On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 December 24

1903 - A priest named Ivanku Petrovszky saw a glistening ball of light illuminate the countryside in Szuhabaranka, Hungary. The object landed and shadowy figures returned to it. A man who had gone to a well at the same time was never seen again. The case of his disappearance was closed ten years later but still unsolved. (Source: Thomas E. Bullard, UFO Abductions: The Measure of a Mystery, case 255, citing the UFO Report Annual 1983, p. 43).

1944 - A red ball of light climbed to the altitude of a Beaufighter from the 415TH NFS squadron while it was flying over Karisruhe, Germany on this night. The two man crew, Baker and McFalls, watched the light pace their aircraft for awhile and then climb away from them. (Sources: Kenneth Arnold and Ray Palmer, The Coming of the Saucers, p 126; Gordon I. R. Lore, Jr. and Harold Dennault, Jr., Mysteries of the Skies: UFOs in Perspective, p. 117).

1953 - Ten silverly oval-shaped objects were sighted flying horizontally over El Cajon, California at 8:04 a.m. Two Navy F-9F Panther jets attempted to catch up with them but failed. The UFOs were flying at 50,000' altitude at a speed in excess of 400 knots. (Sources: Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics, case #2840; Loren E. Gross, UFOs: A History. 1953: August-December, p. 71; Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 22; Richard F. Haines, Project Delta: A Study of Multiple UFO, p. 184).

1960 - A domed disc, estimated to be 20 feet in diameter, was seen near a mountain top in Durango, Colorado at midnight. It had a ring of lights around its rim. It pulsated and was in view for 15 minutes. A dog panicked in an agitated reaction, and later died. (Source: Durango Herald, December 28, 1960; Thomas M. Olsen, The Reference for Outstanding UFO Reports, case 117, citing APRO Bulletin, January 1961, p. 1; John A. Keel, Operation Trojan Horse, p. 163; Kenneth Larson, Flying Saucers, March 1970, p. 13: Otto Binder, What We Really Know About Flying Saucers, p. 160).

1963 - At 7:25 p.m. in Rowarth, Cheshire, England a farmer named Chandler had his car battery die while a UFO flew by. His cows also became ill. (Sources: Orbit, April 23, 1963; Mark Rodeghier, UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, p. 21).

1965 - At 6:36 p.m. a yellow colored flying object with three bright spotlights was sighted by 13 young women working at a factory as it flew from the northwest to the west over Gifu prefecture, Japan. It kept changing its speed and apparent size as it flew. Fourteen minutes later a disc shaped object with a flat bottom and two spotlights flew toward the northeast on a horizontal trajectory. It was seen for four minutes. (Source: Y. J. Matsumura, Flying Saucers, October 1966, p. 39).

1967 - On this evening a couple driving near Tucson, Arizona saw a blob of red light. The engine and headlights of their car then quit. The light came near the car, passed overhead, and moved away to the south. The engine and lights both came back on as it departed. Two minutes before this sighting, both witnesses had seen a star-like object fall to earth. (Source: Mark Rodeghier, UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, case 230, citing CUFOS).

1970 - Two independent sets of photographs showing luminous balls of light in motion were taken on this night in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Three teenagers--Larsh, Neal, and Sellars--took a photograph of two lights in parallel motion at 10:00 p.m. They had had sightings of similar phenomena earlier in the week and were prepared to take a time exposure on this night. They made their photograph using a Pentax camera on a tripod. The two lights were also seen by another resident, Hjalmar Bowlby, earlier that same evening. Remarkably, they weren't the only ones who were able to catch an image of a UFO using a camera that night. At 10:35 p.m. Jerry Mozer, also of Alamogordo, New Mexico took a photo of a luminous point in motion, making an abrupt change of course resulting in a "buttonhook" effect on the image. Both photographs are reproduced below. (Sources: Alamogordo Daily News, December 31, 1970 and January 3, 1971; Data-Net Report, February 1971, p. 21).

Alamogordo, New Mexico UFO Photographs - 1970


10:00 p.m.


10:35 p.m.

1972 - The Romanian ship Maldoveanu while in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Chidley, Labrador, Canada sighted a UFO at 3:00 a.m. The object continually changed shape and color, from round to oval, and from red to yellow to a bluish white. (Source: Ion Hobana and Julien Weverberg, UFOs from Behind the Iron Curtain, p. 279).

1975 - A huge disc covered the entire N19 highway in Bar-sur-Aube, France. It vanished at 8:10 p.m. when a car approached. (Source: Lumieres dans la Nuit, May 1976).

1975 - At 10:00 p.m. power circuit breakers were tripped four times when a glowing ball of light came down near the ground in Ploubazlanec, Cotes-du-Nord, France. A 0.2 meter area of burnt grass was found at the site were it apparently touched down. (Source: Jean-F. Boedec, Les OVNI en Bretagne: Anatomie d'un Phenomene, p. 75).

1989 - At 5:50 p.m. a man in Sambreville, Belgium took a ten minute video of a round white shape in the sky. It could be seen moving and rotating slowly. An hour later, at 6:50 p.m., a woman made another videotape, this time of a luminous globe in the sky over Nimy, Belgium. The videotape shows a white ball with a black ring around it and plasma. (Sources: Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue 303; Timothy Good, The UFO Report 1991, p. 56).

1989 - At 11:00 p.m. a Russian L29 Trainer flying between Chelyabinsk and Korkino, Russia sighted a yellowish white cigar-shaped object flying at 8000 meters altitude. It vanished when the pilot attempted to approach. (Sources: Timothy Good, The UFO Report 1992, p. 61; Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 46).

1992 - Twenty civilian witnesses and police southwest of Monroe, Louisiana watched a silent, boomerang shaped UFO with bright beams of light pass over cars in a forested area at 6:00 p.m. and bounce up and down for six minutes. The object was videotapted by one of the witnesses, a 39-year-old man. (Source: W. L. Garner, Jr., MUFON UFO Journal, November 1993).

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

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: aircraft UFO encounters, balls of light, boomerang-shaped UFOs, color changing UFOs, disappearance or permanent abduction of a man, domed disc, landing traces, oval-shaped UFOs, photographs, polymorphing UFOs, UFOs making abrupt maneuvers, unexplained animal deaths and illnesses, vehicle EM effects, videotapes, yellow UFOs.