On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 December 16

1950 – An unidentified object landed on the surface of Lake Michigan near Grand Haven, Michigan at 11:45 p.m. making the surface glow. It then sank beneath the surface. (Source: Loren E. Gross, UFOs: A History. 1950: August-December, p. 67).

1952 – In Gisborne, New Zealand at ten o’clock in the evening some “angel hair” residue fell from a fast moving, luminous blue object that made erratic maneuvers in the sky and flew off quickly towards the east. (Source: Loren E. Gross, UFOs: A History. 1952: November-December, p. 68).

1953 – At the test launch of a V-2 rocket at Point Mugu, California many ground observers watched a huge, fast moving white disc fly off toward the west. (Source: Loren E. Gross, UFOs: A History. 1953: August-December, p. 64).

1954 – Taking a rest stop while driving along the Pan-American highway near San Carlos del Zulia, Venezuela, Jesus Paz left his two friends in their car and walked off a short distance to relieve himself. They heard him screaming and then saw him fall unconscious. A small hairy dwarf ran off from the spot to a flat, shiny hovering UFO. The machine shot off with a loud whistle. Jesus Paz had deep scratches on his body from the creature. (Source: Coral E. Lorenzen, Flying Saucers: The Startling Evidence of the Invasion from Outer Space, p. 55).

1957 – Mrs. Mary M. Starr, a long-term resident of Old Saybrook, Connecticut and a graduate of Yale University with two degrees, was in the habit of spending all but two or three winter months in a two story beach house situated only a few hundred feet from Long Island Sound. At the beginning and end of the tourist season her home is the only building occupied in the vicinity, and marshy ground surrounds her property on three sides. On this night Mrs. Starr was awakened from a sound sleep sometime between two three a.m. by bright lights passing her bedroom window, which faces north. She looked out her east window and saw a fuselage-shaped craft coming to a stop just 10 feet from the house. It was 20 to 30 feet long, dark gray or black, with brightly lit square windows. The object hovered motionless, just five feet above the ground. It had no wings, fins, or other external structure.

Behind the lighted windows were two humanoid forms that passed each other, walking in opposite directions. They appeared to be wearing yellow jackets, and each had his right hand raised. She thought at first they might be stewards, carrying trays, except that their heads were unusual. They were square or rectangular and a reddish orange in color. Their feet were out of view below the portholes. Then a third man entered from the left, and Mrs. Starr leaned forward to try to see his face more clearly. As she did so the portholes faded and the entire object began to glow with scintillating brilliance. Immediately, there rose from the nearer end a kind of antenna, about six inches long. It oscillated and sparkled. For almost five minutes the glow and the sparking continued, then the antenna lowered and the object began to move to the right, back in the direction from which it had come. It made a very sharp right-angle turn. Mrs. Starr thought it would hit her blue spruce but it did not. It had by now turned a dull bluish gray again, and instead of portholes small circular lights outlined the entire rim. It's shape now appeared to be oval, and as it dipped or "undulated" to follow the contour of a shallow depression just beyond the garden, she saw that it was very shallow in depth. Over the marsh it tilted steeply and shot up into the sky at the speed of a jet taking off, but in complete silence.

Except for the figures, she had seen nothing inside the object. The men could not have been more than four feet tall at the most, given the size of the object as determined by occlusion of nearby objects. The U.S. Air Force Project Blue Book recorded the case as "little men in cigar." Project Blue Book filed a newspaper article on the case, but did not investigate. (Sources: Civilian Saucer Intelligence Newsletter, July 15, 1959; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 451; Coral E. Lorenzen, Flying Saucers: The Startling Evidence of the Invasion from Outer Space, p. 77).

1957 – Later that same night at around 8:45 p.m. an aluminum colored, disc-shaped UFO followed a train near Chrockatt de Sa in Minas Gerais State, Brazil for ten minutes, maneuvering back and forth from side to side of the train. It had a bright orange light. (Source: Loren E. Gross, The Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse: UFOs: A History. 1957: December, p. 53).

1965 – In Chineham, Basingstoke, England at 7:45 p.m. two police officers, J. Harwood and B. Gibbons, sighted a tadpole-shaped UFO with a large green dome on top and a red flaming tail two to three times its length. It passed overhead at an extreme speed. There were low lying clouds at the time and the UFO passed under the clouds. (Source: Gary Heseltine, UFO Magazine (UK), July 2003, p. 5, citing R. Chapman).

1967 - A man driving with his girlfriend late at night in Winterfold, Surrey, England had stopped his vehicle outside a deserted mansion in order to clean the windshield. His girlfriend meanwhile remained in the car. He noticed an acrid smell. He got back into the car and then noticed a strange figure looking at them from nearby. The humanoid was about four foot six inches tall and had a luminous, oblong-shaped head. Furthermore, the odor seemed to be coming from his direction. The figure approached and put an arm on the roof of the car. At this point the man and woman drove away at high speed. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1967, case # 1640, citing Fortean Times, issue # 10).

1974 - Nancy Handyside was awakened by barking dogs in her home in Zion, Ohio at around 2:30 a.m., and heard a moaning sound. She got up to see if her children were all right. Just as she was about to turn on the hallway light she heard a scurrying sound, like rats might make, but she saw nothing and the children were sleep, so she returned to her bed. She turned out the light and lay there listening to the strange sound. After another ten minutes, feeling her dog press against her on the bed, she felt reassured and reached out to pet him. What she saw was not her dog but a grotesque little man leaning against the edge of the bed. She shoved him violently with her leg and lost sight of him as he rolled over on the floor. She described him as gray skinned with large shiny eyes that had no pupils. His mouth was a slit and he had a pointed chin. He stood no more than three feet high. Her dog had been asleep throughout the entire experience. She sat up and turned on the light, but could see no trace of him. (Source: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1974-81, citing Ralph Vaughn).

1976 -  Michael Winterbourne, age 37, sighted an object that looked like a glowing white football in clear skies at the Perth Kalgoorlie Airport, Western Australia at 12:25 p.m. It had fuzzy edges and was pulsating. It hovered for 5 seconds, then ascended, and rushed from horizon to horizon in 12 seconds, which he timed with his watch. (Source: International UFO Reporter, March 1977, p. 2, citing the Sunday Times, December 19, 1976; UNICAT database, case # 224, citing IUR).

1977 – On a highway just north of Uzes, France at 10:00 p.m. witnesses on two separate motorbikes both had their bikes stall in the presence of a Saturn-shaped UFO with a red ring around it. The UFO crossed over highway D979 going east, then flew away to the west. At 11:25 p.m. in La Aurora, Uruguay there was a great flash in the northeastern sky, followed by a UFO gyrating downward as if out of control. Huge sparks fell to the ground, and the UFO descended as if going to land, but then suddenly rose up into the sky at tremendous speed. (Sources: Lumieres dans la Nuit, October 1978; Bob Van Der Velde, APRO Bulletin, May 1982, p. 4).

There were a series of six mysterious UFO-related events on this date in 1978.

1978 (1) – At 2:30 a.m. in Francavilla, Italy a college coed saw an ovoid UFO surrounded by a white mist. She was standing in her living room by a balcony overlooking the sea when she noticed a gaseous form, white in color with two pulsating lights, a red one at one end, a green one at the other end. It descended onto the surface of the sea and became a very bright flourescent white light that reflected off the surface of the water. She attempted to wake her parents but they continued to sleep. She next noticed two short figures standing in the garden at the adjacent apartment. They were very thin with large squarish heads and large feet. Both were wearing dark gray tight-fitting uniforms. They turned a corner moving as if in slow motion and in a limping manner, disappearing down an alleyway. Moments later the bright white light, now very near the breakwater, vanished. (Sources: Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue # 218; Maurizio Verga, ITACAT - Italian UFO Catalogue).

1978 (2) – Over Calama, near the city of Antofagasta in northern Chile at shortly after midnight, a Chilean Air Force jet sighted and tried to intercept a huge luminous rectangular flying object. (Source: Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 42 citing the MUFON UFO Journal, December 1978).

1978 (3) – In Caracas, Venezuela in the early morning, predawn hours five UFOs emitted different colors, made a semi-circular turn, and then hovered over a mountain for several minutes before finally shooting away. (Source: Jane Thomas, UFO Newsclipping Service, March 1979, p. 14 citing Cronica, December 16, 1978).

1978 (4) – At 5:30 a.m. at McCarran Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada a married couple and a child saw a disc-shaped object with glowing white lights. The UFO made several falling leaf movements. An airline pilot flying in the vicinity also reported that a UFO streaked by his airliner although the UFO did not appear on radar. (Source: Las Vegas (Nevada) Sun, December 17, 1978).

1978 (5) – On this night on a road one-mile south of Abington, Indiana the witnesses’s car engine and radio went dead when a UFO appeared coming over the trees only ten feet above the ground. The aluminum colored UFO was shaped like a trapezoid with rounded corners, with two lights in the front and two on the bottom. (Source: Richmond (Indiana) Paladium Item, January 1979, p. 7).

1978 (6) – In Saltillo, Mexico in the state of Coahuila a flying object exploded in the night, lighting up the sky with a violet color. The explosion was reportedly heard over a 1,000 square kilometer area. (Source: Jane Thomas, UFO Newsclipping Service, March 1979, p. 14 citing La Razon, December 22, 1978).

In the evening on this day in 1981 a disc with a white band in the middle appeared over Nigde, Turkey. The same or a similar object was seen over the city on multiple subsequent nights. (Source: Jerold R. Johnson, MUFON UFO Journal, February 1994, p. 18).

1992 – A man awoke on this night at 5:30 a.m. in his bedroom in Scotland and felt compelled to go to window. He saw a tall, tannish-gray being only two meters away. A powerful sense of fear overcame him, and he believed that the alien had come for his girlfriend, still asleep in the bed. He next experienced a loss of memory as to what happened next, and they both felt ill. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1992, case 2860, citing A. Brough).

1996 – Two skiers at Stevens Pass in Washington watched an orange colored disc-shaped UFO appear in the sky during the evening. Over the next two minutes they then sighted two more of the objects. (Source: Francis L. Ridge, UFO Intelligence Newsletter).

1997 - On this night in Riachao De Jacuipe, Brazil a witness saw a bright light in a nearby field that increased rapidly in size as it approached. viewing through a pair of binoculars, the witness saw a humanoid silhouette within the light. It was without any features, and appeared to be silvery metallic in color, and emitting an orange beam of light. It and the light suddenly disappeared. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1997, citing Antonio Faleiro, Brazil).

2003 - A married couple saw a "flying saucer" or disc-shaped object over their backyard in Valencia, Kern County, California at about 10:00 p.m. It was low, hovering above the ground no higher than 75 feet, and was above them for about 35 seconds. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, December 2003 webpage).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 20 December 2007).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: acrid odor, angel hair residue, bedroom visitation, disc-shaped UFOs, EM vehicle ignition interference, erratic maneuvers, falling leaf motion, glowing UFOs, hairy dwarf, nautical UFO on lake surface, orange UFOs, ovoid UFOs, shiny metallic colored UFOs, Saturn-shaped UFO, short robot-like humanoid UFO occupants, short luminous humanoid, tall entity, UFO pacing a railroad train, whistling sound, white UFOs.