On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 July 31

1909 - In Greenvale, New Zealand a farmhand saw an "airship" about 150-feet long at dawn. It had a light at each end, and made a strange whirring noise that frightened the horses. A flying fuselage-shaped airship flew over Dunedin, New Zealand later that morning. A brilliant light shone from atop a mast antenna. That afternoon a dark, fat, cigar-shaped object flew over the hills around Fairfax, New Zealand. It had a box-shaped cabin on the bottom, center, and it flew on towards the west. (Sources: Richard Hall, From Airships to Arnold: A Preliminary Catalogue of UFO Reports in the Early 20th Century (1900-1946), p. 7, citing Matsura Ensign, August 1, 1909; Xenolog, December 1975, p. 14; Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue no. 181).

1948 - In Indianapolis, Indiana at 8:25 a.m. Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Swigert sighted a UFO shaped like a cymbal, or domed disc; about 20 feet in diameter and 6-8 feet thick. It was white without any shine. It flew straight and level from horizon to horizon in about 10 seconds, shimmering in the sun as if spinning. (Sources: NICAP UFO Investigator, January 1958, p. 24; UNICAT, case # 632, citing Project Blue Book Special Report # 14, p. 84; Don Berliner, Project Bluebook UFO Unknowns).

1948 - On that evening a 30-foot in diameter disc-shaped object with a transparent center flew slowly and silently over Columbus, Ohio. There were separate, independent witnesses, including one named Geshorn. (Source: Harold Wilkins, Flying Saucers on the Attack, p. 98).

1953 - A metallic object 30 meters in diameter was observed by five Polish and two German workers as it landed in a field close to a railway in Woolen, Poland. It was shaped like a sphere with a flat disk around it, showing numerous openings at the periphery. (Sources: Harold Wilkins, Flying Saucers on the Attack, p. 105; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 203, citing Intelligence Digest, November 1953).

1954 - On this day in Durban, Natal province, South Africa a good photograph was taken of a gray elliptical object that moved slowly back and forth over some trees. (Sources: J. Bernard Delair, UFO Register, Volume 6, p. 41, citing Outspan, December 1954, p. 3; Loren E. Gross, UFOs: A History. 1954: June-August, p. 61).

1960 - At 5:00 p.m.  in Nashville, Ohio a very bright cigar-shaped object passed by slowly. Its light was so intense it caused eye irritation for the two witnesses. (Sources: APRO Bulletin, July 1960; George D. Fawcett, Flying Saucers magazine, September 1962, p. 36).

1965 - A woman driving in a car near Belluco, Chile saw an object on the road. It took off, then landed again in Belluco where it was seen by several people. The object emitted a bright, purple light and a green beam. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 666).

1965 - In Wynnewood, Oklahoma a UFO was tracked on U.S. Air Force and Weather Bureau radar shortly after 1:00 a.m. There were numerous police sightings of a multicolored object flashing different colors for 45 minutes. It finally moved off to the south. It was picked up on radars at Tinker and Carswell Air Force Bases. (Sources: APRO Bulletin, January-February 1966; Coral E. Lorenzen, Flying Saucers: The Startling Evidence of the Invasion from Outer Space; p. 237; John G. Fuller, Incident at Exeter, p. 41; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence: Volume II. A Thirty-Year Report, p. 242).

1965 - In Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada two five-foot long cylinders connected by cross-bars landed at 4:30 p.m. A five foot tall humanoid being was seen outside the object. (Source: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case # A2070, citing John Brent Musgrave).

1965 - A glowing object was seen in the sky with three leg-like protrusions over Goonumbla, New South Wales, Australia. It scared farm dogs in the area. (Source: Michael Hervey, UFOs over the Southern Hemisphere, p. 88).

1966 - At Presque Isle State Park near Erie, Pennsylvania at around 8:25 p.m. EDT Douglas Tibbetts, age 16, Betty Klem, 16, Anita Haifley, 22, and Gerald Labelle, 29 were enjoying the evening at the swimming beach on Lake Erie when they saw a square or hexagonal object with lit edges come tumbling down out of the sky from right to left. It stopped 5-10 feet above the beach, and then came down heavily onto the sand. It had a circle of spotlights at the top that were visible when it was on the ground. A strange being, 1.80 meters tall, was briefly seen. The sighting lasted five minutes. Ground marks were found in the sand. (Sources: Don Berliner, Project Bluebook UFO Unknowns; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, A Century of Landings, case 784).

1967 - At 10:15 p.m. a guard, Sidney Zipkin, age 50, was driving through a large parking lot in Churchville, New York when his truck headlights fell upon a cigar-shaped object, 16 meters long, with green lights under it, landed on the pavement. He stopped his truck within 30 meters of the object with the truck's headlights aimed at it. The craft had a spherical central body with side extensions tipped with green lights, and he was surprised to see two 3-foot-tall dwarf beings dressed in shiny black uniforms rush by his vehicle and enter the craft, which took off straight up with a hissing sound. (Sources: NICAP case files, report dated August 3, 1967; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 860; Richard Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume 2: A Thirty Year Report, p. 473).

1968 - Mr. Luce Fontaine, age 31, a farmer on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, was picking some grass for his rabbits at around 9:00 a.m. when he saw an object 5 meters in diameter like two metallic saucers put face to face, standing on a "glass foot" like a goblet. It was only 25 meters away. On its top it bore another such "foot." It was dark blue but had a large central window, through which could be seen two small individuals, only 3 feet tall, dressed from head to foot in bulky coveralls, something like the Michelin "tire man." Both wore helmets that partially masked their faces. They turned their backs and there was a brilliant flash of light, and a sensation of heat with a blast of wind. A few seconds later nothing was to be seen. There was a local police investigation. (Sources: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1968-52, citing FSR; Flying Saucer Review, January-February 1969, p. 8; Phenomenes Spatiaux, March 1969, citingLumieres dans la Nuit, Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 917).

1968 - Plaine des Cafres, Reunion Island, Indian Ocean
Sketch of 1968 Plaine des Cafres, Reunion Island, Indian Ocean sighting

1968 - In Grafton, West Virginia at 10:15 p.m. a man and a woman saw a silver disc-shaped UFO that hovered for 60 minutes or more, making a beeping sound. It had dark spots on the side that looked like portholes. (Source: George D. Fawcett, Flying Saucers, April 1969, p. 23).

1969 - In Usovo, near Moscow, Russia all cars in the area stalled when two silver discs flew over them at around 8:00 p.m. It took two minutes before they could be restarted. (Source: Mark Rodeghier, UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, p. 47; MUFON UFO Journal, May 1978, p. 12).

1972 - At 9:30 p.m. a power outage was experienced by thousands in Mage, Espirito Santo, Brazil during which battery powered radios would not work. Many discs and nocturnal lights were seen all over the sky for the next three minutes. (Sources: O Dia, August 1, 1972; Phenomenes Spatiaux, September 1972, p. 9; Gordon Creighton, FSR, September-October 1972, p. 26).

1972 - In Beloeil, Quebec, Canada four witnesses watched a cigar-shaped object move to the east at 9:50 p.m. EDT, then wobble overhead. A Saturn-shaped saucer appeared beneath it, and shot off to the south very fast. (Source: Wido Hoville case files, case # A17; Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue # 126).

1972 - Less than an hour later, at 9:40 p.m. CDT four people in Belleville, Illinois observed a yellow discoid, 50-60 feet in diameter, at 300 feet altitude while driving. It had large square windows in the bottom of the craft. (Sources: Belleville (IL) New Democrat, August 1, 1972; MUFON case files, report form dated August 15, 1972; Jay Rath, The I-Files: True Reports of Unexplained Phenomena in Illinois, p. 50).

1973 - A cigar-shaped object with three smaller satellite objects was sighted for four hours in Hogsby, Kalmar, Sweden starting at 10:30 p.m. There were four witnesses. (Source: Swedish author BJT, p. 184).

1975 - At 7:30 a.m. in Loxton, Northern Cape, South Aftrica Mr. Van Graan saw an aluminum or silver colored oval-shaped object on the ground. Inside the craft were four beings. They were small, pale, fair haired, with slanted almond eyes and high cheekbones. They wore light coveralls with hoods. A light beam hit him in the face, causing eye trouble and a nose bleed. The UFO took off with a loud whine. Five equidistant leg marks were left in ground. (Sources: Cynthia Hind, UFOs--African Encounters, p. 1; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case A1406, citing Rapport; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume 2: A Thirty Year Report, pp. 490-493; Larry Hatch, U computer database, case 11336, citing Cynthia Hind).

1976 - Debbie Focken was working at a convenience store and gas station sometime after 11:00 p.m. in Council Bluffs, Iowa when she had a close encounter with an oblong UFO that had lit windows, but no other features. Electromagnetic effects included damage of the CB radio and burglar alarm. The UFO hung in the air, 100 feet over the service station in an urban part of the city for several minutes, and illuminated the surrounding area. An adding machine, the cash register, and a vending machine were all damaged by some kind of field effect from the UFO.  (Sources: Ralph C. DeGraw, International UFO Reporter, December 1976, p. 13; UNICAT, case # 226).

1977 - At 9:00 p.m. a three-meter in diameter luminous disc-shaped object maneuvered over the city of Motta San Giovanni, Sicilia, Italy. The city experienced a power outage for five minutes, until it went away. (Source: Maurizio Verga, ITACAT).

1980 - A red light moved over a motorcycle in Ayamonte, Huelva province, Spain at 1:15 a.m. and when the UFO came to within 1.5 meters over top of the motorcycle the engine died and was impossible to restart. The object then moved over a concrete platform on the right side of the road, near the bank of a river, and then at last dove at the motorcyclist before leaving. (Source: Luis R.Gonzalez Manso, UFO Newsclipping Service, July 1981, p. 14, Correo Andalusia, August 1, 1980).

1981 - At 8:40 p.m. a black object, covered by "fog", accompanied by two satellite lights which operated independently, flew over the stern of a boat on a lake near Cape Vaaraniemi, Lieksa, Finland and was watched by two witnesses. One man, age 35, felt paralyzed and couldn't move his body or his head, but could talk. Seven hours of missing time followed. After effects included intense nightmares and disruption of balance. Hypnosis was unsuccessful in revealing any additional details. (Sources: MUFON UFO Journal, December 1981, p. 10; APRO Bulletin, February 1982, p. 1; Thomas E. Bullard, UFO Abductions:  The Measure of a Mystery.  Volume 2: Catalogue of Cases, case 55; Jenny Randles, Time Storms: Amazing Evidence for Time Warps, Space Rifts, and Time Travel, p. 16; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume 2: A Thirty Year Report, pp. 271, 416).

1982 - In the middle of the day six unidentified spheres flew over Red Square, the center of power for the Soviet Union, in Moscow, Russia.  (Source: Jacques Vallee, UFO Chronicles of the Soviet Union: A Cosmic Samizdat, p. 201).

1986 - At 9:00 p.m. a huge bright light came at a lady in a pickup truck in her driveway in Richmond, Indiana. It zoomed in, and then stopped directly in front of the truck, staying there for several seconds. (Source: Francis L. Ridge, Regional Encounters, p. 96).

1987 - Two men riding motorcycles at 11:30 p.m. in Terre Haute, Indiana saw a flying pyramid-shaped object, and they followed it for awhile but then lost sight of it. However, they came to an automobile that was stopped by the side of the road, and the car's occupants were acting strangely. In a daze, all four occupants got out of their car and walked a mile from that point. The men strongly suspected that the UFO was responsible for their odd behavior. (Source:Francis L. Ridge, Regional Encounters, p. 109).

1992 - Walking on a footpath in Port Pirie, South Australia at 3:10 a.m., a 51-year-old milkman turned around to see a blue-green cigar-shaped UFO behind him to the southeast at a height of only sixty to a hundred meters altitude. It was huge, with an angular size of 20 degrees. It had three amber lights on the left side and pulsating lights. There was no wind at the time, and full cloud cover. (Source: Keith Basterfield, UFO Research South Australia case files, case # SA92029).

1993 - A man riding his motorcycle near Orihuela, Alicante, Spain around midnight noticed a tall dark human figure standing next to a light pole. The figure seemed to be staring at him. The witness rode away at high speed but then noticed that the figure was now running after him at very high speed also, still staring at him. The figure then disappeared and a bright white sphere appeared and followed the witness briefly before leaving. (Source; Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1993, case # 1240, citing Año Cero, January 1994).

1995 - At 8:15 p.m. a Boeing 727 airliner narrowly missed a UFO that darted into its path, then flew along beside it as it made a landing approach to San Carlos de Bariloche airport, Rio Negro province, Argentina. The object was estimated to be the same size as the 727, and was shaped like an inverted flying saucer. (Sources: Michael D. Hall, UFOs: A Century of Sightings, p. 332; Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue # 333; Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 47).

1995 - At 11:45 p.m. in Morris Plains, New Jersey three cops and two civilian witnesses saw a very bright flying wing with colored "bubbles" on the exterior. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 17341, citing National UFO Reporting Center).

2000 - In Bairoa, Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico a woman was awakened around 5:00 a.m. when she heard noises coming from her neighbor's backyard. The noise of something falling on the ground. Her dog began barking inceasantly. She decided to get up and look outside, and when she looked out the window she was startled to see a strange creature standing with its back to her, only 15 feet away. It was white in color with wrinkled skin and had an egg-shaped head with large elongated white eyes with black centers. It had elongated ears, arms, and legs. It appeared to be unclothed. Its hands were in a praying position and its body and head jerked around as if it had no control over them. After watching for a few minutes the witness made a sudden noise, causing the creature to turn around halfway and gaze at her. This caused her to involuntarily close her eyes and step back. She rubbed her eyes repeatedly and was finally able to open them again. Frightened, she called additional household members but by the time they arrived the creature was gone. Two days after later the witness noticed a green light illuminating her room. No one was able to identify the source of the light. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database, case # 3480, citing Lucy Guzman, Inexplicata).

2004 - A witness named Deakin witnessed a black pipe-like object in the sky over Hollingworth, England at 5:30 p.m. It stayed in a vertical position, hovering or floating as if being blown gently by the wind. It was viewed through binoculars. Later, at 10:45 p.m. in Shepton Mallet, Somerset County, England three very strange looking, bright orange objects were reported in the sky to the British Ministry of Defense. They were described as quite large and going in an upward direction. (Sources: Australasian Ufologist, October 2004, p. 35; British Ministry of Defense, case 2004-57).

2004 - At 11:38 p.m. a large disc-shaped object emitting a bright light and a buzzing sound at intervals was sighted and photographed over Yamuna Nagar, Haryana State, India. Stationary at first, the UFO flew off to the south at high speed. It was witnessed by a man at a petrol service station along with five employees. He took one photo of it with a Nokia 6230 digital phone. (Source: George A. Filer & David E. Twichell, Filer's Files: Worldwide Reports of UFO Sightings, p. 52).

2007 - A witness in Kars, Ottawa, Ontario reported being woken up by his dog barking at 12:52 a.m. He was going to shut him up, looked out window to see what he was barking at, and was shocked to see a large, well lit disc-shaped UFO hovering in the sky. Another disc-shaped UFO was sighted in Jamaica, Queens, New York at 2:45 a.m. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, report uploaded August 8, 2007).

2010 - The night sky in Albuquerque, New Mexico turned white at 4:15 a.m. when a cigar-shaped object appeared in the sky in the middle of a circle of light. The sighting lasted 15 seconds. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, report uploaded August 24, 2010).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 31 July 2012).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: animal reactions, Asiatic-Nordic looking UFOnauts, bulky humanoids, car and motorcycle pursuits, cigar-shaped UFOs, domed discs, EM effects: damage to electronics in machines and burglar alarm, hexagonal UFOs, hissing sound, humanoid with wrinkled skin, landings, metallic UFOs, Michelin Man looking humanoids, missing time, multi-year reports from Indiana, power failures associated with UFOs, radar-visual confirmation, Saturn-shaped UFOs, short humanoids, silver discs, vehicle ignition interference effects, vertical ascent, vertical cylinder, whining or whirring sounds.

© Donald A. Johnson