On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 April 24

1897 - A man in Louisville, Kentucky heard a buzzing noise, looked up, and saw a cigar-shaped craft 200 feet up. He could see the form of a man standing at the stern. "He looked at me, and I waved my hat. Two other men were sitting in the helm." (Source: Louisville Courier Journal, April 25, 1897).

1909 - At 9:20 in the morning a white ovoid shaped flying object was seen in the skies over Florence, Italy. Two men dressed in white suits were seen inside. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 254).

1949 - A high speed, maneuvering object was tracked with a theodolite by five government contractors from General Mills as it sped through the sky. They were at a missile range near Arrey, New Mexico at 10:20 a.m. It looked like a featureless, whitish featureless ellipse, and its length was 2.5 times its width. After 60 seconds it disappeared in a sharp vertical climb. (Source: Richard Hall, Uninvited Guests, p. 238).

1950 - At 12:30 a.m. three men watched a crescent-shaped object maneuver through the sky over Ansonia, Connecticut. The object looked like a half-moon with a squared off end, and was sighted by two policemen and a restaurant proprietor. It moved unevenly thru the sky. (Source: Loren E. Gross, UFOs: A History. 1950: April-July, p. 33).

1950 - Later, at 10 p.m. in Abbiate Guazzone, Italy, Sr. Bruno Facchini heard and saw sparks coming from a dark, hovering object. Nearby stood a man dressed in tight fitting clothes and wearing a helmet who seemed to be making repairs. Three other men were seen near the craft. When the work was finished, a trapdoor through which light had been shining was closed and the thing took off. The witness time to note many details about the craft and its occupants. (Sources: Antonio Giudici, Flying Saucer Review, April-May 1975, p. 30; Solas Boncompagni, UFO in Italia, Volume I, (Periodo 1907-1953), p. 120; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 195).

1964 - Dairy farmer Gary T. Wilcox saw a shiny, egg-shaped object, about eight meters long and six meters wide, in his pasture in Tioga City, New York at around ten o'clock in the morning. He spoke in English to two short male occupants, 1.2 meters tall, wearing seamless clothing and hoods, and carrying trays. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 195).

1964 - Police officer Lonnie Zamora was parked watching for speeders on the main highway south of Socorro, New Mexico at 5:45 in the afternoon when he saw an whitish metallic ovoid object land in the desert behind a rise. He drove his police cruiser over the rise and saw an ovoid object with four legs resting in a gully. Two four-foot tall beings in white spacesuits stood next to the landed UFO. They turned in his direction and then went inside the UFO. A loud roar was heard during a vertical takeoff as the object emitted a flame from the bottom. The foliage in the area was scorched black, and there were four holes in the ground surrounding the burned area. The case was personally investigated by Dr. J. Allen Hynek for Project Blue Book. Everyone, except UFO debunker Phillip Klass who visited Socorro four years later, regards the testimony of Mr. Zamora as highly credible. A married couple saw the object north of the city at 5:30 p.m. before it landed, and seven other witnesses saw it flying south of Socorro shortly before 6:00 p.m. (Sources: Project Blue Book, case 8766; Thomas M. Olsen, Reference for Outstanding UFO Sighting Reports, pp. 92-97; Ray Stanford, Socorro Saucer in a Pentagon Pantry, Austin, Texas: Blueapple Books, 1976).

Socorro, New Mexico Landing & Occupant - 1964

1966 - At 3:30 a.m. Mr. Tom M. Lasseter, an architect, was camping near the Pedernales River in Texas when he was awakened by a fluttering sound and observed a glowing white disc that was at treetop level 60 meters away. It was seven meters in diameter and had a row of lights. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 764).

1966 - Thirty minutes later, at 5:00 a.m. Eastern time, Mrs. Kalnicki saw a multicolored domed disc with blinking red lights on its rim move between two apartment buildings in Dorchester, Massachusetts. It had a yellow light on top, and emitted a humming noise.There were a total of five witnesses, and the sighting lasted 12 minutes. (Source: Walter Webb, case files report #63; Gordon I. R. Lore, Jr., Strange Effects from UFOs, p. 46; Richard Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II: A Thirty Year Report, p. 320; Raymond E. Fowler, Casebook of a UFO Investigator, p. 173).

Dorcester, Massachusetts - 1966

1966 - At 6:10 p.m. two men in Ashby, Massachusetts saw an object dive within 30 meters of their car. It was silent, had a bright blue light on top, suddenly accelerated, and was lost to sight toward Mt. Watatic. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 763).

1969 - On this night there were several reports of an 18-foot-tall phantom either walking or floating along at 20 mph in Nova Scotia. The tall shadowy figure consisted of a very dark humanoid form. A large numbers of cars had assembled at Berwick, Nova Scotia to observe the monster. (Source: David F. Webb and Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1969-31, citing an unnamed newspaper source).

1970 - A Soviet supersonic bomber allegedly disappeared without a trace in the area of Olekminsk, Russia on April 24, provoking a widescale search involving 150 aircraft. Many of the pilots reported seeing large unidentified craft hanging high in the sky, far out of missile range. Soviet reconnaissance planes were sent up, scouring and photographing every square kilometer of the terrain in a fruitless search for the bomber's wreckage. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1970, citing Branton's War in Heaven File).

1971 - Mrs. F, a woman from Greenacre, New South Wales, Australia and her 13-year-old daughter were going home by taxi at 7:30 p.m. On passing Roberts Park they saw an object hovering over the lighted field where youths were playing football. The field lights formed a king of "ceiling" over the field and is unlikely that had they looked up, the players could have seen anything. The object was "football shaped," the interior light being "the brightest blue imaginable." The top portion of the UFO was transparent and the bottom was a greenish metallic "like gun metal" color with three large transparent portholes. The object was tilted downward at an angle revealing three tall humanoid figures, over six feet tall, in the transparent upper half of the UFO. One of the occupants pointed down at the witness and then turned toward a rectangular, lighted area. Mrs F. asked the cabbie, a Greek immigrant, to stop the taxi, but he accelerated away and drove them straight to her home without stopping. He left in a frightened state without collecting his fare. (Source: David F. Webb and Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1971-15, citing Keith Basterfield).

1972 - At two o'clock in the morning Mrs. Taylor, an elderly woman suffering from insomnia, was up late in her apartment in Manchester, England when she saw out her window, above a tall factory chimney, a glowing yellowish white ball-shaped UFO. A figure wearing boots emerged from the sphere. The object eventually seemed to dissolve "within itself." She watched the humanoid for a period of two hours, and it gave her the impression of an "astronaut landing on the moon." (Source: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1972-08, citing Roy Dutton, Joan Nesltrop for BUFORA; Peter Rogerson).

1977 - At around one o'clock in the morning Mrs. Pauline Coombs, age 31, and her husband Billy, age 36, were watching television at their Ripperston farm near Dale, Pembrokeshire, Wales when they saw a silver suited figure at their window. Pauline saw it first, but said nothing to her husband until he saw it himself. "It must have been over seven feet tall," because it was too tall to see its face." It was quite wide--about three feet--and surrounded by a luminous glow. It was wearing a box-shaped helmet that framed a dark squarish area in which no face was visible. They called Randall Jones Pugh, the BUFORA investigator, and the police immediately, but the figure had gone before either arrived. Mrs. Coombs and her family had been involved in several other close encounter incidents prior and after this encounter. (Source: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1977-23, citing Randall Jones Pugh, BUFORA).

1980 - Two roofers working in the late evening at 9:00 p.m. sighted a bright yellow disc-shaped UFO rise vertically from Lake Norman Reservoir, not far from a nuclear power plant in Rutherford County, North Carolina. It made a loop in the sky and flew away. (Sources: George D. Fawcett, MUFON UFO Journal, September 1980; UFO Magazine (USA), June 1990, p. 33).

1984 - Radar visual confirmation. At 7:10 p.m. a 1000 foot long cigar-shaped object followed a KC-135 USAF tanker aircraft through a U-turn over the mountains of Chimayo, New Mexico while separate nocturnal lights cavorted about in the sky. Radar blips were tracked at the time. (Source: MUFON UFO Journal, November 1984).

1989 - At 10:45 p.m. several witnesses, including 53-year-old A. D. Golovatskaya, watched a fiery green elongated craft fly low over the rooftops of Kharovsk, Russia. It had a blunt nose and a fish-shaped tail. The craft was silent and appeared to be made of crystal. Four figures wearing silvery, tight-fitting uniforms were seen inside the object, two in the rear and two at the front apparently operating some controls. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1989, case # 668, citing V.D. Musinskiy, FSR, Volume 35, No. 3).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 30 June 2005).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: blue UFOs, disc-shaped UFOs, domed discs, human-looking occupants, humming sound, multi-year reports from New Mexico and Italy, mystery aircraft disappearance, nautical UFO: seen rising from lake, nuclear facility, occupants wearing white clothing, ovoid or football-shaped UFOs, radar-visual confirmation, short humanoids, silver suits, spheres, tall humanoids, very tall shadowy phantom figure.