On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 May 17

 May 17

1909 - At 10:00 p.m. many witnesses in Belfast, Northern Ireland observed a silent cigar-shaped flying object with a light that flashed several times. It rose higher and shot away to the east. (Source: Carl Grove, FSR, November-December 1970, p. 17).

1947 - Between 8:30 and 9:00 p.m. Field Engineer Savage in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma saw a frosty white, round and flat object, with a diameter to thickness ratio of 10:1. It was estimated to be the size of a B-29 (140 feet wingspan) traveling north at a 350 heading at between 10,000 to 18,000 feet moving at three times the speed of a jet, making a slight swishing sound. (Sources: Oklahoma City Times, June 26, 1947; NICAP UFO Investigator, January 1978, p. 3; APRO Bulletin, December 1977, p. 8; Robert Gribble, MUFON UFO Journal, May 1992, p. 19).

1950 - At three o'clock in the morning four oil men in Hay Creek, Wyoming watched two saucers over an oil field for two hours. The object had lights and flames around its rim. It made dives and maneuvers.(Source: Loren E. Gross, UFOs: A History. 1950: April-July, p. 45).

1950 - On this night a military witness reported that a saucer-shaped object landed at the Amarillo, Texas airport for five minutes. Its touchdown set the grass on fire. It took off and flew to the west. There was an OSI investigation. On the same night a dark, "absolutely solid smoke ring" sped through the clouds of Timperley, Cheshire, England. It was the size of a plane. (Source: Loren E. Gross, UFOs: A History. 1950: April-July, pp. 44 & 47).

1955 - At McDill Air Force Base, Florida a disc appeared at 7:00 p.m. as a large, square glowing object. It was at an estimated 30,000 feet altitude. It made 90 degree turns for 3 minutes, and then left by shooting straight up. (Source: Loren E. Gross, The Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse: UFOs: A History. 1955: January-June, p.

1956 - At 6:30 p.m. several people in South Bay, New York including witnesses named Winchell, Green and Harris observed a metallic saucer-shaped craft with a rim hovering over nearby East Mountain from the eastern shore of Lake George. It was silent. (Sources: Alexander Mebane, Civilian Saucer Intelligence New York Newsletter, June 1956, p. 9, citing 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).

1957 - At 7:45 a.m. two observers in Roswell, New Mexico saw a shiny white disc in the sky fly to the east against the wind; it made a 90 degree turn to the north tilted on a slant. (Source: APRO Bulletin, September 1957).

1958 - At 11:45 p.m. two men in a boat in Fort Lauderdale, Florida watched as an orange fireball flared up and sped away when a spotlight was shone at it. (Sources: Richard Hall, The UFO Evidence, p. 12, 121; Loren E. Gross, The Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse: UFOs: A History. 1958: May-July, p. 28).

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).

1964 - At 9:00 p.m. a fiery object, maneuvering at low altitude, was seen from Massillon, Ohio. It was sighted from Wooster and Smithville, Ohio at 9:10 p.m., then from Lawrence and Burbank at 9:25 and 9:30 p.m. It flew erratically with a whirring sound and changes of color, apparently interfering with police radio. It went down toward the northwest, appearing ready to land. Abnormal radioactivity was allegedly found at the landing site. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, A Century of Landings, case # 605, citing Akron UFO Research Society).

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

1966 - At 3:10 a.m. an aircraft design engineer in Mentor, Ohio saw a bluish-white object pickup 10 smaller objects in groups, brightening each time a pick-up was made, then dimming. The parent object then turned to the west and accelerated away. At 4:00 a.m. on US Highway 26 near Warm Springs, Ohio seven small nocturnal lights circled a large UFO; 4 entered, 3 left, returned and then entered again.(Sources: Robert Gribble, MUFON UFO Journal, May 1991, p.16).

1966 - At 6:40 p.m. a Boeing engineer in Arabi, near New Orleans, Louisiana was among the witnesses who saw two discs flying off each wingtip of an airliner. The outer discs lagged briefly during a turn by the airliner. (Source: NICAP report form; Colorado UFO Study files).

1967 - At 10:00 p.m. a stream of lights seen in the sky in Kamyshin, Volgograd, Russia were actually windows on a huge cigar-shaped UFO that flew from the northeast to southwest, and was lost from view as it ascended up into space. Major Y. B. Popov, of Novosibirsk, together with Junior Lieutenant A. S. Nikitenko and several local residents saw a cascade of lights rushing across the night sky from the northeast in even rows. The lights were located on the surface of a very large cigar-shaped object; the impression was that of an ocean-going vessel. (Source: Jacques Vallee, UFO Chronicles of the Soviet Union: A Cosmic Samizdat, p. 189).

1967 - At 8:30 p.m. in Rural Hall, North Carolina witness Red Ledford observed a round, orange-colored object, similar in size to a small aircraft, which zigzagged back-and-forth for five minutes over a jet that was heading northeast. (Sources: Don Berliner, Australasian Ufologist, April 1999, p. 54;  Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II. A Thirty-Year Report, p. 339, UNICAT, case # 716).

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).

1968 - At 7:00 p.m. many onboard a ferryboat in Canal de Chacao, Chile watched a luminous object slow, stop, and make curves in its flight to the north until gone. (Source: Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue 117).

1968 - Three photographs of luminous UFOs were taken by Dr. Gabriel Alvial at the University of Chile's El Inferniello Observatory, in the Andes Mountains, Chile. The scientific research facility involved with this photographic case has been set up in the high Andes primarily as a Cosmic Ray measuring installation. The operators of the observatory apparently began observing a "series of luminous phenomena" months before. The objects were mobile but also stopped and hovered. One of the images can be viewed at http://www.nicap.org/images/680517andes.pdf (Sources: Prof. Gabriel Alvial. "Unusual Photograph from 14,000 Feet Andean Observatory", Flying Saucer Review, March-April 1969; "From a Laboratory in the Cordilleras Comes Documented Cases", INFO Journal, 1 (4), Spring 1969; APRO Bulletin, May-June 1968, p. 8; J. Antonio Huneeus. " A Historical Survey of UFO cases in Chile", MUFON 1978 Symposium).

1969 - On this night a married couple in Graz, Austria viewed a white disc-shaped object through binoculars. It hovered and zoomed up and around for three hours. Dogs barked. (Source: Ernst Berger, MUFON UFO Journal, July 1976, p. 13).

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).

1977 - A SWAT team witnessed a "flying Xmas tree" soar over the city of Memphis, Tennessee at 3:30 a.m. It was silent, and seen just 35 feet over twin electrical power towers. It was the length of a football field, and 50-75 yards wide. (Source: Bob Pratt, MUFON UFO Journal, issue 289; UNICAT, case # 549).

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).

1979 - At 12:25 a.m. William Herrman saw a UFO from his home in Summerville, South Carolina and felt the urge to get in his car and follow it to a remote location. Everything became silent, and the object descended from the sky, and pulled him inside the craft by means of a blue beam of light. He then lost consciousness. When he woke up he was on a exam table. He was medically examined by short, light skinned beings, with large heads and oval-shaped eyes. They wore red, tight-fitting coveralls and pullover boots, and their leader had an emblem like a winged serpent on his chest. They conversely extensively. He was then taken on a journey and allowed to view a larger vessel in flight and people on the surface looking up at the craft. He was eventually returned to the same field as his first abduction experience. (Sources: Thomas E. Bullard, UFO Abductions:  The Measure of a Mystery.  Volume 2: Catalogue of Cases, case # 191B, citing Wendell Stevens; Columbia (SC) State, June 28, 1981; Albert S. Rosales, 1979 Humanoid Sighting Reports, case # 2258).

1989 - Two women in their twenties driving in a car in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at 2:57 a.m. had a close encounter with a white ovoid object with red beacons flashing on the sides. It made no sound, and vanished in sight. (Source: Dan Wright, MUFON UFO Journal, December 1989, p. 5, MUFON case file # 890719).

1991 - At 8:00 p.m. a near collision occurred between a Boeing 707 airliner and a disc-shaped object over Ji Yong, 260 miles from Chengdu, Sichuan province, China. The airliner dropped in altitude and extinguished its lights to avoid a further encounter. (Sources: Timothy Good, The UFO Report 1992, p. 57; Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 46).

1994 - At 9:30 p.m. a huge bright light with lots of little lights, chased by second smaller light, was sighted in Monte Vista, Colorado. As the smaller object closed in on larger one, the larger one turned from white to red, and then made a 45 degree turn to the west. It made a pinging bullet sound as it flew. (Source: Christopher O'Brien, The Mysterious Valley, p. 240, citing the Valley Courier).

1998 - At 1:30 p.m. at La Veta Pass, Colorado on US Highway 160 a silver colored, cigar-shaped object was observed over the Sangres de Cristo Mountains during a thunderstorm. The UFO flew in and out of the clouds for several minutes before becoming obscured by the storm. (Source: Christopher O'Brien case files, case 548).

2000 - In the pre-dawn hours, in a dream-like state a local woman in Independence, Missouri remembered seeing a bright light overhead through her bedroom skylight window. She next remembered lying down on a table and a figure was at her head on the right side over her shoulder; another figure was at her feet on her right side. They seemed to be pulling or tugging at something that felt like a rope going through her body from her right shoulder to her right hip area. She felt very uncomfortable and her chest hurt. She woke up in her bed, and noticed a bright light shining in the skylight, and what appeared to be a plane at first that was traveling south to North. The object had a tail with a red flashing light and two wings with red and green lights on the ends. The wings were very thin, and right next to the tail, unlike a normal airplane. The body of the object was long with a squared off nose. The strange craft had two very bright large white lights underneath it at the front, shining directly towards the ground. No noise was heard. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, 2000 Humanoid Sighting Reports, case # 3785, citing Missouri MUFON).

2001 - At 9:45 p.m. a Ph.D., his wife and their three children in Ames, Iowa witnessed a huge, silent triangular craft with bright, blinking, strobing and pulsing white lights. The craft took three minutes to cross the sky. Using binoculars, they checked details on the huge, nearby object. (Source: George A Filer & David E. Twichell, Filer's Files: Worldwide Reports of UFO Sightings, p. 75, citing NUFORC).

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).

2008 - At 12:30 a.m. a V-shaped object flew low over the city of Chilliwack, Fraser Valley, British Columbia. (Source: Geoff Dittman, 2008 Canadian UFO Survey, case 259, citing UFOBC).

2008 - At noon a metallic cigar-shaped object was sighted over Carrollton, Texas traveling north at an incredible rate of speed for 20 seconds. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, May 2008 archived webpage, report uploaded June 12, 2008).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 18 May 2014).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: abductions, 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, triangular and V-shaped UFOs, pinging sound, whirring sound, zigzag maneuvers.

© Donald A. Johnson