On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 May 16

1909 - At 1:00 a.m. five people driving in the mountains from Monmouth to Treginach, Gwent, Wales spotted a cigar-shaped object in the sky that maneuvered up and down and with turns. It seemed under perfect control, and had lights on the ends. At 7:45 p.m. a government inspector named Hervey in Broome, Suffolk, England reported that a cigar-shaped airship flew into a strong wind to the north-northeast toward Lowestoft. (Source: Carl Grove, FSR, November-December 1970, p. 17).

1952 - On this night a luminous object like a "glass lit from the inside" moved silently across the sky in Malung, Kopparberg, Sweden. (Source: Loren E. Gross, UFOs: A History. 1952: January-May, p. 78).

1953 - In Bouffioulx, Hainaut, Belgium at 5:30 p.m. a disc-shaped UFO and occupant were seen briefly by a single witness named Chermanne before disintegrating, leaving behind a black smoke. Two photographs were taken of the disc enveloped in some form of "radiation." (Sources: Loren E. Gross, UFOs: A History. 1953: March-July, p. 57; J. Bernard Delair, UFO Register, Volume 6 (1975), p. 39; Jacques Bonabot, Catalog of Belgian Cases, case 27).

1954 - At least six observers in a 65 square kilometer area around Roma, Queensland, Australia sighted a yellow, V-shaped object flying to the east. It was estimated to be four meters wide. It turned over a house, and was absolutely silent as it flew. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case 3371, citing APRO Bulletin, September 1954).

1956 - At 10:15 p.m. in Woodstown, Salem County, New Jersey Mr. Locuson, a building contractor, watched an orange-red light zig-zag across the sky near the Delaware River and Delaware Bay. It went north, veered to the west, shot off to the south, and then zig-zagged away. It was very fast and bright. (Sources: Salem Sunbeam, May 22, 1956; Loren E. Gross, The Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse: UFOs: A History. 1956: May-July, p. 27; Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 4983)

1966 - Manuel Hernandez was coming back from the fields near Cordoba, Spain when he saw a disc-shaped object land 100 meters away. Small beings resembling "green birds" came out for a few instants, then took off again. (Sources: Jacques Vallee: Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 769; Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos, Catalogue of 200 Type-I UFO Events in Spain and Portugal, case 42, citing the Paris Journal, May 18, 1966).

1966 - At 12:30 p.m. a newspaper editor and officer manager in Temple City, California were called out to the parking lot to see an unusual object in the sky. A grayish-green object, changing shape from rectangular to roughly diamond-shaped, to a domed disc, was reflecting sunlight and apparently metallic. It was visible high in the northern sky.  Hazy heat waves surrounded it. For 15 minutes the object moved around lazily, then it suddenly sped off to the northeast and disappeared. The editor compared the speed to that of a jet. At 1:10 p.m. a school principal saw children on the school's playground staring at a dark, disc-shaped object with a dome on top moving high overhead toward the east. At about the same time Charles Hardman was walking on Alessandra Street in Temple City when he noticed something that he first thought was a kite or balloon in the north-northwest sky moving slowly northeast. Through binoculars he saw that the object's surface was glossy, gray or black, yet light reflective. At times the top was obscured by hazelike smoke. Without the binoculars Hardman could see that this was due to different angles of vision as the object tumbled over in its path. It was shaped like a diamond with concave sides.

About 1:30 p.m. Mrs. Beverly Harding of Temple City, California was driving about a mile south of the center of town when she saw an aerial object paralleling the path of her car, but traveling a little faster than she was. It looked like "a big bowl of jelly, plastic-like and shiny..." The object was roundish, but irregularly shaped. Finally, at 3:25 p.m. Mrs. Janice Oyler of San Gabriel, California was driving through Temple City when she saw a "black and silver cone-shaped object" in the sky. She stopped her car to watch, and saw the object bobbing around and circling slowly in one small area of the sky for about three minutes. (Sources: Los Angeles NICAP subcommittee; Ann Druffel, Skynet, May 1966, p. 27; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II. A Thirty-Year Report, p. 321).

1966 - Manuel Hernandez was coming back from the fields during this afternoon near Cordoba, Spain when he saw a disc-shaped object land 100 m away. Small beings resembling "green birds" came out for a few instants, before the object took off again. (Sources: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 769, citing Paris Jour, May 18, 1966; Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos, FSR, May 1973, p. 19).

1966 - At 3:30 p.m. a driver in a car in Cheshire, Connecticut had a close encounter with a 20-foot cylindrical UFO just four feet over the ground. It was hovering with no supports touching the ground. It had a metallic coral surface, and moved slowly. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, citing UFO Newsclipping Service, issue 302).

1967 - Roman and Jose Arribas observed an object land in a pine forest north of Nieva-Segovia, Cordoba, Spain. They saw "people" enter the ash-colored craft, which took off straight up, at high speed. (Sources: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 843, citing Lumieres dans la Nuit; issue 89).

1967 - Half Moon Bay, San Mateo County, California. At 1:30 a.m. PDT a family saw a triangular object with a row of red lights and a white light on one end. The object hovered over the ground near a pond, made a roaring sound, then took off, soaring over their house. (Sources: Redwood City Times, Calif., May 16, 1967, copy in NICAP files.)

1967 - Four members of the crew of the SS Point Sur in the Gulf of Mexico at 10:10 p.m. had radar-visual confirmation with a UFO that was observed for 50 minutes, shape undetermined. (Source: J. Allen Hynek, The UFO Experience, p. 237).

1971 - At 9:30 p.m. four witnesses of the Whitlock family in Anderson, Indiana observed an unidentified aerial object after the power failed in their house. It was a Saturn-shaped UFO, making a high frequency sound. The object was the size of a house. The body of the object was a silver ball illuminated by brilliant red, green, blue and white lights around its rim. It moved at tractor speed, and then hovered over the hog farmyard, setting off pandemonium of howling, squacking, and squealing by the dogs, chickens, pigs, and a parrot. The witnesses suffered vibration, numbness, and fear. They fled back into their house which had been rendered powerless. The entire incident lasted 20 minutes. A tree died at the site of the UFO's closest approach. (Source: Ted R. Phillips, Physical Traces Associated with UFO Sightings, case # 473).

1973 - In the mid-afternoon an anonymous man "who enjoys an excellent reputation in Bahia" was walking through his property by the river in Parafuso, Bahia, Brazil carrying his shotgun, when he heard a soft humming. Then a man about 5 feet 3 inches tall appeared in front of him. He wore a brownish gray, tight-fitting coverall, with metallic colored boots and a wide belt with a very large blue buckle. His face and his hands, which had long fingers, were pallid white, his ears were small and pointed, and his head "larger than ours." This man, speaking in Portuguese, told the witness not to be afraid and to put away his gun, saying that he was "not of this world-I come from a planet that you people call a satellite." He also said that his ship was hovering a few yards above them, invisible to the eye. Then he said, "Good bye, brother, I must go" and pushed a white button on his belt buckle. At this a beam of light shone on him "and then drew away, carrying the man with it", he disappeared a few yards above the man's head. (Source: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1973-093 (A1205), citing Alberto Romero, ONIFE).

1976 - On this afternoon around 4 p.m. a 49-year-old woman waiting at a bus stop in St. Louis, Missouri saw a strange looking man. He was normally dressed, but had pallid facial features and wore goggles. He had a long sharp nose, a pointed chin, and a small mouth. She watched him for 15 minutes before taking the bus. (Source: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case (A1473)).

1979 - Arlindo Gabriel dos Santos was hunting with two friends in a forest near Baependi, Minas Gerais State, Brazil around 10:30 a.m. when he became separated from the others. Sr. dos Santos next saw an object descend towards the ground in a clearing. He approached to within 180 meters, and saw that the object was shaped like a "telephone booth" about 1 meter in height. He had been carrying his Kodak camera with him, and was able to take a snapshot of the object before it abruptly disappeared in plain sight. He walked to where the craft had been, and then saw another object swiftly descend. This next object was shaped like a toy top, and a little larger than the previous object. It had a small propeller like apparatus on top and a long pointy protrusion on the bottom. As he tried to photograph this second object he heard a whooshing sound and the craft was quickly enveloped in smoke. He got closer to the smoke, and then he noticed yet a third craft descending overhead. This one was barrel shaped and about one meter tall. It balanced above the ground before landing. It too had a large propeller at one end, and was covered with red stripes. This object too suddenly vanished when he tried to approach.

He finally saw a huge white, egg-shaped object descend to the ground. The ovoid craft had a pointy top, and a fin-like protrusions on each side. Next to the fins Arlindo could see several windows. While it descended it produced a horrific noise like a choking motor, and as it neared the ground it put out four, leg like landing pods. Arlindo approached and tried to take another photograph, but there was a sudden flash that temporarily blinded him and left his eyes irritated. Frightened, he dropped the camera and ran, but was only able to get about 10 meters before he became frozen in place, unable to move. He said it felt like someone had grabbed him from behind. Behind him he noticed two men wearing helmets with visors and gloves. Behind their transparent visors he could see human faces. They grabbed him, each taking one arm. He begged them to let him go in the name of God, but he received the answer, "In the name of God, we are all brothers, we don't harm anybody." The voice seemed to originate from a box like apparatus on their backs. He was taken towards the landed object. As he got near it he could feel an intense cold surrounding it. Another helmeted figure stood by a ladder extending from the craft, looking from side to side. The man asked Arlindo if he had seen something, which sounded to him like a "Zurca." Arlindo thought he could have been referring to one of the previous smaller aerial craft. That man then extended a gloved hand and pulled Arlindo inside the craft through a square shaped doorway. The atmosphere inside the craft was pleasant and cool, and there was a smell like "baby powder" in the air. There were other men sitting around on seats in the room. He described them as human like, wearing dark tight-fitting outfits. The men had large slanted eyes, thin noses, and large mouths and they seemed to operating some type of unknown machinery. The men stood up and began conversing among themselves in an unknown language. Suddenly from another room a heavyset woman emerged. She wore a white uniform, gloves, but no helmet. The witness described her as good looking, tanned, with long light fine hair. The woman and one of the men then took him into a corridor. He then entered a room where he saw a square shaped object in the middle. The man pushed a button on the wall and the object rose up. The object resembled a large piece of marble. The woman then took out a long wand like object and pointed it at the object. On the object the witness then saw an image of the planet Earth and other planets. At this point the man the removed his helmet and the witness could see that he had very short, light colored hair. When Arlindo left the craft he was told to cover his eyes and not to look as the object left. He followed these instructions and did not see the object depart. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1979, citing Dr. Libirajara Franco Rodriguez & Maria Jose Pereira).

1979 - On the same day as Arlindo dos Santos's close encounter of the third kind in Brazil a mechanic in Charleston, South Carolina felt compelled to return to a spot where he had previously seen a UFO. A disc-shaped craft landed, and he was given a metal bar as a gift, along with the message that the occupants will return again. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case 13700; Richard Hall, Uninvited Guests, p. 294).

1981 - A couple named Winsome were driving in the desert near Cocklebiddy, Western Australia when they noticed a red glowing dome low on the side of the road. It vanished as the car approached, but a glowing light flew off to the west. (Source: Australian CUFOS Bulletin, August 1981).

1986 - A private pilot flying from Brasilia, Brazil was followed 460 miles by several small luminous objects, type unknown. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 14351. citing George C. Andrews, Extra-Terrestrials Among Us, p. 316).

1987 - On this day an airline crew tracked a UFO on their weather radar. A Canadian Air International Boeing 737 was en route from Toronto, Ontario to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Capt. Rick Olsen was flying at 31,000 feet (9,000 meters) when he and his first officer observed an unidentified object on their weather radar. The radar track indicated an object "about the size of an aircraft carrier" about 50 miles away at approximately their altitude, and traveling on roughly the same course at 5,400 mph (8,600 km/hr). The radar target lasted about four minutes. Weather was hazy at the time, and the aircraft was not close enough to make visual contact. (Sources: Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II. A Thirty-Year Report, p. 246; John Robert Colombo, UFOs over Canada: Personal Accounts of Sightings and Close Encounters, p. 215).

1990 - At eight o'clock in the evening two children playing outside in Tecumseh, Oklahoma called their mother to come see a UFO. The object was gray/lead in color and surrounded by mist. One of the witnesses saw windows illuminated in yellow. Others saw a yellow flame behind the object. The object accelerated out of view. The entire event lasted two minutes. (Source: Jean Waller-Seifried, MUFON field investigation case files, case # 900602).

1993 - At shortly after midnight a married couple driving with their daughter on the highway in Cormery, Indre-Loire, France had their vehicle paced by a bluish UFO. The form of the object was lit under a bluish light, and positioned itself in front of their vehicle at the height of the car's headlights. It maintained this position in front of the vehicle for the next four kilometers. The vehicle was traveling at approximately 100 km/h. (Source: GEIPAN, case # 123)

1996 - Several witnesses reported seeing a large blue, spherical object hovering low over a field in San Pedro Toxin, Jalisco State, Mexico at 11:30 p.m. Seven dwarfish figures about 80 cm tall, who emitted a luminous green glow, were seen moving very quickly on the ground near the object. They also seemed to have bright lights on their heads. The entire scene suddenly vanished in plain sight. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1996, citing Contacto OVNI).

1998 - A very large, dark disc-shaped UFO hovered over a giant hydroelectric dam and lake, Lago de Colbun in southern Chile, causing EM effects. It was so large it covered the valley. The UFO was witnessed by over 30 people, who described it as a a gigantic disc, "dark (not black), with a big orange light on the bottom (middle) and small lights that moved around on the outer part (rim) of the object." It flew off to the east. Lago de Colbun is Chile's biggest hydroelectric dam and one of the largest in South America. It is located 200 kilometers south of Santiago de Chile. The UFO reportedly hovered at 1,000 meters above the ground and remained in view for 20 minutes, before flying across the lake and into the Andes Mountains. Witnesses described the object as "so big that it seemed to cover the whole valley."

According to ufologist Luis Sanchez Perry, "They call the UFOs robones (thieves) because that they say they steal electricity. Before they had the high-tech plant, they didn't have many blackouts (one or two in a month), but now they have three in a week." "UFOs have been seen coming out of Lake Colbun near the high tension wires," he reported, 'absorbing electricity, absorbing water, and some of them have gone at high speed through the valley towards the hydroelectric plant," coming within a few hundred meters of the dam before disappearing. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 18037; Joseph Trainor, UFO Roundup, volume 3, number 26)

2003 - At 1:30 a.m. four triangular UFOs were sighted over Yosemite National Park in California; one of the crafts was very large and transparent. Camping up on Yosemite at about 7,000 feet elevation, the night was clear and cool when the witnesses were just about to turn in for the night and they saw a bright blue flash south of their campsite. Next, they saw one very large triangular craft appear after the flash. This was followed by two more flashs, not blue, northwest of the campsite and two smaller craft appeared, and then a fourth craft appeared southwest. This last one was the largest and almost transperent; we could see the stars through the craft. "At this point we were very frightened," the main witness reported. There was no noise from the craft, and the animals around the campsite and your normal forest sounds had gone silent. The four witnesses went into their truck and armed themselves, and decided to leave when they saw a very bright red flash and looked out the truck windows and the objects were gone. They packed their camping gear and headed home very frightened and confused.(Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, May 2003 webpage, report dated April 10, 2004). 

2003 - A witness was driving his sister to the bus stop in Rancho Santa Margarita, California at 11:00 a.m. when they looked up into the clear sky and observed a shiny disc or sphere that was hovering in one place for a minute while spinning. It glistened at certain spots when it was hit by the sunlight. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, May 2003 webpage, report dated May 17, 2003). 

2005 - Two triangular-shaped craft were sighted in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at 7:15 p.m. When they were first seen they were hovering, then they began following each other at a high rate of speed. They had three extremely bright lights: two white and one red.(Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, May 2005 webpage, report dated June 20, 2005). 

2007 - A large triangle craft with more lights than normal lights was sighted over Ypsilanti, Michigan at 1:00 a.m. by a witness driving home. It was turning at right angles, first quickly and then slowly. It had three lights, portholes, or circles that were white on all three leading edges (sides and middle); on the bottom there were four more circles--3 white ones at each corner of the triangle and a larger red light in the middle of it. It was larger than a plane.It flew overhead slowly, where it stopped 150 yards from the witness for about 40 seconds, then turned 120 degrees and went around in circles around the freeway, then it headed out over the city where it disappeared out of view. The sighting lasted five minutes. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, May 2007 webpage, report uploaded June 12, 2007).

2007 - A cylindrical UFO was sighted in Columbus, Missouri at around 1:00 p.m. The witness reports, "While sitting outside of my business, visiting with a customer, we all looked up and saw a cylindrically shaped object traveling west above Highway 70. We all watched the object until it went out of sight. It was silver in color and did not have wings or a tail." They were not able to discern its true size or the distance of object, although it seemed to be flying quite low. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, May 2007 webpage, report dated May 26, 2007, citing Barbara Becker, Missouri Investigators Group).

2010 - At 9:40 a.m. in South Kingston, Rhode Island a stationary gray cylinder slowly accelerated, turned white, then opaque, and disappeared in 30 seconds. In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at around 9:35 p.m. EDT the main witness was in his backyard smoking a cigarette on a very clear night, watching some kids play basketball in the courts. He looked up and noticed three disc-shaped objects skimming just under the cloud line. They were not balloons, helicopters or airplanes. They made no sound and were very precise in their movment. He called his sister to come out back to see what he was witnessing while they flew away. He did see all three objects very clearly, and the underneath of all three, but he did not have enough time to grab a camera. They were very disc-shaped objects with a white glow, and underneath of all three he noticed they all had this same faded black zone where he guessed the engine would be. At 9:30 p.m. CDT in Hugo, Minnesota two bright lights, pentagonal in shape and red in color, moved across the northern sky, hovered, then flew off quickly. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, May 2010 webpage, report uploaded June 3, 2010). 

2010 - At 7:00 p.m. two friends in Jeffersonville, Indiana were walking to a gas station on a golf course near their home when they spotted a small circular white object in the sky. It was not moving, just stationary in the sky. Then the light from the object became brighter and brighter, and it turned into different colors: green, pink or red, and then blue. It got so bright that you could no longer see its original shape. Then the light shrank back to the white color, and within an instant it was gone, almost as if it shot out of the universe in a matter of seconds. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, May 2010 webpage, report uploaded September 8, 2011). 

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 16 May 2014).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: cylindrical UFOs; human-looking UFOnauts; landings and near landings; luminous UFOnauts; multi-year reports from Brazil, California, and Spain; ovoid UFOs; sensation of cold; small bird-like beings; pallid humanoid; shape-changing UFOs; triangular UFOs; unintelligible language; vertical ascent; zigzag maneuvers.

© Donald A. Johnson