On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 February 19

1951 - Twelve witnesses flying in an airliner, including two men name Bicknell and Merrifield, while flying near Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania sighted a 200 foot long bullet shaped UFO at 7:20 a.m. At one end of the object was a square-cut, vertical fin. The body of the craft was a dull silver cover, but at intervals along the fuselage were dark vertical bands. The object hovered over Mount Kilimanjaro for several minutes, then moved away fast towards the east at an estimated speed of 1,000 km per hour. They took a photograph of it. (Sources: Nairobi Sun Post, February 25, 1951; Thomas M. Olsen, The Reference for Outstanding UFO Sighting Reports, case 9; J. Bernard Delair, UFO Register, Volume 6 (1975), p. 36; Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics; Cynthia Hind, UFO Afri-News, January 1990).

1952 - A reddish-orange fireball zig-zagged for 15 minutes over Corona, California shortly after 6:00 p.m. In addition to zigzagging the ball of light swooped up and down. There were three witnesses. The case was listed as an unknown by Project Blue Book. At 8:00 p.m. three or more green balls of light stopped in midair in Richmond, California. They then shot away to the south-southwest toward San Francisco. (Sources: (1) Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics, case # 2364; (1) & (2) Loren E. Gross, UFOs: A History. 1952: January-May, p. 18).

1956 - An Eastern Airlines flight crew reported that a white nocturnal light buzzed their plane over Houston, Texas at 6:07 p.m., and then paced them for 28 minutes. A Project Blue Book unknown. (Sources: Project Blue Book "unidentified" case #3977; Robert Gribble, MUFON UFO Journal, February 1992, p. 15; Don Berliner, Project Blue Book Unknowns, p. 25).

1962 - Three commercial fishermen driving south on the Dauphin Island Toll Bridge Causeway in Alabama saw a reddish-orange object to the south at about 10░ elevation at 6:00 p.m. It changed shape from a round spherical object to an ellipsoidal, football shape, and then became covered with a (possibly artificially produced) fog.The object was estimated to be about one-third the apparent diameter of the sun. They stopped the car to call Dauphin Island AFS radar site (693rd Radar Squadron), which by coincidence happened to have two airmen driving north on the causeway in the opposite direction, and who also saw the object to the west. It was therefore possible to triangulate the object's location at about 30░16' N, 88░ 10' W, and between 2-5 miles away from the civilian observers; the object's actual size was computed to be at least 30 feet in length. No radar contact was reported. Venus had set 30 minutes earlier. (Sources: Robert D. Boyd, A Comparative Unit, p. 89; UNICAT, case # 449; Francis Ridge, www.nicap.com\Chronology\1962 UFO Chronology.htm).

1964 - On this evening in Gum Creek, South Australia Mrs. Player saw a yellow glowing domed disc-shaped object approach, and then hover making a "tick-a-tick" sound. Inside the transparent dome of the craft a man could be seen standing at "wooden railing". (Sources: Bill Chalker, The Oz Files, p. 14; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case # A0582).

1967 - At 4:30 p.m. Mrs. Lambert and Mrs. Rigel watched a gun-metal gray blunt oval shaped disc, about 25 feet in diameter with a rough bottom, hovering at 20 feet altitude over a plaza in Hollywood, Florida. It had a row of revolving green lights, a row of yellow windows, and an antenna. The heads of people could be seen looking out from inside the windows of the craft. (Sources: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case A0789; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II: A Thirty Year Report, p. 328).

1967 - On this night some prominent local citizens had a close encounter with a 50-60 foot wide domed disc-shaped object with a large window on top and a band of colored lights on the bottom. It crossed the highway in Lane City, Texas just 54 meters ahead of the car at treetop level. It then stopped and hovered, and finally sped away. (Sources: Houston Tribune, 19670223; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II: A Thirty Year Report, p. 328 & 452).

1968 - Mrs. Martha Heggs of Bengough, Saskatchewan, Canada had a close encounter with a metallic disc-shaped object with large windows around the domed top. It circled around her farm making a high-pitched sound. Her dog cowered in the snow, and the cattle bolted. (Source: Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II: A Thirty Year Report, p. 12. 280, & 375).

Bengough, Saskatchewan, Canada CE-I with Animal Reaction - 1968

Sketch of Bengough, Saskatchewan Close Encounter - 1968

1973 - At 15 meter wide box-shaped object with a dome on top hovered over a reservoir in Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey, making a humming sound. A second object flew by fast. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 10375, citing NICAP UFO Investigator, April 1976).

1974 - A police officer and a gas station operator in Rochester, Minnesota saw a UFO "bigger than a wrecker truck" at 11:27 p.m. It had a white dome shell on top, several afterburners flaming from the bottom, and flew at an altitude of only 100 feet. (Sources: CUFOS case files, report dated February 20, 1974; George D. Fawcett, FSR, January 1975, p. 30; John Magor, Canadian UFO Report, November 1974).

1975 - A woman driving in Orbak, Denmark reported that at 7:19 p.m.--the same moment that a large circular object descended behind her VW car--the engine and lights failed completely. The object gave off a brilliant blue luminescence and the witness felt a sensation of increased heat in its presence and a prickly sensation. After a few moments the object abruptly vanished and the car could be started. The witness became physically ill after the sighting. There were marks left on the car. (Sources: Mark Rodeghier, UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, case 378, citing MUFON UFO Journal, August 1976; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II: A Thirty Year Report, p. 255).

1976 - During a series of close encounter reports from the city of North Bergen, New Jersey, at two o'clock in the morning a Mr. Daliz noticed a human figure in Hudson Park with a light attached to his head, bent over and apparently picking things up from the ground and putting them into a little bag. The witness thought the man was wearing a one-piece uniform, and seemed to be dragging his feet as he walked. He continued doing this activity for 20 minutes. No UFO was seen at the time. (Sources: Ted Bloecher, FSR, October 1976, p. 6; Ted Bloecher, MUFON UFO Journal, March 1976, p. 14; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1976-39 (A1460), citing Bloecher, Stoehrer & Hopkins).

1978 - Six witnesses in Louhans, Sa˘ne-et-Loire, France reported seening a dark disc-shaped object that ascended from a field behind a house. It had portholes around its perimeter, and made a noise on takeoff. The incident lasted several hours. (Source: Lumieres dans la Nuit, December 1978).

1978 - At 10:15 p.m. a Mrs. Moon of Tucson, Arizona witnessed two plain coin-shaped discs that flew silently to the north from over housetops to the hills. (Source: APRO Bulletin, January-February 1978, p. 1).

1979 - At noon four police officers viewed a bluish silvery disc in the sky over Dixon, Solano County, California through binoculars. It looked "like a frisbee that was dropped and floating down." The outer portions of the object looked reflective but it was dark in the middle. No weather balloons were in the area at the time. (Source: Dixon Tribune, February 22, 1979; UFO Newsclipping Service, April 1979, p. 2)

1981 - At 8:20 a.m. a silver cylinder looking like a flute flew silently over the city of Kunming, Yunan Province, China at low altitude on a clear day. town, silent, clear sky. At 5:50 p.m. an object shaped like a double cylinder, similar to a tuna can on top of a soup can, maneuvered over a mining area in the mountains of Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China making a roaring sound. (Source: Wendelle Stevens & Paul Dong, UFOs over Modern China, pp. 207-208).

1981 - On this evening Mr. & Mrs. Morgan in Corte Madera, California had a close encounter with a gray metallic, rounded disc-shaped object the size of a house. It hovered over some trees giving off a pink and blue aura. It had brilliant square headlights and a blue light underneath. It made a deep, low-pitched sound like a hydroelectric plant. (Source: Joe Graziano, APRO Bulletin, January 1982, p. 8).

1982 - At 9:15 p.m. Juan Fattorel, age 41, was driving his truck along a secondary road in Allen, Rio Negro Province, Argentina when his engine suddenly cut out. He coasted to a stop and pulled over to the side of the road. He next heard a loud buzzing sound coming somewhere from his left and in close proximity. When he looked he saw a small silvery mushroom-shaped disc hovering a meter over the ground about 10 meters away. It appeared to be balancing itself with short ascending and descending movements. At that moment his eyesight began to become blurry. He next heard a deep "electronic" voice coming from the object, which sounded somewhat threatening in nature. It told him to step out of the truck. Frightened, he refused to move, thinking he would be robbed. When he attempted to restart the truck he felt a painful, tingling sensation in his neck and blacked out. He experienced at least 20 minutes of missing time. When he woke up he was unable to see clearly, with a buzzing sound in his ears and still feeling some pain in his neck. He had some unexplained burns on his skin. A passing motorist picked him up, and he was hospitalized in a state of confusion, shock, and disorientation. (Sources: La Razon, Feb. 23, 1982; MUFON UFO Journal, February 1983, p. 18; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II: A Thirty Year Report, p. 258 & 271; Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1982, citing Alejandro Chinetti, UFO Press # 15, January 1983).

1983 - A class of school children, a football team, and police officers Mike Troake and G. Humphreys witnessed a huge triangle during the daytime as it passed overhead in Swansea, West Glamorgan, Wales. It flew along the coastline at various points. It was completely silent, and the front was shaped like a Zeppelin. (Source: Sun Mirror, February 20, 1983; Gary Hazeltine, Police Reports of UFOs (PRUS) Online Database, case # 110).

1993 - A huge stingray shaped object with a fat belly, wider than it was long, was sighted flying over Goodrich, Michigan at 5:00 a.m. by a 39-year-old woman. Its underside was glowing. It was described as having massive wings that swept forward and ended in rounded tips. It also had a large round brilliant light on the leading edge midpoint of each wing. (Source: Shirley Coyne, MUFON case files, case # 930614C).

1993 - At 6:20 a.m. a bus driver and two passengers saw a 300 foot in diameter round object with white lights hovering over a park in Panther, West Virginia. It stayed there until 10:30 a.m.  Later that evening at 8:30 p.m. in nearby Georges Forks, West Virginia an ambulance crew driving along Panther Creek spotted a saucer with red, blue and green flashing body lights around its base. Through the fog the lights had a fluorescent appearance. (Source: Bob Teets, West Virginia UFOs: Close Encounters in the Mountain State, p. 61).

1994 - A metallic humming disc-shaped object was photographed over the reservoir in Craigluscar, Fife, Scotland at two o'clock in the afternoon. It left by shooting off the to the east with fantastic acceleration. The photograph is considered genuine. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 16314, citing SOS-OVNI France, Phenomena, issue # 23).

2000 - Three pre-teen girls at a sleepover reported seeing a large luminous triangular-shaped object descend into a nearby field in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Later on three short humanoid figures were seeing moving near the object. (Source: Albert S. Rosales,  Humanoid Contact Database 2000, case # 3540, citing Berne Bennett, MUFON).

2001 - At 6:48 p.m. a very slow moving, silent, triangular formation of lights flew over Irwin, Pennsylvania, causing some radio interference. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, Feb. 2001 webpage, report uploaded Feb. 24, 2001).

2002 - A dark triangular object was sighted at 5:00 p.m. moving up a creek bed at 200 feet above the ground towards the Police Headquarters in Mobile, Alabama. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, Feb. 2002 webpage, report uploaded March 19, 2002).

2003 - At 9:20 a.m. a fast, low-flying gray cigar-shaped object, moving like a cruise missile, flew north across the fields of Raymore, Saskatchewan, Canada. (Source: Geoff Dittman, 2003 Canadian UFO Survey, case # 65).

2007 - A UFO with three lights stayed suspended in the sky over Dorval, Quebec, Canada for 90 seconds, and then bolted away with an amazing burst of speed. (Source: Geoff Dittman, 2007 Canadian UFO Survey, case # 63, citing NUFORC).

2008 - Two strange lights hovered above the surface of a lake in Niantic, Connecticut at eleven o'clock in the morning, broke the surface, and disappeared beneath the surface. At 6:40 p.m. two disc-shaped objects were sighted moving from south to north along the Interstate 5 corridor in Cowlitz County near Kalama, Washington. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, Feb. 2008 webpage, report uploaded March 4, 2008).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 26 February 2010).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: animal reactions: dog cowers and cattle flee; bullet-shaped or cigar-shaped UFOs; disc-shaped UFOs; domed discs; humming sound; inside occupants; missing time; multicolored UFOs; multi-year reports from California, New Jersey, Saskatchewan and Texas; nautical UFOs: entering lake; physiological effects: prickly sensation, nausea, sensation of heat, tingling sensation; stingray shaped UFO; triangular UFOs; vehicle EM electrical interference effects; zigzag maneuvers.

© Donald A. Johnson