On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 January 22

1919 - A two foot wide, intense glowing ball flew slowly at a low altitude over Shuttlewood, Derbyshire, England at 8:10 p.m. It engaged in controlled maneuvers for 45 minutes. There were at least 40 witnesses. (Source: Ananda Sirisena, FSR, March 1975, p. 17).

1945 - On this afternoon Allied POWs on the ground watched a white, football-shaped object following a bomber at 18,000 feet between Heydebreck and Kedzierzyn, Poland. On the same day there was an unexplained skyquake in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Sources: (1) Jenny Randles, Science and the UFOs, p. 9; (2) George Eberhart, A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies, p. 510, citing Tiffany Thayer, Doubt magazine, 1945, p. 172).

1950 - At around 4:00 a.m. a radar blip was detected approaching the Kodiak Islands at 1,800 mph over Kodiak, Alaska, according to airborne radar. It then buzzed several planes and boats. A U.S. Navy plane failed to intercept the UFO because it was too highly maneuverable. It had two orange lights rotating about the center, and made no detectable sound. (Sources: Bruce Maccabee, MUFON UFO Journal, September 1978, p. 7; UNICAT, case # 359; Lawrence Fawcett & Barry J. Greenwood, UFO Coverup, p. 164; Richard Dolan, UFO's and the National Security State: Chronology of a Cover-up 1941-1973, p. 399).

1951 - A saucer-shaped object hovered next to a test balloon 50 miles southeast of Holloman AFB, New Mexico. It grew in dimensions, and flashed once every second. It flew off to the west. (Source: Loren E. Gross, UFOs: A History. 1951, p. 9).

1952 - At 12:20 a.m. a radar station at Murphy's Dome, Alaska tracked a UFO moving at 1,500 mph at 23,000 feet. Three F-94s were vectored in. There were solid radar returns on the ground radar as well as two airborne radars. At one point the short range radar stopped working, preventing anything being tracked close to the station. The third jet approached to within 200 meters of the UFO, but pulled up for fear of a mid-air collision. No radar malfunctions were found. (Sources: Edward J. Ruppelt, Report on Unidentified Flying Objects, p. 165; Michael David Hall, Captain Edward J. Ruppelt: Summer of the Saucers -- 1952, p. 86; Project Blue Book Special Report # 3, report dated April 30, 1952; UNICAT, case # 599).

1956 - At 8:30 p.m. a Pan American Airways flight engineer named Mueller sighted a saw long cylindrical object with yellow exhaust while flying not far from New Orleans over the Gulf of Mexico from Louisiana to Florida. The UFO flew to the east into the clouds. (Sources: APRO Bulletin, January 1957; Paris Flamonde, UFO Exist!, p. 435; Edward J. Ruppelt, Report on Unidentified Flying Objects, p. 246; Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 27).

1958 - Two luminous  objects skipped about and played tag in the sky over Wimberley, Texas at one o'clock in the afternoon. (Sources: San Marcos (TX) Record, January 23, 1958; Loren E. Gross, The Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse: UFOs: A History. 1958: January-February, p. 39).

1961 - An electronics professor at Bordeaux University and three school teachers observed an elongated, glowing, orange object in Cestas-Gazinet, France at 6:30 p.m. Interference with their car's ignition was noted. One witness was said to have felt a slight indisposition and to have heard or somehow perceived the word "ZEMU" repeated twice. (Sources: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 515; Mark Rodeghier, UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, case 111, citing Vallee).

1961 - A metallic UFO was filmed at 4:45 p.m. as it approached Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, then made a U-turn and sped away. There were at least six witnesses. (Sources: NICAP UFO Investigator, May 1961, p. 5; Richard Hall, The UFO Evidence, p. 95; George D. Fawcett, Flying Saucers, September 1970, p. 4).

1967 - There were eight separate reports of saucers and a boomerang-shaped object from Wharton and El Campo, Texas on this evening, starting at around 8 p.m. The UFOs were engaged in erratic darting maneuvers. It made big news at the time. (Source: Frank Edwards, Flying Saucers - Here and Now, p. 143).

1969 - A dark oval object with a central light on the top and bottom and four white lights around the edge moved in a side-to-side swaying motion over Lexington, Massachusetts at 9:50 p.m. (Source: Raymond E. Fowler, case report dated January 25, 1969; Raymond E. Fowler, UFOs: Interplanetary Visitors).

Lexington, Massachusetts - 1969

Sketch of Lexington, Massachusetts - 1969 sighting

1971 - Three bus company employees were towing a bus from East Budleigh to Exmouth, England when they saw three orange balls of light in a straight line move across the sky. They had "a lot of smoke around them and they disappeared after a few seconds." (Source: Mrs. K. Smith, BUFORA Journal, August 1971, p. 25, citing the West Morning News).

1971 - Two boys, Stewart and Lyle Leppke of Peabody, Kansas were doing their early morning farm chores at around dawn when they observed a lighted object in the cattle lot. When they flashed their light on it, they saw a diminutive figure less than two feet tall moving about near a UFO with small windows that was hovering just above the ground. They immediately went to the house to tell their mother who called the sheriff; but the UFO had departed by the time the sheriff got there. The boys said the object hovered a few feet off the ground, and when it departed it tipped to one side and then sped rapidly up and away. (Sources: Peabody (KS) Gazette Herald, January 28, 1971; David F. Webb and Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1971-03, citing a newspaper source; Ted Phillips, Physical Traces Associated with UFO Sightings, p. 110).

1971 - At 9:05 p.m. Richard Williams, his wife, and son were driving toward Willard, Ohio from the north when they saw a low flying object that "looked like a bat" coming toward their car. "On the middle of each wing there seemed to be a rocket or a jet engine, and it had red and white lights on each wing and on the tails." They thought at first it was a plane crashing. It was 25-30 feet in diameter and came to within 100 feet off their car and then took off toward the east. There was a transparent "cockpit" in the front of the object, through which could be seen the movements of some kind of humanoid creature, silhouetted by a flashing light behind it. Multiple reports of UFO sightings this night came from Tiro, Sandusky, and other sections of Huron County, Ohio around the same time. (Sources: Norwalk (OH) Reflector, January 23, 1971; Mansfield (OH) News Journal, January 23, 1971; Skylook, April 1971, p. 5; APRO Bulletin, January-February 1971, p. 7; David F. Webb and Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1971-04, citing a newspaper sources).

Willard, Ohio Close Encounter 1971

Sketch of Willard, Ohio Close Encounter 1971

1974 - On this evening a domed, disc-shaped object was encountered over a gravel pit in Norton, Massachusetts. It had lights around its edges. It blew out orange and white smoke when it left. (Source: NICAP UFO Investigator, February 1974, p. 2).

1977 - On this night six people in a car in Chalmette, Louisiana watched a domed, disc-shaped object with legs at a low altitude for 10 minutes. It reportedly was spinning; it tilted and played among the trees. (Source: APRO Bulletin, March 1977, p. 1).

1978 - Beginning at 9:30 p.m. a disc-shaped object hovered over the city of Figueira da Foz, Portugal for 30 minutes, radiating red, green, and white lights. (Source: Victor Lourenco, PORTUCAT database, case # 200).

1982 - A female was abducted in Weaver, Iowa by several 5-foot-tall beings with large heads, cat-like eyes, and small mouths. They were hairless, and had long arms and hands with only four-digits. She was submitted to a physical exam, and allegedly had something implanted into her head. During the exam, the aliens were particularly interested in her hands and wrists. A tube was inserted into her body and she could feel fluid or drugs going through her arms. They communicated with her using telepathy, and told her that she would perform some important task in the future. (Source: Thomas E. Bullard, UFO Abductions: The Measure of a Mystery; Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Sighting Reports database, case # 451).

1984 - At 7:25 a.m. a blurry red object was viewed by the crew of  United Airlines flight 729 westbound at 43,000 feet altitude 30 miles east of Toledo, Ohio. left contrail, visible only a few seconds. At 7:00 p.m. a car was chased by a UFO in Waycross, Georgia. It illuminated the interior of the car with a red light. There were many nocturnal light reports in the area on the same evening. At 7:09 p.m. an orange ball of light hovered silently for one minute over Huntington, West Virginia. It suddenly moved west at a high rate of speed. It made no sound. (Source: Bob Gribble, International UFO Reporter, March 1984, p. 7).

1984 - At 7:00 p.m. two witnesses in Arnold, Missouri reported that a 25 foot diameter, white glowing saucer paced their car for three minutes at only 150 feet altitude. Three helicopters were seen circling the area afterwards. (Sources: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 11075, citing MUFON UFO Journal, issue 191).

1986 - Three saucer-shaped objects, stacked vertically, were seen over Prestatyn, Clwyd, Wales at 9:00 p.m. They went south toward Meliden, performing aerobatics. (Source: Paul Devereax, Earth Lights Revelation, p. 73). 

1988 - A 60-foot long triangular UFO flew to the east low over the road, just ahead of the two witnesses' car in Kettlewell, North Yorkshire, England at 9:00 p.m. It had many lights, some of which were flashing. (Source: Timothy Good, The UFO Report 1990, p. 20).

1989 - A pilot flying at 6,500 over Texarkana, Texas observed a large silver, cylinder-shaped object flying 300 feet below him at high speed. (Sources: Robert Gribble, UFO Reporting Center; Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 14732).

1992 - On this evening, starting at 7:40 p.m., two observers watched for 80 minutes as a blue triangle hovered in the sky over Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada. They took 10 minutes of videotape of the object. (Sources: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, January 1992 webpage). 

1992 - At 9:30 p.m. two observers in Welkenraedt, Belgium watched a huge triangle-shaped object fly off to the north-northwest at 40 km/h. It directed two beams light on an apartment building. (Sources: Inforespace, issue 84; Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 15628).

1993 - Several students at the local Camp Crame elementary school in Quezon City, the Philippines were burning some wood in a wooded area next to a tamarind tree, when a gigantic black figure with a tail and two horns appeared. The students panicked and some seemed to go into a trance and started speaking in an unfamiliar language or tongue. The figure appeared to vanish in plain sight. The incident was interpreted as a "demonic" manifestation and possession. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1993, case # 572, citing Fortean Times, issue # 68).

1995 - On this day lights flashed and maneuvered near a truck on the highway near Beatty, Nevada for 45 minutes. They moved faster than any jet. The two witnesses experienced 2-3 hours of missing time. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 17083).

1996 - A 300 foot long blimp-shaped UFO moved slowly through the sky over Redding, California at 8:00 p.m. It hovered for 75 minutes, making a purring sound, and then turned and moves off fast to the south. (Source: Francis Ridge, UFO Intelligence Newsletter; Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 17581).

2002 - At 8:00 p.m. Robert La Marco and his family saw a very bright disk while driving to basketball practice in Hazlet, New Jersey. The UFO hovered, then shot off to the east at incredible speed towards the Atlantic Ocean. (Source: George A. Filer & David E. Twichell, Filer's Files: Worldwide Reports of UFO Sightings, p. 26).

2003 - The witness had just left work and was driving home when he reached a place by a small lake in Prospect, Connecticut at 10:03 p.m. He noticed someone walking along the road so he flashed on his high beams. He then saw the figure walk out from the side of the road, stop in the center for a second, then continue across. It was grayish in color and it was walking on two legs, but it ambulated like an ape walks, swaying as it walked erect. The feet were small with brownish-black areas on the side. When it reached the other side it stopped and looked at the witness, waving its skinny arms. Lights appeared behind it. The man described the creature as around six feet tall, with large, foot-long pointy ears. The eyes were dark black with no apparent nose. Although the weather was cold, the witness did not see any condensed breath come from its small mouth. The mouth had a red silver strip on top. As the witness drove by he looked back to see the creature still standing by the road, and the woods behind the creature suddenly lit up like day. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 2003, citing Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle).

2003 - Starting at 9:16 p.m. a bell-shaped UFO with four lights was viewed for 26 minutes over Crawfordsville, Indiana. At 10:00 p.m. a videotape was made of a round, red light that emitted a shower of lights in Oxnard, California. The object moved back and forth in the sky. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, January 2003 webpage).

2004 - A lighted triangular craft was sighted flying low and slowly over traffic on I-35 in Olathe, Kansas at 6:45 p.m. An hour later a similar triangle was spotted over Deridder, Louisiana. (Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, January 2004 webpage).

2005 - Four discs flew east over the mountains in Rancho Cucamonga, California at 9:16 a.m.; they were shiny and reflective like polished aluminum. A small propeller aircraft just south of the mountains started to approach the area and the four objects vanished immediately as the aircraft came into view. (Source: George A. Filer & David E. Twichell, Filer's Files: Worldwide Reports of UFO Sightings, p. 30, citing NUFORC).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 23 January 2013).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database

Themes: abduction by Grey humanoids; boomerang UFO; giant black apparition; bat-wing shaped UFO; cyclindrical UFOs; disc-shaped UFOs; domed discs; humanoid with large pointed ears; missing time; multicolored UFOs; multi-year reports from Alaska, California, the Gulf of Mexico, Great Britain, Louisiana, Massachusetts and Ohio; orange balls of light UFOs; short humanoid; side-to-side swaying motion; trance state behavior by witnesses to humanoid encounter; triangular UFOs; vehicle EM ignition interference effects.

© Donald A. Johnson