On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 December 3

In 1952 at 10:10 p.m. in the city of Bordeaux, France a long, bright cigar-shaped UFO moved slowly in the sky, then suddenly shot away, leaving a blue trail. (Source: Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue # 131).

In 1953 at 6:02 p.m. Eastern Standard Time jets were scrambled from North Truro, Massachusetts in response to a radar bogey. Ground radar showed rapid changes in the UFO’s speed and altitude. At 7:35 p.m. a pulsating orange ovoid object was seen over Bellmore, New York. It made a sudden, ninety-degree turn and shot away at over 1800 miles per hour. Unidentified radar returns were also reported that day at Holloman AFB, New Mexico and Ellington AFB, Texas. (Sources: US Air Force Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics, December 1953, cases 2, 3 and 4).

On this morning in 1954 in the town of Montebuono, Italy a 10 meter long cigar-shaped object passed overhead at 40-meters altitude. It had a large porthole on its side. It abruptly changed direction and shot straight up into the sky and away. (Source: Verga Maurizio, ITACAT - Italian UFO Catalogue).

In 1956 a disc paced a transport plane over Baltimore, Maryland for a short while, then broke away, spinning counterclockwise. The plane attempted to follow the UFO but was unable to keep up. (Source: Leonard H. Stringfield, CRIFO Orbit, February 1957, p. 4).

In 1957 at 7 p.m. in Ellensburg, Washington a truck engine reportedly missed but did not stall in the presence of a UFO. Many residents of the Menastash Ridge area of Ellensburg saw a "strange ball of fire" for 20 minutes. A truck driver reported that the light hovered over his truck, causing the motor to cough and sputter. His engine did not stop completely, however, so he drove away. The night was misty, but the object was so bright that it lit up the sky as if it were daytime. (Sources: NICAP investigation files, Mark Rodeghier, UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, case 85, citing Schopick).

In 1959 on a cloudy night on a farm near Chatton, New Zealand a disc flew in around 9:45 p.m. flying toward the northeast, stopped and then circled for 45 minutes. It gave off a bright glow around its rim. It was finally lost from sight behind the clouds. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, citing Loren E. Gross, UFOs: A History, 1959, volume 4).

In 1960, a man and his grandson were out duck hunting early in the morning near Atlantic City, New Jersey. They were sitting in a duck blind at around 6 a.m. when they saw a 20-meter wide disc approach to within 100 meters of their position. It glowed red and lit the ground, and moved with a jerky motion “like a bouncing ball.” It changed color from red to purple as it rose vertically into the sky, then flew off toward the southwest. (Source: George D. Fawcett, Flying Saucers, September 1961, p. 53).

On this day in 1967 three important UFO cases occurred. In the middle of the afternoon, airline crews and others near Cape Kamennyy, Russia watched a luminous sphere in the sky drop a red fireball and emit beams of light.

1967 – About one-and-a-half hours earlier, at around 2:30 a.m. Central Standard Time, a famous UFO abduction case occurred in Ashland, Nebraska. Mr. Herbert L. Schirmer, a 22-year-old police officer and military veteran, noticed a glow in a nearby paddock while driving his patrol car along a highway. He pulled in to investigate, then his patrol car engine and lights died. He noticed a silver disc about 30 feet in diameter, surrounded by a brilliant orange glow. He remembered that he tried to send a two-way radio message, but an orange and red beam directed at him made it impossible for him to move. He remembered being taken aboard the craft by four aliens about 4.5 to 5 feet tall with slanted eyes. They used language and telepathy to communicate with him. He experienced temporary amnesia for about 30 minutes, followed by headaches and other physiological effects. The case was thoroughly investigated by the Air Force sponsored University of Colorado UFO study, headed by Edward Condon, with mixed conclusions. Hypnosis was used to enhance memory recall, and the two psychological experts called in to evaluate the case developed opposite opinions. One believed the case was a hoax and Mr. Schirmer was a pathological liar, the other felt that Schirmer was totally sincere and found his account convincing. (Sources: NICAP Investigator, March 1968, p. 3; APRO Bulletin, November-December 1967, p. 3; Mark Rodeghier, UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, p. 39; Richard Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II: A Thirty-Year Report, p. 173).

1967 – That same night in Barcelona, Spain a “cactus-like” entity with four appendages—presumably two arms and two legs—was sighted. It left deep footprints in the soil. (Source: Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos investigation files).

1973 – There were three close-encounter cases and numerous reports of nocturnal lights reported on this night in 1973 as well. A 26-year-old woman driving along Route 322 at 9 p.m. in Logan, New Jersey, in Gloucester County, first noticed a red glow, then a hamburger-shaped disc with a red light on top and a green light on the bottom. The UFO made a hissing sound, and emitted bright white jets of light from the sides when the object moved, like rocket thrusts. At 11:30 p.m. in Horton Bay, Michigan a glowing, mushroom-shaped UFO was seen over a highway intersection. It made no sound, and “just disappeared.” On that same night on a farm between Lincoln and Cole Camp, Missouri a farmer reported that a low flying UFO frightened his livestock. (Sources: Woodbury (NJ) Daily Times, December 5, 1973; Petoskey (MI) News Review, December 4, 1973; Warrensburg (MO) Star-Journal, December 11, 1973).

1978 - A brightly lit globular shaped object was seen flying at a low altitude over Leme, Brazil on this night. Several moving figures could be seen moving inside through a large opening. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1978, citing GEPUC Brazil).

On this night in 1979 in the province of Guadalajara, Spain veterinarian Dr. A. Cuesta was driving between Humanes and Yunque de Henares when a UFO began pacing his car and followed him for several kilometers. The craft positioned itself only 15 meters above his car, and emitted a blinding light, causing him to lose control and drive off the highway. On the same night at 10:25 p.m. in Clay County, Nebraska two teenage girls were driving west of Fairfield on highway 73 when they sighted a metallic domed disc-shaped UFO pursue their car for about five minutes at a distance of 400 meters. The UFO was about 10 meters in diameter. Their sketches of the object appear remarkably similar to those drawn by the two abductees in the Buff Ledge, Vermont case from 1968. (Sources: UFO Newsclipping Service, April 1980, p. 13, citing Mundo Diario, December 5, 1979; APRO Bulletin, April 1980, p. 6, citing Hastings Daily Times, December 14, 1979).

1980 – One year later, at 10:30 p.m. on Highway 57 in McLain, Mississippi Mr. and Mrs. Lowrey had the FM radio of their car quit, the car’s headlights dim, and the car heater quit when a luminous, blue-white ball of light came briefly over the right side of the car’s hood. They estimated the light to be about a foot in diameter and only a meter away. The seat belt alarm also came on during the encounter. (Source: Allan Hendry, International UFO Reporter, January 1981, p. 12).

In 1990 at 6:20 p.m. two dark triangle-shaped objects with rounded corners flew over the city of Noirmoutier on the French coast in sequence, flying south to north. Both have a red area in the center. At 9:10 p.m. a large metallic triangular raft with large lights flew low over the city of Cuincy, France. At 11:20 p.m. in Jozsa, Hungary a car with a single occupant stalled when it passed a short humanoid standing on the side of the road. The driver experienced twenty minutes of missing time. When the witness recovered consciousness, the car was facing in the opposite direction on the highway with no apparent damage. (Source: Lumieres dans la Nuit, issues 307, 308, and 326).

In 1994 at 11:00 o’clock in the evening two witnesses near the Garden State Parkway in Eatontown, New Jersey observed a silent, triangular-shaped craft in the sky. (Source: Paul Ferrughelli, Computer Catalog of UFO Reports, 1988-1994, citing MUFON New Jersey).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 15 November 2005).

Compiled from the UFOCAT database.

Themes: abductions, abrupt change in speed and altitude, car pacings, cigar-shaped objects, disc-shaped UFOs, EM vehicle interference effects, hissing sound, inside UFO occupants, jerky motion, luminous UFOs, missing time, multi-year reports from southern New Jersey, red UFOs, triangular UFOs, vanishing UFO.