On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 January 1

1937 - At around noon on this day a gondola-shaped object, the color of gun metal, crossed the path in front of a aircraft flying near the Virginia-North Carolina border (Source: Richard Hall, From Airships to Arnold: A Preliminary Catalogue of UFO Reports in the Early 20th Century (1900-1946), p. 17).

1952 - On this night at the North Bay RCAF Base in Nipissing, Ontario, Canada Warrant Officer W. J. Yeo and Airman Crandell observed a strange craft in the sky at a NORAD installation. The UFO swung like a pendulum in the sky. (Source: newspaper clipping dated April 16, 1952).

1953 - At 9:45 p.m. in Lewis and Clark County, northwest of Craig, Montana a disc with illuminated windows was seen over the Missouri River for ten seconds. It was estimated to be about 10 meters in length and flew at 3,600 miles per hour. Fifteen minutes later a bright object hovered in the sky over the northwest horizon of Calgary, Alberta for ten minutes. It too shot away at a high speed with fantastic acceleration. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, citing Loren Gross, UFOs: A History. 1953 (volume 1), p. 2)

1957 - At 2:10 a.m. a F-86D USAF pilot flying near Guam in the Pacific Ocean sighted a UFO that remained unexplained by Project Blue Book. At four o'clock in the morning in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand two people in Rissington saw a huge luminous cigar hovering low over the horizon, and shooting beams of light in several directions. (Sources: Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics, case 4577; Loren E. Gross, The Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse: UFOs, A History, 1957: January-March 22, p. 3).

1958 - A photograph of a brilliant light making a ninety-degree turn and then shooting away was taken at Trindade Island in the Atlantic Ocean at 7:70 a.m. (Source: Coral E. Lorenzen, Flying Saucers: The Startling Evidence of the Invasion from Outer Space, p. 172).

1961 - Mr. Pisani, a government topographer, had just passed a truck on the Andean Highway between La Victoria and El Vigia, Venezuela on a clear day when he witnessed a flying disc of polished blue steel swoop down very close to the hood of the truck and lift it about a meter into the air. The truck overturned onto a sandbank, causing minor injuries to the driver. (Sources: Coral E. Lorenzen, Flying Saucers: The Startling Evidence of the Invasion from Outer Space, p. 185, citing H. Gonzalez; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 514).

On this day in 1964 many residents of Shanghai, China saw a large cigar-shaped object flying over the city. Chinese Air Force MIG jet fighter aircraft were scrambled to intercept the unknown object, but were unable to catch up with it. The populace were told by officials that what they had seen was a U.S. missile. (Source: John W. Spencer, World Atlas of UFOs, p. 131).

1966 - At 6:23 a.m. thirty sky watchers in Tokyo, Japan sighted a huge bow-shaped, dark brown UFO, its length ten times the apparent diameter of the Moon. It hung over the northern horizon for eight minutes. At 6:40 a.m. a second huge stick-like craft was seen that blew forth a mass of white clouds behind it. A bright flash of light was seen high in the sky that day in Aitape, Papua New Guinea. It was visible for five minutes and left behind a smoke trail. (Sources: Y. J. Matsumura, Flying Saucers, October 1966, p. 39; Michael Hervey, UFOs over the Southern Hemisphere, p. 156).

1968 - Mr. Kakizawa of Yokohama, Japan took a photograph of a UFO at 4:45 a.m. (Source: George D. Fawcett, Flying Saucers, October 1968, p. 16).

1970 - Cowichan District Hospital, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

1970 - From the second floor of the Cowichan District Hospital on Vancouver Island, British Columbia five nurses saw a silver metallic Saturn-shaped UFO. It was about 50 feet in diameter and hovered close by with a "necklace of lights" around the rim. At 5:00 a.m. they could clearly see two tall male figures inside the craft wearing tight-fitting dark coveralls. (Source: APRO Bulletin, January-February 1970, p. 1).

1971 - At 6:30 a.m. a mini-bus driver near Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales saw an object in the sky above the road. The cigar-shaped object turned at an easy angle and traveled toward Newport. One of her passengers also saw it. (Source: Mrs. K. Smith, BUFORA Journal, August 1971, p. 26).

1971 - A one hundred foot diameter spherical UFO, bright as the Moon, wobbled as it hung in the sky south of Alamogordo, New Mexico after 3 a.m. It sent out bright orange objects that then landed on the side of the Sacramento Mountains. "It kicked the objects out...fast...and they flew right to the ground." (Source: Alamogordo Daily News, January 3, 1971).

1971 - At 11:00 p.m. in Kosice, Slovakia a woman reported being taken aboard a UFO together with her friend and her cat. They were all brought from her apartment through a window in a trance-like state and delivered into an otherworldly environment where everything appeared to be made out of ice. There she met three beautiful female humanoids who wore silvery spacesuits. The beings paralyzed them and loaded them onto a wagon-like sledge. The woman awoke the next day with pain all over her body and with no further recollection of the event. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1971, citing Dr. Milos Jesensky).

1972 - At 4:30 a.m. a 25 meter long cigar-shaped object hovered over a power station in the town of Nedre Leirfoss in Sor-Trondelag, Norway. It made a rumbling sound, ejected flames, and shot away. (Source: Contact U.K.)

1973 - At 12:15 a.m. on a highway in the state of Los Lagos, Chile a married couple had their car engine stall the moment a UFO flew over their car. The disc-shaped UFO had a green light and a flashing red light. Their car engine came back on by itself after the UFO had gone. (Sources: newspaper clipping, January 3, 1973; FSR, May-June 1973, Mark Rodeghier, UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, p. 55; Richard Hall, The UFO Evidence (Volume II): A Thirty Year Report, p. 254).

1973 - At sea off the coast of Mauratania, several crewmembers aboard the SS Wilhelm Kohle sighted two silver discs at 9:15 a.m. flying at a high altitude and heading toward the northwest. (Source: J. Bernard Delair, UFO Register (Volume 5), 1974, case 1).

1973 - A domed disc-shaped UFO was sighted in Tres Arroyos, Argentina at 10 p.m., and figures could be seen on board working behind an instrument panel. (Source: Christian Vogt, Phenomenes Spatiaux, June 1973, p. 22).

1975 - Four soldiers at a military base saw a luminous yellow-white cone-shaped object descend at a high rate of speed at 6:25 a.m. and hover near their car in Quintanaortuno, Spain. The object went dark. Soon four more UFOs appeared, forming a row "emitting jets of white light downward." Traces were found and photographed at the site. (Sources: Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos, Catalogue of 200 Type-I UFO Events in Spain and Portugal, case 199; Skylook, April 1975, p. 1).

1976 - Three witnesses watched a 15-meter long football-shaped object hover 800 meters above a road at one o'clock in the morning in Marle, France then shot straight up in the sky fast. (Source: Lumieres dans la Nuit, January 1979).

1977 - There were several UFO reports on this day from France and Portugal. A pink glowing sphere hovered in the sky for six minutes in Creysseilles, France at 1:30 a.m., then flew away to the east toward the Mezayon Valley. At seven p.m. a luminous yellow-orange ovoid hovered in the sky for five minutes over Saint-Donat in Drome department, France. It drifted toward the southwest and was gone by eleven p.m. At 7:50 p.m. in Chabeiul, also in Drome, France a lenticular metallic disc with flames coming from the bottom made a 180-degree turn and flew off toward the south. The witness's eyes were sore from the glare of the light. At 8:00 p.m. Mr. and Mrs. Perez had a close encounter with a ten-meter long ovoid object in nearby Valence, France that chased their car. They also complained of eye pain and conjunctivitis as a result of the encounter, and a watch of theirs had stopped working. The UFO made a reappearance 40 minutes later. At nine p.m. in Leca de Palmeira, Oporto Province, Portugal a TV crew filmed a UFO. It made a sound like an electric motor. At ten p.m. a luminous hemisphere-shaped object, about .65 meters in diameter, maneuvered and glowed among trees in Eyragues, France in Bouches-Rhone department. Broken branches were found later in the area. (Sources: Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, p. 637; Lumieres dans la Nuit, January 1979; International UFO Reporter, February 1977, p. 2; Lumieres dans la Nuit, September 1977; Victor Lourenco, PORTUCAT computer catalogue).

1977 - Late on this night in New Canaan, Connecticut a young witness remembers being floated through his house downstairs against his will. Terrified, he saw a being shorter than him that floated beside him at the same time. He tried to grab the wall and banister but could not get a firm hold. His next memory was of being in the driveway being floated down the road surrounded by several gray-colored figures. He tried to get away but his legs just cycled aimlessly in mid-air. He had vague memories of being in a dark room with a metallic floor with some "people" that were involved in a project, which calmed him down and made him feel good. This was all he could remember. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1977, citing Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle).

1978 - Santa Monica, California

1978 - Mr. Hallstrom witnessed a metallic domed disc with a clear dome and several windows over Santa Monica, California at 1:07 p.m. (Source: J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies, case investigation files, report dated January 18, 1978).

1998 - At four o'clock in the morning a man in Huelo, Hawaii, who had earlier that night seen some lights moving out the sky over some nearby fields, was awakened when he felt some type of "knock" in his head, perhaps some form of telepathic communication. He looked out his window to see a multicolored UFO emitting multicolored light beams in his direction. He woke up his friend and they both saw a figure standing in the bedroom. Terrified, they hid under the covers and when they looked again a few moments later the figure had vanished. The craft, however, was still outside outside but a little further off, and stayed visible until sunrise. The figure was described as tall, with a huge head and large staring eyes. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1998, citing Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle).

2001 - At shortly after midnight several motorists reported sighting five discs flying along the western shore of North Island, New Zealand near New Plymouth. One of the UFOs paced a car, hovering 100 feet overhead of the vehicle, causing radio static. The UFO changed color from orange to violet as it flew. After several minutes the UFOs formed into a linear formation and flew off rapidly to the south. A silent orange object was videotaped over Deception Bay, Queensland, Australia that evening, moving from the southeast to the northwest. The video appears to show a dozen windows on the object. (Sources: UFO Magazine (USA), April 2001, p. 20; Sheryl Gottschall, UFO Research Queensland website).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 10 September 2004)

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: abduction, aircraft encounters, bedroom visitations, car pursuits, cigar-shaped UFOs, disc-shaped UFOs, domed discs, early morning UFO sightings, hovering UFOs, human-looking UFOnauts, metallic UFOs, multi-year reports from the Far East, orange UFOs, paralysis, pendulum motion, photographs, short humanoids, tall UFOnauts, UFOs seen near shorelines.