On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 May 17

1956 - Several witnesses saw a metallic saucer shaped craft with a rim hovering over nearby East Mountain from the eastern shore of Lake George in South Bay, New York at 6:30 a.m. (Sources: Alexander Mebane, Civilian Saucer Intelligence New York Newsletter, June 1956, p. 9, citing the Glens Falls Post Statesman, May 18, 1956; Loren E. Gross, The Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse: UFOs: A History. 1956: May-July, p. 28).

1956 - A man by the name of Meyer reported a formation of twenty silvery gray discs flying in close formation at a low altitude over Ada, Oklahoma at 10:22 p.m. The sighting lasted less than three minutes. (Sources: Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics, letter dated May 24, 1956; Flying Saucer Review, July 1956, p. 27; Richard F. Haines, Project Delta: A Study of Multiple UFO, p. 185).

1956 - On the same day a Sasquatch was sighted by a man named Hunt along Highway 1 in Flood, British Columbia, Canada. (Source: George Eberhart, A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies, p. 21, citing the Toronto Globe, July 6, 1957).

1959 - Three crocodile hunters saw a huge football-shaped object 100 meters away from them while hunting in Cooktown, Queensland, Australia at 4:30 a.m. The object spewed forth a 50 meter wide band of vapor. Two of the hunters stood up to get a better look. One of the two later died, and the other suffered some severe physiological aftereffects from the encounter. (Sources: Bill Chalker, The Oz Files, p. 101; Keith Basterfield, UFO Research Australia, March 1982, p. 24).

1960 - At 6:30 p.m. two men herding donkeys in Taboleiro de Nazare, Ceara State, Brazil were chased by a huge round object at low altitude for about 20 minutes. It pursued them for 18 kilometers, keeping same distance. Finally, after it flew away by climbing very quickly out of sight. Ten minutes later a luminous green ball of light was spotted along the coastline in Acarau, Ceara State, Brazil. It stopped offshore, then followed the coastline to the southeast. Another light followed along after it a short time later. (Sources: (1) Peter Rogerson, World-Wide Catalog of Type 1 Reports, case 939, citing APRO Bulletin, September 1960; (2) Larry Hatch, U computer database, case 5923, citing Flying Saucer Review).

1965 - On this evening a luminous UFO zigzagged over Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. (Source: Michael Hervey, UFOs over the Southern Hemisphere, p. 154).

1968 - At 8:45 p.m. Jose Da Silva, the driver of a VW minibus, and three passengers were listening to the radio under a light rain while driving between Florianopolis and Lagune, Santa Catalina State, Brazil when they suddenly heard a whirring sound and noticed a diffused light over the road. Suddenly the van rose up in the air about 50 centimeters and stayed there for a moment before coming down and again rising up in the air before it was set down on the road again, this time more slowly. The four men then noticed an intensely luminous circular object hovering overhead at about 100 meters altitude. Frightened, they watched from the van while the UFO hovered above them. They described the object as only about two meters in diameter with several porthole-like windows on its lower part. Through the portholes shadows or sillouhetted figures were visible moving about inside. A reddish light emanated from the top of the object. The UFO remained motionless for a few minutes, and then tilted at an angle and disappeared towards the ocean. After the incident all four men suffered from nausea and vomiting. One of the men also lost all the hair from his eyebrows. Da Silva, who before the incident had had an abundant head of hair, became bald in less than a year. A circular burnt area was found on the roof of the minibus. (Sources: Inforespace, February 1976; Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database, citing Cuarta Dimension # 20).

1977 - In Tranent and seven surrounding towns in Lothian, Scotland, shortly after nine p.m., a domed disc-shaped object and other objects were seen in the skies on a clear evening. One of the witnesses was a 13-year-old boy named McKenzie. The UFOs generally flew off to the east. The sightings lasted at least 20 minutes. (Source: FSR, November 1978, pp. 30-31).

1977 - In the village of Icoaraci, near Belem do Para, Para State, Brazil two fiery balls of light were seen in the sky at 9:30 p.m. One was green, and the other was red, and they came from opposite directions and collided causing a tremendous flash and a sound like thunder. The sky filled with a pink smoke, which slowly dissipated after 20 minutes. (Source: Otto Raymundo, MUFON UFO Journal, July 1977, p. 8).

1978 - At 8:30 a.m. at a farmhouse in Emilcin, Poland just eight-tenths of a kilometer from the scene of Jan Wolski's humanoid encounter the day before, a mother was preparing breakfast while her two children, Adas and Agnieska, played outside. She heard a sound like thunder which seemed to be coming from the ground. A short time later her son Adas came inside to tell her that he had seen a box-shaped aircraft, like "a little house," fly low over their barn. It then vanished by shooting up vertically with a sound like thunder. Adas said that the object was flying with its smallest wall forward, and there was a square window in this side with rounded corners through which he could see a pilot. On the edges of the side, he said, were moving, swaying black rods, like the feelers on a snail. (Sources: Xenolog, December 1978, p. 2; Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1978, citing Timothy Good, Alien Base).

2004 - A woman was cleaning house in Culloden, West Virginia on this evening when she spotted a black figure run past her window. She looked outside and could not see anyone. She resumed her cleaning, but again saw another figure run by the window, this one not as dark as the first. Ten minutes later she was in the kitchen when she was blinded by a bright flash of light that came in through both of her back windows. She then closed her curtains. The next day her dogs were acting strangely and there was a local power outage in the area. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, May 2004 archived webpage, citing Donnie Blessing, MUFON Ohio).

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

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: disc-shaped UFOs, hovering UFOs, inside occupants, lasting physiological injuries and death caused by UFO, levitation, multi-year reports from Brazil and Queensland, temporary physiological effects, whirring sound, zigzag maneuvers.

© Donald A. Johnson