On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 January 23

1950 - At 4:40 a.m. a U.S. Navy P2V3 patrol plane flying from the Kodiak Naval Air Station in Alaska spotted two orange lights rotating about a common central point, which maneuvered in the sky. (Source: MUFON UFO Journal, September 1978, p. 7).

1959 - A bright silver object was sighted as it arced across the sky in the Panama Canal Zone. It was tracked by US radar. (Source: Richard Hall, The UFO Evidence, p. 119, citing New York Times, January 23, 1959).

1964 - An underwater submarine object (USO) was seen at around 9:00 p.m. at the Northeast point at Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory, Australia. Large lights in the water made a compass go haywire. A shadow in the center of the lights rotated clockwise, causing the lights to pulsate. (Source: Ivan Sanderson, Invisible Residents, p. 112; Michael Hervey, UFOs Over the Southern Hemisphere, p. 204).

1965, Williamsburg, Virginia - At 8:40 a.m. cars stalled near the intersection of US Highway 60 and State Route 614. A 31-year-old businessman named Mains, whose car had stalled, observed a mushroom-shaped object hovering over a nearby field about four feet off the ground, 500 feet away. It was metallic gray and about 75-80 feet tall. There was a red-orange glow coming from the near side, and a bluish glow from the far side. Soon the object rose slightly and then accelerated horizontally speeding off towards the west, making a noise like a vacuum cleaner. The sighting duration was 25 seconds. (Sources: J. Allen Hynek, The Hynek UFO Report, pp. 177-178; Mark Rodeghier, UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, case 138, citing Project Bluebook; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II:  A Thirty-Year Report, pp. 249 & 314; UNICAT, case # 283).

1966 - More saucer nests were discovered in crushed reeds in Cooktown, Queensland, Australia. (Source: Jacques Vallee,  The Invisible College, p. 52).

1966 - Two witnesses who wished to remain anonymous reported to NICAP that they were changing a tire near Essex, California at 11:45 p.m. when they saw a disc-shaped object land 200 yards away from them. Upon closer investigation they found the object to be 75-100 feet in diameter and 25 feet in height. A door slid open and a seven-foot tall being appeared. He called to them by name, and conversed with them via telepathy. He said his race was from another star and that 400 American citizens are actually from his race. (Source: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1966-05).

1967 - Another abduction by aliens occurred to Betty Andreassen and four other members of her family in South Ashburnham, Massachusetts. The abduction involved a medical exam with instruments used during the exam, communication, and psychological aftereffects. (Source: Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II. A Thirty Year Report, p. 529).

1968 - At 12:45 a.m. a luminous object landed in Copahue, Neuquen province, Argentina and stayed on the ground for four hours. It was watched by several witnesses who were too afraid to approach. It finally rose vertically, and left behind a large burnt area. (Sources: Oscar A. Uriondo, FSR Case Histories, February 1973, p. 14; APRO Bulletin, July-August 1968, p. 7; Lumieres dans la Nuit, March 1968).

1968 - A college yearbook photo editor from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario took 12 photos with a 35mm camera using tri-X film with five other witnesses at 7:15 p.m. The images showed a slightly off-centered, luminous domed disc-shaped object. Another photograph of a luminous UFO was taken by a married couple, Mr. & Mrs. Wood,  in Old Haversham, Northamptonshire, England at 5:25 a.m. (Source: (1) Gene Duplantier, Saucers, Space & Science, Spring 1968, p. 7, citing Sudbury Star, January 24, 1968; (2) David Abbott, FSR, July-August 1968, p. 5).

1968 - At 10:00 p.m., five miles from White Rocks, Utah, a woman named Chapman spotted a blue half dome-shaped object that moved slowly, then changed color to red and moved away very fast! It then maneuvered over the Uintah Mountains. (Source: Frank Salisbury, The Utah UFO Display, p. A-59).

1971 - A brilliant ovoid object flew from east to west over Lerida, Spain for five minutes at 8 p.m. It left a zig-zag contrail. (Source: Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue # 124, citing Courrier Catalan).

1973 - On this evening a teenage girl driving on Interstate 85 in Gaffney, South Carolina noticed that the radio reception of her car radio was mysteriously blocked. Then she noticed a yellow oval-shaped object with "white lights blinking on and off and going around on its bottom". The UFO followed the traffic on I-85. (Sources: Rodger Painter, Gaffney Ledger, February 2, 1973; Geoffrey Falla, BUFORA Vehicle Interference Project Report, case # 63).

1974 - The entire village of Llandrillo, Wales heard a loud explosion that was preceded by violent shaking of the ground. Running outside, many people saw blue and orange lights floating in a circle around Cader Mountain east of the village. Police and RAF personnel were in the area quickly and cordoned off access to a supposed crash site on the barren hilltop. A nurse, telephoned by the police, was on her way up the mountain to the crash site with her daughters when she saw something sitting on the ground ahead of her. It seemed to be intact and was very large, circular and glowed orange. She and her daughters got to within a few hundred feet of teh object when the police and military showed up and told her to leave. According to UFO researcher Tony Dodd, a retired military man using the name of "Robert Prescott" told him that he and some others had been assigned to transport two crates from the crash site to the top secret military weapons research facility at Porton Down near Salisbury, England. According to Prescott, military personnel opened the crates and found two humanoid bodies about 5 to 6 feet tall, and so very thin they were almost skeletal in nature. Other units allegedly transported live aliens from the "crash" site. (Sources: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1974, case # 3925, citing CSETI; Nicholas Redfern, Cosmic Crashes).

1976 - At 1:30 a.m. in Lompoc, California a nurse driving not far from Vandenburg Air Force Base had a close encounter with a 50 foot long ovoid UFO. Her car radio went wild, and she felt like she had been hypnotized. Near Vandenburg AFB (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 12150, citing MUFON UFO Journal, issue # 273).

1976 - At 5:15 p.m. a 17-year-old witness had gotten off the bus in Bolton, Lancashire, England and was returning home to her housing development. She then saw an object with two lights, one amber and the other red, over the Rumsworth Reservoir. The object suddenly streaked toward her and came to hover directly over her. The metallic looking UFO was about 25 feet in diameter and shaped like an octagon, with one amber light and a flashing red light. It had a curved base and a flat top. It rotated on its axis, and the witness's teeth vibrated as if ultrasonic sound waves were emanating from the object, causing her pain in her mouth. Also, pressure on her shoulders knocked her down, and she attempted to scream but was unable to. She ran home terrified. Later under hypnosis it was revealed that she had suffered a 45 minute period of missing time and could vaguely recall an abduction experience. She could only recall being inside a room with a tall blond or albino woman who wore a long gown. She was told by this woman “not to be afraid” and felt that information was being inserted into her brain at high speed. She was also given several apocalyptic messages.(Sources: Jenny Randles, FSR, May 1976, p. 32; Bolton Evening News, January 24 & 27, 1976; John F. Schuessler, MUFON UFO Journal, November 1982, p. 3; Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1976, case # 518, citing Jenny Randles, Alien Contacts and Abductions).

1977 - This humanoid encounter began at 12:30 a.m. when a penetrating sound and bright lights coming from the sky awoke the villagers of Santa Rosa, Lara State, Venezuela. A circular UFO with intense multicolored flashing lights, emitting waves of heat, circled the small community and landed on the banks of the Turbio River, causing panic. Two small human like figures, walking stiffly, could be seen moving about inside the object "slowly and in a robot like fashion" for the next five minutes. When a crowd of people armed with flashlights approached, the object took off when someone shone a flashlight on the object's interior. It left behind a 12 foot wide burn mark, landing gear imprints, and a "greasy granular material" on the ground. (Sources: Mark da Silva, FSR, June 1977, p. 13; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1977-03 (A1703); Jerome Clark & William R. Corliss, UFO Calendar 1999).

1978 - A dark brown hat-shaped object was seen hovering over the beach in Colares, Para State, Brazil at 11:30 p.m. It had two legs that were visible, looked transparent, and had a bottom that reflected a greenish blue light. Its estimated distance was 400 meters, and it was in view for 10 minutes. At 11:53 p.m. a reddish-yellow light flew over Belem, Para, Brazil from north to south at 900 feet altitude. It traveled at a medium speed 1000 meters away, with a trajectory curving to the left. It made no sound, and the duration of the sighting was one minute. On the same day an object was filmed with a Canon Super 8 movie camera in Rio Laranjeira, Para, Brazil using Extachrome film. It looked like a fried egg or a domed disc. (Source: Bob Pratt, Operacion Prato, pp. 24 & 45).

1978 - At 7:40 p.m. a 48-year-old carpenter named Senecal and one other witnessed a distinct disc-shaped object that hovered over Toledo, Ohio for five minutes. It had windows and a structure on top. It shot away to the south. Total duration of sighting was 10 minutes. (Source: Allan Hendry, International UFO Reporter, March 1978, p. 3).

1978 - On the same day a Mrs. Grusheski had a close encounter with a UFO in Hilltown, Adams County, Pennsylvania. (Source: George M. Eberhart, A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies, p. 774, citing Doylestown Daily Intelligencer, January 24, 1978).

1979 - A dentist and three students were traveling by car late at night on the barren plain of Toquilla, Casanare province, Colombia when suddenly their motor engine stalled. They then saw two metallic objects land nearby and three men wearing tight-fitting silvery outfits and large helmets came out. There was a sudden whirlwind that surrounded their vehicle and they could no longer see the figures or the objects. When the "whirlwind" went away the figures and objects were no longer there. They had "disappeared like magic". (Sources: Jane Thomas, UFO Newsclipping Service, March 1979, p. 15 and April 1979, p. 15, citing La Provincia, January 26, 1979 and Cronica, January 25, 1979; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case A2195, citing Cronica).

1979 - A gray cigar-shaped object with portholes and green and orange lights, circled the hills and bay of Stanraer, Dumfries, Scotland. (Source: Jenny Randles, Flying Saucers and How to See Them, p. 100).

1981 - At two o'clock in the morning Dario Mazzaglia, a farmer in Los Acantilados, Buenos Aires province, Argentina observed flames in the distance, and then saw an ovoid UFO with a reddish-orange glow hovering low over the ground for more than a minute. It made a whistling sound on takeoff. Burnt grass was found at the landing site later, with the roots burnt 3 cm below the surface. Three circular landing gear marks were located around the burn. Electromagnetic effects included interference with the radio and vehicle headlights. (Source: UNICAT, case # 606).

1987 - Three witnesses watched a blue ovoid object hover over houses in Gig Harbor, Washington at 9:30 p.m. (Source: Bob Gribble, UFO Reporting Center, case # 1212).

1988 - A massive "footprint-shaped" or peanut-shaped UFO was seen over Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England at 12:45 a.m. It had many tinted-glass portholes, and flew slowly. (Source: Timothy Good, The UFO Report 1990, p. 20).

1989 - At eight p.m. a polygon-shaped object descended over a power plant in Andebu, Norway and hovered for 2 minutes. It shot up vertically when it left. At 8:30 p.m. in Sande, Norway two people watched a 7 meter long dark object with lights and windows that moved slowly towards a house. It had sharp edges.  (Source: Inforespace, issue 83).

1989 - Two women, aged 64 and 42, saw a disc-shaped object hover 90 feet overhead in Gainesville, Florida at five a.m. for five minutes. It was 10 feet in diameter and made no sound. (Sources: Bob Gribble, UFO Reporting Center; Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 15283).

1989 - A 73-year-old couple in Greens Fork, Indiana sighted a UFO shaped like sperm whale without the tail at 9:30 p.m. The couple were the parents of a woman newspaper reporter who reported their sighting. The object moved slowly and low overhead until out of view. There was also a smaller satellite object that was yellow in color. (Source: Francis Ridge, Regional Encounters, p. 119).

1991 - A manta-ray shaped object was sighted maneuvering in the sky over the city of Great Houghton, South Yorkshire, England at 1:20 a.m. (Source: Timothy Good, The UFO Report 1992, p. 141).

1993 - A 34-year-old adult driving with two children in Charlestown, Rhode Island drove under and past a slow-moving, large, lighted, silent domed disc-shaped object with a flat bottom. They stopped to watch as a second object with blinding lights appeared and then moved off, drifting to the northwest. (Source: Jerold R. Johnson, MUFON UFO Journal, July 1994, p. 12).

1995 - At 6:15 a.m. a metallic disc-shaped object was sighted from Seattle hovering low over Puget Sound to the west. It made noises, then streaked away. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center).

1997 - A green oval-shaped object with six windows passed over Littleton, New Hampshire from Vermont across the Connecticut River at 6:50 p.m. After a few minutes it took off over the mountains. (Sources: Manchester Union Leader, March 3, 1997; Michael David Hall, UFOs: A Century of Sightings, p. 332). 

1998 - A father and son driving between Holstein and Heartwell, Nebraska at 6:05 p.m. witnessed a glowing triangular object hover for 6-7 minutes; it then turned on end and flew off to the south. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, Jan. 1998 webpage).

2000 - There were three sightings in California reported on this day. At 11:05 a.m. in Petaluma in Sonoma County a metallic disc was seen that was about as wide as it was tall. It was about the size of a pea at arm's length. In Covina in Los Angeles County a lighted object moved from west to east across a cloudy sky at 6:30 p.m. It made no sound as it flew. Finally, twenty minutes later in Fontana in San Bernardino County a saucer-shaped UFO hovered for a few minutes, spinning at a high rate of speed. It was completely illuminated by a self-luminous glowing light, and it moved slowly over city after hovering. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, Jan. 2000 webpage, reports uploaded on Feb. 16, 2000).

2001 - A huge silver cylindrical object with "falling leaf motion" was seen over Vancouver, British Columbia at nine o'clock in the morning. (Source: Geoff Dittman, 2001 Canadian UFO Survey, case # 31, citing UFOBC).

2001 - A driver in Salisbury, North Carolina felt a strange presence while driving at 8:00 p.m., and looked up to see a saucer directly above the car. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, Jan. 2001 webpage, report uploaded Oct. 11, 2005).

2008 - At 3:30 p.m. a photograph of a “phantom UFO” was taken by a woman showing the object flying over a lake, Lago Menendez in the Los Alerces National Park, Chubut province, Argentina next to the Torrecillas Glacier. (Source: Luis Burgos, www.ufoinfo.com, citing Inexplicata).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 28 December 2009).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: cigar-shaped UFOs, communication via telepathy, crash and military retrieval of UFO wreakage and humanoid bodies, domed discs, luminous UFOs, missing time, multi-year reports from Argentina, octagonal UFO, ovoid UFOs, pendulum motion, photographs and motion picture film, physiological effect: teeth vibrated, radio interference, sensation of heat, silvery uniforms and helmets, tall humanoid, underwater submarine object (USO), vehicle EM ignition interference, vertical ascent, very thin humanoids.

© Donald A. Johnson