On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 May 5

1952 - On this day two silver discs were sighted by over a dozen witnesses near the Vanadium Corporation's uranium processing plant in Durango, Colorado. (Source: Loren E Gross, UFOs: A History. 1952: January-May, p. 72).

1952 - At 10:50 p.m. six to seven translucent cream-colored objects were sighted over Tenafly, New Jersey. One object circled the area, while another flew away and then came back. This case is listed as a Project Blue Book "unknown." (Sources: Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics, case #1183; Kevin D. Randle, Invasion Washington: UFOs over the Capitol, p. 261).

1953 - One mile north of the Yuma, Arizona USAF fighter base, Wells A. Webb noticed a strange object in the clear blue sky at 9:45 a.m. The UFO initially seemed to be a cloud, but it made a sharp 90 degree turn, and he then saw the cloud resolve into a silver disc-shaped object. Through polaroid glasses Mr. Webb could see dark concentric rings around the craft, possibly due to a force field around the disc. With the glasses off the rings disappeared. He continued to watch for 15 minutes while the UFO receded into the distance. No sound was reported. (Sources: Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence (Volume I), p. 52; Coral & Jim Lorenzen, UFOs: The Whole Story, p. 52; John Fuller, Aliens in the Skies, p. 134; UNICAT, case #363, citing Bruce Maccabee paper, 1984).

1954 - Over the Woomera Missile Test Range in South Australia a disc-shaped object was viewed throuth binoculars flying to the west. It then turned and shot off to the south and out of sight at a speed estimated to be 5,800 kph. The object was estimated to be 10 feet in diameter, and the sighting reportedly lasted five minutes. (Source: Bill Chalker, The Oz Files, p. 85).

1954 - The young boy was sitting with his goat on a small hill near the village of Fregim Amarante, Portugal when he heard a whistling sound at around four o'clock in the afternoon. He ran in the direction of the sound, which came from a nearby hollow. Once there he saw one dome-shaped object leaving the area headed towards a nearby river, but an identical object still rested on the ground. It was a metallic colored, dome shaped, and had a metal ring on the bottom and a transparent section on top. It also had a conical protrusion, brown in color, on the top. As the object left the boy felt a wave of heat. Inside this second object he could see two beings with large heads and large eyes that were wide apart; both appeared to have antennae on top of their heads, and their mouths appeared like round holes. They wore metallic blue outfits, and appeared seated with one of them operating levers while the other looked out at the witness. Ground traces were later found at the site. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1954, case HC # 104, citing Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos & Fernandez Peri, Enciclopedia de Los Encuentros Cercanos con Ovnis).

1958 - On this day at 3:40 p.m. a brilliant top-shaped UFO (that was symmetrical above and below the middle), suddenly approached an aircraft being flown by 40-year-old Carlos Alejo Rodriguez near the airfield in Pan de Azucar near the city of San Carlos, Maldonado province, Uruguay. The object, estimated to be three times the size of the Piper aircraft, or 15-20 meters in diameter, passed within 500 meters, and the pilot felt a wave of heat. The UFO stopped and hovered for three seconds, rocked twice in a balancing motion, then shot away toward the sea leaving a vapor trail. (Sources: Gordon I. R. Lore, Strange Effects from UFOs, p. 16; Richard H. Hall, Uninvited Guests, p. 246; UNICAT, case #477, citing Thomas M Olsen, The Reference to Outstanding UFO Reports, p. 3-57).

1964 - At 8:30 in the morning a farmer, Alfred Ernst, saw an object rise from a field in Comstock, Minnesota and fly rapidly into a cloud bank. It was described as oval in shape, and it left a depression and four rectangular imprints in the ground. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 601).

1965 - A US Naval vessel sailing in the Philippine Sea had a radar-visual encounter with four UFOs at 9:10 a.m. There were 12 military witnesses, and the sighting lasted for eight minutes. (Sources: UNICAT database, case #81, citing J. Allen Hynek; Richard F. Haines, Project Delta: A Study of Multiple UFO, p 187).

1966 - One year later, at 5:45 p.m. four UFOs were sighted at 20 degrees elevation by the navigating officer and several other crewmen aboard the HMAS ANZAC while sailing south of the Santa Cruz Islands. They were closely grouped, and the lead object glowed red. The trailing three objects were green, and formed an equilateral triangle. They left trails of color six times the size of the objects. (Source: Debbie Payne, Australasian Ufologist, October 2004, p. 34).

1968 - Jerome Clark and three other young men had driven to visit a rural site on a highway between Fargo and Kindred, North Dakota where a "ghost light" had been recently reported. They spotted a nocturnal light and had been chasing it, more or less fruitlessly, in their car. When it re-appeared at 1:45 a.m. it loomed up in front of them, and against its reddish orange light they could see the silhouette of a huge figure gliding toward them. They took off in fear in their automobile, but when they looked again from a side road the silhouetted figure was still visible and still moving towards them. This time they drove several miles before stopping. (Source: David F. Webb and Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1968-25, citing Jerome Clark, FSR, November-December 1969).

1968 - At 8:35 p.m. a cylindrical UFO was seen flying north to south on this night and the next over the river in Tirgu Ocna, Romania by several witnesses including the principal witness, a Mr. Dumila. It had a pointed read end, and antennae on the sides. (Source: Ion Hobana and Julien Weverbergh, UFOs from Behind the Iron Curtain, p. 162).

1969 - A deaf mute named Antonio Rodrigues, age 60, of the Fazenda Constantino was fishing during the day on the Rio Das Velhas near Jaboticatubas, Minas Gerais, Brazil when he was confronted by the same type of beings that Jose Antonio Da Silva encountered the day before in Bebedouro, 20 kilometers to the east. When they made signs for him to approach he fled in terror, and they pursued him and knocked him to the ground by the force from an energy weapon one of the short humanoids drew from his belt. They gathered around Rodrigues, felt his arm, and conversed amongst themselves in an unintelligible language. Finally, they shook their heads and departed in a UFO parked nearby that ascended vertically. The witness identified the beings from various drawings, including Da Silva's that were shown to him by the investigators. (Source: David F. Webb and Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1968-33, citing Hulvio Aleixo & Dr. Walter Buhler, FSR, November-December 1973).

1972 - Aarno Heinonen was at home in Imjarvi, Finland at 10:15 p.m. when he heard a strange noise, and then a female voice that told him to go alone to a certain crossroads. He did so, and encountered a 4 foot, 8 inch tall young woman with blond hair, wearing a yellow pantsuit that seemed to glow, and silver colored shoes. She carried a silvery ball by a handle, and it had three antennae like projections on it. She told him that her people had come from "the other side of the Milky Way" and that three different kinds of humanoids, ranging from very small to very tall, had visited Imjarvi. She also told him that she was 180 years old, and instructed him not to mention the contact to anyone else. Heinonen previously had a dramatic close encounter with a friend while out cross-country skiing in January 1970. (Source: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1972-11, citing UFO Research Center of Finland & Joe Brill).

1974 - At around 7 p.m. Ms. Becky Ingram was driving alone on a country road on Pisgah Ridge, Tennessee when she heard her nickname called ("Tomboy") and was telepathically directed to a nearby field. There she saw a 100-foot long, football-shaped UFO on the ground. In an open doorway, with a ramp extending to the ground, stood two beings named "Alton" and "Tombo" that she had met on a previous encounter, who invited her onboard. She greeted them with a handshake and entered. Inside she saw five or six more humanoid beings seated around a table, eating. She declined an invitation to join them. They spoke in an incomprehensible language. She declined an invitation for another ride, explaining that her family was expecting her. She noticed that this time both Alton and Tombo walked without bending their knees. (Source: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1974-85, citing Stanley Ingram & Don Worley).

1974 - At around 11:50 p.m. on the beach in Paraipaba, Ceara state, Brazil an odd looking "jeep" was seen being driven with three men with ropes aboard. The jeep ran up the beach five times, then drove into the sea and vanished. (Source: Bob Pratt, UFO Danger Zone: Terror and Death in Brazil--Where Next? p. 265).

1975 - At 9:20 p.m. a domed disc-shaped object was seen on the ground in Pleasanton, Texas with two figures inside the dome. The witness, who was in a truck, was hit by a blinding light, and his hands went numb. The encounter lasted for two minutes. (Source: John Schuessler, Physiological Effects from UFOs, p. 64).

1977 - At 9:15 a.m. a 22-year-old Cessna 150 pilot trainee, Sr. Lopez Ojeda, had a close encounter with a white object that looked like an inverted plate while flying over Tabio, Cundinamarca province, Colombia. There was a brilliant flash of light that temporarily impaired his vision, and the airplane's control would not respond for a short while during which his surroundings seemed strangely altered. (Sources: Richard H. Hall, Uninvited Guests, p. 291; MUFON UFO Journal, June 1977; Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 50; CUFOS files, citing newspaper clipping dated May 6, 1977).

1977 - At midnight the witness, a truck driver, had made a rest stop at a truck stop on the major highway near Ragusa, Italy when he saw a yellow light illuminate the cab. The light originated from a gray metallic, oval-shaped object that was hovering near the truck and close to the ground. It had a rotating ring around its middle and two circular openings, one on the top and one on the bottom. A figure wearing a dark gray coverall and a helmet could be seen inside one of the openings. It seemed to be controlling and directing the yellow beam of light. It made some hand gestures towards him as if greeting him. A flattened area was found in the grassy field. (Sources: Maurizio Verga, ITACAT: Italian UFO catalogue, case 93; Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1977, case # 1522, citing ITACAT).

1979 - Clear photographs were taken of a metallic, hat-shaped disc over a dam in Calamuchita, Cordoba, Argentina. The photographs were taken in the middle of the afternoon by a 34-year-old man named L. Ferreyra. The UFO had three portholes, and made no sound. It shot straight up when it left. (Source: MUFON UFO Journal, November 1979, p. 9, citing Clarin, May 5, 1979).

1979 - On this night an object with portholes landed in a field in Pampulhas, Minas Gerais, Brazil for 90 seconds. The witnesses were two police officers, who reported that the encounter caused EM effects on their vehicle. The ground was lit brightly, and figures could be seen looking out through portholes in the craft. It took off vertically at great speed. (Sources: Jane Thomas, UFO Newsclipping Service, July 1979, p. 14; MUFON UFO Journal, November 1979, p. 11, citing Cronica May 5, 1979; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II: A Thirty-Year Report, p. 258).

1980 - In San Jose de Mayo, Uruguay construction workers and truck drivers at a meat packing plant that was under construction saw a red and green luminous ball hovering overhead. It emitted a dull noise, and its presence interrupted electrical light power and also caused battery-operated radios to go dead. (Source: Jane Thomas, UFO Newsclipping Service, July 1980, p. 9, citing La Razon, May 16, 1980).

1982 - In Youngstown Ridge, Pennsylvania a single witness observed a 15-foot diameter top-shaped UFO with a dome at 8:00 p.m. There was a red pulsating light contained within the dome. It was described as the size of Piper Cub aircraft, and it flew slowly to the east at an estimated altitude of 1000 feet, then reversed direction toward Greensburg. At 11:17 in in Pleasant Hills, Pennsylvania hundreds of residents witnessed many unidentified nocturnal lights. Police watched a semi-transparent delta-shaped object fly from the northwest to the southwest. (Source: Stan Gordon, MUFON UFO Journal, July 1982, p. 13).

1984 - At 2:55 a.m. a loud pulsing sound preceded the presence of a metallic ovoid or football-shaped UFO flying overhead at 200 feet altitude in Piedmont, South Carolina. The dogs in the neighborhood all howled and went crazy. There were two witnesses, and the encounter lasted two minutes. (Sources: Robert Gribble, International UFO Reporter, May 1984, p. 16; MUFON UFO Journal, May 1984).

1984 - At 1400 hours GMT a Defense Support Program (DSP) spy satellite detected the entry of an unknown object that passes 15 miles in front of it, and then flew below it over the Indian Ocean. The unknown object changed course, and flew back out into outer space. (Source: Michael D. Hall, UFOs: A Century of Sightings, p. 324).

1990 - At 3:45 a.m. the windows of a home in Widnes, Cheshire, England shook repeatedly from the vibrations caused by a huge, white glowing ball of light (BOL) over the road. (Source: Timothy Good, The UFO Report 1992, p. 121).

1992 - Two orange BOLs flew silently over a reservoir in Waranga Basin, Victoria, Australia at 8:00 p.m. They disappear when a camera flashes. At 11:15 p.m. a cigar-shaped object with windows on the bottom hovered silently in High Point, North Carolina, emitting very bright beams of light. It vanished when jets appeared. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, cases # 15726 & 15728, citing UFO Newsclipping Service, July 1992 & February 1993).

1992 - A around two o'clock in the morning in an undisclosed location in Georgia, a man woke up to see a 4.5 foot tall entity at the corner of his baby son's crib. The dwarf wore a black cape with a peaked hood connected to the cape. No facial features could be discerned. The entity next moved from left to right and then disappeared through the wall of the house. This experienced was followed by an unsettling dream about the baby, and later by another frightening incident. A few months later other family members again saw a shadow like figure with claws move out of the hallway and touch the chest of one of the older children in the house. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1992, case # 2624, citing John C. Thompson).

1993 - At 9:00 a.m. in Geneva, Ashtabula County, Ohio an enormous cigar-shaped craft with no wings and no windows flew over Lake Erie making no sound and at an incredible rate of speed. It was being chased by a helicopter. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, May 1993 webpage, report uploaded August 16, 2002).

1993 - In Lincolnton, North Carolina at 9:00 p.m. two witnesses spotted a glowing orange-white disc-shaped object that flew overhead and then into the clouds. (Sources: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 16041, citing UFO Newsclipping Service, April 1994; George D. Fawcett).

1996 - At 9:50 p.m. over the town of St. Genis-Laval, Rhone, France a silent black triangular object followed a helicopter north at low altitude. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 17346, citing Phenomena magazine, issue 32).

1996 - Late at night on Sunday May 5, 1996 Elaine woke up in her bedroom in Cornwall, England to see a four-foot tall creature with pale shiny porcelain colored skin standing next to her bed. It had a very large head and large black oval-shaped eyes standing next to her bed. She does not report what happened next, but she does mention that at around the same time she began having lucid dreams where she found herself traveling to other planets and meeting aliens. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1996, case # 3249).

1997 - A woman in Hazelwood Park, Adelaide, South Australia reported sighting an object travelling from the northwest to the south, where it hovered for 5-6 seconds before it moved off and was lost from view at 8:30 p.m.  It looked like two shallow saucers, lip to lip.  The body of the object was like the tail of a comet in its consistency. (Source: Keith Basterfield, UFO Research South Australia).

1997 - At 12:15 p.m. a metallic ovoid object flew across the sky in West Chester, Pennsylvania. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, May 1997 webpage).

1998 - Three witnesses in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada observed a dark black triangular silouette that floated silently nearby at 10:05 p.m. (Source: Geoff Dittman, 1998 Canadian UFO Survey, case # 1998-21, citing UFOBC)

1999 - At midnight in the Hautes Pyrenees, France many people observed a semicircular form, luminous and translucent, that some compared to smoke. After 15 minutes the witnesses noted a presence to the left of the luminous form (some spoke of a triangular form) that suddenly rocketed away fast to the south. (Source: GEIPAN, case # 308).

2001 - On this evening in Southampton, Hampshire, England a police helicopter flew around a UFO twice before the object faded out and disappeared. There was a lengthy investigation into the incident. (Source: Gary Heseltine, Police UFO Reports, case # 172).

2002 - A disc-shaped object hovered at a low altitude near the town of Bingham, Nottinghamshire, England at three o'clock in the morning. It had erratic flashing multi-colored lights. It spun, and rocked slowly back-and-forth. Two small white lights moved outward from it, and remained separate for almost an hour. The UFO departed toward the south. (Source: UFO Magazine (USA), August 2002, p. 19, citing Filer's Files).

2002, Smithtown, Suffolk County, New York - At 3:15 p.m. two independent witnesses in nearby towns observed an ovoid UFO moving at a slow speed and low altitude in the clear blue sky. It flew from west to east. It seemed more "transparent rather than solid, more like a ring." and it left behind a white contrail or wake like "a boat in water." (Source: UFO Magazine (USA), August 2002, p. 19, citing Filer's Files).

2005 - At nine o'clock in the evening a triangular object appeared over a small lake in Louisville, Kentucky with beams entering the water. After 15 minutes it then ascended into sky. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, May 2005 archived webpage).

2010 - A luminous rectangular UFO, with no body lights nor sound, moved at tremendous speed over Canal Winchester, Ohio. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, May 2010 archived webpage, report uploaded June 3, 2010).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 4 May 2014).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: aircraft encounters; animal reaction: dogs howling; beam of yellow light; bedroom visitations; car pursuit, daylight discs; disc-shaped UFOs; ground marks: 4 landing gear imprints; inside occupants; multi-year UFO reports from Brazil, England, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Uruguay; ovoid, football, and oval-shaped UFOs; physiological effects: numbness and paralysis of hands; portholes, post initial CE-3 encounter rendezvous with UFOnauts initiated by instructions to go to a certain place; power failure and EM radio interference; short humanoids; sightings from naval warships; silhouetted UFOnauts, silver UFOs; UFO viewed through polarized lens; violent behavior by UFOnauts.

© Donald A. Johnson