On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 August 12

1883 - On this day at around 8:00 a.m. Astronomer Bonilla at the Zacatecas Observatory in Zacatecas, Mexico watched as 283 objects passed across the face of the sun. He took a photograph of one of them. (Sources: Jacques Vallee, Anatomy of a Phenomenon, p. 19; Frank Edwards, Flying Saucers--Serious Business, p. 36; Gordon I. R. Lore and Harold Denault, Mysteries of the Skies: UFOs in Perspective, p. 55).

1910 - At around midnight in the South China Sea a bright spinning wheel was see in the ocean, close to surface by four members of the crew of the Dutch ship S. S. Valentijn. (Sources: Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p. 265; Flying Saucers magazine, June 1970, p. 8, citing National Fisherman, May 1967; Flying Saucer Review, September-October 1967, p. 9).

1942 - At ten a.m. a large formation of as many as 150 aerial objects with no wings was seen from Tulagi Island in the Soloman Islands in the Pacific. They were flying in an equally spaced formation, ten across and fifteen deep, in a perfect square. They were definitely not Japanese planes. (Sources:Gordon I. R. Lore and Harold Denault, Mysteries of the Skies: UFOs in Perspective, p. 126; Richard F. Haines, Project Delta: A Study of Multiple UFO, p. 55; Richard M. Dolan, UFO's and the National Security State: Chronology of a Cover-up 1941-1973, p. 396).

1946 - A spool-shaped "rocket bomb" was sighted flying rapidly to the north over the town of Sodertalje, Sweden at 9:00 p.m. It had a magnesium colored flare for an exhaust. (Source: Loren E. Gross, Mystery of the Ghost Rockets, p. 39).

1946 - Over Grants Pass, Oregon an intense red and green object, flaring in intensity, swayed back and forth in a rocking motion between mountain tops for 30 minutes on this night. (Source: Loren E. Gross, Charles Fort, the Fortean Society, and UFOs, p. 67).

1950 - More than eighty discs maneuvered in the sky over Campello, Ticino canton, Switzerland, leaving behind luminous wakes. They gyrated in the sky with a noise that was described as similar to "organ music". (Source: Desmond Leslie & George Adamski, Flying Saucers Have Landed,  p. 104).

1950 - In Yuma, Arizona a disc-shaped object with a glowing outer edge zoomed to a position directly over Main Street at 5:45 p.m., then shot straight up into the clouds. (Sources: Kenneth Arnold, The Coming of the Saucers, p. 153; Loren E. Gross, UFOs: A History. 1950: August-December, p. 4).

1952 - In Toulouse, Haute-Garonne department, France more than a dozen witnesses saw a white disc-shaped object that stopped over the city in the middle of the afternoon. It was joined by two more similar looking objects, and then all three flew away fast together. (Source: Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue # 129).

1952 - At 9:48 p.m. two military witnesses sighted two disc-shaped UFOs while in flight over Wink, Texas. The objects were described as aluminum colored, and shaped like pie-pans. They rose rapidly from a lower altitude and passed the plane. (Sources:Richard F. Haines, Project Delta: A Study of Multiple UFO, p. 183; Loren E. Gross, UFOs: A History. 1952: August, p. 37).

1954 - UFOs seemingly visited two U.S. military bases on the same night in the southern United States. At 2:30 a.m. EDT in Georgia, a disc-shaped object hovered to the west of the tower at Fort Benning. It flew away and then came back, but finally vanished when a helicopter approached. At Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama nearly an hour later, at 2:29 a.m. CDT, four military men on U.S. Army helicopters saw a glowing red disc soar around the base tower. There were both ground and air observers to this second sighting, as well as radar-visual confirmation. (Sources: (1) Michael Hitt, Georgia UFO Phenomenon 1947-1987, p. 22; (2) Timothy Good, Above Top Secret, p. 284; Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 24; Richard M. Dolan, UFO's and the National Security State: Chronology of a Cover-up 1941-1973, p. 407).

1956 - A Mrs. McCaffrey and her daughter saw an oval disc-shaped object blazing with white lights over Denver, Colorado at around three o'clock in the morning. The object moved to the east, then hovered several minutes, and finally flew off to the west. The edges of the object were clearly defined. The sighting lasted several minutes. (Sources: Rocky Mountain News, August 13, 1956; Leonard H. Stringfield, CRIFO Orbit, September 1956, p. 3; Alexander Mebane, Civilian Saucer Intelligence--New York Newsletter, September 1956, p. 7).

1958 - A small ovoid object was sighted by an electrical engineer and his family as it flew to the south at a low altitude at 9:30 p.m. over Alamagordo, New Mexico. A sound of rushing air was heard. (Source: APRO Bulletin, September 1958).

1959 - A 60-year-old farmer in Brion, La Coruna province, Spain saw an egg-shaped object come down at high speed and land in a pasture near a river. It then took off vertically and flew away toward Santiago. It left behind traces on the ground, and it made an engine noise that was not similar to helicopter. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 494, citing Aime Michel).

1961 - In Kansas City, Kansas at 9:00 p.m. two 21-year-old witnesses saw a yellowish white oval-shaped UFO with an off-centered dome hovering only 50 feet above a road near Drake University. It stayed there for three to five minutes, then shot straight up, and climbed away sharply towards the east. It was gone from view in five seconds. A U.S. Air Force Project Blue Book "unknown" case. " (Sources: Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics, case # 7579; Lloyd Mallan, Official Guide to UFOs, p. 18; Thomas M. Olsen, Reference to Outstanding UFO Reports, p. 124; Richard Hall, The UFO Evidence, p. 98; UNICAT case # 640, citing James E. McDonald, A.A.S. 1968 Symposium Proceedings, p. 13; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 522).

Kansas City Close Encounter August 12, 1961

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1963 - Nocturnal lights exited and returned to a luminous pear-shaped UFO hovering over the Birchills Power Station in Staffordshire, England at 8:30 p.m. The sighting lasted ten minutes and included numerous witnesses. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Anatomy of a Phenomenon, p. 160; Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 6386, citing Jacques Vallee).

1967 - In Ogema, Wisconsin Mr. And Mrs. Miedtke, awakened by the barking of their dog at 2:30 a.m., soon observed a large hemispherical object with a fluorescent glow and a short flash of light. Too terrified to go outside, they heard heavy footsteps around their trailer for the next two and a half hours. At dawn there was a sound like that of a generator, and seconds later the object was gone. (Sources: Allen Utke, case investigation files; Jim & Coral Lorenzen, UFOs Over the Americas, p. 27; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 868).

1967 - On this night in St Louis de Kent, New Brunswick, Canada a dozen teenagers reported that they saw a "huge, black monster" that descended from a lighted craft in a wooded area. They were returning home from a dance when they caught sight of the figure dressed in black, with a black face or face mask and goggles. They didn't approach "the monster," who quickly disappeared. (Source: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1967-74, citing Moncton (NB) Times, August 17, 1967).

1968 - At 1:00 a.m. there was a reappearance of a bright white UFO, sometimes vivid orange in color, at the same nuclear missile sites in Pennington County, South Dakota as occurred two nights earlier on August 10, 1968. The UFO illuminated the ground behind a small hill. (Sources: APRO Bulletin, May-June 1969, p. 5; Coral & Jim Lorenzen, Shadow of the Unknown, p. 166).

Gloucester, Massachusetts Saturn-shaped UFO - 1968

1968 - At 8:15 p.m. EDT a golden-white globe surrounded by a dark ring that looked like the planet Saturn flew over Gloucester, Massachusetts. (Source: Raymond E. Fowler, case investigation report dated August 15, 1968; Raymond E. Fowler, UFOs: Interplanetary Visitors, p. 354).

1968 - A woman staying by herself at a house on the outskirts of Mercedes, Argentina heard a buzzing sound and her dogs began barking at eight o'clock in the evening. Looking out she saw a brightly lit object that gave off bright flashes of light, sitting on the ground. Smaller lighted objects emerged from the object and hovered above the treetops. At one point one of the lighted objects silently approached the house. The witness then saw a second object on the ground from which the figure of a man wearing a brilliant silvery outfit was seen to emerge. Suddenly there was a brilliant reddish blue flash and the whole scene disappeared. The next day several ground traces were found in the same area where the objects were seen. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1968, case #6, citing Richard Heiden, quoting R. Banchs).

1969 - At 10:50 p.m. two people witnessed three luminous triangular craft flying toward >E in a V formation over the mountains north of Espalion, France. They stopped, rotated in place, turned >SSE, and then flew away. (Source: Larry Hatch, U Computer Database, case 8929, citing LDLN Lecteurs).

Taize, France Close Encounter August 12, 1972

1971 - Three women at a camp in Himbleton, near Droitwich, England heard a roaring sound and thought that it was a plane that was going to crash. Instead, they saw a cigar-shaped object with red and green lights, thirty to forty feet long, that came and hovered silently for an hour, then rose with a noise and disappeared over the trees. (Sources: newspaper clipping, August 24, 1971; Mrs. K. Smith, BUFORA Journal, January 1972, p. 14; APRO Bulletin, November-December 1971, p. 6).

1972 - At 1:55 a.m. a huge elongated elliptical object with bright lights hovered near the ground in a forest near Taize, Saone-Loire department, France. It emitted light beams downward, and smaller satellite white disc-shaped objects emerged from it. The UFO reacted to a light flashed at it and caused some physiological effects. (Sources: Henry-Jean Besset, Phenomenes Spatiaux, March 1973, p. 11; FSR, July-August 1973, p. 16; Richard Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II: A Thirty-Year Report, pp. 16, 202, 269 & 381).

1972 - A disc-shaped object landed on top of a Quonset hut in Gem, Kansas at 2:00 a.m., making beeping sounds. Its light illuminated the surrounding field. On the same night two women watched as two very large round UFOs flashed beams of light at each other for 45 minutes in Gallatin, Missouri. (Source: Glenn McWane, The New UFO Sightings, pp. 51 & 52).

1973 - Several in Broxburn, Lothian, Scotland watched as a star-like object passed overhead. A car's engine malfunctioned during the sighting. (Sources: Mark Rodeghier, UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, p. 58; Geoffrey Falla, BUFORA Vehicle Interference Project Report, p. 65; J. Bernard Delair, UFO Register, Volume 5 (1974), case # 422).

1974 - In Salles-de-Villefagnan, Charente, France a 15-meter in diameter disc-shaped object was encountered over highways D31 and D27 at 4:10 a.m. Birds in the area were frightened by the UFO, and the eyes of the witnesses hurt after the sighting. (Source: Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue # 144).

1974 - At around two o'clock in the morning police from four towns in central New Hampshire saw a domed, oval-shaped object, 40 feet in diameter. At one point it came to within 300 feet of a police cruiser on Interstate 93 in Sanbornton. (Sources: NICAP UFO Investigator, September 1974; George D. Fawcett, Flying Saucers magazine, December 1974, p. 39; FSR, January-February 1975, p. 31).

1975 - At 9:30 p.m. J. P. Brassen watched an oval-shaped craft rise from the sea and land on the beach in Sanary, Var department, France. An oval door opened, and luminous orange beams of light shot out while at the same time he heard a loud hissing sound. Two short humanoids are seen moving around the craft on the ground. The humanoids reportedly had three legs, were very thin and were covered with what appeared to be a shell-like material. They moved around in small jumps and were only 70 cm in height. The witness fled the area.  (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1975, citing Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue # 195 (April 1980), Denys Breysse, Project Becassine).

1976 - Calignaia, Tuscany, Italy was visited by a USO (unidentified submarine object) at 10:30 p.m. Dogs barked as a colored light maneuvered under the surface of the river. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case #  11812, citing ITACAT).

1978 - Two 21-year-old college students were driving in Niceville, Florida near Eglin Air Force Base when suddenly an oval-shaped UFO rushed at their car. At close approach it had the appearance of an "eye-like" form, with a "cornea" of shiny black glass, and a "body" of metallic silver. The object also had two antennas. (Sources: Allan Hendry, International UFO Reporter, September 1978, p. 6; UNICAT, case # 152, citing IUR).

1998 - Five youths in Massape, Ceara State, Brazil reported seeing a huge object land near the Mondubim lagoon on this evening. Three humanoids resembling robots exited the object and proceeded to collect shrubs and rocks. The youths fled the area and notified some nearby military units, however they failed to find anything. Later one of the witnesses, Joao Lira, decided to return to the scene and saw the same object on the ground. When he approached it he suddenly felt dizzy and passed out. He was found three hours later next to the lagoon, shirtless, sweating, and with partial amnesia. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1998, citing Revista Brasileira de Ufologia).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 29 June 2009).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: beeping and buzzing sounds, disc-shaped UFOs, dome-shaped UFOs, giant humanoid dressed in black, ground traces, large numbers of UFOs seen at the same time, landings, ovoid UFO, physiological effects: sore eyes, procession of objects, robot-like humanoids, Saturn-shaped UFO, silver uniforms, triangular UFOs, unidentified submarine objects (USO), vehicle EM ignition interference effect, vertical ascent, witnesses terrified.