On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 December 20

1954 – At 3:00 a.m. on this day in Valencia, Venezuela an employee of the Barbula Sanatorium saw a luminous UFO on the ground but decided not to report it until another employee, three hours later, saw the same craft. It took off soon after the second witness spotted it (Source: Passport to Magonia, A Century of Landings, case 357; Coral E. Lorenzen, Flying Saucer Occupants, p. 52).

1958 – At 12:55 a.m. two policemen, Officers Arboreen and Talada of the Dunellen Township police department in Middlesex County, New Jersey, watched in amazement as a glowing red, football-shaped UFO came directly at their police cruiser. The UFO came to an abrupt stop a short distance away, pulsated while hovering, and then shot straight up into the sky and was gone. (Source: NICAP case investigation files).

1958 - Not far from Domsten, Sweden Hans Gustavsson, age 35, and Stig Rydberg, 30, saw something strange in the woods near the village of Haganas and stopped their car to observe it. They discovered that it was a disc about five meters wide, set on tripod landing gear. Next they were suddenly attacked by four gray-colored creatures described as "fluid" in appearance, but one of the men reached the car and blew the horn for help. The beings then fled and the craft took off, emitting "paralyzing vibrations." (Source: Passport to Magonia, A Century of Landings, case 478).

1958 – On that same day at four o’clock in the afternoon in France, or nine hours later, a disc-shaped UFO was seen near the ground in Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dome department. The 20-meter diameter object caused some damage on the ground. (Sources: Jacques Vallee, Computerized catalogue, case # 2802, citing Quincy; Passport to Magonia, A Century of Landings, case 477).

1959 – At 2:20 a.m. on a clear night with the full Moon high in the sky, eight disc-shaped craft maneuvered and seemed to be playing tag over the shoreline in Redondo Beach, California. They were bright yellow and bronze in color. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case 5875, citing Loren Gross, The Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse. UFOs: A History, 1959 (volume 4), p. 56).

1965 – A 15-year-old youth named Burns was driving home in his pickup truck in Herman, Minnesota at 11:45 p.m. when a glowing green disc-shaped UFO suddenly appeared, hovering six feet over the road. The object made a whistling sound while the truck’s engine stalled and its headlights died. The object began to glow red and rose straight up into the air, giving off sparks. The witness lost consciousness. When he awoke, he found that his truck had been turned around and was resting in a roadside ditch. (Sources: Flying Saucer Review, November-December, 1966; Gordon I. R. Lore, Strange Effects from UFOs, p. 50; Mark Rodeghier, UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, case 157).

1968 – Seven people saw a domed disc with an antenna move back and forth over a school in Havelock, New Zealand at 11:20 in the morning. The UFO was in sight for ten minutes. (Source: NICAP files, citing a newspaper clipping dated December 20, 1968).

1970 - A humanoid figure about 90 centimeters (three feet) in height was seen floating up into a transparent round object on this night in Itaperuna, Brazil. Two other beings of the same stature were seen inside the object. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1970, citing Revista Brasileira OVNIs).

1971 – Mr. da Silva e Souza, 60, saw an intense blue-lighted object on the ground near the airport in Itaperuna, Brazil. The UFO was about eight feet long, transparent, ovoid shaped, and was illuminated from within by a blue light. A short humanoid, less than a meter tall, walked around the craft once, and then seemed to float up into the air and enter the craft from above, feet first. There were two other short beings seated inside. The craft then flew away. (Source: Jean-Claude Bourret, The Crack in the Universe: What you have not been told about flying saucers, p. 118, citing a report from the Brazilian Air Force).

1973 – Two men, Klinn and Wagner, sighted a huge, yellowish glowing blob over Pacific Palisades, California at 2:15 a.m. It had flashing lights forming a triangle. They watched it through a 16x telescope. Forty-five minutes later a huge cigar-shaped UFO with four or five along the side and an appendage appeared in the sky, followed by a domed disc. The entire event lasted 82 minutes, until 3:37 a.m. when the lights went off. (Source: Flying Saucers, December 1974, p. 10).

1973 – In the afternoon Mrs. Brooker saw a cone-shaped UFO with flashing lights ascend vertically “very, very fast” leaving behind a trail of smoke in the eastern sky over Norman, Oklahoma. That same day a cattle mutilation was reported having occurred two miles east of Concordia, Kansas. (Sources: Norman Transcript, December 21, 1973; Kansas City Times, December 22, 1973).

1973 – That night three teenage girls sighted an oval-shaped object with portholes while driving on a highway eight miles east of Casino, New South Wales, Australia. The UFO made sharp maneuvers, circled the city, flew up high in the sky and came back down to a low altitude. It changed color from red to green to white, and was surrounded by a blue haze. (Source: Richmond River (NSW) Express, January 4, 1978).

1976 – There were thirteen UFO reports in the early morning hours from various provinces of Spain, including Granada, Malaga, Valencia, Murcia, Alicante, Melilla, and Cadiz. At 1:50 a.m. several witnesses watched a metallic appearing object radiate luminous rays of light and light up the sky with an intense luminosity in Malaga, Spain. A few minutes later yellow, red, and bluish green balls of light flew over Valencia, Alicante, and Almeria. Objects flew rapidly toward the south or southwest. At 2:00 a.m. an enormous blue violet ball of light flew over Malaga at high speed. Ten minutes later a triangular or cone-shaped UFO, pale blue in color, flew from the north to the south over Murcia. A huge ovoid object, blue violet in color, was also seen flying in the same direction over Algeciras, Spain at about the same time. On the same day the Sloop Rippe disappeared mysteriously in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida, southeast of Fort Lauderdale. (Sources: Sanchez de Medina Fermin, Stendek, June 1978, pp. 2-4; George Eberhart, A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies, p. 411, citing Richard Winer).

1978 – At five o’clock in the morning three people on the balcony of their house south of the city of Sorrento, Italy watched a huge sphere low in the sky over the shoreline of the Mediterranean. It made an odd noise like radio static, and vanished. Less than three hours later at 7:20 GMT a silver triangle-shaped object crossed the sky at a high altitude flying from west to east over the town of Yarnton, Oxfordshire, England. At eight p.m. that evening an orange ovoid object left a dark mass near the ground for 30 minutes in the town of Tarranto, Italy. The two witnesses fled in terror. Radio interference was experienced at the same time. (Sources: Lumieres dans la Nuit, issues 216 and 240; D. N. Mansell, Awareness, April 1979, p. 12, citing Data Research).

1978 – Several luminous UFOs zigzagged over Caracas, Venezuela in the early morning hours. They were seen by dozens of witnesses. (Source: Jane Thomas, UFO Newsclipping Service, March 1979, p. 14, citing La Razon, December 20, 1978).

1979 – A huge diamond-shaped object was seen low in the sky at 9:45 p.m. by several witnesses outside Des Moines, Iowa. (Source: MUFON UFO Journal, February 1981).

1983 – A witness driving in Riverside, California at 5:30 p.m. had his car buzzed by a 7” wide sphere that had pegs protruding from it. It flew by the car at eye level. (Source: MUFON UFO Journal, December 1983, p. 4).

1985 – On this night a red ovoid object rose from a quarry in Meliden, Wales into the clouds. (Source: Paul Devereax, Earth Lights Revelation, p. 73).

1992 – At 7:10 p.m. two independent male witnesses, one with field glasses, watched a multi-colored, disc-shaped UFO fly from the northeast over a lake in East Holden, Maine. It flew south over a highway and “went down behind some trees near the Holdbrook School.” (Source: Arnold Dunning, MUFON field investigation files, case #930306E).

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

Compiled from the UFOCAT database.

Themes: blue light or blue glow, cattle mutilation on same day as UFO report, cigar-shaped UFO, color changes, disc-shaped UFOs, domed discs, levitation effects, maneuvering UFOs, multi-year reports from the coast of California, ovoid UFOs, short humanoids, transparent UFOs, tripod landing gear, vertical ascent.