On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 May 7

1843 - An object with the "resemblance of a ship" sailed through the air over Quebec City, Quebec, Canada and cast a shadow on the ground. (Source: John R. Colombo, UFOs over Canada: Personal accounts of sightings and close encounters, p. 209).

1950 - A couple and their grandson were returning from a picnic at 6:45 p.m. when they saw a silvery white object at treetop level. They were about nine miles south of Ely, Nevada at the time. It hovered for ten minutes, then oscillated "as if attempting to rise" and suddenly flew out of sight at high speed. (Source: Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics, case # 721).

1952 - Five very clear photographs were taken on this day at 4:30 p.m. in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They show a disc-shaped object with a double protuberance on top. Its estimated size was 300 feet in diameter. An apparent discrepancy with some shadows was explained by the Brazilian UFO investigator, Dr. Olavo T. Fontes, as having been due to some broken leaves. The witnesses were named Keffel and Martins. The Brazilian Air Force conclusion on the photos is that the "object is several kilometers from the camera." (Sources: Irene Granchi, APRO Bulletin, July 1973, p. 1; UNICAT database, case # 402, citing Stendek; Coral E. Lorenzen, Flying Saucers: The Startling Evidence of the Invasion from Outer Space, photo plate 2; William K. Hartmann, in Edward Condon (ed.), Scientific Study of Unidentified Flying Objects, p. 415).

1963 - On this evening in Kirkby, Merseyside, England Margaret McCutcheon and her 13-year-old son reported to the police that, after the lights blacked out in their home while watching television, they saw an object about six meters in diameter near the house. It had two aerials and a red flashing light, and it was emitting a low buzzing sound. After a minute, it flew away. (Sources: Flying Saucer Review, July-August 1963; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 569).

1965 - At 7:30 p.m. a light seen by a witness named Marshall over Oxford, Michigan split into two parts, one of which was copper colored. Then two more lights joined up with the first two. One of the objects may have been tumbling. A Project Blue Book "unknown." (Sources: Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics, case # 9389; Don Berliner, Australasian Ufologist, April 1999, p. 52).

1966 - A short, cylindrical object with pointed ends was sighted over Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas at 9:55 p.m. It had a yellow light at one end, a blue light at other, and flew straight and level for 35 seconds. A Project Blue Book "unknown." (Sources: Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics, case # 10535; Don Berliner, Australasian Ufologist, April 1999, p. 53).

1967 - A domed disc-shaped object hovered at 200 feet altitude over a cemetery in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada at around 2:00 a.m. It was seen by five teenagers, including a 14-year-old named Banyard. A muffled whistle was heard coming from the object, and the object directed a light beam to the ground. Banging and "screaming" noises heard when object took off. Charring and other physical traces were found at the site. (Sources: Edmonton Journal, May 8, 1967; APRO Bulletin, May-June 1967, p. 7; NICAP UFO Investigator, June 1967, p. 3).

1967 - Later that evening a nocturnal light followed a car with the Luck family of three through the rural countryside of Arnett, Oklahoma back home. It then shot off to the west at high speed. It looked solid in appearance, according to the witnesses. (Sources: APRO Bulletin, May-June 1967, p. 6; Coral & Jim Lorenzen, Encounters with UFO Occupants, p. 47).

1968 - On this evening town marshal Felix Gallegos and others saw three balls of light take off from a neighbors field near Sanford, Colorado. No evidence was found on the ground. (Source: APRO Bulletin, July-August 1968, p. 8).

1970 - Over 400 people including school students in Maraenui, New Zealand watched a metallic looking, oval shaped object hover in the sky near the sun for ten minutes starting at 2:03 p.m. The center of the object had a "transparent-like sheen" and it was the apparent size of a basketball held at arm's length. It moved away to the northeast. (Sources: APRO Bulletin, May-June 1970, p. 1; Mrs. K. Smith, BUFORA Journal, August 1971, p. 12).

1974 - At 6:15 a.m. a yellowish-orange ball of light, one meter in diameter, landed on two legs between two highway tunnels on Highway N518 near Petits Goulets, Drome department, France and was seen by a single male witness named Tardy, who was driving nearby when the incident occurred. The landing spot was on a geologic faultline. (Source: Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le Premier Dossier Complet des Rencontres Rapprochees en France, p. 485).

1974 - Mrs. Margaret K. Roffe, a nurse's aide at the local Veterans Administration Hospital in Coatesville, Pennsylvania was walking from one hospital building to another at around 9 p.m. when she heard a swishing sound and saw a disc-shaped object descend and land on the roof of Building #1. Four silver-colored legs emerged from the object just before the object landed, and a ramp came down out of the bottom of the craft. Three gray-skinned humanoid occupants emerged from the craft by climbing down the ramp backwards. They were all less than five feet tall and had long, large bald heads and arms with clawed hands; their legs were short. They spoke an unintelligible language among themselves in high, squeaky voices. She was able to see their features well because the area was well lit by an illuminated dome on the roof of the building. When the beings noticed her they re-entered the object. The object then took off slowly, making a swishing sound, and passed over some nearby trees, which were shaken violently when the craft flew over. The legs withdrew into the object as it took off. (Sources: Ted Bloecher, 1975 MUFON Symposium Proceedings, p. 56; George D. Fawcett, Flying Saucers, December 1974, p. 38; George D. Fawcett, FSR, January 1975, p. 31; George D. Fawcett, Saga UFO Report, April 1975, p. 50; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1974-19 (A1323), citing George Fawcett).

1977 - A powerful spotlight from a silent, delta-shaped object lit the forest in Undersaker, Jamtland, Sweden on this night. A very large second object, also triangle shaped and with three large windows rose in the beam of light. Both objects hovered over the trees, then changed shape from triangular to rectangular. (Sources: Allan Hendry, International UFO Reporter, November 1977, p. 8; Richard F. Haines, Project Delta: A Study of Multiple UFO, p. 191; UNICAT database, case 195, citing Allan Hendry).

1980 - At 5:20 p.m. an object described as an "upside down soup bowl" with a dome on top came out of cloud cover directly ahead of the witness's car driving on I-40 near Valdese, North Carolina. It was estimated to be 40 feet in diameter and had a red rectangular area on the bottom. It made a U-turn, then banked away. The car's radio experienced interference during the close encounter. (Sources: MUFON UFO Journal, September 1980; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II: A Thirty-Year Report, pp. 25, 452, citing Tarheel UFO Newsletter, June 1980).

1980 - At 9:05 p.m. a woman with the last name of Riley was driving her car in Redding, California accompanied by her two teenage daughters (15 and 14 years old) and by another 13-year-old girl, when they were frightened by the sudden appearance of a patch of smoke or fog that suddenly enveloped their van. All normal noises ceased, while the women seemed to "float" inside a "cloud". Very worried, as soon as they were able to leave the "cloud" they drove to a friend's house, where they discovered that they could not account for 30 minutes of time. During the hours that followed they suffered from various physiological reactions and the following day, marks resembling strange punctures appeared on the skin of two of the girls. Soon afterwards they experienced strange dreams in which "men" were pointing strange weapons or objects at their heads. The witnesses reported the strange event to the police who advised them to contact a private UFO organization. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Confrontations, p. 79; APRO Bulletin, June 1980, p. 1; Thomas E. Bullard, UFO Abductions: The Measure of a Mystery, case 22, citing APRO Bulletin).

1994 - At 7:40 p.m. a domed, disc-shaped object bobbed and wove through the sky over Corby, Northamptonshire, England. A witness filmed a four-minute videotape of the encounter before the object shot away. (Source: UFO Newsclipping Service, September 1994).

1996 - While on her lunch break at 1:30 p.m. at West Point Lake, near the McGhee Bridge in La Grange, Georgia, a 35-year-old woman witnessed a gray colored, domed disc-shaped object just above the lake. After some five to ten minutes, the object shot straight up "at least as fast as lightning." (Source: John C. Thompson, MUFON UFO Field Investigations Database, case 970107E).

1998 - On this night a 10-year-old girl and her 8-year-old brother spotted a large UFO hovering above their house in Mullica Hill, New Jersey. The children claimed the craft was lighted and bigger than their house. They also saw an alien figure floating next to the object, the entity apparently stared at the children who became scared and ran into the house yelling for their dad. They ran back out to see the object float away. They did not see the entity again. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1998, case #3148, citing Joseph Trainor, UFO Roundup, Vol. 3 # 20).

2001 - A man in Peterborough, Ontario reported seeing a huge black triangular shaped craft fly overhead at 10:10 p.m. He reportedly heard a "message" in his head. He also reported that he experienced some "missing time." (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle).

2003 - At 10:30 p.m. three green colored, cigar-shaped UFOs were sighted by four young women over Northridge, California. They were moving slowly at first over, but they then separated and one flew off to the east. It was joined seconds later by the other two, and together they increased speed and went into the clouds. (Sources: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle; Preston Dennett, UFOs over California: A True History of Extraterrestrial Encounters in the Golden State, p. 213, citing the MUFON UFO Journal, issue # 423).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised May 23, 2007).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: balls of light, cigar shaped or cylinrical UFOs, domed discs, EM effects: radio interference and power failure, fog or smoke, Grey UFOnauts, levitating humanoid, missing time, oscillating movement, silvery white UFOs, telepathy, triangular UFOs, unintelligible language.