On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 July 27

1909 - At around ten o'clock in the morning a flying object shaped like a boat flew overhead toward the mountains in Lambourne, New Zealand. It dipped, swerved in the sky, and turned back. (Sources: Xenolog, November 1975, p. 12; Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue 180).

1948 - At 8:35 a.m. a University of New Mexico scientist in Albuquerque, New Mexico saw a flat metallic disc-shaped object that hung motionless in the sky for ten minutes. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Anatomy of a Phenomenon, p. 54).

1949 - A cropduster in Puyallup, Washington named Sagmiller saw a disc pass overhead at 9:40 a.m. It reflected the sunlight brilliantly. (Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer, July 28, 1949).

1952 - At 12:15 a.m. seven "good, solid targets" appeared on radar at National Airport near Washington, D.C. F-94 interceptors were sent from Deleware, but they made no visual contact as the UFOs were gone by the time they arrived. It was noted that there were only minor temperature inversions at the time, and these were not the likely cause of the radar blips. Five minutes later an F-94 pilot made vsual contact with a round UFO. Both the UFO and the F-94 jet were seen on radar flying at the same speed. But when the jet tried to overtake the UFO it disappeared visually and on radar. "Incredible speed of the object," said the pilot. (Source: Richard Hall, Radar-Visual UFO Cases in 1952: The UFO Sightings that Shook the Government, p. 11 cases 6 & 7; Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 17).

1952 - In Nevada at four o'clock in the morning highway worker Truman Bethurum had finished working the night shift and decided to visit a nearby hilltop called Mormon Mesa because he heard it was a good place to look for seashell fossils. After he parked his truck he used a flashlight to hunt for seashells, but he had no luck finding any, and after searching for an hour or so he returned to the truck and napped awhile. A “mumbling around the truck” awakened him. The mumbling came from eight to ten olive-skinned beings speaking an unintelligible language. All were about 4 feet 8 inches to 5 feet tall. They were not dwarfs but fully developed men. The strange men made no effort to disturb him, although Bethurum said he was afraid to attempt a getaway.

He was still in the truck cab when one man spoke to him in a foreign tongue. Bethurum shook his head, indicating he could not understand. Then the small man said: “You name it.” It was perfect English, recalled Bethurum, who answered: “My God, you can speak English, too?” “We have no trouble with any language,” replied the man. Bethurum then climbed out of the truck and stopped, awestruck. He saw a flying saucer parked about 75 yards away from his truck. It looked like burnished stainless steel. Bethurum shook hands with all the “friendly” men and asked if their captain was around. The spokesman for the group volunteered to escort Bethurum to the captain, and led him toward the parked craft. Meanwhile, Bethurum looked around and saw that the short men were “Latin types,” with complexions “something like Italians.” All were neatly dressed in uniforms similar to those “worn by Greyhound bus drivers.” All had coal black hair and dark eyes. Their skin complexion was perfect and had no wrinkles or blemishes. The spokesman for the group took hold of Bethurum’s right elbow. While holding the arm the man seemed to “have me in his power completely. He gave the impression of great strength.” Soon the group arrived at the ship. Bethurum described it as being metallic. He learned that it measured 300 feet in diameter and was “six yards deep in the center.” A three-foot metal rim with beveled edges surrounded the saucer-shaped craft, and the rim was about two feet thick. The ship had no rudder or stacks. They entered the ship through a large door that Bethurum estimated was 4 ½ feet wide and about 10 to 12 feet long. It was located atop the ship close to the metal rim around the edge. Inside he met the woman captain, Aura Rhanes. He described her as having a “slender” Latin-type face. She wore a “radiant red skirt, black velvet short sleeved blouse and a black beret with red trim.” He went into her lounge and they talked. The woman captain said she was from the planet Clarion, which could not be seen from earth. (Sources: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1952-07, citing Truman Bethurum, Aboard a Flying Saucer; John Keel, Operation Trojan Horse, p. 237).

1952 - At 10:05 a.m. a procession of white saucer-shaped objects was sighted at Selfridge AFB, Michigan. They flew very fast and made no sound. Each passage of UFOs took 30 seconds. First two objects flew over, then one, then another, and then a last one. A Project Blue Book unidentified case. (Sources: Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics, case 1680; Kevin D. Randle, Invasion Washington: UFOs over the Capitol, p. 274).

1952 - A cigar-shaped object split into seven or eight smaller objects over Manhattan Beach, California at 6:25 p.m. (Source: Richard F. Haines, Project Delta: A Study of Multiple UFO, p. 68; Thomas M. Olsen, The Reference for Outstanding UFO Sighting Reports, p. 3-012).

1952 - At 7:30 p.m. a dark disc-shaped object moved slowly toward the northeast with an "oscillating rolling motion" seen from Andrews AFB, Maryland. Clouds at the time were moving toward the southeast, and the UFO entered the base of the clouds. (Sources: Richard Hall, The UFO Evidence (Volume I), p. 161; Richard Hall, Radar-Visual UFO Cases in 1952: The UFO Sightings that Shook the Government, p. 11 case 8).

1952 - At 8:30 p.m. in Wichita Falls, Texas two people witnessed two phosphorescent disc-shaped objects flying at 1,000 mph. They were seen for 15 seconds. A Project Blue Book "unknown." (Sources: Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics, case #1684; Kevin D. Randle, Invasion Washington: UFOs over the Capitol, p. 274).

1952 - At 11:30 p.m. at a drive-in movie theater in Spokane, Washington twelve UFOs were seen in the skies for 30 minutes. (Source: Loren E. Gross, UFOs: A History. 1952: July 21st-July 31st, p. 34).

1962 - One hundred eighty school students and their teachers in Villa Tunuyuan, Mendoza province, Argentina saw three discs pass over their school at 7:45 a.m. heading from the north to the south. The UFOs gave off a bluish light. The teachers said they also emitted blinding silvery flashes. (Source: Gordon Creighton, Flying Saucer Review, July-August 1964, p. 11, citing Antonio Ribera).

1964 - At 8:50 p.m. an engineer named Daubert saw an aluminum colored sphere with a luminous glowing ring that hovered for 4-5 minutes at 15 meters altitude over a farm in Sherburne, New York. A Project Blue Book unexplained case. (Sources: Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics, case #8969; Thomas M. Olsen, The Reference for Outstanding UFO Sighting Reports, case 158; Richard Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume 2: A Thirty Year Report, pp. 2 & 150).

1964 - At 8:20 p.m. a witness named Borsa in Denver, Colorado sighted a white fireball, estimated to be the size of a car, that climbed slowly in the sky then sped up. The sighting lasted 2-3 minutes. (Source: Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics, case #8973; Don Berliner, Australasian Ufologist, April 1999, p. 51).

1967 - An elongated oval-shaped UFO, carrying bright white lights fore and aft and a central red light, with a string of smaller white lights flashing in sequence along the side, was sighted by three amateur astronomers at 1:00 a.m. over Newton, New Hampshire. The UFO flashed in exact response to flashlight signals, and evaded a jet that flew over the area. (Source: Raymond E. Fowler, UFOs: Interplanetary Visitors, p. 349).

1967 - At around 1:00 a.m. a distress call came from a private pilot flying between Alexandria and Leesville, Louisiana that a UFO had approached the side and then the tail of his airplane, forcing the plane to crash. The pilot, badly injured, kept transmitting until he faded out. A Civil Aviation Board report was logged of a crash at Oak Grove, Louisiana earlier (2000 hrs). (Source: NICAP files, citing newspaper report in the Shreveport Times, July 28, 1967).

1971 - The witness was at home in Valcourt, Quebec watching television at 8:30 p.m. when his attention was drawn to the sound of his cows bellowing in a nearby field. The witness and his wife went outside and saw the cows running from the field. They also saw a dark spherical object hovering above the field, with a reddish light shining out of what appeared to be an open door in the object. Three small men who glowed a pale green color were moving around the object. They seem to glide just above the ground in rapid, darting movements. At times the beings seemed to pick something up from the ground. The little men went back inside the object, closing the door behind them. The UFO then rose slowly and disappeared over some nearby trees. The next day a circular spiral was found on the ground, plus a silvery lump of unknown material that was later tested at Laval University. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1971, case # 1011, citing Francois Bourbeau, Spectra, Quebec).

1973 - In Lago D'Idro Brescia, Italy a 16-year-old boy found and photographed some strange traces he found in the area. He seemed to have experienced a period of missing time. Under hypnosis he recalled being approached and touched by a human looking figure. He then became confused and felt he had been sucked up inside a hovering object from below. He found himself in a round room where four beings stood. A woman entered the room and the beings began talking and touching the witness. He could not move the entire time. He was then sat in a chair next to a window, and watched as the object descended and landed. He was then released. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1973, case # 138, citing Paolo Fiorino, UFO Universe, October-November 1991).

1978 - Three people driving in Sheffield Village, Ohio observed a silver, banana-shaped object with red and blue flashing lights at 10:45 p.m. The engine and headlights of their car went out as the object came close to the ground about 600 feet away. It made a wavering, humming sound and moved up and down near the ground for about 15 minutes, then flew away. The car could not be restarted for an hour and a half after the sighting. (Sources: Mark Rodeghier, UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, case 421; International UFO Reporter, September 1978)

1984 - At 3:45 a.m. a spark-tailed fireball splashed down 1000 yards south of Lummi Island in Washington State. The impact sent a plume of water 100 feet into the air before the object sank and the water as the surface of the sea rolled and bubbled. (Source: Doris Graziano, APRO Bulletin, February 1985, p. 8).

1993 - At 9:00 p.m. a dozen witnesses at Calabona Beach, Sardinia, Italy sighted a strange object resembling a "balloon" flying over the beach. At first it resembled a round black object that hovered, then it changed to an oblong, irregular shape. The witnesses ran closer and saw the object enlarging as it flew away from the area. It now looked like a helicopter with a red pulsating light. (Source: Italian UFO Reporter, October 10, 1996).

1994 - A young boy ran into his mother's bedroom at 4:00 a.m. in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada and reported seeing a large object with blue lights hovering under the electrical wires outside his bedroom window. He also saw "little people on the poles." He was told by his mother to go back to bed and sleep. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1994, case # 2754, citing Graham Conway).

2001 - On this night several witnesses at different locations in Acquappesa, Italy reported seeing a dog rise up into the air from near the ocean and enter a hovering, lighted spherical object. The object had a large lighted window and a tall man-like figure could be seen looking out. It then flew away. The dog was apparently taken. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 2001, citing Leonard Da Vinci Research Group).

2004 - A truck driver driving south on Interstate 25 in New Mexico reported the night sky was pitch black with no moon nor even cloud cover visible. At 1:30 a.m., driving at 63 mph, he noticed a bright blue light about a half-mile ahead on the exit ramp for south-bound Exit 138. It appeared to be like a blue laser, similar to the light some people use on the hoods of their cars. When he got closer to the ramp he saw two figures approximately 3-4 feet tall. Each was either holding a blue light, or was wearing a blue head lamp. He couldn't tell for sure. The figures appeared to be looking to the north and south, and they looked at his truck as he drove by. They appeared to be wearing loose-fitting bright silver outfits, similar to HAZMAT suits. He couldn't tell if they were wearing helmets. The terrain was very flat and he did not see any vehicles in the area. He was sure that he would have seen any vehicle that they could have come from. He slowed to turn around but the nearest exit was another 30 miles down the highway so he decided not to go back. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle).

2004 - While driving home from a dinner party at two o'clock in the morning a married couple in Asland, Massachusetts observed a round silver disc-shaped object about 30 feet in diameter that had landed in an open field off of Chestnut Street. They both got out of their car and approached the disc and when they got close enough they both touched the craft. It was very cold to the touch and it was glowing red to blue. They were able to see inside the craft through a small window and saw three small beings. All appeared to be sleeping or meditating, they did not respond to the witnesses voices. As the couple began to walk around the craft it began to rise up into the air and eventually flew off without making any sound at all. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 24 May 2006).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: abduction and animal disappearance; aircraft UFO encounters; animal reaction: cows panicked; blue lights or blue UFOs; cigar-shaped UFO splitting into smaller objects; disc-shaped UFOs; ground marks and residue; human appearing UFO occupants; inside occupants; landing; levitation; missing time; multi-year reports from Italy and Washington State; mystery helicopter; paralysis; radar-visual UFO confirmation; shape changing UFOs; short humanoids; silvery metallic UFOs, spherical UFOs, vehicle EM effects.