On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 April 25

1897 - People returning from church in Merkel, Texas observed a heavy object being dragged along the ground by a rope attached to a flying craft. The rope got caught in a railroad track. The craft was too high for its structure to be visible but protrusions and a light could be distinguished. After about ten minutes a man came down along the rope and cut the end free. He climbed back aboard the craft, which flew away toward the northeast. The man was small and dressed in a light blue uniform. (Sources: Houston Daily Post, April 28, 1897; Donald B. Hanlon, Flying Saucer Review, January-February 1967, p. 24; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 185).

1898 - Astronomer Michailovitch at the Belgrade Observatory in Serbia, Yugoslavia sighted a fireball at 9:32 p.m. that stopped still in the sky and hovered in one spot for six minutes before continuing on. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Anatomy of a Phenomenon, p. 17; Ion Hobana & Julien Weverbergh, UFOs from Behind the Iron Curtain, p. 196).

1950 - A series of unknown lights and UFOs where seen near the Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah. A "flying icebox," surrounded by an aura of spears was seen over the Ammunition Storage Area near Dougway Mountain at 3:00 a.m. A 24-hour search of the area ensued. (Sources: Larry Hatch, U computer database, Loren E. Gross, UFOs: A History. 1950: April-July, p. 34).

1950 - At 4:00 p.m. a 200 foot long cone-shaped device flew over the Vancouver, British Columbia airport at 15,000 feet altitude, and there were many calls to the police and news media. A white substance hung about the tail of the object but it left no condensation trail. The sighting lasted one minute. (Sources: The Oregonian, April 26, 1950; Loren E. Gross, UFOs: A History. 1950: April-July, p. 35).

1952 - At three a.m. a shining white metallic disc with legs, a ladder, a tube, and a transparent dome landed in the Serchio River in Liguria, Italy. It shot red beams of light at the witnesses, who were able to avoid being hit by them by jumping into a ditch. (Source: Marco Marianti, FSR, June 1977, p. 31).

1954 - Three trained weather observers at Kadena Air Force Base in Kadena, Japan sighted bluish-white circular objects overhead at 11:30 p.m. The USAF specialists named Spillem, Duracher, and Conner watched the UFOs make two circles,  then zigzag to the south. They made another circle, and then went off to the southeast. Circular, bluish-white in color. No sound, no radar tracks, no balloons aloft.

1959 - Luis Da Silva saw a "red hot" colored disc in the sky on the evening of April 23rd in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Around midnight of April 23-24 he awoke and felt the need to go outside to the garden. There he found a noted that told him to return the following night at 1:30 a.m. When he did so, a circular UFO appeared in the air 300 feet above the ground, and he felt himself paralyzed. A man descended from the UFO in a slow spiral, but when he reached the ground he stopped above it and his feet did not quite touch the ground. He wore a helmet and some form of plastic clothing, and gloves looking like they were made of a transparent, glass material. He told Da Silva to return on Thursday at 2:05 a.m., and then re-ascended in a spiral into the craft. On Thursday the same sequence of events occurred, but the next time three entities descended in sequence. The last one of these men asked Da Silva for a piece of paper, and inscribed upon it a message of some kind, written in indescipherable markings. (Sources: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1959-07, citing Dr. Walter Buhler; Flying Saucer Review, May-June 1967, p. 7).

1960 - Mrs. M. Clark of Shelby, Montana saw five circular or round objects fly in a trail formation, hover, accelerate, and make sharp turns. A strong white light beam shone down from the balls of light (BOL), which had a red glow. They flew at a low altitude, and made sharp turns. (Sources: Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics, case # 6727; Don Berliner, Project Bluebook Unknowns; Lloyd Mallan, Official Guide to UFOs, p. 18).

Shelby, Montana Red Ball of Light - Project Blue Book Unknown - 1960

April 25, 1960 Shelby Montana

1966 - On this night at around 8:15 p.m. two motorists in Towanda, Pennsylvania felt heat and had their car engine and headlights fail when they encountered a UFO with four portholes hovering about 350 feet away, with flames shooting off of it. (Sources: Timothy Green Beckley, Flying Saucers, December 1969, p. 21; Berthold E. Schwarz, Beyond Condon: FSR Special Edition No. 2, p. 46; Mark Rodeghier, UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, p. 29).

1966 - At 8:52 p.m. EDT the governor of Florida's plane was paced by two UFOs over Ocala, Florida. The crew and passengers of the Convair aircraft carrying Florida Governor Haydon Burns sighted two apparently connected bright yellow or yellow-orange globe-shaped objects that paced the plane for about 40 miles. Witnesses included newsmen and state officials. When Burns ordered his pilot to turn toward the UFOs, they climbed steeply and disappeared. (Sources: Palm Beach Post, April 28, 1966; NICAP UFO Investigator, May-June 1966. p. 3; Frank Edwards, Flying Saucers Here and Now, p. 59; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence Volume II: A Thirty-Year Report, p. 117).

1968 - A "saucer nest" crop circle was found in sugar cane near West Cairns, Queensland, Australia. It was oval in shape, 70 feet by 36 feet. (Sources: Stan Seers, FSR, May-June 1969, p. 4; Ted R. Phillips, Physical Traces Associated with UFO Sightings, case 321).

1969 - At 7:30 p.m. a ten-meter diameter disc-shaped object was seen hovering over a park in Greenacre, New South Wales, Australia by three witnesses. A Greenacre woman, Mrs. Froml, and her 13-year old daughter were going home by taxi. When they passed Roberts Park they saw the object hovering over a playing field lit by floodlights, where some youths were playing football. The floodlights formed a kind of ceiling over the field and it was unlikely that had any of the players looked up, they would have seen anything. The object was football shaped, the top was transparent, and the bottom was a greenish metallic color, like gun metal. It had an interior light that was "the brightest blue imaginable," and the bottom portion had three large transparent holes. The object was tilted downward, and inside the object could be seen three tall humanoid figures, over six feet tall. in the transparent upper half of the UFO. One pointed down at the witnesses and then turned toward a rectangular, lighted area, apparently working some controls. Mrs Froml asked the cabbie, a Greek immigrant, to stop the taxi, but instead he accelerated away from the park and drove straight to her home. After he dropped her and her daughter off, he left in a frightened state, without collecting his fare. (Sources: Bill Chalker, The Oz Files, p. 126; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case A1112, citing Keith Basterfield and investigator David Reneke).

1971 - About 9:00 p.m. a woman near Pottstown, Pennsylvania spotted a luminous object over a farmer's field while driving on a rural road. It was a very bright, pulsating light. It would move and stop, move and stop, in a jerking manner. She first thought the object was something conventional like an aircraft light, but its strange motion seemed to belie that explanation. The woman stopped the car next to the field and just studied the object. The object was about as high as the light on a radio tower. She rolled down her window see if there was any engine noise, but there was none. (Source: NICAP UFO Investigator, May 1971, page 3)

1974 - A domed disc-shaped object hovered nearby an apartment building in Marcinelle, Belgium at 10:30 p.m. It inclined toward the witness, a single woman named Bouchez who was inside the building, and then shot three beams of light over the apartment building. (Source: Michel Abrassart, Inforespace, June 1975, p. 41).

1975 - Three events occurred in Rugles, Eure, France during this remarkable experience that lasted over an hour, beginning at 9:30 p.m. First, a meteor was seen shooting through the sky. Next, a 40 meter diameter dome with a  smaller disc was seen. Finally, a small glowing dome appeared inside a room. (Source: GEPA Phenomenes Spatiaux, September 1975).

1976 - At 10:30 p.m. a 12 meter in diameter UFO crossed the road in front of a car being driven by a Mr. Y. Vandenbroek in Tervuren, Belgium, at an altitude of 100 meters. Suddenly four searchlights were turned on inside the object, and directed at the ground. The object moved silently, tilted at an angle after five minutes, and moved away slowly. There were eight witnesses from four separate families. (Source: Rudy de Groote, UFO Register, volume 7 (1976), p. 31, citing the Gazzette Antwerpen).

1977 - At 3:50 a.m. eight soldiers on a military patrol on the Pampa Lluscuma, Chile suddenly saw a bright light nearby. The soldiers' dog and horses remained still while the lights hovered nearby. The leader of the group, Corporal Armando Valdes, ordered the other soldiers to put out their campfire. The two large lights were about 800 meters away, and hovering close to the ground. Cpl. Valdes approached the lights, ordering them to identify themselves. At this point a bright light enveloped Valdes and he vanished in plain view of the others. The others began frantically searching for him but they were unable to find him. At around 4:15 a.m. Valdes suddenly reappeared. He had a strange look on his face and he emitted a sinister laugh, asking several times where his mother was. Then he said, again in a very sinister sounding voice, "you will never know who we are and where we come from."

The others noticed that he appeared to have a week's growth of beard, whereas he had been clean-shaven just an hour ago, and his digital watch indicated the impossible date of April 30. He was almost in hysterics and one of the soldiers had to slap him, at which point he fainted. One of the other soldiers, Raul Salinas, who had been standing a few meters back of the others, noticed a strange humanoid creature behind some nearby rocks. He described it as half animal and half human; no facial features were visible, but it seemed to be wearing a helmet and was carrying a red light. Salinas was stunned to see the creature appear at several places simultaneously, he thought that maybe it could have been several humanoids. He did not mention this to the others at the time, since they were already scared, but the others did not see the humanoid or humanoids. When Valdes woke up he could not remember where he had been. It is assumed the Chilean military conducted various medical tests on Valdes. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1977, case # 3062, citing Diego Contreras & Raul Nunez).

1978 - At 2:15 a.m. a UFO with an inside occupant was sighted by a Mr. Hake while driving along Highway 83 in Baltimore, Maryland. The close encounter lasted several minutes. (Source: CUFOS files, report received in 1978).

1978 - At 2:30 in the afternoon the witness was in her kitchen in Villamare Di Sapri, Italy when she noticed a large luminous sphere; clear in color descend to the ground nearby. The witness went to fetch a camera. At this point the sphere seemed to shrink in size and a short being wearing a bright orange coverall type suit stepped out. The being walked around looking in all directions. Its face appeared brighter than the rest of the body and it had human like features. On its head it wore a cone-shaped device or cap. It moved in short steps and bounds. This apparently frightened the witness who yelled for her husband. The being glanced at the witness and then ran behind a nearby tree stump. A thick fog then began forming in the area and simultaneously the luminous sphere shrank in size and dissolved into nothing. The being apparently disappeared also. (Sources: Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue # 207 (July 1981); Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database, case # 1536; Maurizio Verga, ITACAT Italian UFO Catalogue).

1978 - At 7:00 p.m.a witness on the shore in Vittorio, Sicily, Italy observed through binoculars a glowing "boat"  5 kilometers offshore. It then ascends, and hovers in the sky for 45 minutes. It had two antennas at the ends of the object. (Source: Lumieres dans la Nuit, July 1981).

1978 - Later that same day UFO investigator Pat De La Franier was in his office in Stratford, Ontario going over some UFO reports when there was a sudden knock at the door. Where his office is located he could ordinarily hear everyone coming through the main door when admitted through the security door, and then hear their footsteps walking down the hall. But this knock came abruptly, and when he opened the door there was a very odd-looking man standing there. He was dressed entirely in black. He was about five and a half feet tall, extremely thin, with a somewhat unusually large head. His hair looked like it had been completely shaved and the hair was just growing back. His skin had an unusual olive hue. His lips were very thin and his cheeks were sunken in. His eyes were dark and so elongated that they literally wrapped around his temples. La Franier had never seen eyes like that, "They just bored into me". The stranger just stood there staring at him. La Franier was fixated by his eyes and he felt somehow intruded upon on a mental level. After a full minute the man spoke. "Would you like a photograph of your family?" It was a strange question, and his voice was very strange, too. It was low and hesitant as if this man had absolutely a poor conception of how to put a sentence together. The English was flawless, but he struggle to get through the sentence. La Franier said no, he did not need any more pictures. And with that the stranger stepped back, turned and just disappeared. The man was completely gone. Later La Franier discovered that many of his papers were missing. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database, citing Susan Michaels, Sightings: UFOs).

1981 - In Beijing, China at 7:00 a.m. a bullet-shaped ellipsoid, with the middle of the object white and the bottom green, glowed and hung in the sky in a vertical position. It moved slowly, then stopped, and finally shot away fast. The sighting lasted 25 minutes. (Source: Timothy Good, Above Top Secret, p. 216).

1981 - At 3:54 a.m. a dog barked excitedly at the same time a married couple saw a bright light hovering over some nearby woods in Ottoville, Ohio. The object repeatedly moved up-and-down as it remained in one part of the sky. (Source: UFO Newsclipping Service, July 1981, p. 3, citing the Putnam County Sentinel, April 29, 1981).

1982 - Three people in a car in Clare, South Australia noticed a red glow in the sky at 8:30 p.m. It approached and followed their car for three kilometers. It was described as a ball of fire with white streaks through it. (Source: Keith Basterfield case files, citing The Advertiser, April 27, 1982).

1984 - At 5:30 p.m. a silver colored, 150 foot long, bulbous-shaped object with a long tail hung in the sky, rocking back and forth 80 feet above the ground over a garden in Blairgowrie, The Orkney Islands, Scotland. Mrs. Freeman's dog cowered, and she was temporarily blinded by a ball of light from the object that struck her and entered her body, and she felt the warmth emitted by it but at the same time felt a sensation of calm. A beam of light flowed upward from the object. After a few minutes the object vanished in a pink flash. (Sources: Ron Halliday, UFO Scotland: The Secret History of Scotland's UFO Phenomenon, p. 125; Jenny Randles, International UFO Reporter, March 1986, p. 7).

1984 - Structural details of a UFO were observed by three witnesses in a car as the UFO passed over them at 100 feet while they were driving down American Canyon Road in Napa, California. The UFO was first seen at 9:55 p.m., and described as delta shaped and over 300 feet wide. It flew away up the canyon, and was in sight for five minutes. (Sources: Robert Gribble, International UFO Reporter, May 1984, p. 16; MUFON UFO Journal, May 1984).

1993 - A six meter diameter white glowing disc was seen revolving clockwise over the road in Petit Palais, Gironde, France by two witnesses at 11:40 p.m. It followed their car for 50 kilometers. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 16030, citing Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue 341).

1994 - A large disc-shaped craft landed in a field 25 miles from Great Falls, Montana at 10:30 p.m. It was seen by several witnesses. It was described as being the size of a jeep, with flashing red and blue lights. When witnesses flashed car headlights at it, it flashed a brilliant white light, and then shot straight up and away. (Source: Richard F. Haines, CE-5: Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind, pp. 87 & 157, citing B. Knell).

1995 - A very bright ball of light entered a bedroom in Portland, Oregon at 12:30 a.m. making a loud humming sound. The male witness could feel heat coming from the object, and felt paralyzed. The incident lasted 75 minutes. (Sources: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case 17219; Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle).

1997 - A man took a photograph of a mountain in St. Barnabe, Alpes-Maritime, France in the early afternoon. After being developed the photograph clearly showed a gray saucer-shaped object that was not witnessed at the time. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case 17921, citing Lumieres dans la Nuit, June 1997).

1998 - Three friends in Manito, Illinois saw a light, which broke into two disks, and then into three. (Source: Jay Rath, The I-Files: True Reports of Unexplained Phenomena in Illinois, p. 76, citing Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center., April 1998 webpage).

2001 - At 6:10 p.m. a small silver cone-shaped object was seen in the sky over Ajax, Ontario during daylight hours. It had no wings, and flew from the southwest to northwest for 15 to 20 seconds. (Source: Geoff Dittman, 2001 Canadian UFO Survey, case 107, citing NUFORC).

2001 - On this evening a very strange object was reported by civilians and law enforcement officers in Waynesville, Ohio. From their home a husband and wife were the first to report a circular lighted object hovering silently in the southern sky. The big light on the UFO, pulsating and changing in both color and brightness, was encased within a structure that resembled gridwork. The couple called the Lebanon City Police Department around 10:15 p.m. and the Warren County Communications Center dispatched a Waynesville police officer to the location. Upon arrival at the scene the officer confirmed the presence of the object and also reported that a second UFO was also in the area. (Source: www.nicap.org 2001 UFO Chronology, citing Kenny Young).

2001 - In the evening a huge ball of light forty feet above the ground was seen by residents in Scartaglin, Ireland. It moved away giving off blue, yellow and green flashes. (Source: Dermot Butler, Conspiracy of Silence: UFOs in Ireland, p. 103, citing People, April 29, 2001).

2001 - In San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico a bright light was witnessed following a cylindrical nose near the ground at 7:00 p.m. It moving linearly southward without making a noise or leaving a trail. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, April 2001 webpage).

2001 - At 10:50 p.m. a dark triangle-shaped object with four lights was sighted by a single witness in Powell River, British Columbia travelling from west to east at high speed. The sighting lasted five seconds. (Source: Geoff Dittman, 2001 Canadian UFO Survey, case 106, citing NUFORC).

2004 - At 1:20 a.m. a V-shaped object flew past the witness' window in Kelowna, British Columbia so low that it was illuminated by streetlights. (Source: Geoff Dittman, 2004 Canadian UFO Survey, case 245, citing HBCCUFO).

2005 - There were two reports of a diamond shaped UFO with four main lights, along with a bunch of small white lines on the underneath part, from Lompoc, California to the National UFO Reporting Center. The sightings occurred at 2:50 a.m. The UFO made a horribly loud, high pitched humming sound. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, April 2005 webpage).

2006 - Between 2:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. a teardrop shaped, silver/chrome metallic flying object, 3-4 feet wide by 8 feet to 10 feet long, flew just 50 feet above the witnesses' car while they were driving on east bound I-70, about 50 miles west of Green River, Utah. The buzzing by the object was brief, and lasted only 2-3 seconds. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, April 2006 webpage, reported June 24, 2006).

2007 - In Northern India (exact location not given), the witness was returning home from work at 2:00 a.m. when suddenly the road in front of him ‘disappeared’ because there was a huge bus-like object with no wheels hovering over the road, blocking it. He then flashed on the car high beams to get a better look, and when he did this the object split in two and there was a very bright flash of light, lighting up everything briefly like daytime. A creature descended from the object and looked at the witness. Terrified, he turned the car’s headlights off, but kept the engine running so he could escape in the event of an attack. However, the being seemed to ignore him. It looked humanoid but was about 7-8 feet tall and quite bulky and hairy like a bear. The head was slightly bigger than that of an average man. It was carrying an instrument that looked like a crystal cube with a handle. It raised the instrument and waved it around briefly, and then took out a box and put the instrument in it. It then approached the witness’s car and as it approached the witness felt heat and a ‘force of high magnitude’. When it was about a meter away from him the man fainted due to the intense pressure he was feeling, like a G-force caused by high speed acceleration. He regained consciousness after 10 minutes, and the creature and the object were gone. There was a depression in the road about one foot in depth and 10-12 feet in diameter, where the UFO had been hovering. The witness rushed home but was unable to sleep. The next day, while going to the office, he stopped at the same spot and noticed that somehow the road had been repaired. (Sources: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, April 2007 webpage, report uploaded June 12, 2007; Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 2007, citing NUFORC).

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

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: aircraft UFO encounter; animal reactions: dogs barking or cowering in fear; blue uniform; cone-shaped cap; cone-shaped UFOs; diamond UFOs; disappearance; domed discs; fog or mist; landings; loud humming sounds; man-in-black (MIB); multi-year reports for Belgium, British Columbia and Italy; nautical UFO (UFO lands in river); physiological effects: paralysis, red beams of light, sensations of heat and pressure; short humanoids; spheres; tall humanoids; time distortion; trance state behavior by close encounter experiencer; triangle UFO; up-and-down motion; vehicle ignition EM interference; vertical ascent.

© Donald A. Johnson