On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 July 4

1947 - There are 73 UFO reports from across the United States and one report from Canada recorded for this day in UFOCAT. The majority of the reports fall in a swath from the Pacific Northwest down through the Mississippi River Valley. Most of these sightings were of flyovers by daylight discs, although there was one humanoid report from Fort Worth, Texas (see below). For a map showing the distribution of these reports, including hypothesized great circle routes or flight paths with four of more reports falling along the same line, click here.

1947 - The retrieval of UFO wreckage and bodies allegedly occurred on this day from a crash site near Corona, New Mexico. The bodies were taken later to Roswell AFB, New Mexico and then flown to Carswell AFB in Texas. According to the relatives of witnesses who shared details about the alien humanoid bodies, they had baldheads, small sunken eyes, small noses, no ears, long forearms, and only four long slender fingers on each hand. (Source: Patrick Huyghe, Field Guide to Extraterrestrials: A complete overview of alien life forms based on actual accounts and sightings, p. 22).

1947 - At noon while flying between Tonopah and Austin, Nevada and cruising at an estimated 10,000 feet altitude, Mr. Harris and his passenger sighted five circular objects flying below his airplane. They were shiny and reflected sunlight. He tried to catch up to them but could not. (Source: Nevada Daily Free Press, July 7, 1947).

1947 - A young woman driving in the afternoon on the outskirts of Fort Worth, Texas saw a 25-foot diameter flying disc. She got out of her car and waved. The object tipped and the human-appearing occupants waved back to her, and then the disc flew away in silence. (Source: Brinsley Le Poer Trench, Mysterious Visitors, p. 91).

1947 - At 1:05 p.m. a police officer at police headquarters in Portland, Oregon saw five flying discs, two going south, three flying to the east at high speed. They were oscillating around a central vertical axis. Minutes later two police, both pilots, saw three more discs trailing one another. Then four patrolmen reported seeing 3-6 "chrome hubcaps" flying over the city. At about the same time a highway patrolman in Milwaukee, Oregon watched two or three shiny white saucers fly quickly toward the northwest. (Sources: Thomas Olsen, The Reference for Outstanding UFO Sighting Reports, p. 2; Oregon Journal, July 5, 1947).

1947 - Also that day four silent discs passed the summit of Mount Jefferson in Oregon flying at a high rate of speed. In Troutdale, Oregon a V-shaped object flew toward the northeast over the Columbia River. It made dipping motions during its flight, and was observed through binoculars by three men. In Vancouver, Washington 20-30 round objects flew toward the west and south in straight-line formations. A low humming sound was heard. North of Craig, Montana a string of twelve plate-shaped objects flew over a couple while they were out fishing on a bridge at 3:00 p.m. (Sources: Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics; The Oregonian, July 5 & 6, 1947; International UFO Reporter, Winter 1998; Wyoming State Tribune, July 6, 1947).

1947 - At 5:30 p.m. at the residential area of Greenwood Lake in north Seattle, Washington Mr. Larson sighted a round white object descend vertically, then make a ninety-degree turn and proceed horizontally flying toward the south. Two more people at the nearby University of Washington campus also saw the UFO, as did 21 more in the Lake City area of the city. One of the witnesses in the Lake City area took a photograph. (Source: Jan Aldrich, Project 1947: A preliminary report on the 1947 UFO sighting wave, p. 82; Ted Bloecher, Report on the UFO Wave of 1947, p. 257; Seattle Post-Intelligencer, July 8, 1947).

1947 - At 11:00 p.m. an orange ball of light, "as big around as a barrel," which resolved itself into a disc, frightened Ms. M. Voigt of Edgerton, Wisconsin. The UFO flew fast across the sky but was back again for ten minutes, when it then suddenly vanished. (Source: Madison Capital-Times, July 7, 1947).

1957 - A disc with brightly illuminated windows followed a REAL airliner flying between Campos and Victoria, Brazil. (Source: NICAP UFO Investigator, September 1957, p. 11)

1959 - The crew of a USAF RB-66 aircraft sighted a group of 16 cream colored oval-shaped objects flying at 36,000 feet altitude over the China Sea. (Source: Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 31).

1969, Ossipee, New Hampshire - The principal witness was fishing in a boat at about 7:00 in the morning when he heard a big splash behind him. He swung around and looked up to see a silver oval shaped object about 30 feet in diameter, 300 feet above him. The UFO made a humming sound as it rose to about 3000 feet and hovered. There was a second witness to the UFO. (Raymond E. Fowler, UFOs Interplanetary Visitors, pg. 356).

1969 - At eight o'clock in the evening Mauricio Gnecco saw a yellowish red light moving in the sky over Anolaima, Colombia. When he signaled to it with a flashlight it approached to within 150 feet of his house. It was a Saturn-shaped UFO, yellow-orange in color, and had two bent, blue and green legs. It appeared to land on a nearby hill. Arcesio Bermudez, an adult, went to the landing site and approached to within 20 feet of the craft. He saw a being inside the object whose upper body looked normal, but whose lower half--from the waist down--resembled a luminous letter "A". The object then "blinked on," rose and disappeared. Two days later Sr. Bermudez became very ill, and within a few days he died of gastroenteritis. (Source: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1969-41, citing John Simhon for APRO).

1969 - The witness and her father had gone to a local racetrack in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and at around 10:30 p.m. she was sitting by herself on the top bleachers when she had a feeling she was being watched. She looked to her right and saw a UFO hovering about 1,000 feet away. She described it as an oval-shaped craft, with a transparent rectangular section in the center. She saw inside this transparent part the silhouettes of several men staring at her. At one point she briefly looked away, and when she looked back the object had disappeared. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1969, case # 3174, citing Minnesota MUFON).

1970 - Sequoyah Trueblood was sitting by his pool at his townhouse in Laurel, Maryland, watching his children swimming with his wife sitting next to him. Without knowing why, he felt compelled to leave. He got up, went into the house, changed his clothes, packed a small bag, drove to the airport and took a plane to Oklahoma City. A friend then drove him to Norman, Oklahoma. He felt strange and wanted to lie down, so went to lie down in his friend's bedroom. He was lying down relaxing when he saw a vortex of swirling lights "like a rainbow" into which he was sucked. Mr. Trueblood then found himself standing in a beautiful garden surrounded by hedges. He felt wide awake. In front of him he saw a silvery saucer-shaped craft and a shimmering small silver being standing on steps that came down from the bottom of the craft. The being had a grayish complexion and had a large baldhead with large eyes. The witness sensed that the being was "androgynous," neither male nor female. The being communicated telepathically and told him that he had been sent to take him because "they" wanted to talk to him. He agreed to go and walked up the steps. Once inside the craft he heard no sound, but through a small window he could see the moon, the sun, and "millions of stars" go by in an instant. Soon the craft was hovering over a beautiful white city in what he believed was another planet or universe. He next found himself down on the ground. The people in the city appeared to be both male and female, wore white robes, and were fair skinned with "hair that was glowing like the color of sunlight." The small being then took him down a street lined with beautiful white buildings three stories tall to a clearing in the woods that seemed like a park. There were a number of people there, and a male said to him that if he would "pay attention." The people told him that they did not need food, for the air they breathed was converted into what was needed to sustain life. A leader figure told him that he had been brought here to show him the potential of the human race. Soon he asked to be returned, and was taken back into the craft, through the vortex, and found himself back in bed. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1970, citing John E Mack, M.D, Passport to the Cosmos).

1975 - At five minutes after midnight a 70-foot diameter domed disc was seen near Mountain Lakes, New Jersey sweeping the ground with a bright beam of light near highway 46. It then flew off toward the northeast. There was radio interference noted at the time. (Source: Skylook, September 1975, p. 3).

1975 - Nine teenagers were at a campground in Kentucky on this night. Debbie and Nan Kitley, ages 16 and 17, had gone back out to their pickup truck to talk on the CB radio. The lights on the truck and the CB radio went dead when four bright lights descended over them. They both had a memory lapse about what happened next. (Source: Thomas E. Bullard, UFO Abductions: The Measure of a Mystery. Volume 2: Catalogue of Cases, case 195, citing 1984 MUFON UFO Proceedings, p. 168).

1976 - On this morning in Mawman, England a young girl and her sister saw a man perched in a tree nearby who had legs "bent backwards like a bird." It had red glowing eyes and a gray body. It saw them and rose straight up through the trees. (Source: David F. Webb and Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of humanoid reports, case A1642).

1976 - At 12:45 p.m. a huge disc-shaped object hovered for a long time over Bilbao, Spain. It flew back over the city and surrounding area several times, then made a ninety-degree turn and flew off toward the south. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case 11764).

1978 - At 3:15 p.m. in Santa Paula, California a small domed disc-shaped object, about 3-4 feet in diameter with rotating parts on top, made a head-on pass at two witnesses in an airplane. (Source: International UFO Reporter, August 1978, p. 4).

1978 - At 11:30 p.m. at Mount Etna, Italy three red objects, one a domed disc ten meters in diameter, landed behind a mountain. Five or six "Nordic" looking beings with long blond hair emerged from the craft, wearing uniforms that looked like diving suits. The four witnesses were paralyzed and could not move during the event. (Source: International UFO Reporter, August 1978, p. 2).

1981 - At 9:20 p.m. a star-like object flew in a sine-wave pattern across in sky in Shazhou County, China. Fire lookouts at the Sopelia Tower station on the Yakima Indian Reservation in Washington State reported seeing mysterious balls of light at 10:15 p.m. (Sources: Wendelle Stevens & Paul Dong, UFOs over Modern China, p. 223; Greg Long, Examining the Earthlight Theory: The Yakima UFO Microcosm, p. 134).

1987 - On this Fourth of July holiday two adult women in Pensacola, Florida were outside in the evening setting off sparklers when they spotted a light in the sky. It first appeared to be flying south but it then turned in their direction and approached, coming to within 30 feet of them. Both ran into their house screaming. (Source: Rex Salisberry, MUFON case investigation files, case 890704).

1989 - An abduction attempt took place on this evening in a park near Kiev, Ukraine on the banks of the Dnieper River. Two women, Vera Prokofiyevna, a retired factory employee, and her friend Alexandra Stepanovna, an engineer, together with Alexandra's six-year-old daughter, were out strolling in the park. At twilight they approached the river and suddenly saw what they took to be a boat with three beings on board. The beings looked very pale and had identical faces, like identical twins. The had long blond hair, big eyes, and were wearing collarless silver shirts that looked like nightgowns. They bluntly told the women they were from another planet, so far away that your minds "cannot fathom it." They went on to say that everyday they take a person from Earth to their world. "We will take you. Our ship is nearby; we will show it to you." They spoke Russian with a strange accent that Prokofiyevna described as "ancient" rather than foreign. They then surrounded the three, preventing them from leaving. The women started begging them not to take them because they had children and families.

Behind some trees they saw the craft. It was silvery colored like their clothing and looked like a huge barrel with a circular antenna on top of it. The little girl began crying and the women reacted to this with deep anguish. They were then told, "well, we won't take you, we will find others." They went inside the craft by using a ladder with three steps. The ladder withdrew inside, the door automatically closed once the beings were aboard, and the craft took off without making any noise or causing any disturbance of the air or the sand beneath it. Soon it was high in the sky and looked like a small star. (Source: Jacques Vallee, UFO Chronicles of the Soviet Union: A Cosmic Samizdat, pp. 37-39, citing investigation by Dr. Alexander F. Pugach).

1994 - At midnight at homes in Caille, France television sets and electric lights flickered and went out when a metallic, parasol-shaped UFO flew twisting maneuvers through the night sky. (Source: Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue no. 327).

1998 - At 10:23 a.m. an object in the sky over Waikiki, Hawaii made erratic maneuvers in the sky, moving in circles with up-and-down motions. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, July 1998 web page).

2000 - Several reports were received between 10:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. from various locales in King and Pierce Counties, Washington State reporting the sighting of at least one red UFO hovering above the clouds, for an average of ten to fifteen minutes at a time. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, July 2000 web page).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 28 July 2004).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: abductions and abduction attempts; communication; death of human being apparently caused by close encounter with a UFO; disc-shaped UFOs; domed discs; EM radio frequency interference; flying humanoid; human-looking UFO occupants, especially blond "Nordic" UFO occupants; humming sounds; inside UFO occupants; missing time; oscillating or dipping motions while in flight; orange UFOs; otherworldly journey; Saturn-shaped UFOs; UFOs in vicinity of water; UFO responding to light signal; V-shaped or boomerang-shaped UFOs; sine-wave, up-and-down, and zigzag maneuvers.