On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 January 29

1950 - Mr. Quintana of Denver, Colorado saw a silvery green ovoid object hovering about 15 meters above a slope on South Table Mountain. It landed slowly in a small ravine. Then it shot upward at very high speed. Its diameter was about 20 meters, and it had a revolving middle band. A greenish light flashed under it, and the witness felt a rush of air and a pungent smell. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 194, citing Flying Saucers, July 1959).

1952 - Several bright discs, each estimated to be three feet in diameter, followed a B-29 Superfortress flying 30 miles west-southwest of Wonsan, Korea at 11:20 p.m. A second sighting occurred at 11:24 p.m. with a different squadron of B-29s flying near Sunchon, Korea. (Sources: Kenneth Arnold & Ray Palmer, The Coming of the Saucers, p. 157; Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 15; UNICAT, case 625, citing Life magazine, April 7, 1952).

1953 - Hearing a commotion in his barn, a farmer in Conway, South Carolina observed an object about seven meters long and four meters wide at treetop level. It was light gray in color and lit up inside. It resembled an egg sliced in half lengthwise. The witness fired his gun at the object. Numerous livestock died "mysteriously" in the area after the sighting. At 2:00 p.m. four huge metallic discs, each the size of a B-36 bomber, flew over Malibu Beach, California at a speed in excess of 1,000 mph. At five minutes before midnight an F-94 jet interceptor and two other fighter aircraft reported seeing a dark gray, oval-shaped UFO flying over Presque Isle, Maine. (Sources: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 202; Fate Magazine, June 1953, p. 12, citing Los Angeles Examiner; Project Blue Book files; Donald E. Keyhoe, Flying Saucers from Outer Space, p. 219).

1954 - A married couple was driving six miles south of Santa Ana, California in the afternoon when their car radio quit and the engine missed as a disc-shaped UFO passed low over their car. (Sources: APRO Bulletin, March 1954; Mark Rodeghier, UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, p. 2).

1962 - A Royal Dutch Air Force F-86 jet interceptor was chased by a UFO over the eastern Netherlands. The event was witnessed by six members of the military and the UFO was detected by ground and airborne radar. (Sources: NICAP UFO Investigator, September 1962, p. 1; Richard Hall, The UFO Evidence, p. 122; Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 33).

1967 - At around 10:00 p.m. Mrs. Enid Campbell saw from her window in her home near Knox City, Missouri what at first looked like the full moon, but as it got closer she could see that it was a Saturn-shaped object, with the main body white in color like a frosted light bulb and a shiny gold horizontal ring around the center which had numerous round holes. The object came up to within several feet of her window before stopping, and through its semi-transparent material she could see a control panel with a lever on top, and two occupants, one seated at the panel, the other standing. They wore "shiny, silvery wetsuits." She called her sons Gene, age 18, and George, age 14, who came to the window in time to see the object as it rose and moved away. While it hovered nearby two smaller white luminous spheres approached and entered the craft through an opening, after which the holes in the central ring jetted out red fire. Then the object ascended vertically and disappeared. The snow on the ground under the spot where it had been hovering was melted, and the ground over which the object first approached the house failed to grow plants, while plants elsewhere grew normally. (Sources: Skylook, April 1971, p. 12 and November 1972, p. 8; Francis L. Ridge, Regional Encounters, p. 27; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1967-10, citing Ted Phillips for MUFON).

1968 - A woman living alone in an isolated cabin on Keats Island, British Columbia had for several days witnessed mysterious lights and unknown objects maneuvering over some nearby hills and a nearby lake. On this afternoon two men dressed in neatly pressed, apparently new dark coveralls, and claiming to be from the public water company, visited her. The men acted nervous and seemed surprised that she lived there alone. They finally left disappearing down a nearby footpath. They seemed to have no obvious means for getting on or off the island, and she completely disbelieved their story that they were from the public utility. (Sources: Peter Guttilla, Saga UFO Report, Summer 1974; John Magor, Our UFO Visitors, p. 44; Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1968, case #1079, citing Peter Guttilla, Saga UFO Report, July 1974).

1969 - At ten o'clock in the morning an 80-year-old woman in Matadepera, Barcelona, Spain witnessed a pear-shaped UFO with a horizontal axis that landed very close (within 11 m), making a "revving" noise. It was estimated to be three meters long and had a 2.5 meter diameter, and was wider in the front. It gave off bright colors, green and yellow mostly, and was described as "very pretty." After landing it made an abrupt turn to pass under some high tension (5 Kv) power lines. (Sources: Jose Maria Casas-Huguet, FSR Case Histories, December 1972, p. 1; Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos, Catalogue of 200 Type-I UFO Events in Spain and Portugal, case 102; UNICAT, case # 426, citing Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos, OVNIs: El Fenomeno Aterrizaje, p. 88).

1970 - A man and woman in their mid-twenties had a close encounter with a disc-shaped object while driving on U.S. Highway 44 in Cassia, Lake County, Florida. The object made a whirring sound, and emitted a variety of flashing multicolored lights. There was an independent witness. (Sources: George D. Fawcett, Flying Saucers, September 1970, p. 5; Data-Net Report, March 1970, p. 14, citing Sun News).

1972 - At 7:30 p.m. in Chatsworth, Ventura County, California a slowly rotating disc-shaped object with lights around the rim was seen for a minute by a mail carrier. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 9468, citing NICAP UFO Investigator, February 1972).

1974 - A flight instructor and his student were flying over the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Santa Ana, Orange County, California in the middle of the day when they were buzzed by five glowing red UFOs, which circled their plane for the next hour. (Sources: Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 38).

1976 - Mr. Carrasco, a 29-year-old farmer, was walking home at 12:30 a.m. in Benacazon, Sevilla province, Spain when he heard a noise “like a jet.” Turning around, he saw a brilliant light hovering in the sky; it approached and landed 18 feet away. It was dark green, rectangular, and taller than a telephone booth, and it stood on three legs. From this landed object emerged two men 6’6” or more in height, who came to within 12 or 15 ft of the witness. They were clad in dark but luminous tight fitting clothing resembling rubber or plastic, with wide belts whose buckles emitted blindingly bright and hot flashes of red and white light; he could not see their faces, but noticed that they had shoulder-length blondish-white hair. The witness put his hands over his face, but could not stir from the spot. He heard the men talking in a language he could not understand; then he began to run. The UFO rose and flew over him, emitting something that burned him; he lost consciousness until at 0230A he found himself at the door of his house in Benacazon. He had to be hospitalized for shock. In the hospital he was found to have strange sooty black marks on his right cheek, on the palms of both hands, on his shoulders and on his right arm; these began to disappear after 7-8 hours. (Sources: Joaquin M. Nogales, MUFON UFO Journal, August 1976, p. 16; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1976-31 (A1452), citing J. J. Benitez, FSR, Vol. 22, No. 1 & Iker Jimenez).

1976 - At around 10:15 p.m., while driving near Pahrump, Nevada southwest of Las Vegas, Country & Western singer Johnny Sands saw a rusty orange cigar-shaped object descend from the sky. The object was at least 60 feet long, and had flashing red and white lights on one end and a dark ring around the middle section, which also had portholes. His car stopped running, and he got out to check the engine. He next saw two men, about 200 feet away, walking toward him. They wore silver sparkling one-piece uniforms with a diagonal black stripe, and a round white central emblem. He wanted to get back into his car but felt paralyzed and unable to move. As the men approached, he saw that they were bald and had close set squinting eyes, a grayish white complexion, and something that lookede like folds or gills under their ears. Their mouths were very small and their noses “puggish.” One of them questioned Sands in English, but he did not hear the words coming from the being's mouth. It spoke in a slow, “robot-like” voice. The voice asked him, “What are you doing here?” and he replied, “I am an entertainer.” The next question was “What are your means of communication,” which he was at a loss to answer. Four or five other questions were asked, which he has chosen not to reveal. They said that they would see him again. Turning to go, the leader brushed his fingertips over Mr. Sands hand, which seemed to release him from the paralysis. They walked away, and the car started again. Many observers reported seeing rust-colored cigar shaped objects over the Las Vegas Valley that night. (Sources: APRO Bulletin, March-April 1976, p. 1; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1976-32 (A1453), citing Bob Pratt, National Enquirer).

1979 - In the early morning hours a married couple in Bissoe Truro, Cornwall County, England were awakened at around two a.m. to find their bedroom lit up brightly. One of the witnesses looked out the window and was amazed to see a bright hovering oval-shaped craft. Inside could be seen two human-looking men with long wavy blond hair. The UFO glided silently away and then shot away at high speed. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1979, case 1435, citing Bob Boyd, Plymouth UFO Research Group).

1980 - At ten p.m. three National Telephone Company officials, Gomez, Polar, and Aguilar, on the highway between the towns of Desaguadero and Pomata, Peru saw a bright circular UFO with red and white lights on the bottom hover stationary at 1000 meters altitude. It went behind a cloud for three minutes, then was observed for five more minutes as it flew over Lake Titicaca. (Sources: Richard Heiden, UFO Newsclipping Service, April 1980, p. 13; translating El Commercio, February 16, 1980; Jane Thomas, UFO Newsclipping Service, April 1980, p. 14, translating La Razon, February 15, 1980).

1982 - At two o'clock in the morning a student in Bankstown, a suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia had a low level close encounter with a five-meter thick rectangular object with a glassy metallic surface. The object was only 100 meters away. It had bluish yellow bottom lights, and green lights on the side. The UFO caused nearby trees to sway, TV static interference, and streetlights in the area to turn off. The object took off with a vertical ascent. After the object left the streetlights came back on 20 minutes later. (Sources: Bill Chalker, UFOIC case files; Mark Cashman, Project 1947 EM Effects Catalog website).

1986 - In Dal'negorsk, Vladivostok, Russia in eastern Asia a red fireball flew parallel to the ground with an estimated speed of 15 meters per second, leaving no wake or trail. At 7:55 p.m. it dove silently into the slope ofHill 611 (a mountain 611 meters in height), then jumped up-and-down six times. A very bright light, like flames from a welding torch, was observed coming from the mountain for an hour, then the red ball of light took off. Traces at the site included a fine, glassy metallic fabric debris, lead and iron pellets, and magnetic anomalies. Temperature at the crash site was estimated to have been as high as 25,000 deg C. (Sources: Paul Stonehill, The Soviet UFO Files, p. 92; William R. Corliss, Remarkable Luminous Phenomena in Nature, p. 283).

1987 - At 5:43 a.m. several Mozambican laborers working in Zimbabwe reported seeing a large, brightly lit balloon-shaped object passing over Chimanimani, Zimbabwe. The witnesses were able to see two men inside the craft. One was dressed in blue and the other in white. The witnesses interpreted the object as "witch doctors" traveling from South Africa. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1987, case # 1050, citing Cynthia Hind, MUFON Symposium Proceedings 1987).

1989 - A woman in Redding, California reported six giant beige triangular objects that moved from south to north at low altitude at 9:35 p.m. (Source: Paul Ferrughelli, Computer Catalog of UFO Reports, 1988-94, case 238, citing Robert Gribble, UFO Reporting Center, Seattle).

1990 - At 7:30 a.m. a brilliant disc-shaped object stopped over the town of Montbazon, Indre-Loire department, France, hovered for about a minute, then shot away at high speed. (Source: Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue 301).

1990 - A huge dark mass flanked by two beacons, and lit by a halo, was seen over farm country in Wellman, Iowa at nine o'clock in the evening. (Source: Paul Ferrughelli, Computer Catalog of UFO Reports, 1988-94, case 831, citing UFO Newsclipping Service).

1996 - At two o'clock in the morning an orange glow was seen in some woods east of Villalba, Lugo, Spain. Then a 25 foot in diameter dome rose from the woods, but sank back down again. It had a metallic door that was visible on one side. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case 17591).

1998 - A shiny metallic daylight disc, saucer shaped with a dome on top and with row of blinking red lights, was seen flying over Coventry, Rhode Island at two o'clock in the afternoon. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, January 1998 webpage).

2000 - There were several UFO reports made on this evening in and around Sydney, New South Wales, Australia between 8:30 and 11:00 p.m. In one report from South Penrith six witnesses watched four objects that stopped moving across the sky at 9:30 p.m. and then backtracked. At 10:15 p.m. five bright lights in a triangle formation changed to a straight line, looking like balls of fire, giving off what seemed to be smoke. These five bright lights were also observed by a married couple from Glenmore. They reported that after about eight minutes the first light disappeared, then the third one. The object or objects were just below the cloud cover. There were also sightings in Adelaide, South Australia this night. Single and multiple bright orange orbs were seen flying over the city, and they were seen to disappear in vicinity of the Blue Mountains. (Sources: Karen Burden & Robert Frola, Australasian Ufologist, January 2001, pp. 40 & 46; UFO Magazine (USA), June 2000, p. 37).

2001 - At 12:15 p.m. a resident of the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil reported that first everything froze on the street. Then a UFO appeared overhead with multicolored lights--white, blue and red--spinning on the underside. A door in the object opened, and a tall being with long skinny arms, a skinny body, and a large head appeared in view. The door quickly shut, and the object shot away. (Source: Doug Moffett, Australasian Ufologist, April 2002, p. 36).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 4 September 2009)

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: aircraft UFO encounters, balloon-shaped UFO, communication, disc-shaped UFOs, domed discs, hovering UFOs, human-looking UFOnauts, incomplete EM vehicle electrical system interference effects, Grey UFOnauts, inside UFO occupants, landings with traces, maneuvering UFOs, multi-year reports from southern California and New South Wales, Nordic looking UFOnauts, odor, ovoid UFOs, paralysis, radar-visual UFO case, rectangular UFOs, tall thin UFOnaut, unexplained animal deaths, vertical ascent.

© Donald A. Johnson