On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 January 30

1897 - A mystery airship with an immense artificial bright light was sighted in the early evening by several "sober observers" in Hastings, Nebraska. It was estimated to be 12 meters in length, and perhaps 800 feet in the air. Days later it was seen 40 miles south of Invale, Nebraska. (Sources: Omaha Bee, February 2, 1897; Philip Rife, It Didn't Start with Roswell, p. 3; Loren E. Gross, Charles Fort, the Fortean Society, and UFOs, p. 9).

1944 - On this day several 30-cm amber "foo-fighter" balls followed some US fighter planes of the 415th Squadron flying southwest of Landau, Germany. They were chased away. (Source: SOS-OVNI France, Phenomena, issue 12).

1953 - Research chemist Wells Alan Webb and two other witnesses were traveling on Highway 80 seven miles east of Yuma, Arizona when a nocturnal light appeared and spun in the sky over a mechanic in a plane; the UFO then accelerated up into the sky. (Source: Charles Maney & Richard Hall, The Challenge of Unidentified Flying Objects, p. 152; Richard Hall, The UFO Evidence, p. 51; Otto Binder, What We Really Know About Flying Saucers, p. 54).

1956 - At 9:30 p.m. in Lamar, nine miles east of Holdenville, Oklahoma a low flying, 120 foot long ovoid object illuminated an area 15 acres in size; it then pursued four witnesses in a car for 16 minutes. (Source: Loren E. Gross, The Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse: UFOs: A History. 1956: January-April, p. 20).

1958 - At 11:45 p.m. a lawyer, his wife, and their nephew felt an electric shock at a point 220 miles north of Arequipa, Peru heading towards Lima. Several seconds later the headlights and engine of their car failed. An inverted mushroom-shaped object was then observed, about 15 feet in diameter, descending from the sky. It hovered for about eight minutes at a 150-foot altitude, glowing red. A truck and a bus were also affected by the presence of the UFO. (Source: Mark Rodeghier, UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, case 90, citing Charles Maney & Richard Hall, The Challenge of Unidentified Flying Objects).

1959 - A truck driver driving this night on U.S. Route 52 near New Richmond, Ohio saw a bizarre gray "ugly" creature with tentacles crossing the road ahead of the truck. Two hours later, just across the border in Covington, Kentucky a woman reported seeing a strange grayish creature with a lopsided chest, ugly tentacles, and rolls of fat running in a bent over fashion. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1959, citing Bigfoot: Tales of Unexplained Creatures, UFOs, and Psychic Connections).

1965 - Sid Padrick, age 52, was walking on the beach in Manresa Beach, Santa Cruz County, California just before 2.00 a.m. when he heard a sound and saw a large dark disc-shaped object that approached from the Pacific Ocean. He started to run from it, but heard a voice frpm it saying, “Do not be frightened, we are not hostile.” It descended to within two feet of the beach. Mr. Padrick was invited by the voice to come onboard, which he did. The UFO, which bore no lights, was shaped like a 50 foot sphere with top and bottom cut off, and surrounded by a horizontal flange. The witness entered through a brilliantly lit antechamber, and was met by a young man dressed in a tight fitting, bluish white two piece uniform, continuous with the boots. The UFO occupant identified himself as "Zeeno" and said that he came from a planet invisible to us, as it is always behind one of the planets we can see. He further explained that their society had no sickness, vice or crime. Padrick saw on a TV screen another such vessel, identified as their “navigating craft.” He was taken for a ride to a spot in the mountains and brought back to the beach after two hours. (Sources: Major Damon B. Reeder, U.S. Air Force for Project Blue Book; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case # 1965-10 (A0620), citing Paul Cerny; John Keel, Operation Trojan Horse, p. 228; George D. Fawcett, Flying Saucers, August 1965, p. 58 & October 1966, p. 30).

1965 - A triangular UFO was spotted about 8:30 p.m. by Chad Rayfeld, a 17-year-old high school senior, and several friends in Newport News, Virginia. They estimated it was three times bigger than an automobile, very bright, and moving fast across the James River in the direction of Richmond. At the base of the triangle was an orange light with a white light at the leading apex. The triangle made no noise, and was visible for about 20 minutes. (Sources: Newport News (VA) Daily Press, January 31, 1965; Project Blue Book files; J. Allen Hynek personal case files).

1967 - At 7:05 a.m. in Lander, Wyoming Mr. J. Kenney, an ex-Air Force man, sighted a long, thin cigar-shaped object that flew to the northeast for 15 seconds. There was an intense blue light the entire length of the object. (Source: NICAP UFO Investigator, February 1967, p. 4).

1967 - At 7:30 p.m. CST nine people in Granite City, Illinois reported sighting a cup-shaped object with a dome on top. (Source: Gilbert L. Bernier, UFO-INFO, April 1967, p. 12).

1967 - At 8:04 p.m. CST Delton Schwanz, a commercial pilot with 29 years experience and a past U.S. Air Force serviceman, was driving with his wife Della and children Robert, Roger and Diane five miles southwest and 20 miles west of Crosby, North Dakota when they saw a bright white, sharply outlined lozenge-shaped object in the western sky. It had a length to width ratio of 4:1 and an elevation of 15°-20°. It momentarily stopped, then moved in level flight to the left, making a smooth climb in the southwest and dropping white "strips" of light that descended vertically. It disappeared to the south at azimuth 170° by ascending to about 30°-45° elevation. Two other men were independent witnesses, driving by car west of Crosby near the intersection of Highways 5 and 85, where they reported seeing a large white light moving rapidly from west to south and dropping a "piece" of the object, then vanishing suddenly. (Sources: J. Allen Hynek, The UFO Experience, pp. 64-65; Willy Smith, UNICAT, case # 315).

1968 - At two o'clock in the morning a security guard in Cinco Picos, The Azores experienced radio interference, then had a close encounter with a saucer-shaped object and two humanoids. The guard shined his flashlight at the disc; he was gassed and fainted; this was followed by 10 minutes of missing time. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 8073; Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue 93).

1968 - At 11:30 p.m. in Torres, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil a luminous  object rose from the sea and descended onto the beach. Next, three stiff-walking figures appeared. There was also telepathy reported. (Sources: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 8182, citing Charles Garreau, Soucoupes Volantes, Vingt-cinq Ans d'Enquetes, p. 141; GEPA Phenomenes Spatiaux, December 1968).

1970 - Two policemen in Mrewa, Zimbabwe saw three shiny metallic oval objects hovering near their cruiser at 9:30 p.m. The headlights went out during the sighting, which ended when the objects moved away at high speed. The headlights did not come back on until 10 minutes after the objects had gone. (Sources: Eileen Buckle, FSR, September-October 1970, p. 33; Mark Rodeghier, UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, case 288, citing FSR, Vol . 16, No. 5).

1971 - On this night a witness named Nicolae watched a nocturnal light that maneuvered for ten minutes around a central point in the sky over the city of Predeal, Romania. (Source: Ion Hobana & Julien Weverbergh, UFOs from Behind the Iron Curtain, p. 271).

1971 - At 8:00 p.m. in Canelinha, Santa Catalina, Brazil a dog began behaving frantically, and then the witness's lantern went out. Next, a beam of light levitated the observer and that was his last conscious memory. He woke up the next morning at 8:00 a.m. after 12 hours of missing time. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 9771; citing FSR, January 1973).

1973 - A strange light with a cone on top was seen by a single eyewitness from Benowa Estate, Nerang, Queensland, Australia at 3:45 a.m. (Source: J. Bernard Delair, The UFO Register (volume 5), case # 39, citing Adelaide Sun Mirror, February 4, 1973).

1979 - At 7:29 a.m. a young man named Patrick, a previous UFO abductee, was driving in Quitman, Texas when he experienced either an abduction or teleportation experience that included five minutes of unexplained missing time. He found himself in Gilmer, Texas, a distance of 30 miles away from his last known location. He also had a strange cut on his arm. (Source: Richard C. Niemtzow, MUFON UFO Journal, September 1979, p. 3).

1981 - At around 1 p.m. three photographs were taken of a giant daylight cloud-cigar shaped UFO north of Florence, Arizona with a Kodak Instamatic camera. There were six military witnesses. The whole object could not fit into a single frame. Its apparent size was compared to a 12" ruler at arm's length. (Source: APRO Bulletin, May 1981, p. 1).

1983 - Four witnesses were driving in a car down a road in the countryside near Olkusz, Katowice, Poland at around 9 p.m. when they had a close encounter with a cylinder of light, which became a glowing ovoid object. During the encounter they noticed that the surrounding scenery appeared strange and altered. After the experience all observers were very tired. (Source: Bronislaw Rzepecki, FSR, March 1988).

1984 - At 9:00 p.m. nine oil platform workers in a swampy area 50 miles west of Miami in Dade County, Florida watched a 200 foot in diameter domed disc-shaped object with a huge red glow and a silver dome, engage in a high speed vertical descent and then hover for 10 seconds. It then changed color from orange to a metallic chrome color, then back to orange. It also had dozens of flashing lights. It instantaneously moved away to the east. (Source: Robert Gribble, International UFO Reporter, March 1984, p. 7).

1989 - In the predawn hours in the ocean off Shagwong Point, Long Island, New York a fishing boat's radar system and other electronics failed when it was approached by a light on the sea or hovering just above the water less than a mile away. A diamond shaped UFO estimated to be 150 feet in size was then seen as it moved toward the boat, turned west, and then finally south, making a slight humming sound. There were three witnesses on board and the incident lasted several minutes. (Sources: Philip J. Imbrogno, Contact of the 5th Kind, p. 31; Timothy Good, The UFO Report 1991, p. 215, citing the UFO Newsclipping Service).

1989 - At 9:40 p.m. a witness in Blenfleet, Essex, England spotted a 300-foot long "bus" in the sky at 900 feet altitude. It had two rows of windows, and it moved slowly and silently through the sky.

1989 - Three witnesses in Battle Mountain, Nevada saw a delta-shaped object in the sky with a red light at 5:00 p.m. (Source: Paul Ferrughelli, Computer Catalog of UFO Reports, 1988-94, case # 16, citing the UFO Newsclipping Service).

1990 - On this night, from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada a woman church minister claimed she was taken onboard an alien craft that left Earth's gravity. Her next memory was of being inside a huge "Embryo Fertilization Room." Small beings were working on people on tables. Although celibate, she was Impregnated, and later had a miscarriage. (Source: John F. Schuessler, UFO-Related Human Physiological Effects, p. 103, citing a private communication; Lorne Goldfader, Enigma, St. Louis UFO Study Group, October 1990).

1991 - In Virginia, Minnesota three witnesses watched a triangular UFO with mulicolored lights for 30 minutes as it hovered 600 feet off the ground. (Source: Paul Ferrughelli, Computer Catalog of UFO Reports, 1988-94, case # 1023, citing William I. McNeff).

1993 - At 7:45 p.m. two teenagers in Oceanside, San Diego County, California watched an ovoid object approach them from the Pacific Ocean. The object stopped over them, then continued on to the east. It had a triangular shape inside or on the side of the object that was spinning. (Source: UFO Newsclipping Service, March 1993).

1995 - At 8:29 p.m. in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania the County Emergency Agency supervisor received a call regarding a triangular ship in the sky that was seen emitting three beams of light. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle).

1995 - At 8:00 p.m. in Olympia, Washington a young girl reported seeing several reptilian or lizard-like humanoids with bright red eyes standing outside her bedroom window. Her father went to investigate but saw nothing. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database, case #2340, citing Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle).

1995 - At 11:30 p.m. two witnesses had a close encounter with a white disc-shaped object in Pierceland, Saskatchewan, Canada. The disc-shaped object had windows and "legs" and moved slowly over a field, close to the witnesses. (Source: Frank Ducks, 1995 Canadian UFO Survey, case # 11, citing the National Research Council).

1997 - The abductee received a telepathic warning in advance that she would be taken from her home in San Bernardo, Santiago Province, Chile. At 10:00 p.m. the young woman was abducted for three hours. Her fetus was reportedly taken, and she was found all wet when she was returned. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 17866).

2000 - A huge black triangular object hovered silently above a crab fishing boat at 11:15 p.m. while the fisherman was engaged in hauling up a line of traps off Farlon Island near San Francisco, California. The man was onboard his 25 foot boat with his dog but had no other witnesses around, when he was hit by a beam of white light from the craft, which caused him fall backwards into the boat's cabin. He grabbed his Rugger 10-22 rifle and fired 100 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition at the bottom of the craft, trying to shoot out the light. While grabbing a second magazine clip he saw a hatch open up on the bottom of the object and two men leaned out, shouting "Stop shooting at us you idiot." He also heard a hissing sound like air escaping from a punctured tire. The object then moved off to the south. A helicopter then appeared and hovered over the boat. The chopper was flat black in color, and it was silent with no markings on it. As the chopper hovered a flash of light was again directed at the boat. He last saw the triangle gain altitude and disappear towards the south. The helicopter was last seen heading towards the Golden Gate Bridge. It is uncertain if what the witness allegedly encountered was a secret U.S. government project, or something even more strange. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, January 2000 webpage, report uploaded February 2000, p. 16; UFO Magazine (USA), May 2000, p. 16, citing Filer's Files).

2004 - At 9:30 p.m. witnesses in Willard, Missouri saw a orange sphere moving slowly across the sky in repeated figure eight patterns. It disappeared completely after 15 minutes.(Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, Jan. 2004 webpage).

2006 - Around two o'clock in the morning two friends awoke to a low humming sound, and a clattering noise against all the windows of the country house they occupied in Bragg Creek, Alberta, Canada. They looked outside and saw 20 or more tiny blue lights in the sky. They quickly picked up a video camera and began to film. The lights were high in the sky, and maneuvered freely in all directions, at times hovering together, one on top of the other. This continued for about an hour. They then noticed the objects getting much larger as they slowly descended to earth. They claimed they managed to get one or two close ups on video, but the quality was not great. The ridge about 1 ½ miles to the north then began to emit a day-like glow. Most of the objects were now no longer visible, but the humming sound had become almost deafening. Suddenly a strong wind began to blow out of the north, and the light on the ridge pulsated along the horizon, while clouds of smoke appeared to rise up slowly from each of six lit up areas. One of them next tried to make a phone call to a neighbor, but the phone was not working and instead made an unusual buzzing sound. They both leaned out the window to get a better view. Soon after, they heard a very eerie howl, not like any coyote they had ever heard, and almost like a siren but not as perfect. It was followed by a loud blood curling scream, definitely unhuman. A warm strong breeze next came out of the north, and it had a smell like burning plastic. A security light outside kept turning on, and they heard crashing and banging against the house, followed by a scratching along the walls on every side. Both of the witnesses then saw a tall, very pale humanoid figure with glowing eyes that ran across the driveway. Petrified, they shut themselves inside but continued to listen intently. When they next looked out the window they could see the smoke puff up from the illuminated hilltops again, and once again saw tiny blue lights that shot up into the sky, hovered briefly, and began to get smaller as they flew to a high altitude in the sky, where they remained visible for a long time. (Sources: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, Jan. 2006 webpage, report uploade Feb. 14, 2006; Geoff Dittman, 2006 Canadian UFO Survey, case # 31; Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 2006, citing NUFORC). 

2007 - At 9:25 a.m. a disc-shaped UFO was sighted over Interstate 270 N in Rockville, Maryland. At 6:44 p.m. CST a smaller object slowly merged with a larger disc-shaped object over Round Lake, Illinois. Then both vanished in a second as it shot up vertically from approximately a mile above the earth into outer space. In Quincy, California at 10:50 p.m. a tri-colored cylinder-shaped object was seen flying at about 500 feet altitude. It disappeared into the mountains 5-10 miles away. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, Jan. 2007 webpage).

2008 - Just after midnight a crescent-shaped object with red, green, and white lights was sighted in the sky to the east of Denver, Colorado. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, Jan. 2008 webpage, report uploaded February 14, 2008).

2009 - At about nine o’clock on a clear sunny day in San Diego, California, when the witness looked out the window of the train he saw two silver disc-shaped objects side by side very close together in the sky. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, Jan. 2009 webpage, report uploaded March 19, 2009).

2012 - The witness was driving on Interstate 95 near exit 26 in Waltham, Massachusetts at 8:55 p.m. At the time there were construction crews working on both sides of the highway. He next saw a rectangular craft in the sky flashing red and white lights at about the height of a street light. It stretched across the three left lanes of the highway. The craft did not move and appeared dark with flashing lights and a couple of dome-shaped windows. It made absolutely no noise. It had a narrow beam of light that was directed down at the state troopers. The sighting lasted 30 seconds. Half an hour later, driving on the opposite side of the highway, the witness noted that the construction crews had gone, but the state troopers were still there, looking confused. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, Jan. 2009 webpage, report uploaded March 19, 2012).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 29 January 2013).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: abductions involving pregnancies, car pursuit, cloud cigar UFO, creature reports, disc-shaped UFOs, Grey UFOnauts, humanoids with glowing red eyes, humming sound, levitation, luminous ovoid UFOs, maneuvering UFOs, missing time experiences, multi-year reports from Brazil and California, oval or ovoid UFOs, radar knocked out by UFO, red UFO, reptilian humanoids, triangular UFOs, vehicle EM interference effects, vertical ascent.

© Donald A. Johnson