 270).

1976 - At 11:15 p.m., while half the town of Matapozuelos, Spain was watching a reddish oval shaped craft maneuvering overhead, 14-year-old Fidel Hernandez Rolla was playing with some friends in a field outside of town, when they saw the reddish spheres slowly descend and land on a nearby field. All of Fidel's friends fled in panic, so he was left behind alone. With a mixture of fear and curiosity, Fidel approached the object and then crouched behind a stonewall to watch the enigmatic craft. Suddenly a row of lights became visible inside an opening in the craft. Fidel was able to see numerous multi-colored lights, monitors and other unidentified apparatus inside the craft. The craft was topped by a crystal dome and inside the dome several very tall, human-like figures could be seen moving about. He then saw three tall man-like figures appear from behind the object, not very far from his location. The humanoids were over two meters tall and wore tight-fitting white uniforms with belts and boots. They all had light blond, shoulder-length hair. Their faces were human-like but with large almond-shaped eyes. In single file the three tall beings walked to a potato field where several pounds of potatoes were stacked high in a pyramid. After looking at the potatoes for a few seconds, the beings then stared at the witness. At this point Fidel heard unintelligible words inside his head, as if the humanoids were attempting to communicate with him telepathically. A few seconds later the beings suddenly vanished in plain sight. At the same time, the object rose up from the ground emitting a steady buzzing sound. As the object disappeared into the distance, several additional towns people arrived to see the object disappear into space. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1976, citing Iker Jimenez, Enigmas Sin Resolver).

1977 - At around 1:00 a.m. Mrs. Pauline Coombs, age 31, and her husband Billy, age 36, were watching television at their Ripperston farm near Little Haven, Dyfed, Wales when they saw a silver-suited figure outside their window. Pauline had seen it first, but she said nothing about it to her husband until he himself saw it. "It must have been over seven-foot tall, because we could not see its face." It was described as three feet wide, surrounded by a luminous glow. Its box shaped helmet framed a dark square area in which no face was visible. They called the BUFORA investigator Randall Jones Pugh, and the police immediately, but the figure had gone before they arrived. Mrs Coombs and her family had been involved in two other UFO incidents prior to this encounter. (Sources: Hugh Turnbull, FSR, June 1977, p. 6, citing Western Telegraph, April 28, 1977; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1977-23, citing Randall Jones Pugh, for BUFORA).

1977 - In Dover, Massachusetts shortly before midnight Will Taintor, age 18, was driving Miss Abby Brabham, age 15, home. At a point 1.2 miles east-northeast of the Baxter sighting the previous night, they saw a small figure crouching on all fours, facing their car, in the lefthand lane of the road. It looked like a hairless, beige-colored small ape, but with a very large, oblong-shaped head. It had two large round eyes in the center of its head, which glowed green in the car's headlights. No nose, ears, or tail could be seen. They drove past within eight feet of the creature, which Abby observed closely for about five seconds. Her companion, occupied with driving the car, only glimpsed it briefly. Neither of them knew of the other earlier sightings at the time. (Sources: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1977-22 (A1724), citing Loren Coleman, Joseph Nyman & Walter Webb; Jerome Clark, Fate, March 1978, p. 50).

1978 - Mrs. Castro was driving on Highway 101 in Goleta, Santa Barbara County, California at 7:30 p.m. when her car engine lost power, and her car radio went off. A bright light in the sky made a "zinging" sound, then dimmed to reveal four revolving green and blue lights on the UFO, estimated to be about 10 meters in diameter. The close encounter lasted three minutes. (Source: Mark Rodeghier, UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, p. 72).

1980 - At 7:40 p.m. on this evening Sr. N. Sayago was driving his car on the outskirts of the city of Santa Rosa, La Pampa province, Argentina when he noticed something falling from the sky near some high-tension power lines. His vehicle suddenly stopped and could not be re-started again. He next felt a chilling breeze at this heet. He looked up and saw a very tall being gesturing at him. He was approached by two of these seven foot tall creatures, who he described as seven feet tall, with webbed hands, long pointed ears, protruding mouths, and almost no hair. They both wore shiny, almost luminous black diver suits. Their faces resembled very gaunt skulls, with hollow eyes and no visible noses. The beings moved their lips but did not speak. One of them took his hand with both of his cold hands, and Sr. Sayago beganto feel weak and dizzy. He then passed out. When he awoke he and the car were ten blocks away from where the encounter had taken place. He was hospitalized for a nervous breakdown. (Sources: UFO Newspaper Clipping Service, June 1980, p. 9, citing the Buenos Aires Herald, April 24, 1980; Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database, HC# 243, citing Fabio Picasso, Strange Magazine, #8 (listing the date as April 22nd)).

1982 - At around 5:15 a.m., one hour before dawn, two elliptical UFOs appeared and flew above Ankara, Turkey for an hour, maneuvering below the clouds. They vanished from sight at 6:15 a.m. (Source: Highlands (NC) Highlander, April 29, 1982).

1993 - On this day, during a heavy concentration of UFO sighting reports in the State of Fortaleza, Brazil, a man named Jose Ernani claimed to have encountered a being of light during prayer at a local grotto in Vila Peri. He described the being as female, about 19-years old, with finely chiseled features, a pink complexion, a heart shaped mouth, and long brown wavy hair. Her eyes were of a "penetrating" blue color. She wore a silky dress with a short sash about four inches wide. On the sash he could see two ingrained faces. Ernani interpreted the being as an apparition of the Virgin Mary. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1993, HC# 2701, citing Reginaldo de Athyayde, FSR).

1994 - Brian Canfield was driving home in his truck near Mount Rainier, Washington when he noticed a strange creature descend from the sky and land hard on the asphalt road. He said the creature was over 2.75 meters tall, with a muscular humanoid body and long arms that ended in claws. Its body was completely covered in blue hair, and it had a wolf-like head with white fangs and shiny yellow eyes. The creature stood on the road staring at Canfield, who strangely did not feel threatened. Eventually, the creature deployed a set of large wings on its back and flew up into the sky, disappearing in the distance. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, 1994 Humanoid Contact Sighting Reports, citing Mundo Misterioso).

1995 - On this afternoon Sr. Reynaldo Ortega, a resident of Naranjito, Puerto Rico saw a gigantic bird-like creature standing on the roof of his house. Sr. Ortega had gone to look for a small goat on his property, because an epidemic of unexplained animal deaths and mutilations was ongoing. He described the winged creature as between three and four feet tall, with the body and dark plumage of an eagle, a thick neck, and piercing red eyes. The nightmarish raptor had an even more peculiar characteristic: instead of a beak it had what looked like the muzzle of a wolf. The creature ignored Ortega and flew away. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1995, citing Scott Corrales, Chupacabra and Other Mysteries).

1997 - At around 10:00 p.m. in Punta Arenas, Chile street lights and house lights reportedly went out one-by-one as a UFO passed low over them. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case  # 17916, citing UFO Roundup).

2000 - At 6:40 p.m. a mathematician flying on a commercial airliner from Denver, Colorado to San Jose, California saw a "circular silvery object with a rounded top" speed by several thousand feet below him somewhere over northern Nevada. He was able to calculate that the domed disc-shaped craft would have had a diameter of 55 feet, and a speed of about 3,000 mph. (Sources: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, April 2000 archived webpage; Lynn Picknett, Mammoth Book of UFOs, p. 182; UFO Magazine (USA), September 2000, p. 28).

2001 - A man in Salmon Arm, British Columbia awoke to a noise outside his door late at night and saw a blue glow enter his bedroom. He next heard a loud buzzing sound, and then his entire body went completely tingly and numb and he was overcome by an intense sensation of fear. He found himself unable to move or speak. At this point he noticed two short shadowy figures that had appeared, almost dancing around his bed, while he was attempting to move. He managed to blurt out "get out" and the figures and the light vanished. (Sources: Geoff Dittman, Canadian UFO Survey 2001, case 105; Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 2001, citing UFOBC).

2001 - At 4:10 p.m. in Caronno Pertusella, Piedmont, Italy two residents saw a luminous domed disc fly over the city off to the east. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case 18166, citing Rivista Info Ufologia, issue # 23).

2001 - At 4:15 p.m. three discs were seen flying over the capital city of Bogota, Colombia by more than 3,000 people throughout the business district. The object were in the vicinity of Cerro El Cable Hill, where they hovered for four minutes. Radio broadcaster "Radiodifusora Nacional" and Todelar phoned William Chavez at Contacto OVNI and discussed the sighting live on radio. (Source: George A. Filer & David E. Twichell, Filer's Files: Worldwide Reports of UFO Sightings, p. 36,  citing William Chavez, www. epagos.com/contacto-ovni).

2002 - A man in St. Charles, Michigan reported to the National UFO Reporting Center that he watched UFOs in the sky from his home for three hours beginning at 10:00 p.m. When he flashed a flashlight at the main object, another object from the southwest portion of the sky approached and chased him. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle).

2003 - Elliott A. was returning to his home in Exmouth, Devon, England from an Air Cadet exercise at 2:45 in the afternoon when he suddenly lost consciousness and experienced some missing time. He does not remember how he got home, but could only remember leaving the Squadron HQ and then waking in the driveway outside his house. Later that night, while sleeping, he experienced a very realistic "dream" in which he spoke to "aliens". They were small Grey figures with big black eyes, no noses and thin slits for mouths; he could not describe their "voice". He seemed to shout out questions before he came under their influence. He remembers confronting the aliens about "things", but could only remember the aliens saying, "That if we didn't change our ways, they would annihilate us and start over," or something to that effect. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 2003, citing Mystical Universe, Alien Abduction Cases).

2005 - Four witnesses in Rossland, British Columbia saw numerous bright blue lights rising and descending over a mountain, engaging in erratic flight. (Source: Geoff Dittman, Canadian UFO Survey 2005, case 28, citing HBCCUFO).

2007 - At 2:09 p.m. two pilots flying in different planes reported the same UFO in Alderney, over the Channel Isles, England. The first was described as bright orange/yellow; the second object was identical. There was a gap in light or a darker area between them. (Source: British Ministry of Defense, case 2007-020).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 22 April 2014).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: animal reaction: cattle bolted, small ape-like creature with large melon-shaped head, Asian-looking humanoids, bedroom visitation, buzzing sound, cigar-shaped UFOs, disc-shaped UFOs, domed discs, flying humanoid creature, human-looking UFOnauts, lasting physical and mental effects, landings with ground marks and physical traces, Marian apparition during UFO sighting reports, non-verbal communication, unintelligible language, red-eyed winged creature, very tall humanoids.

© Donald A. Johnson