On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 July 17

1948 - At 4:50 p.m. two Kirtland Air Force Base Sergeants on a fishing trip with their families to San Acacia Dam, New Mexico saw a group of seven aluminum circular, possibly spherical, objects approach from the south at 20,000 feet and pass overhead at 1,500 mph. They shifted from a V formation to an L formation, and then to a circular formation and finally to no regular formation, at which point a regular pulsating flashing light appeared amidst the group at 30 from zenith to the north. At this oblique angle the objects no longer appeared circular. They made no noise nor did they leave a trail. (Sources: Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics, case # 146; Donald E. Keyhoe, Flying Saucers: Top Secret, p. 90; Jacques Vallee, Anatomy of a Phenomenon, p. 53).

1952 - At ten minutes after midnight on State Route 33 in St. Paul, Minnesota four two-foot diameter discs flew through a lightning storm at only 200 feet altitude, making sharp turns. (Source: Loren Gross, UFOs: A History. 1952: June-July 20th, p. 59).

1952 - At 11:00 a.m. an elliptical object was sighted from Lockbourne AFB, Ohio with a pinpoint of flame at the rear that would occasionally flare. The object had a resonant beat as it moved through the sky at high speed. A Project Blue Book "unidentified" case. (Source: Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics, case 1476).

1952 - At the same time as the Lockbourne AFB sighting, a pilot for United Airlines flying over Lake Erie near Sandusky, Ohio saw a saucer-shaped object pacing his airliner. (Source: Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 17).

1952 - At 2 o'clock in the afternoon two red glowing spheres followed a plane across the sky in Balliettsville, Pennsylvania. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case 2360).

1952 - At 3:10 p.m. a woman saw two large flying discs over White Plains, New York flying on their edge and making a whirring sound. They were in sight for 5-6 seconds. A Project Blue Book "unidentified" case. (Source: Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics, case 1502).

1952 - In the evening a Master Sergeant near Rapid City, South Dakota saw 12-14 glowing orange objects in the sky. They flew straight and level, and seemed to be going faster than jet aircraft. A Project Blue Book "unidentified" case. (Source: Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics, case 1479).

1955 - Shortly before noon in Bexleyheath, England and while driving a country road with two passengers, Mr. Fry noticed a dark shadow hanging over the road. His car began to slow down, and stop and start intermittently. Above was an gray oval-shaped disc 100 to 150 feet in diameter. It was spinning and making a swishing or humming noise. The UFO flipped over and rose up into the sky. (Source: FSR, November 1976, p. 30).

1955 - At dusk a man in Meopham, Kent County, England had taken his dog out for a walk through some local fields when he suddenly felt that he was being watched. Also, his dog was acting peculiar and the hairs on his dog's back were standing straight up. He looked up and saw a very large, hovering cigar-shaped object with large rounded windows, almost directly overhead. The windows were brightly lit and inside he could see several humanoid figures who appeared to be observing him. The object followed him without making any noise, as he ran with his dog across the fields and to his home. The witness hid inside his house, and he last saw the object hovering over some nearby buildings. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, case # 838, citing Mrs M. Fry, Contact, FSR, Volume. 27, # 5).

1962 - On this day X-15 pilot and future astronaut White was flying at 58 miles above the Earth from his desert takeoff point in California when he saw and took movie film of a grayish-white UFO. It paced the X-15 for five seconds, and then darted above and behind the plane. (Source: NICAP UFO Investigator, September 1962, p. 8).

1965 - On this night in Samarai, Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea a red glowing cylinder moved about in the sky, from left to right. During its oscillating behavior it emitted a sound like a diesel engine. (Source: Michael Hervey, UFOs over the Southern Hemisphere, p. 155).

1965 - Colonia, Uruguay. A blindingly bright object, smaller than an airplane and having metallic legs, was seen on the bank of the Rio de la Plata River by two workers and four young men. White smoke emerged from the craft, which remained on the sand for two minutes, leaving X-shaped ground marks. It flew up to about 10 meters altitude, stopped, then went away. The craft showed a round central section with two oval ends and looked somewhat similar to an egg. (Sources: Belfast News, July 20, 1965; Brad Steiger, Strangers From the Skies,  p. 40; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case # 655).

1966 - Rebouillon, France. Rene Pebre and two others were driving back from Draguignan at 3:45 a.m. when they saw a gray oval-shaped metallic object, about five meters long, hovering at a low altitude about 300 meters away from them. It emitted a beam of light. They also noticed that there were several window-like openings on the craft. All the dogs in the vicinity were barking. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case # 781, citing GEPA, September 1966).

1967 - While driving home at 1:00 a.m. in Newville, Pennsylvania Mr. Stanley L. noticed a light that he first thought was the moon, but it moved towards him and dropped into a position directly in front of his car. It paced him, keeping a distance of 15 to 20 yards, while he drove along at 55 mph. It was a rounded object, 10-15 in diameter, and was glowing brightly with an orange light. Stanley thought he could see the shadowy silhouette of a man inside the object working controls. When he slowed down the UFO rose above the telephone wires but continued to pace him the rest of the way home. At home he called out his sister Joanne, and her boyfriend Carl, and all three of them saw the object hovering over a field. When he drove away it followed his car again, and returned with him to the house where they could now make out the form of the occupant inside the object. The object made no sound. While they went inside the house the UFO disappeared. This encounter occurred during a continuing wave of UFO sighting reports in south central Pennsylvania. (Source: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1967-58 (A0830), citing Ivan Kerns, NICAP).

1967 - At 3:15 in the afternoon in Arc-sous-Cicon, Doubs department, France four children saw three dark humanoids with protruding stomachs who spoke an unintelligible language that sounded like musical tones. They were dressed in black suits. Broken vegetation, a circle of burnt grass four meters in diameter, and three small footprints were found at the site. Several hours later there were widespread reports of fireballs seen by hundreds of people throughout Europe. Some believed these sightings were the result of a satellite re-entry or possibly a spectacular meteor. According to investigator Eric Zurcher, "We now know that the beings in question were already in the area three days earlier, since they were seen on the 14th and 15th by an agricultural worker." (Sources: France Soir, July 20, 1967; Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue no. 95; Ted R. Phillips, Physical Traces Associated with UFO Sightings, case 285 citing Spacelink magazine; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, cases 1967-59 & 1967-61, citing Eric Zurcher and Joel Mesnard for GEPA; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case # 855).

1967 - Mr. E. Browne of Belfast, Northern Ireland was walking in the woods near his home on this evening when he came upon a "dish-like" object hovering eight feet above the ground. It was a dull blue-gray color with a rough and pitted outer surface, and about the size of a car. An opening appeared in the center of the underside and two silver suited, human-like figures dropped slowly to the ground and then walked away into the woods. Several minutes later they came back and drifted back into the craft, which rose silently into the air and vanished from sight. (Sources: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1967-60, citing Flying Saucer Review, November-December 1967; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case # 856; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II. A Thirty Year Report, p. 473).

1967 - At 11:25 p.m. Mrs. Emma Funk was driving down Route 22 north of Millertown, New York when a shiny black object about the size of a baseball flew into the car's headlights. It came right up to her car, seemed to brush against the windscreen, then veered off to the left. When it made contact the car lit up "like a giant electric light bulb." The engine and headlights failed and she lost consciousness. When she recovered the car was pointing in the opposite direction and there was a cracked area the size of a man's fist in the windshield. In September she underwent hypnotic regression in which she spoke of the radio being filled with static and unspecified beings, which turned the car around and struck her across the chest with a rod. (Sources: Larry Fawcett, APRO; Peter Rogerson, Worldwide Catalogue of Type I Reports, citing William Donovan, A.I.R.).

1968 - Near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at around eleven p.m. a civil servant named Pedro Dema Filho heard a loud humming noise and was blinded by a powerful beam of light accompanied by two green lamps. These vanished, and from a door in a UFO emerged four short greenish entities not much over 20 inches tall, wearing something like headphones. They quickly approached and paralyzed him, and he was unable to run away. They next seized him and dragged him into their craft, the interior of which “looked like a laboratory”. There they questioned him, apparently using telepathy, at length about human customs. They didn't seem to have mouths. After that, they undressed him and conducted a detailed physical examination. They put a luminous wire device into his mouth that made his body appear transparent. During this procedure his limbs felt cold, his head felt like it was spinning, and his tongue felt like it had “turned to stone.” They finally released him, and he watched the craft fly off leaving a luminous trail. He felt no subsequent ill effects. (Sources: Gordon Creighton, FSR, September-October 1969, p. 32, citing Gazeta Noticia, July 21, 1968; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case # 1968-46, citing FSR).

1969 - At 10:50 a.m. in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia a poor quality photograph of a gray domed disc was taken. The object was estimated to be 20 feet in diameter. It moved through the sky from the southwest to the northeast at moderate speed, flying at an estimated 2000 feet altitude. (Source: Joseph Erhardt, UFO Chronolog, June 1970, case # 422).

1969 - At 8:25 p.m. near the airport in West Beach, Adelaide, South Australia a pinkish object flying at high altitude first stopped in mid-air, then rocked to-and-fro, and next moved off a short distance to the northeast. It subsequently doubled back, and finally shot straight up and was gone. (Sources: Michael Hervey, UFOs Over the Southern Hemisphere, p. 185; Joseph Erhardt, UFO Chronolog, June 1970, case # 424).

1969 - At 10:30 p.m. a man and a woman suffered physiological effects from a close encounter with a triangular UFO at a farm in Hartford, Vermont. (Sources: APRO Bulletin, September-October 1969, p. 6; Geoffrey Falla, BUFORA Vehicle Interference Project Report, p. 53).

1971 - At 2:00 a.m. a saucer-shaped UFO was seen over a road northwest of Abidjan, Ivory Coast. A car stalled in the presence of the disc, and the witnesses felt a sensation of heat. (Source: Isabelle de Joux, Phenomenes Spatiaux, December 1972, p. 21).

1973 - In the Ramapo Mountains northwest of Oakland, New Jersey at 11:23 p.m. a UFO hovered, then zigzagged slowly about for ten minutes before disappearing into the clouds. There were six calls to the police reporting the object. A balloon-shaped object was sighted in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey at about the same time as sightings over the Ramapo Mountains area. (Source: Ridgewood Herald News, July 19, 1973).

1973 - At 10:00 p.m. on this night three witnesses in the northern Mojave Desert, California observed the descent of a torpedo-shaped UFO over an isolated area, close to a ranch owned by one of them. As the UFO hovered near the ground, three "animate objects" dropped from it to the ground and "ambled" off in different directions. One witness described two glowing reddish lights in what would be the approximate placement of eyes in their heads. The next day tracks similar to those attributed to Bigfoot were made in the area.  (Source: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case # 1973-18 (A1213), citing Peter Gutilla, Saga UFO Report, November 1976).

1974 - Mrs. Jackie Booth of Avon Lake, Ohio--mother of three--had had several UFO sightings earlier in this year in March and April, and at the end of June a strange and totally unexplained condition affected her eyes when light emanated from them for a two hour period. In early July ground marks that could have come from a landed UFO were found on her lawn. On this night she awoke and went to the front door where she found two strange figures standing. They were about five feet tall and had large heads that were flat on top, glowing eyes set wide apart, slit-like mouths, and grayish-colored skin. Their arms were long, but she could not recall any details below the waist. They entered the house and appeared interested in Mrs. Booth's electric organ. She tried to talk to them, but they communicated with her telepathically, and she could "feel my thoughts leave my head." They wanted her to play the organ, so she sat down and played scales, and when she looked up they had vanished. She went back to bed and tried to convince herself it had been a dream. Later, under hypnosis, she recalled additional details. None of her family had awakened during the incident. Other strange incidents subsequently occurred. (Source: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case # 1974-37 (A1343), citing Allen Benz for APRO).

1977 - At five o'clock in the morning a glowing sphere landed on the Nova Melia Ranch near Barra do Corda, Maranhao State, Brazil only 200 meters from the ranch owner. After the brightness abated, the ranch owner, Joao Batista Souza, could see that the object was a domed disc-shaped craft, resembling a straw hat. The man hid behind a mound and watched as a door in the craft opened, and a short being about one meter in height got out. The hairy humanoid was carrying some sort of torch emitting a red light in his left hand, and some other type of "tool" in his right hand. The being's face could not be seen because it was wearing a full helmet with "antennae," but the rest of its body was completely covered in hair. At this point the rancher apparently lost consciousness, because members of his family later found him lying where he had hid and carried him into the ranch house, where he remained in bed for several days, too weak to get up. (Sources: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1977, case # 2510, citing Daniel Rebisso Geise, FSR, Volume 39, Number 3; Larry Hatch, U computer database, case 12248; citing FSR).

1977 - On this day a police dog handler saw a white cigar-shaped UFO above the village of Arkesden, Essex, England. A woman also reported seeing the same object at the same time, from 20 miles away. (Source: Gary Heseltine, Catalogue of Police Reports of UFOs, case 63, citing The Daily Mail, July 18, 1977).

1978 - A one-meter diameter sphere was seen spinning 1.5 meters above the ground in Castanheira de Pera, Portugal at 5:30 in the morning. At the site witnesses found scorched earth and burnt rocks. Later that evening, at 7:15 p.m., several witnesses saw a circular UFO in the sky above Chacabuco, Argentina. It varied in color between red and yellow. (Source: Victor Lourenco, PORTUCAT: Portugal UFO computer database, case 221; Stendek, December 1978, p. 13).

1983 - On this night an abduction occurred in Sommerecourt, France. At ten o'clock in the evening a luminous globe paralyzed a 45-year-old man, Mr. S. Gasparovic, and then levitated him into the air. He lost consciousness at this point and experienced an episode of missing time. He regained consciousness in the hospital. He was told that he was found wandering "like a robot" and he recalled that he had spoken to small beings with pointed ears. (Source: Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue no. 317).

1986 - A UFO zigzagged over Westwood, Massachusetts at 12:26 a.m. (Source: Paul Ferrughelli, Computer Catalog of UFO Reports, 1988-1994, case 757).

1989 - A mystery animal death and cattle mutilation occurred in Maple Valley, Washington. The tongue, sexual organs, rectum, and part of the jaw had been removed. The scene appeared to be unusually bloodless. (Source: Timothy Good, Alien Contact, p. 154).

1991 - A large crop formation was discovered in a wheatfield near Barbury Castle, England. It consisted of large concentric circles in the center surrounded by a triangle with circles at each of the three apexes. (Source: Lucy Pringle, Crop Circles: The Greatest Mystery of Modern Times, p. 52).

1992 - At 6:30 p.m. a bright UFO was sighted hovering just above the ocean off the coast near Iguape, Brazil. It sucked up a wide column of water. At the same time an engineer from Cascavel, Brazil reported that a bright ball of light followed his car for a few minutes. A saucer-shaped object followed behind the sphere. (Sources: Bob Pratt, UFO Danger Zone: Terror and Death in Brazil-Where Next?, p. 231; Causistica Brasileira de 1992, case 9).

1993 - A peculiar looking robot-like humanoid was seen flying low over the terrain near Rome, Italy. It was viewed by a family with binoculars. While the witnesses was calling the airport the "robot" disappeared from sight. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1993, case no. 1707, citing London UFO Studies, Skylink, issues # 6 & 7).

1996 - At 9:00 a.m. on I-64 southeast of Damiansville, Illinois a low-flying triangular UFO approached an interstate ramp and then hovered over some trees for 4-5 minutes. It appeared like "polished steel". It made not sound and vanished mysteriously. That evening a woman in Langruth, Manitoba saw a disc-shaped object moving slowly and quietly through her farmyard. The disc was about 3-4 meters in diameter, about half a meter tall, and had slit like lights along the edge. Three circular patches of green growth appeared in the area where the object was first seen. (Sources: Curt Sutherly, UFO Mysteries: A Reporter Seeks the Truth, p. 198; International UFO Reporter, July 1997, p. 32).

1999 - A couple visiting the Pyramids in Giza, Egypt saw multiple unexplained lights flying north toward Giza. The lights settled on the ground and then disappeared. At the site there were dark blue burnt areas, about the size of two football fields. In places the sand had been vitrified in 4-5 foot diameter circles. (Source: UFO Magazine (USA), November 1999, p. 29).

2002 - A bright pulsating ovoid object flew over the river in Perm, Russia at 12:30 a.m. and became obscured by low clouds. Two searchlight beams descended from the sky and scanned the river and nearby homes. After two minutes the beams vanished and the object zoomed away. (Source: UFO Magazine (USA), October 2002, p. 15).

2004 - At 3:00 a.m. a triangular craft was seen hovering over I-70 in Lewisburg, Ohio. At 10:45 p.m. a white circular object came out of nowhere in Portsmouth, Ohio and dropped above a tree. It hovered at 50 feet altitude emitting four light beams, that were directed onto the street below. It made no sound. There were two witnesses and the close encounter lasted an hour. (Sources: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, July 2004 archived webpage; Australasian Ufologist, October 2004, p. 7).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 29 October 2009)

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: abductions, animal reaction: dog's hair stood up straight, cigar-shaped and cylindrical UFOs, disc-shaped UFOs, domed-discs, dark humanoids, EM vehicle ignition interference effects, formation flying, gray UFOs, hairy dwarves, Grey humanoids, human-looking UFOnauts, humanoids with pointed ears, humming and swishing sounds, inside UFO occupants, landings, landing traces, levitations, medical exams, motion picture film of UFO, multi-year reports from Ohio, nautical UFOs, orange UFOs, ovoid UFOs, red UFOs, robot, sensation of heat, short humanoids, silent UFOs, spheres, telepathy, triangular UFOs, UFOs in space, vertical ascent, zigzag motion.

© Donald A. Johnson