On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 December 30

1953 - On this day in Johannesburg, South Africa a disc-shaped object followed a car on a road into an outlying town. On the same day a blue disc-shaped object flew over Bentwaters RAF Airbase in Suffolk County, England. It made crackling sounds, flashed and hissed as it went over. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, cases # 3236 & # 3237, citing Harold Wilkins,  Flying Saucers Uncensored, pp. 136 & 65).

1954 - A man was walking along a path near a local church in Sommaprado, Italy at 6:30 a.m. when he heard a sound like a motor. He looked around but did not see anything, but moments later he heard the noise again. This time he saw a shiny brass colored cigar-shaped object hovering nearby. It had a "bump"  or dome in the middle and six rotor blades, three in front and three in the rear. The rear of the object was transparent and inside he could see two short beings dressed in black and wearing large helmets. The beings looked human with olive colored skin and black hair. They looked at the witness and smiled at him. The frightened witness fell to the ground and watched as the object departed at high speed. (Sources: Maurizio Verga, ITACAT; Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 4251; Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1954, case # 1564, citing ITACAT).

1957 - On this night George Chowanski, an auto mechanic living in Drakestown, New Jersey was alerted by the barking of his dog and heard a whirring sound similar to that of an electric shaver. A lighted object was observed by Mr. Chowanski and his wife as it came to within 60 cm of the ground. Two figures got out of the bottom of the object, walked around a clearing, and one of them picked up something before returning to the craft, which then took off. The encounter lasted two minutes. (Sources: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 453; Coral & Jim Lorenzen, UFOs: The Whole Story, p. 88).

1966 -  At 3:03 a.m. two luminous objects paced a Canadian Pacific Airlines plane at 35,000 feet over the Pacific Ocean for seven minutes while flying from Lima, Peru to Mexico City, Mexico. It emitted light beams up, then down, and then climbed and shot away. There were five witnesses on board the aircraft. (Sources: Frank Edwards, UFOs--Here and Now!, p. 128; John Magor, Canadian UFO Report, March 1969; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II: A Thirty-Year Report, pp. 9, 118 & 322).

1966 -  Driving through Emerson, Arkansas on a foggy night, Dr. Galloway and his wife saw a UFO at 8:15 p.m. ahead of their car and to the left. It was seen through trees, and was pulsating regularly from dull red to bright orange every two seconds. It gave off no flame and made no discernable sound. At a distance of one mile the UFO brightened to blinding white and woke up their two children. (Sources: Gordon Creighton, FSR, January 1971, p. 29; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 808; UNICAT case # 668, citing Edward Condon, Scientific Study of Unidentified Flying Objects, p. 277).

1972 - Ventura Maceiras, a 73-year-old gaucho, was sitting near his shack in Tres Arroyos, Buenos Aires, Argentina with his dog and his cat when his transistor radio failed. He then heard a loud humming noise, "like angry bees," and looked up to see an object 70 to 80 feet in diameter hovering overhead. It was some 10-12 meters over a grove of eucalyptus trees, and it was emitting a powerful light. An enormous "wheel" was spinning around this object, which at first was reddish orange in color and then became purple. In its upper portion he could see a spherical cabin with two windows, and in one window was visible from the waist upwards a figure wearing dark gray clothing made of inflated "rolls," joined together, similar to our astronaut's space suits. On this being's head was a helmet with a transparent visor and a tube that ran to a box on his back.

With a shower of sparks, the UFO tilted toward Sr. Maceiras, and he could now see a second occupant with identical features and clothing. Their eyes were slanted and their mouths were mere slits, and their faces were very flat. Behind them he could see a small flag or insignia showing a crowned seahorse followed by symbols resembling "S C Y" against a blue background. There was also a long instrument panel bearing "a lot of instruments and clocks."

A powerful flash of light came from the underpart and completely enveloped the cat while temporarily blinding the witness. The humming grew louder, and the UFO changed color again to a blue-green, then moved away, sinking to a height of only 12-20 feet above the ground. It moved off toward the main road, leaving a strong odor like "sulphur or arnica." Maceiras was not frightened---in fact he called out to the occupants of the object to come down and share his mate. After the encounter, his cat disappeared, to return only after 48 hours, her back still showing burn marks. She now shunned the site of her misfortune. The tops of the eucalyptus trees at the site were scorched. Maceiras himself experienced severe physiological aftereffects: diarrhea, nausea, hair loss, and severe headaches, all lasting about two weeks. He also had some trouble speaking, and his eyes watered for a few days. Six weeks after the event he was feeling better and in fact felt rejuvenated, and he began cutting a new set of teeth in his upper gums. These effects were to continue. (Sources: Pedro Romaniuk, FSR, July 1973, p. 10; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, citing Pedro Romaniuk).

Sketch of Tres Arroyos, Argentina Humanoids 1972
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1977, near Keith, South Australia - A white, oval light about 27 feet in diameter paced a car 30 meters away. The two witnesses, a brother and sister, reported that as they slowed their car to 8-15 km/h, the engine began misfiring. They then stopped and the light continued on its course. After it was gone, the car could be started again and driven with no difficulties. (Source: Mark Rodeghier, UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, case 418, citing UFO Research (South Australia) Newsletter, July-August, 1978).

1978 - A man was walking through the Plaza Garibaldi in Viareggio, Italy on this night when suddenly he heard a whistling sound and saw an object land close by. The craft seemed metallic and was shaped like a missile. A being described as a metallic robot briefly stepped out, and its body gave off an intense heat. Moments later the creature re-entered the UFO, which disappeared at high speed towards the sea. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1978, case # 1554, citing Maurizio Verga, ITACAT; Larry Hatch, U computer database, case 13037, citing ITACAT).

1979 - At 1:30 a.m. laborer Sebastiano Pannitteri suddenly woke up in his bedroom in Catania, Sicily, Italy and observed a strange phenomenon. The electrical power seemed to be out and he heard his brother-in-law's dog growling outside. Looking out the window, he saw a luminous white mass approaching, and within the light he could see a human like figure. Stunned, he went to the window and saw the back of a very tall figure wearing a very tight-fitting luminous white coverall that accentuated its musculature. The head was round and was either bald or covered with a white helmet. The being's shoulders and chest area appeared wider than normal. He had what looked like several black dots on his upper back. His arms were at his sides. The figure seemed to move slowly at first, but after five minutes it appeared to glide quickly, disappearing over a nearby wall. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1979, citing Archivio CUN).

1982 -  A green beam of light shone into a house on this night in Mirassol, Brazil and a noise was heard coming from the bedroom by the young man who lived there. He next saw three humanoid beings emerge from the room: two wore white coveralls and helmets, while the third had no helmet and had red hair and dark skin. They asked him if he was afraid as they walked by, and he said no. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1982, case # 793, citing Irene Granchi).

1984 -  At about 10:00 p.m. a 30 foot long X-shaped object paced a car for 20 minutes along a highway in Martinsburg, West Virginia. There were five lights on the bottom of the craft and it made a humming noise. (Source: Robert Gribble, National UFO Reporting Center, case number 1147).

1994 -  A police officer and others sighted a large glowing ovoid hovering over Buckhannon Mountain in Upshur County, West Virginia at 9:20 p.m. Small nocturnal lights exited and returned from the object. (Source: West Virginia UFO Newsletter, issue number 2).

1994 -  Three passengers in a truck reported their vehicle had engine problems when they witnessed an ovoid object hovering at a low altitude in the desert in Alturas, Modoc County, California at 9:30 p.m. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case 16642, citing Francis L. Ridge, UFO Intelligence Newsletter).

1995 -  A huge cigar-shaped object hovered over the ocean off Gosford, New South Wales, Australia on this night. Beams of light came down from the object into the water, causing the surface of the sea to roil. (Source: Bill Chalker, The Oz Files, p. 207).

2003 -  A hovering object with a circle of lights was seen in a field in Tatum, New Mexico at around 9:30 p.m. It shot straight up and stopped twice in the sky, then the lights went out and the object vanished. The sighting lasted 45 seconds. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, December 2003 webpage).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 27 December 2007).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: car pursuits; cigar-shaped UFOs; color changing UFO, humanoids; humming or buzzing sounds; light beams; Michelin Man humanoids, near landing; physiological effects: diarrhea, nausea, hair loss, severe headaches; multi-year reports from Italy; radio frequency interference; short humanoids; vehicle EM interference effects, whirring and whistling sounds.