On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 May 6

1897 - Two policemen, Sumpter and McLenore, were riding northwest of Hot Springs, Arkansas when they saw a bright light in the sky. About seven km farther they saw the light again coming down to the ground. One km farther the horses refused to walk. Two men were seen carrying lights. The lawmen took their rifles, called the strangers, and were told that they crossed the country with a flying craft. The profile of the 20-meter long machine could be seen in the clearing. There was a woman with an parasol or umbrella nearby. It was raining, and the younger man was filling a large container with water. The elder man had a beard and suggested to the policemen that they fly with them "to a place where it does not rain." The same witness went back to the same spot 40 minutes later but found nothing there. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 186, citing Flying Saucer Review, July-August 1966).

1949 - On this day, a decorated Soviet test pilot named Apraksin was flying over the Volga River in Russia, 40 kilometers north of the city of Saratov, when his aircraft's electrical system was knocked out of operation by a cone of light from a cucumber-shaped UFO after he attempted to approach it. He was blinded by the light, but managed to land the crippled aircraft despite his incapacitation in an abrupt emergency landing. He then lost consciousness and was confined to hospital to recuperate. (Sources: Felix Zigel, unpublished manuscript, pp. 124-126; Jacques Vallee, UFO Chronicles of the Soviet Union: A Cosmic Samizdat, p. 138, citing Felix Zigel; Geoffrey Falla, BUFORA Vehicle Interference Project Report, p. 4; Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 11).

1949 - A witness named Green reported to the U.S. Air Force that two shiny disc-shaped objects circled each other over a field in Livermore, California at 9:40 a.m. One of the objects shot away straight up. The sighting lasted five minutes. (Sources: Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics, case 379; Larry Hatch, U computer database, case 1397).

1965 - At 9:10 a.m. local time the crew of a US Navy ship heading west at 265 at 15 knots in the Philippine Sea sighted approaching aircraft at bearing 0. At 9:14 a.m. the radar detected four targets at ranges up to 22 miles for the next 6 minutes flying at extremely high speed (3,500 mph) and performing various maneuvers. The craft were viewed through binoculars and appeared as 3 lighted objects. Next, the UFOs hovered directly over the ship for 3 minutes as confirmed visually and on radar by the Commanding Officer, bridge crew and others on deck.  The objects departed to the SE at extremely high speed. (Source: J. Allen Hynek, The UFO Experience, p. 81, sighting Blue Book files).

1967 - A 24-year-old man named Campeadore was driving on the main highway 17 miles west of St. George, Utah at 12:43 a.m. when he heard a loud humming sound and stopped his car to investigate. He got out of his vehicle and saw a 40-foot wide, amber colored domed disc hovering only 20-30 feet over his head. He took out his pistol and fired a complete clip of bullets at the object. He reported that he heard the bullets ricochet off. He also suffered some physiological after effects as the result of his close encounter. (Sources: NICAP case files; NICAP UFO Investigator, June 1967, p. 6; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II: A Thirty-Year Report, p. 338; Richard F. Haines, CE-5: Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind, p. 120; APRO Bulletin, May-June 1967, p. 5).

1967 - A mechanical engineer and his daughter were driving between Durango and Mazatlan, Mexico around 11:00 a.m. when they sighted a disc-shaped object on the ground off to the side of the highway. The engineer took three photographs while the UFO took off. Two parts of the landing gear are shown in first photo, while the second showed no legs and presumably had been retracted. The third photo missed the object. (Sources: Jim and Coral Lorenzen, UFOs over the Americas, p. 65; Scott Corrales, Fate, May 2002, p. 19; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 839).

1967 - Raymond Schirrmann, his wife, and two children of Schirmeck, Bas-Rhine department, France first sighted seven or eight black, lenticular objects at 7:00 p.m. over a grove of trees at an estimated distance of two kilometers. They were aligned in a straight, diagonal line in the sky, and each was surrounded by a halo of smoke. At 9:00 p.m. a large lens-shaped object, 15-20 meters in diameter, was seen close to the ground near their chalet only 25 meters away. A coherent beam of light snaked away from the object, ending in midair. It detached, then retracted into the object. Following this some landing legs appeared. The event lasted three hours, and the UFOs were tracked by radar at a nearby military base. (Sources: Michel Figuet Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le Premier Dossier Complet des Rencontres Rapprochees en France, p. 271; Richard F. Haines, Project Delta: A Study of Multiple UFO, p. 91, citing UNICAT; UNICAT database, case 403, citing Figuet & Ruchon; Phenomenes Spatiaux, December 1967).

1977 - In Encinitas, California a large domed disc-shaped object descended into canyon. A school teacher and fifteen students witnessed the descent, and said that they could see figures inside the craft. It was seen again one hour later. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case 12693).

1984 - A 13-year-old boy working at a kennel in Williston, Florida heard a humming noise, and noticed that the dogs were attempting to hide in their pens and whining. As he went out to investigate the area turned red with illumination, and a bright red disc-shaped object hovered only 20 feet over his head. He felt heat coming from the object. When he returned to the dog pens, the dogs barked at him and would not let him inside. (Sources: Robert Gribble, International UFO Reporter, May 1984, p. 16; MUFON UFO Journal, May 1984, p. 11).

1993 - A video of a silver domed disc-shaped object, with 6 seconds of footage, was filmed by a 42-year-old woman near Highway 150 in Cherryville, North Carolina at 6:30 p.m. (Source: UFO News Clipping Service, November 1993).

2000 - A triangle shaped object was seen hovering 100 feet above the ground in Kamloops, British Columbia at 9:18 p.m. It suddenly lit up in a white light, and then disappeared. (Source: Geoff Dittman, Canadian UFO Survey 2000, citing NUFORC).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 25 October 2009).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: Animal reactions, communication, disc-shaped UFOs, domed discs, human-looking occupants, humming sounds, inside occupants, landing gear, physiological effects, radar visual confirmation, sensation of heat, UFO hovering low overhead.

© Donald A. Johnson