On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 December 10

At 6:00 p.m. in 1896, in both Battle Mountain and Elko, Nevada a strange light was seen flying to the west. Moving too slowly to be a meteor, it suddenly shot straight up through the atmosphere. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database).

On this day in 1952 the Civilian Aeronautics Administration issued its report explaining the radar blips recorded over Washington, D.C. in July and August as temperature inversions. Ironically, on that same day unidentified bogeys appeared on radar screens over at least three US air bases. At 9:20 a.m. a UFO appeared on the radarscope at Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina. It stayed in position eight miles south of the base for eight hours. At Ladd AFB near Fairbanks, Alaska Project Blue Book explained a brief sighting by two airmen as a meteor. But at 7:15 p.m. an F-94 fighter jet with a two-man crew flying near Odessa, Washington had a UFO encounter that was not so easily explained. They sighted a large round, white UFO and obtained a radar lock on the target. The UFO reversed direction almost instantly, did a chandelle in front of the jet, rushed head-on toward them, then stopped, and pulled up. Even though they were flying at 600 mph they were unable to close with the object. (Sources: Doubt Magazine, 1953, p. 206; Project Blue Book case files; UNICAT case 687, citing James E. McDonald, Proceedings of the 1968 U.S. Congressional House Armed Services Committee, p. 67).

In 1953, two rings of white smoke appeared over Seymour, Indiana. These unusual smoke rings had lights around the perimeter. They seemed to stand in place, then made abrupt turns. (Source: Loren Gross, UFOs: A History. 1953, p. 57).

1954 - In Lisbon, Portugal at around 2:45 p.m. local time a witness reported seeing a flying silver ball expelling a blue flame for 10 minutes. (Source: Victor Lourenco, PORTUGAT UFO computer catalog, case #25, citing Noticias).

Several daylight disc sightings and two humanoid encounters, one at night, occurred in Venezuela on this date in 1954. A photograph of five objects was taken in El Tigre. At 6:30 p.m. a doctor driving with his father in Floresta, Venezuela stopped his car to watch two little men run into some bushes. Shortly afterward they saw a luminous, disc-shaped object take off from behind the bushes at a high speed and dart off into the sky with a sharp "sizzling" sound. Later that same night in Chico-Cerro de las Tres Torres, Venezuela two hunters, Lorenzo Flores and Jesus Gomez, saw a luminous object "like two washbowls put together." It was three meters wide and hovering just two feet off the ground. Flames emanated from the base of the object. Four hairy dwarfs, three feet tall, emerged and grabbed Gomez and tried to drag him toward their craft. Flores struck one with his gun butt, but it had no effect and felt like striking rock. The wooden rifle butt cracked from the impact. Gomez fainted from fright, and both young men were scratched and bruised. When they told their story to the police it was obvious that their shirts had been shredded into ribbons. (Sources: Coral Lorenzen, Flying Saucers: The Startling Evidence of the Invasion From Outer Space, p. 49; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1954-141, citing APRO Bulletin, January 1955).

1956 - Three teenagers sighted a round, silver football that hovered silently over a Railroad Station in Tsurumi, Japan for a couple of minutes, then shot straight up. (Source: Y. Matsumura, APRO Bulletin, January 1957).

1957 - At 6:00 p.m. a glowing white cigar-shaped object with a red trail, estimated to be 100 meters long, was sighted from the Boso Peninsula in Japan. It shot off to the south at 1,100 km/h. (Source: APRO Bulletin, January 1958).

In 1957, a pilot reported seeing three luminous objects cross the sky at 20,000 feet altitude in Bogotá, Colombia. At 1:00 p.m. in Jabuticabal, Brazil a four-meter long "watermelon" landed in a field, only 20 meters from a farmer. The grass was crushed at the landing site. In Barra do Pirai, Brazil at 10 p.m., a 10-meter wide luminous disc descended low over a roadway. When a truck turned on its headlights it shot away extremely fast. At 8:45 p.m. three crewmembers of a Mexicana Airline flight reported witnessing a round UFO emitting rays of light near Lagos, Mexico in the state of Queretaro. It departed by shooting straight up into the sky. (Sources: Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 30; Loren Gross, UFOs A History. 1957 (Volume 10), pp. 34-36).

1963 - At 11:30 p.m. two airmen on the ground at RAF Cosford, England watched a dome-shaped object land behind a hangar, then search the ground and area with a green light beam. (Source: Timothy Good, Above Top Secret, p. 25, citing Flying Saucer Review, volume 10, number 2).

1967 - Many independent witnesses at 7:30 a.m. in the city of Bucharest, Romania observed a sphere with many antennae hovering over a factory for 15 minutes. (Sources: Ion Hobana & Julien Weverbergh, UFOs from Behind the Iron Curtain, p. 180; Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue 115; NICAP UFO Investigator, volume 4, number 12; Larry Hatch, U computer database, case 8028).

1968 - On this day in Olleros de Pisuerga,Spain a deltoid object was observed along the roadside, emitting a strong yellow and green light. (Source: Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos, A Catalogue of 200 Type-I Events from Spain and Portugal, p. 22, case 96; Larry Hatch, U computer database, case 8554).

1968 - This event took place about one-quarter mile from the hydroelectric dam on Lake Secession, near Abbeville, South Carolina at 12:30 a.m. A man was alone in his lake front cottage when he heard a whirring, dynamo sound coming from outside. He also saw an amber-colored flashing light reflecting off the trees outside, so he walked outdoors and saw a disc-shaped UFO directly overhead, not more than ten feet up. The craft was silvery metallic looking, saucer shaped with a smaller dome on top, 35 feet in diameter, about 10 feet high, and it had four sets of lights which bathed the surrounding area in amber light. The witness was terrified and unable to move. After hovering overhead, the craft backed away some 20 feet and descended to where it was almost at eye level with the witness, who was standing on a deck on stilts above the lake, 8 feet off the ground. The dome had a round porthole, but he could not see if there was anyone or anything inside. Nevertheless, he "knew" that someone was there and was looking at him. The craft next rose up, coming directly forward and hovering overhead again. The experience lasted an estimated five minutes, although there were gaps in his memory as to what exactly happened next. The craft finally sped off effortlessly about 200 yards, and hovered momentarily over the lake. It then sped off at a 45 degree angle into the sky towards the southwest at a tremendous speed, quickly vanishing from sight. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, 1968 Humanoid Sighting Reports database, citing NUFORC).

1972 - A witness in Skelton, West Virginia reported observing a 10 foot wide or large glowing sphere descend slowly to the ground at 9:30 p.m. A shallow 8 foot crater was found at the landing site the next day. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 9670; MUFON UFO Journal, issue 236).

1973 - B. R. Arroyo was driving in his car around 2:00 a.m. when he was paced by an ovoid UFO at low altitude near Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico for two minutes. (Source: D. N. Mansell, The UFO Register, volume 5 (1974)).

Also on this day in 1973, two 11-year-old boys in Chula Vista, San Diego County, California spotted a flying saucer from their school classroom. The bottom of the object was "real shiny like it was glowing." In Watsonville, Santa Cruz County, California early that morning at 5:50 a.m. a UFO with red lights on top and silver lights on the bottom moved gradually north after remaining stationary for 10 minutes. The UFO was viewed through binoculars, and reportedly had a wide red band that rotated around the middle of the craft's body (Source: Ted Phillips, newspaper clippings, Chula Vista Star & Watsonville Register, dated December 13, 1973).

1973 - About four hours later (6:20 p.m. local time) in Ouzoues-sur-Loire, France a 50-year-old couple, several other witnesses, and gendarmes watched a silent, 5 meter tall cone-shaped UFO only 20 meters from the ground fly away toward the southwest. Two hours after that, at about 8:30 p.m. in Hochries, Germany near the Austrian-Bavarian border, Friedrich Lennartz, age 33, and Peter Zettel, age 29, had a close encounter of the second kind when a multi-colored, ovoid UFO responded to a red signal rocket they had fired to get the UFO's attention. The UFO had been hovering near a mountain ski resort with the pointed end up. Its size was estimated as nine meters in diameter and 12-14 meters tall. The top portion looked like a yellow dome. Four rows of colored lights (red, green, blue, and white) rotated counterclockwise around the lower portion. They experienced loud static on their short wave radio as the UFO changed color to a dazzling red, made a 90-degree turn, and sped toward the witnesses, traveling 5-6 kilometers in 10 seconds. It hovered close to their mountain for two more hours as their dogs whimpered to be let into the cabin. The UFO then shot upward at a steep angle at "breakneck speed." (Source: Richard Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume 2: A Thirty Year Report, p. 47).

Hochries, Germany Close Encounter 1973

Sketch for Hochries, Germany Close Encounter 1973

1975 - A mutilated dead calf was found on a ranch near Seguin, Texas while silent helicopters were reported the night before. (Source: Lawrence Fawcett & Barry Greenwood, The UFO Coverup, p. 103).

In 1976 two humanoid encounters occurred in Europe. At 1:30 a.m. in Ponte de Lima, Portugal, a 2-meter tall dark figure, wearing a one-piece robe that fell to the ground in a straight, featureless line, and having no signs of arms or legs, glided over the street in front of two school teachers, a married couple in their fifties. Their dog hid behind them, then retreated. The figure was in view for five minutes, the entire time it took them to walk to the man's sister's house. (Source: David Webb and Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT case 1810, citing Joaquim Fernandes, Insolito magazine, May 1978, pp. 14-16).

A complex abduction scenario occurred that evening in central France. Antonia (last name withheld), 68, was driving to her home near Limoges. She had entered a small woods that was strangely illuminated by a white light. When she turned a corner in the road that light became a lenticular mass of brilliant light about 30 feet wide and 10 feet high, resting on the road ahead. When 20 meters from it she stopped and tried to back up. Instead the car was pulled forward onto the right shoulder of the road. In the midst of the light she felt her head forcibly turned to the right. She perceived an arm appear that described an arc through the air from front to back. All at once the lights went out, and her car motor and headlights died. She heard a slight click, and a sound like a sliding door opening. Two white luminous rectangular shapes about a meter in height seemed to appear in front of the hood of her car. She then felt two electric shocks running from head to toe, and lost consciousness.

She awoke to the sound of a pistol-shot and something striking against her car. She thought she heard a voice say in French, "Oh, we have killed her!" Her outside mirror on the driver side had been broken off. She tried to get out of the car but had no sensation in her legs. The sensation in them began to return, but her feet were slewed over toward the right side of the car, where they had not been before. Looking around, she realized the car was now about 100 meters beyond the place she had lost consciousness. She turned on her headlights, and saw a metallic gray flying saucer hovering motionless 3 meters above the road, 3-4 meters ahead of her. It had two lights sunk into the lower portion, and also two darker 8" squares, and was at least 30 feet wide. Her car engine suddenly started up spontaneously. Immediately the UFO's lights went out and it silently took off. She felt the car buffeted with a shock wave as it left. Antonia drove home, arriving 55 minutes later that she should have. Her dogs shunned her, and she could not sleep that night.

In the morning she discovered a tear in her skin between her vagina and anus. On washing out her genital area she found that her vagina was stuffed with an earth-like substance. A vaginal infection subsequently resulted from this. Her memory of the event, including the missing time, gradually returned. For two weeks she suffered from insomnia, and vivid images repeatedly came into her mind.

She recalled being in a circular room, dark except at the center. There was no visible source for the light. In front of her, suspended from the two ends by metal pipes from the ceiling, was a green table in the shape of a half-cylinder, convex side up, about five feet long. She was forcibly placed and twisted about into various extreme and painful positions upon this "vaulting horse" ("cheval d'arcon"). Two figures stood looking at her. Not very tall, they wore close-fitting coveralls. One had a narrow, black mustache, wore a black skullcap, and his uniform had an "officer's collar." They had elongated, slanted eyes. The one with the cap smiled "tenderly" at her; the other looked evil and malevolent. She could also hear others "murmuring" that she could not see. She remembered seeing a hand holding an instrument like a toy windmill, a spiral vane on a stick that had sparkling points of light. In the dark wall were visible two dimly lit, small portholes, less than 8 inches in diameter. Later, she felt herself standing, being moved about as if someone was dressing her, then being thrown down onto something hard.

When Antonia had her car's mirror replaced, the mechanic was surprised to observe that her car was strongly magnetized. The investigator, who spent a great deal of time working with the abductee, rejects fabrication or psychopathology as explanations for her experience. (Source: David Webb and Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case A1869, citing Revue des Soucoupes Volantes #5, February 1978, pp. 5-11).

1977 - At 12:30 a.m. in Pontecchio Marconi, Italy a dome-shaped UFO flew slowly at ground level 80 meters away. It had odd looking lights on its top. At 8:00 a.m. in Legnano, Italy a single witness in a car reported that a bright red ovoid object hovered in a upright orientation just half a meter above the ground, only 20 meters away. It then paced the car for two minutes. (Source: Maurizio Verga, ITACAT).

1977 - A complex abduction case with one hour of missing time happened near Limoges, France at 6:30 p.m. The percipient was driving in a car when it experienced EM ignition interference effects. This was followed by an episode of lost time; what was recalled was an abduction with a physical exam by several humanoids. The witness recovered consciousness in the car, and the car restarted itself. (Source: Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue 317).

1977 - A 22-year-old man was out walking his dog in Shotton, Clwyd, Wales at around midnight when his dog drew his attention to a tall white figure standing behind a fence. The figure was about eight feet tall and wearing a padded "space suit" that was self-luminous; it also wore a visor. The being walked stiffly with one arm raised. The man ran home as quickly as he could, followed by his dog. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, 1977 Humanoid Sighting Reports database, case # 395, citing Janet & Colin Bord, Modern Mysteries of Britain).

In 1978 at 6:00 a.m., a round, luminous UFO approached a car with a married couple and their little son in Baena, Spain. It hovered over their car and paced it for several miles. The witnesses went to the police, who saw the object hovering over a hilltop. The object remained visible until broad daylight. At the same time, in Peage, France, a luminous UFO, about five meters in diameter and with an antenna, followed a man out walking at only 15 meters above the ground. Several others also saw it. At 7:20 a.m., a silver, triangular shaped object with yellow lights swooped down over a car in Comner, England, causing the two occupants to panic and the driver to swerve off the road. They described the craft as bigger than a "Hercules" C-5A military transport plane. It was totally silent, and flew off to the east. Later that evening two reporters in Fontanales on the Grand Canary Islands saw three UFOs at a high altitude. They gave off white, yellow, blue and red flashes of light, and were seen for several hours. (Sources: (1) Cronica, December 12, 1978; Jane Thomas, UFO Newsclipping Service, March 1979, p. 13; (2) Lumieres dans la Nuit, January 1979; (3) UFO Newsclipping Service, March 1979, p. 13; (4) D. N. Mansell, Awareness, April 1979, p. 12).

On this evening in 1979 a fireball or missile flew in over the Grays Harbor, Washington area from the sea, executed a 180-degree turn, and headed west. It crashed in a clear-cut forest near Elk River, on the south side of the bay. Many witnesses told of a military roadblock in the area over the next two days, including what looked like National Guard or Army trucks. One former Navy SEAL reported encountering active Navy SEALs at a lunch counter in town during this same time period. (Sources: APRO Bulletin, March 1980, p. 7; Donald A. Johnson, 1988 on-site investigation).

1979 - In Caravac de la Cruz, Spain, at 10:00 p.m., a UFO with blue lights and a light green hue approached a family in their car at a low height. The driver stopped and signaled with his headlights. The UFO responded by flashing its lights. (Source: Richard Heiden, UFO Newsclipping Service, April 1980, p. 13, citing Ya, December 12, 1979).

1979 - Elaine Kaiser was abducted from her bedroom in Rhode Island on this night. She saw a white light and lost consciousness. Under hypnosis she remembered flowing up a beam of light into a semi-circular room, aboard a craft. A being gave her a smock and she put it on without resistance, and then lay down on a table, while an unknown man laid on another table nearby. Instruments connected her to the man, and something like a blood transfusion occurred. A giant being in a black metallic suit relieved her pain by passing a had in front of her face. He told her telepathically that he came from 2.4 million light years away. Several months later she thought she recognized this same man in a crowd. (Source: Thomas E. Bullard, UFO Abductions: The Measure of a Mystery (Volume 2), pp. C-58-59, citing Pontiac (MI) Oakland Press, August 22, 1982).

1980 - At 1:30 a.m. two witnesses from Hollywood in a boat watched a cloud-cigar maneuver erratically for five minutes over the San Pedro Channel offshore of Los Angeles, California, giving off a pink glow. (Source: MUFON UFO Journal, issue 162).

1982 - At 9:00 p.m. two observers in Bacup, Lancashire, England sighted a UFO that looked like two semicircles of white light connected by two bars of red light. (Source: Jenny Randles, Science and the UFOs, p. 13).

1982 - A rocket cigar-shaped object with windows, looking very much like the one seen by Chiles and Whitted in 1948, was witnessed by UFO investigator Paul Cerny on SR36 west of Mineral, Tehama County, California, as it sailed by heading to the southwest at 8:15 p.m. (Source: Paul Cerny, MUFON UFO Journal, issue 179).

1984 - In Nice, Alpes-Maritime, France a 10-year-old girl reported seeing two rose-pink ovoid UFOs at 3:30 p.m. in clear skies. The objects were flying from south to north in a straight line. (Source: Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue 305).

In 1987, in Oriole Beach, Santa Rosa county, Florida some kids saw what looked like an "extra streetlight" glide behind some trees and houses. (Source: Ed Walters, Gulf Breeze Sightings, p. 339).

1988 - At 6:00 p.m. many people in Nottingham, England witnessed a 300-foot long object hovering at low altitude, making a faint humming noise. The authorities had no explanation for it. (Source: FSR, volume 33, issue 1).

In 1989, at 11:24 p.m. while driving in Concord, New Hampshire a couple saw a 70 foot long silver, cylindrical object hovering low overhead as they crossed a bridge on the Merrimack River. It had white lights on the ends and a blue light on top, and 3 portholes. The object moved to one side, and then rose out of sight fast. (Source: Cheryl Powell, MUFON UFO Journal, November 1990, MUFON case file # 900722).

1991 - In Raleigh, North Carolina two witnesses in a residential neighborhood observed a glowing "blimp" at 4:15 a.m. with a flat bottom and ends. Both had seen flying saucers before in 1963 and 1984. At 11:45 a.m. a silver triangle-shaped object was seen hovering at 2500 feet over Iron Station, Lincoln County, North Carolina, making a humming sound. (Source: (1) MUFON UFO Journal, issue 297; (2) UFO Newsclipping Service; Paul Ferrughelli, Computer Catalog of UFO Reports, 1988-94, case # 1218).

In 1992, in Elizabethtown, South Australia at 2:00 a.m., a 5-year-old child awoke to see a short being with thin legs, no arms, and a large head that had glowing colored light emanating from it, standing at the foot of the bed. The being apparently vanished. (Source Albert Rosales, Humanoid Contact database, Case #2611).

Ricardo Alfonso was driving to work at Taos Elementary School in Taos, New Mexico at 6:30 in the morning on this day in 1997 when he saw a silvery, metallic object hovering over a nearby field. He stopped his truck to investigate, and hid behind a bush for a few minutes until the craft disappeared. As he pondered what had happened a bright beam of light hit him, and several "little men" appeared around him. He lost consciousness. When he awoke he was face down in the field, completely naked with bruises on his body. (Source: Albert Rosales, Humanoid Contact database, Case #2481, citing UFO Sightings in New Mexico and the World).

1998 - At 7:50 p.m. a triangular object with a bright light in each corner and a flashing red beacon in the middle was sighted in Hesston, Kansas at 7:50 p.m. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, December 1998 webpage).

2001 - A multi-colored triangular flying object that had lights on the sides and at the apexes was sighted from Blairgowrie, Orkney Islands, UK at 11:00 p.m. (Source: British Ministry of Defense, case # 2001-187).

2001 - At 5:30 p.m. EST a husband and wife had gone for a walk before dinner in a new development in a wooded area near their home in Hooksett, New Hampshire. They suddenly saw a terrifying large glowing white object hovering above the trees and making no noise at all. They could hear nothing as it glided through the tree tops slowly. They were both very startled, and the wife wanted to run, but the husband said, "run where?" When they got home they called the police to report it, as well as talked to their neighbors to see if they had seen it as well.

2001 - An orange, saucer-shaped, misty looking object was seen in Placentia, Orange County, California at 5:45 p.m. It was actually more oval shaped, but with saucer like edges, and seen at a 45 degree angle elevation from the ground. It looked almost transparent with two red and white lights on the top and bottom. It moved slowly to the west and decended as it moved. The witnesses followed it in their car for about five minutes until they could no longer see it; it went lower than the trees and the neighboring houses. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, December 2001 webpage, report made December 10, 2001 and uploaded March 11, 2003).

2003 - A black, cigar-shaped object was spotted in the early morning over Sanders, Arizona. The witness was driving to work in the early morning in the twilight just before dawn. He first saw a light in the sky as he was driving east. It got as bright as Venus, and then dimmed altogether; what was left, hanging motionless in the sky, was a greyish black cigar-shaped vehicle with a bump on the top. The witness continued to watch it as he pulled into the parking lot at his place of employment, and kept watching it for a few more minutes while it never moved. The color was odd for an airplane as well, because it black/grey and did not reflect light. It also made no noise whatsoever. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, December 2003 webpage, report made at 10:45 a.m. December 10, 2003 and uploaded December 19, 2003).

2007 - An orange, oval-shaped object zig-zagged as it "swam" through the air over Maple Ridge, British Columbia at 3:00 p.m. PST, flashing a light. About an hour later, at 7:00 p.m. EST a cigar-shaped object with a  bright light was seen zigzagging above Winder, Georgia. (Sources: Chris Rutkowski, 2007 Canadian UFO Survey, case # 758, citing UFOBC; Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, December 2007 webpage, report uploaded January 21, 2008).

2007 - In San Jacinto, Riverside County, California a black, pointed, shadowy object turned out the lights and turned off the electronics in a truck at 8:45 p.m. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, December 2007 webpage, report uploaded March 4, 2008).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 10 December 2012).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: abductions; animal reactions; car pursuits; cigar-shaped UFOs; domed discs or dome-shaped UFOs; little men or dwarfs; missing time; multi-colored UFOs, multi-year reports from California, England, France, Japan, Portugal and Spain; ovoid or oval-shaped UFOs; silvery metallic objects; triangular UFOs; UFOs responding dramatically to light signals, flares, or radar lock ons; vehicle electrical system interference; vertical ascent; zigzag maneuvers.

© Donald A. Johnson