On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 January 6

1948 - Mrs Bernice Zaikowski of Chehalis, Washington heard a “sizzling and whizzing” sound at three o'clock in the afternoon, and looked up to see a “birdman” hovering 200 feet above her barn. She watched “a man equipped with long silver wings fastened over the shoulders with a strap” ascend rapidly, hover, bank, then fly away. “He flew in an upright position and appeared to be manipulating controls strapped to his chest.” The wings did not flap, instead they retracted close to his body during ascent, and were extended to hover or proceed in horizontal flight. Mrs Zaikowski said five other adult witnesses and a number of children also saw the birdman. (Sources: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1948-05, citing The Portland (Oregon) Journal, April 30, 1950; Hans Holzer, The UFOnauts, p. 117; John A. Keel, Operation Trojan Horse, p. 206).

1949 - On this night at Kirtland Air Force Base, Los Alamos, New Mexico special Agents of the Office of Special Investigations, pilots, and security guards saw a green fireball. A military guard reported a white two foot diamond at 1,500 feet altitude that crossed the sky very quickly. (Sources: Project Blue Book cases counted in official statistics, case # 242; Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 1370; Bruce Maccabee, UFO-FBI Connection: The Secret History of the Government's Cover-Up, p. 77).

1950 - Three military witnesses, including one named Zimmerman, were flying in a U.S. Air Force C-47 transport plane near Howard, Kansas on this day when they sighted a silverly metallic, football-shaped object flying on a straight level flight path. They estimated the object was between 30 and 60 feet long, was flying at 2,000 feet altitude at a speed of 400 mph. (Sources: Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics, January 1950; Loren E. Gross, UFOs: A History. 1950: January-March, p. 2; Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 11). 

1951 - A fast steel-blue UFO, the apparent size of the Moon, crossed the sky silently in Bowral, New South Wales, Autstralia, then spiralled up into the clouds. (Source: Donald E. Keyhoe, Flying Saucers - Top Secret, p. 25).

1953 - At 1:10 a.m. Air Traffic Controllers at Love Field and many others in Dallas, Texas sighted a delta-shaped object zoom to the south from Paris, Texas at 2,000 mph. It climbed to 80,000 feet altitude very fast. In Napier, New Zealand at 7:00 p.m. a large bright circular object faded to a red glow and disappeared. At 9:30 p.m. a saucer-shaped object was seen from two locations around Whangarei, New Zealand. It had a comet-like tail, and made a U turn over a big oil refinery there. At the same time a luminous, cigar-shaped object was seen from three separate locations in Auckland, New Zealand for six seconds. It had an orange flame at the rear. (Source: Loren E. Gross, UFOs: A History. 1953: January-February, pp. 7-8).

1954 - At the military airfield in Oscoda, Michigan a guard sighted a Moon-like ball-shaped object that hovered over the airsock for 16 minutes. It had a glowing glows; it zipped away. (Source: Loren E. Gross, UFOs: A History. 1954: January-May, p. 7).

1959 - At 6:00 p.m. a sparkling, glowing, sausage-shaped object flew to the southwest at low altitude, then turned and flew to the west in Markham, Cook County, Illinois. There was a separate witness (not identified). (Source: Loren E. Gross, The Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse: UFOs: A History. 1959: January-March, p. 7).

1961 - At 3:00 a.m. Luis G. Ferre Casas, age 33, and two other witnesses watched as a domed disc-shaped object, six meters in diameter, landed quietly on a mountain in Torroia del Priorato, Tarragona, Spain. It was the color of moonlight. A dog who was with them refused to approach the landing site. The incident lasted 20 minutes. (Sources: Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos, FSR Case Histories, February 1974, p. 10; Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos, OVNIs: El Fenomeno Aterrizaje, p. 49; Catalogue of 200 Type-I UFO Events in Spain and Portugal, case 31; UNICAT database, case # 488, citing Ballester Olmos).

1966 - Three gray discs and two multi-colored cigar-shaped UFOs, with the colors pink, blue, and white, were seen hovering over Sapporo, Japan at 1:49 p.m. by Miss S. Fujii. At 1:55 p.m. 16 more UFOs appeared to the left of these, gradually vanishing after 30 seconds. Many more appeared in a display at 2:09 p.m. (Source: Y. J. Matsumura, Flying Saucers, October 1966, p. 39).

1967 - Six luminous spheres were seen flying over Aveyron, France at eleven o'clock at night. A luminous shaft of light descended towards the ground near the witness. A humanoid figure was seen standing inside the luminous shaft. The being communicated via telepathy with the witness and told him that someday "He will write a book." (Sources: Jacques Vallee, The Invisible College, p. 31, citing Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue # 109; Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1967, case # 2427, citing Jacques Vallee).

1968 - A night security officer was conducting his rounds in Milano, Italy when he came upon a flat, pancake-shaped object resting in a courtyard. He approached and could see that it had a transparent dome on top and a circular railing around it. Next to the UFO were two human-like figures wearing blue coveralls and black helmets and gloves. Inside the dome a third figure was moving about. The two outside seemed to be performing some repairs on the object. The witness walked up to offer his help and shone a flashlight at the object. The two figures suddenly scrambled into the object, which emitted a bright flash and took off. (Sources: Maurizio Verga, ITACAT: Italian UFO Catalogue; Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1968, case 25).

1969 - Maren Merino was working in the kitchen of her family's small café in Pontejos, Santander, Spain at 9:15 p.m. when she looked out the kitchen window and saw an intensely bright light. Her daughter, 25-year old Felicidad Fernandez Merino then entered the kitchen and also observed the light. Felicidad asks her mother about it, but she continued to ignore the light. Thinking this was abnormal, Felicidad yelled to two other women, including a woman called Paquita. All three women then opened the window and saw an incredible scene: on a field only 30 meters away, and hovering about three meters from the ground, was a luminous square 4-5 meters wide. It was an intense orange-white color. Inside the luminous square they saw the silhouette of a man walking about. From the right another figure appeared and both walked toward the left side of the illuminated square. Next, from the opposite end of the square three more figures appear, making a total of five figures. By now the witnesses are totally fascinated and shout out to the beings. At this time they are joined by another witness, 35-year-old Antonio. When Antonio looked out the window the craft vanished from sight.

According to the witnesses the movements of the humanoids was mechanical in nature, with arms straight down their sides with no apparent joint movement. The beings were tall and well built, with normal features, chestnut-color hair, and light skin. They wore something similar to black, tight-fitting coveralls with sleeves and turtlenecks. The incident lasted for five minutes. As the witnesses continued to look for the UFO a small shiny sphere descended from the middle of the sky, falling to the ground in a curved trajectory. The body of the UFO again became visible, clearly displaying the shiny square section and the portion of the object hat had been invisible to the witnesses thus far. It was a dull silver color, lightly fluorescent, and shaped like a domed cupola. The object then rose slowly and disappeared quickly, leaving behind a brilliant greenish track that persisted for about 15 minutes after the object left. (Sources: Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos, Catalogue of 200 Type-I UFO Events in Spain and Portugal, case 100; Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos, OVNIs: El Fenomeno Aterrizaje, p. 86; UNICAT database, case # 435; David F. Webb and Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1969-03 (A1017), citing Manuel Pedrajo and Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos).

1973 - Mr. Lew was driving in his truck between Tiddington and Wheatley in Oxfordshire, England at 6 a.m. when a circular-shaped UFO crossed the road in front of him at a low altitude, as if intending to land in a nearby field. (Source: J. Bernard Delair, UFO Register, volume 5 (1974), case # 6).

1974 - A cigar-shaped object passed over Kellerberrin, Western Australia at 11:08 local time on a steady, easterly course, and a fairly high speed on a clear night. It had a steady light at the rear end, an intense red glow from the center, and a regular pulsating brilliant white strobe light in front. (Source: Northam (Western Australia) Advertiser, January 10, 1974).

1974 - Martin W. Barry, a Marine Corps sergeant, was making his usual early morning five mile run in the park in Santa Ana, California. He was out running in a driving rainstorm, when he came upon a seven-foot-tall, bulky figure standing in a slumped forward posture, with long arms dangling nearly to the ground. Behind it was hovering an orange pulsating flying saucer, only a few feet off the ground. The creature's head accounted for more than half of its height. It had very large eyes, and its legs were "squashed" and "stubby." It waddled up to Barry and struck him on the chest, knocking him into a pool of water. It then waddled away and climbed aboard the UFO, which rose into the sky. Others reportedly saw UFOs over Santa Ana that day. (Source: David F. Webb and Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Human Reports, case 1974-63, citing Andrew Gallagher, Ideal's UFO Magazine, # 1, March 1978).

1974 - At 6 p.m. two women watched a strange looking bullet-shaped metallic object move across the sky above Bend, Oregon travelling from the southeast to the northwest. (Source: Bend Bulletin, January 7, 1974).

1975, near Lordsburg, New Mexico - Three peopIe listening to a CB radio in their parked car at around 11 p.m. saw lights approaching them from behind. As the driver tried to move the car, the CB radio broke into static and the engine wouldn't start. A bluish light beam then shone on the car for a few seconds and the group heard a sound like the hum from high tension wires. The light then disappeared and they could start the car. As they drove away, they saw a blue glow behind a nearby hill. The battery on the car went dead a few days later. (Sources: APRO BuIIetin, June 1975; Mark Rodeghier, UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, case 376, citing APRO).

1976 - Returning from getting milk in Domene, Isere, France at 6 p.m., Jean Claude Silvente, age 10, again saw a two-meter tall Nordic looking being wearing silver coveralls, the same as he had seen the day before. The man was standing on the sidewalk only 30 yards from his house, in the same posture as before, but only 12 feet away from him this time. He spilled the milk and ran. His sister’s boyfriend, who had been following him, saw nothing. But when they returned to the same spot Jean Claude, his mother, his 17-year-old sister, and ther boyfriend all saw a red “headlight” dive down from the sky at them “as if it would land on them.” They ran away in panic to a nearby police station. At 8:20 p.m. a cigar-shaped UFO with lights on the bottom flew slowly over the town of Laissaud, Savoie, France. It periodically emitted beams of light downwards for 5 minutes, then zoomed away to the north. (Sources: (1) Charles Bowen, Saga UFO Report, November 1976, p. 62; Bil Gil Helair, Skylook, May 1976, p. 5; Alain Gamard, UFO Register, volume 7, p. 44; Jean-Claude Bourret, OVNI l' Armee Parle, p. 146; David F. Webb and Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Human Reports, case 1976-03, citing Michel Levy, Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue # 159; (2) Michel Figuet & Jean-Loius Ruchon, OVNI: Le Premier Dossier Complet des Rencontres Rapprochees en France, p. 594).

1976 - At 7:20 p.m. a domed disc-shaped UFO with red and green lights abruptly dropped down over the hood, then the roof of a car with two women driving between Bethell and Moundview, Minnesota, then paced the car for the next five minutes. The car's back and side windows became coated with frost. It gave off a brilliant light. The physiological effects included menstrual cramps and conjuntivitis. (Sources: Skylook, April 1976, p. 4; Leonard H. Stringfield, MUFON UFO Journal, January 1977, p. 14; Richard H. Hall, Uninvited Guests, p. 284).

1976 - Mona Stafford, Louis Smith, and Elaine Thomas was in a car driving home near Stanford, near Liberty, in Lincoln County, Kentucky at 11:30 p.m. when they saw a luminous object descend from the sky.  It came down the road toward them, and as it got closer they determined that it was a football-shaped object "as big as a house" with a small dome on top, surmounted by a very brilliant bluish white light. The UFO passed them on the right, then came down to the road again behind their car. The intensity of the brilliant light gave them headaches. Then the car moved without their control, moving at 85 mph even though the driver's foot was not on the accelerator pedal. A beam of light came from the object, which seemed to pull them backwards. The next thing they remember they were driving into Hustonville, with no recollection of how they got their. When they got back to Louise's house in Liberty, they found that more than two hours had elapses, although the trip normally takes only 45 minutes. All three women had burns resembling very strong sunburns on the bakcs of their necks. Later, under hypnosis, all three remembered being physically examined onboard the UFO. Elaine Thomas recally lying on her back while small figures around 4-feet-tall passed by and looked at her. A blunt instrument was pressed hard against her chest, and her breathing became difficult. Louise Smith recalled being in a hot, dark place where something was placed over her face; when it was removed she saw a 4.5 foot tall being, with slanted eyes, gray skin, and hand-like wingtips. Mona Stafford remembered lying on a bed, her right arm pinned down, while 3-4 figures in white gowns sat around her, and she was put through torturous manipulations. All three women passed poliograph tests. (Sources: APRO Bulletin, October 1976, p. 1; Leonard H. Stringfield, International UFO Reporter, March 1977, p. 6; David F. Webb & Ted Blocher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case # 1976-15, citing Dr. R. Leo Sprinkle and Bill Curry for APRO;  Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II:  A Thirty-Year Report, pp. 269, 382, 456, 549; UNICAT, case 225; citing Leonard H. Stringfield, Situation Red: The UFO Siege, p. 236).

1977 - At 1:15 a.m. Mrs. Florida Malboeuf, about 50 years of age, was sitting at her window on the Rue Casgrain in the city of Montreal, Quebec when she saw an oyster shaped, flat bottomed metallic object with a row of white lights around its base. It came flying in from the north and landed on the rooftop of a three-storey apartment building across the street from her, only 60 feet away. Immediately two figures appeared on the roof, they were over six feet tall and thin, with long arms and they wore white one-piece uniforms with their heads covered with tight "bath helmets." They stood looking at the street, then at the sky, then they apparently returned to the object. A moment later they disappeared, and the UFO rose from the roof about 20 feet, and then flew off to the east. Her son Andre went over to the rooftop in question and found there a large elliptical shaped crust of ice, 0.8 inches thick, and about 18 feet in diameter that was on top of the snow, evidently formed by the local melting of the snow. In relief on this plaque and going toward the façade of the building, were four small, narrow footprints only 6.5 incheslong. (Sources: Montreal (Quebec) Sunday Express, January 9, 1977; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1977-01, citing Marc Leduc & Wido Hoville, UFO Quebec; UNICAT, case # 484; John Brent Musgrave, UFO Occupants and Critters, p. 54).

1978 - Two men leaving a beachfront cafe in Santo Antonio de Caparica, Estremadura, Portugal at 10:30 p.m. saw a bright bluish light flying low over the ocean descend at a steep angle at high speed. The light then stopped, and descended more slowly into a wooded area next to a nearby campground. Both men ran into the woods, which were now illuminated by a bluish glow. Upon entering a clearing, they saw a 2.1 meter tall human-like figure, standing eight meters away from them. It wore a loose fitting silvery outfit that was shiny in appearance. The being also wore a large white helmet with a narrow black visor across the eyes. The figure seemed surprised by their presence, turned around and with a heavy, slow motion walked back towards a metallic blue, saucer-shaped craft with a dome on top, that was hovering very close to the ground. Both men became frightened and fled in panic from the clearing. During the encounter one of the men felt a buzzing sound inside his head, and later suffered from insomnia. The next day an eight meter in diameter circle was found in the ground in the clearing. (Sources: UNICAT, case 609, citing Galaxia 2000; Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1978, case # 108, citing Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos & Fernandez Peri, Enciclopedia de los Encuentros Cercanos con Ovnis).

1990 - The witness, a repeat abductee, was awakened at around midnight in Townshend, Vermont by a strange-cloaked humanoid that stood by the side of his bed and communicated with him, telling him not to tell anybody about the visit. (Sources: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1990, case # 2437, citing Raymond E. Fowler, The Allagash Abductions; Larry Hatch, U computer database, case 15533, citing Raymond Fowler).

1991 - At 8:00 a.m. in Liskeard, Cornwall, England a slim, white, cigar-shaped object with pointy ends was watched by a witness with a pair of binoculars as it moved from cloud to cloud. (Sources: Timothy Good, The UFO Report 1992, p. 141; Larry Hatch, U computer database,  case # 15440; FSR, volume 36, issue 3).

1995 - A British Airways Boeing-737 flight with 60 passengers aboard was buzzed by a bright wedge-shaped object as it flew over the Pennine Alps in Derbyshire, England on its descent to Manchester Airport at 6:40 p.m. The object appeared to be only meters in front of the airliner as it flew at 13,000 feet, and it was so close that the co-pilot instinctively reacted by ducking down inside the cockpit. It had small lights, made no attempt to change course, and made no discernable sound or turbulance. The object did not appear on radar. However, there was at least one witness on the ground to the close encounter. (Sources: Curt Sutherly, UFO Mysteries: A Reporter Seeks the Truth, p. 194; Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 47; Lynn Picknett, Mammoth Book of UFOs, p. 156; Michael Hesemann, UFOs: The Secret History; FSR, March 1995).

1995 - At 5:30 p.m. two observers watched a  large craft maneuver up into a cloud in Glendo, Platte County, Wyoming; Military Jets chased the UFO by a big reservoir. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 17054, citing NUFORC).

2000 - At 8:25 p.m. a white UFO appeared "out of nowhere" to hover over a nearby ridge near the Groom Test Range in Nye County, Nevada. It grew brighter, changed color to red, then shot off at extreme speed. There was "no gradual acceleration between full stop and gone," according to one of the witnesses named Caplan. (Source: Lynn Picknett, Mammoth Book of UFOs, p. 177).

2001 - On this day in the town of Curbar, Derbyshire, England a black, bowler-hat shaped saucer hovered 270 meters away from the witness at 300 meters altitude, making a low humming sound. It vanished. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 18156; Joseph Trainor, UFO Roundup, volume 6, issue 6).

2002 - A silent cigar-shaped object was sighted from Gilliam, Louisiana at 11:00 p.m. The object was 25-26 miles NNW of Shreveport, Louisiana moving in a north by northwest direction. It made no noise or sound, and had four lights. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, January 2002 website, report uploaded January 11, 2002).

2003 - The witness's car headlights and engine died when an ovoid UFO approached the car in Moundville, Alabama at 4:00 a.m. Two egg-shaped objects were later seen moving in a Z pattern in the sky. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, January 2003 archived webpage). 

2003 - At 7:53 p.m. a luminous cigar-shaped UFO with satellite objects was sighted flying over Bellingham, Washington. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, January 2003 archived webpage). 

2012 - A large, cigar-shaped craft was seen floating in the sky over Hickory, North Carolina at 7:30 a.m. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, January 2012 website, report uploaded March 13, 2012).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 6 January 2012).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: abductions; aircraft encounters; beam of light transporting humanoid; blue beams and glows; cigar-shaped UFOs; disc-shaped UFOs; domed discs; flying humanoid; Grey UFOnauts; human-looking UFOnauts; helmets; humming; multi-year reports for France and Spain; repair activity; silver coveralls; spheres; tall humanoids; tall Nordic humanoid; telepathy; very large humanoid with huge head and long arms; vehicle EM effects; white uniforms, zigzag maneuvers.

© Donald A. Johnson