On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 July 8

1947 - There are at least 74 UFO reports recorded for this day in the UFOCAT database. At ten o'clock in the morning an aluminum colored, pancake shaped object was sighted by a farmer as it flew over Corapeake, North Carolina. It flew at an estimated 800 mph at 2,000 feet altitude. He described it as having two windows and protruding pipe-like extensions, and emitting vapor and making a slight noise. At 11:45 a.m. Eastern Time an ovoid object was sighted over Norfolk, Virginia. It was seen rocking and spinning, and followed by smaller objects. An Air Force major observed a metallic object at Muroc Field (now Edwards AFB) in California at noon. The object reflected sunlight and oscillated up and down in the sky, going down to ground level then rising again. It was observed simultaneously by a captain in Rodgers Dry Lake Bed. At the same time a student pilot sighted at flying disc that looked like it had a hole in its center, flying at 500 feet altitude over Spokane, Washington. At 5:33 p.m. an object flew in a zigzag pattern over Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii. At 9:47 p.m. five teenagers camping out at a golf course in Madison, Wisconsin saw a flat, brilliant disc close to the horizon. It flew from the southeast to the northwest very quickly. (Sources: (1) Norfolk (NC) Pilot, July 9, 1947; (2) newspaper clipping dated July 9, 1947; (3) Edward J. Ruppelt, True Magazine, May 1954; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 191; (4) Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 9; (5) Ted Bloecher, Report on the 1947 UFO Wave, case 769, citing newspaper clipping dated July 9, 1947; (6) APRO Bulletin, March-April 1971, p. 8).

1949 - Eight metallic discs flew 300 meters over a boat in a lake at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming at seven o'clock in the morning. They were completely silent. (Source: Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics, July 1949 summary).

1961 - In Beulah, Michigan a bluish-white light with a faint rotating beacon inside was sighted at 11:00 p.m. It had three red and three white lights inside. It descended to tree top level, and then went behind the trees. Soon, a red light followed by a white object emerged from behind the trees; they flew low over the ground, and then the two lights merged together. (Source: Lloyd Mallan, Official Guide to UFOs, p. 29).

Beulah, Michigan UFO - 1961

Sketch of Beulah, Michigan UFO 1961

1964 - At 10:30 a.m. a man named Senac saw a three meter wide by 1.5 meter tall disc-shaped object hovering low over the roadside of the D-21 highway in Maraunats, Pyrenees-Atlantique department, France. Two short humanoids dressed in khaki were also seen walking by a hedge. (Sources: Fernand LaGarde, FSR, November-December 1969, p. 17; Alain Gamard, UFO Register, Volume 7, p. 44; UFO Nachtrichten, March 1970, citing Lumieres dans la Nuit).

1965 - A police lieutenant named Haag and fellow police officer in Sunnyvale, California saw a hovering white object that undulated, darted back and forth, zig-zagged, and then climbed away at steep angle. (Source: Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II: A Thirty Year Report, pp. 7, 171, citing Paul Cerny).

1968 - Sr. Aldo Juan Santiago, with Miss Espinoza and her son and a young friend of the latter, were driving near Canota, Mendoza province, Argentina on a cold, moonlight night at around 3:00 a.m. when they saw a luminous object pass over and land near Villavicencio, about three kilometers away. The object was fluctuating in color between blue-green and yellow. They stopped and had a mid-night cookout, and toward the end of their stopover they witnessed a man approach, walking on the road to Villavicencio. He walked by making "giant strides," and came up and then passed by them without speaking. He was wearing "a sort of one piece Montgomery, fastened at the wrists & ankles." It was blue in color, with a hood over the head, and he seemed to be wearing spectacles. The area was far from any town and they had seen no one else, and no other car, on the road. (Source: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1968-87, citing Dr. Carlos Wittenstein, Cuarta Dimension, March 1976, p. 20; Oscar A. Uriondo).

1968 - A 20 foot long vertical metallic cylinder with yellow-orange body lights followed a Cessna 172 light airplane flying over Warren, Ohio at 10:20 p.m. It darted back-and-forth, then sped away to the east. The sighting lasted ten minutes and there were four witnesses. (Sources: NICAP UFO Investigator, August 1968, p. 6; Gordon I. R. Lore, Jr., UFOs: A New Look, p. 5; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II: A Thirty Year Report, p. 119; Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 36).

1971 - A 12 meter long ovoid UFO with portholes around the edge was seen near the ground in Kervinio-en-Ploemeur, Morbihan department, France at 6:30 a.m. It turned, then shot away fast. (Source: Lumieres dans la Nuit, September 1975).

1971 - Alain G. was tent camping with three adolescent boys in a grotto about ten kilometers from Rocamadour, Lot department, France when he heard the sound of breaking branches outside his tent at around one o'clock in the morning. They were all concerned about possible prowlers, so he looked out from his tent window and saw a human-like figure, foggy white in color like a phantom, walking down a path toward the boy's tent. The farther away the figure went, the less distinct it became. Stunned, he got up and ran out of his tent and down the path toward the other tent, but the figure had disappeared. He got the boys up and they explored the surrounding area, but they found no one. They then got into his car and they drove for several kilometers in both directions but found nothing more unusual. (Source: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1971-43, citing Joel Mesnard & Jean Marie Bigorne).

1974 - A witness named Imolesi had a close encounter with a 15 meter wide disc-shaped object with a wing over a road in Barbiana, Italy at 10:10 p.m. A 25-foot wide circular trace mark was found on the nearby riverbed. (Source: Ted Phillips, Skylook, February 1975; Maurizio Verga, ITACAT Italian UFO Reports database, citing Lumieres dans la Nuit).

1974 - At 12:50 a.m. a luminous disc-shaped object began following a car with two passengers in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Vaucluse department, France. It eluded the car when the car attempted to approach it, then reapproached the car before it shot straight up vertically on departure. (Source: Lumieres dans la Nuit, April 1975).

1978 - At midnight a motorist saw a sharp white gleam of light some 300 meters ahead on the road in Lempdes, Puy-de-Dome, France. As he came to the curve, he saw that the gleam came from a mass approximately 5 meters in height. He can not observe the base of the object, which is below the side of the road. The top was rounded in the form of a dome, surmounted by a white light. As he drove by he saw through a transparent wall in the UFO numerous human like figures wearing helmets and tight-fitting suits. He drove away but soon came back with his wife and her mother, who saw two zigzagging luminous points of reddish-orange and green lights. Ground traces were found at the site. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1978, case # 1721, citing Denys Breysse, Project Becassine, and Pierre Delval, Contacts of the 4th Type).

1978 - An 80 meter long ovoid object flew over Katta-Kurgan, Uzbekistan toward the southeast, then landed in a vineyard at 11:45 p.m. Ground marks were later found on the ground, and the vegetation (grape vines) were effected. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case 14162, citing Illobrand von Luviger, UFOs - Zeugen and Zeichen, p. 363).

1996 - Police sergeant Marian Mancu and volunteer police officer Marcel Rusu were walking on patrol on the main road that passes in front of the police station in the village of Certesti, Romania at around midnight. Mancu lives in the area and told Rusu he was going to walk home to get something to eat. Between the road and the sidewalk was a deep ditch with small foot bridges across the culvert. When the sergeant passed the corner near his house he heard a whistling sound from the street and felt a rush of air. He turned around immediately and saw something on the road that "was splashed with blue and red lights" and made a "voom-voom" sound. Mancu first thought it was the district police car that was coming back from a routine patrol, but getting closer he realized the object was hovering half a meter above the paved road. There was also a small strange looking figure moving around it. He yelled for Rusu, who was now hiding behind the ditch and watching the strange spectacle from their.

Rusu reported that immediately after Mancu had left and gone behind a nearby apartment house, "a fluttering from above appeared". The neon lighting in the street seemed to change in intensity. The object descended slowly, without noise, and came down behind him. Rusu became frightened when he saw the object hovering above the ground, with three small human-like creatures were moving around it. Both witnesses agreed that the object had the form of a flat hut, five or six meters across and two or 2.5 meters high, and it was balancing about half a meter from the ground. Around the periphery of the object was a continuous girdle of light "like a rainbow." The colors changed from red to blue and flared in intensity. On the bottom of the object was a bright white light. Neither of the witnesses saw any doors, portholes, or other similar features. After about two minutes, the UFO rose vertically. At the moment it moved up to an altitude of about 30 meters its lights became much brighter, and the neon streetlights went out. It then shot off to the east at high speed. Rusu reportedly had a better view of the humanoid creatures than Mancu, who only noticed one of them from behind. He estimated their height to have been around a meter or less. Rusu said he heard some noises made by the humanoids, sounding like "rain in a drain pipe." Both described the creatures as ugly; they had large heads, very elongated behind and covered with bumps, with no hair, and large ears. Their faces were white and they had big eyes. Gray metallic shiny scales, resembling fish scales, covered their bodies. They also had large, limp protruding bellies. They also had thin spindly arms, and no noses or mouths were visible. The witnesses thought that the creatures floated just above the ground and moved around "as if they were drunk." A huge sweet cherry tree nearby had around 15 % of its leaves shriveled as if by extreme heat. Other witnesses in nearby villages reported strange lights over the area the same night. (Sources: Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue 340; Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1996, citing Dan D. Farcas).

2005 - A bright silver cigar-shaped UFO was sighted coming out of a cloud near a military base in Killeen, Texas at 12:35 p.m. Within ten seconds it disappeared into another cloud but never reappeared. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, July 2005 archived webpage).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 19 June 2009).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: car pursuits, cigar-shaped or cylindrical UFOs, disc-shaped UFOs, domed UFO, human-looking UFOnauts wearing helmets and coveralls, landings, multi-year reports from France, police reports, short humanoids, vertical ascent, zigzag maneuvers.

© Donald A. Johnson