On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 May 19

1909 - At 1:15 a.m. several witnesses on the docks in Cardiff, Wales observed a cigar-shaped airship that curved up and down the coast, making a whirring sound. It was described at fast, with two lights. At 9:30 p.m. several observers in Pontypool, Wales saw a graceful cigar with a quivering light make a 90 degree turn to the north.(Source: Carl Grove, FSR, November 1970, pp. 18, 21).

1909 - In Wroxham, Norfolk county, England a searchlight from a white globe of light traveling overhead in a straight trajectory caused the headlamp on a motorcycle to fail at 11:30 p.m. (Sources: East Anglican Daily Times, May 21, 1909; Carl Grove, FSR, November 1970, p. 19; Mark Rodeghier, UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, p. 1).

1947 - At 12:15 p.m. seven railroad workers in Manitou Springs, Colorado watched a silver saucer do acrobatics for 20 minutes. The object flew away quickly to the west-northwest into the wind. (Sources: Denver Post, June 28, 1947; Donald E. Keyhoe, Flying Saucers Are Real, p. 66; NICAP UFO Investigator, January 1978, p. 3; APRO Bulletin, December 1977, p. 8; Robert Gribble, MUFON UFO Journal, May 1992, p. 19).

1949 - A 20-foot diameter disc flew over New Orleans, Louisiana going north at 4:15 p.m., again on this date. (Source: Bruce S. Maccabee, MUFON UFO Journal, March 1978, p. 11).

1954 - A Ms. Heffer in the hamlet of Shobley, in the New Forest, Hampshire, England saw an intense glare in the sky at around 11 p.m. A 50-foot orb descended to the treetops; it then glided down road toward Bruton, Somerset where a close encounter occurred at 2 a.m. the next morning. (Source: Charles Bowen, The Humanoids, p. 15).

1954 - At 8:30 p.m. a fisherman in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi watched three reddish-yellow objects that hung in the sky for 45 minuts. They bobbed up and down, and glided away fast to the northeast. (Source: Loren E. Gross, UFOs: A History. 1954: January-May, p. 100).

1955 - At 7:15 p.m. three silver disc-shaped UFOs played tag over Mount Wilson for 50 minutes. They were seen by several thousand from Pasadena, Tujunga, and Montrose, California. (Sources: APRO Bulletin, August 1955, p. 5; Lenoard H. Stringfield, CRIFO News, June 1955, p. 5; Richard F. Haines, Project Delta, p. 115).

1960 - On this night Salvatore Cianci, a jeweler, and his wife, were driving near the Sicilian town of Siracusa, Italy when a creature about one meter tall suddenly appeared in the headlights. It wore a shiny coverall uniform and a diving helmet, and had two short wings. Mrs. Cianci suffered from shock. (Sources: Flying Saucer Review, April 1964; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 506; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case  A0498).

1960 - At 3:50 p.m. twelve UFOs were seen over Long Beach, California swinging in the sky in a pendulum motion. (Source: NICAP UFO Investigator, August 1961, p. 6).

1963 - A 17-year-old teen named Bushbridge encountered an ovoid object by the side of road as he was driving near Mount Gambier, South Australia. When he got to within six meters of it a bright light dazzled him. The five-meter long object rose vertically, then moved across the road over his car, making a roaring noise. (Sources: Keith Basterfield, UFO Research Australia, March 1982, p. 24; Michael Hervey, UFOs over the Southern Hemisphere, p. 172).

1967 - In Grove City, Ohio between 4:00 and 4:30 a.m. EDT four men, including the main witness named Schmidhammer, saw a cigar-shaped object for 20 minutes that maneuvered in the sky and descended to within 150 feet of the ground. It then made a 90-degree turn and flew off to the west. The object made an odd noise "that made your ears ring." (Sources: Grove City Record, May 25, 1967; NICAP files).

1969 - At 3:10 a.m. a bright glowing ovoid object chased a car down a road southeast of St. John, New Brunswick, Canada. The car's radio and lights were effected by the UFO during the pursuit. The UFO flew off to the south over some woods, according to the report filed with the RCMP. (Source: Don Ledger, Maritime UFO Files, p. 70).

1969 - On this evening at 7:30 p.m. two women, Dona Aurora and Clair Mefessoli, were walking to a neighbor's house in Fernandes, Santa Catarina, Brazil to borrow some milk when they saw an elongated yellowish luminous object descend behind them, not quite touching the ground. Two little three-foot tall beings, with features like humans, got out of the UFO. The terrified women fled the scene. (Source: David F. Webb and Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1969-36, citing FSR, July-August 1969).

1969 - Two hours later, at 7:30 p.m. CDT in Rising Sun, Indiana George Kaiser noticed a strange figure 25 feet away. The being was the size of a man and covered with black fur. The head sat directly on its shoulders and the face was black, with close-set eyes and a very low forehead. When Kaiser made a move to get into his car, the creature grunted, jumped over a ditch, and ran down the road at high speed. Footprints were found that showed only four toes. On the following night a UFO was observed over the same area by neighbors. (Source: David F. Webb and Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1969-37, citing Jerome Clark and Loren Coleman).

1971 - On this morning in Mangere, New Zealand Mr. R. Gray sighted an elongated metallic object, quite bright like metal reflecting sun, that appeared in the sky over Penrose; it moved away and down slowly for 5 minutes. (Source: Auckland (New Zealand) Truth, June 15, 1971).

1973 - A blue cylindrical shaped UFO made a low silent pass over Springfield, Missouri at around 9 p.m. It was seen again that same night after midnight. (Source: Springfield (MO) News Leader, June 15, 1971; Data-Net Report, November 1971, p. 9).

1974 - Between Pantano and Tuejar, Valencia, Spain flashes were seen at around 10 p.m. by two witnesses. A red object was next seen resting on a mountain; it went up the mountainside. A red 12 meter saucer was on another mountain. (Source: Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos, Catalogue of 200 Type-I UFO Events in Spain and Portugal, case # 190).

1974 - At 9:00 p.m. a mother, daughter and son watched a bright object in the sky that was a quarter of a mile away from them in Hillsborough, New Hampshire. It hovered for awhile, then moved into a nearby forest. No evidence of a landing was found. Three hours later and 38 miles to the southwest an occupant report and UFO landing was made at Hampton Beach, New Hampshire. (Source: David F. Webb, Skylook, August 14, 1975).

1978 - Cars stopped on US highway 29 in Greenville, South Carolina to watch a huge, silver colored cigar hovering in the sky around 4 p.m. It caused a two mile long traffic backup, and there were over 75 witnesses to the event, which lasted over two hours. (Sources: D. N. Mansell, Awareness, July 1978, p. 12; Greer (South Carolina) Citizen, May 31, 1978).

1979 - In Bukit Mertajam on the island of Pinang, Malaysia six school children reported sighting a landed object and four tiny humanoid figures near it in the middle of the afternoon. The creatures were only about 4 inches tall. One of the students attempted to catch one of the creatures but was shot in the hand. The creature then shot at a brick, breaking it into pieces. Afterwards the creatures ran back into their tiny craft. Another student reportedly grabbed the small object and was shocked by an electric current. The object then took off, and an adult witness watched the object taking off. (Source: Admad Jamaludin, A Summary of UFO and Related Events in Malaysia, p. 81).

1984 - In rural Williams, Indiana at 11:50 p.m. the witness was working on equipment outside behind his house on a warm, clear Saturday night. His wife was sleeping inside, and two of this neighbors had just left after stopping by to visit him. Suddenly, everything around him became brightly lit, and the witness felt a tingling sensation. He looked up to see that the light source was a brilliant orange light, low in the northwest sky. It was totally silent and he could only see the light, no craft could be seen. He went inside to call his two neighbors to come back and see the strange light, but he did not wake his wife who is a sound sleeper. He went back outside and the UFO was there as before. After 10-15 minutes had passed, the object began to drift away to the northwest where he lost sight of it. Shortly after this his neighbors arrived. They had not seen the UFO and teased him and seeing things. The object was reportedly 400-500 feet away. (Source: Francis L. Ridge, Regional Encounters, p. 81, citing Palmiter, MUFON Indiana).

1986 - Starting at 9:10 p.m. multiple radar-visual trackings by civilian and military pilots occurred in Sao Jose dos Campos, Sao Paulo, Brazil and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. For nearly three hours, air traffic control and military radar tracked up to 21 unidentified objects, and jet interceptors pursued them, making visual contact in some cases. The night was clear with good visibility. The objects appeared to be red-orange balls of light (BOL), but changed frequently to white or green. Col. Ospires Silva, oil company president and former president of EMBRAER Airlines, with his pilot, Commander Alcir Pereira da Silva, was descending through 2,000 feet (600 meters) on their landing approach to Sao Jose de Campos, near Sao Paulo, at 9:10 p.m. Sao Paulo radar notified them that an unknown object was in the area, so they broke off the pattern and turned to follow a bright red-orange light that seemed to dance around in the sky. Meanwhile, radar at Brasilia confirmed the presence of an unknown ojbect. As they pursued the object in the twin-engine Xingu aircraft, the light blinked off every 10-15 seconds, only to reappear in a new location, as if jumping from point to point. Their low performance airplane could not gain on the object, which they estimated was traveling at 1,500 km/hour (900 mph), so they abandoned the chase after about 30 minutes.

By that time the Brazilian Defense Center, which operates an integrated civil-military radar ATC system, was on full alert due to numberous UFOs cluttering their radar screens in the vicinity of Sao Jose dos Campos and nearby Sao Paulo. All civilian air traffic was put on hold, as jet interceptors were scrambled from Santa Cruz AFB, Sao Paulo State, and Anapolis AFB, near Brasilia. Three F-5E jets were scrambled from Santa Cruz AFB, followed by three Mirage III jets from Anapolis AFB. The first visual contact was made about 10:550 p.m. Lt. Kleber Caldas Marinho, age 25, an F-5E pilot, was vectored toward a target indicated by radar to be 35 miles (56 km) distant, but he was unable to catch up. At one point ground radar showed the UFO rapidly approaching his jet, but he saw nothing at that time. Later, he did see a very intense reddish light that changed color to white, then to green, then to red again. Another F-5E pilot, Capt. Marcio Jordao, age 29, managed to close in to within 12 miles and saw a very strong, intensely bright light, continuously changing color from white to green. When the object moved off shore and out to sea he broke off contact and returned to base.

Ten to thirteen white and green UFOs (BOLs) were chased by the three Mirage III fighters. Only one of the jets was able to make visual contact. The jets closed to within two miles, then the UFOs outflew the jets and climbed vertically up to 33,000 feet. The radar controller at Anapolis AFB testified that there were several targets behind one of the Mirage jets, six to one side and seven to the other. Radar had tracked the UFOs at speeds of up to 800 knots (920 mph). At time the objects made 80 degree turns. "No plane I know can make turns like that at 1,000 km/h," Capt. Viriato de Freitas said. The unexplained nature of the UFOs was openly acknowledged by the authorities. The decision to release the news to the public was made personally by the president of Brazil, and carried out by the Air Force Minister, Brig. Gen. Octavio Moreira Lima. (Sources: Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II. A Thirty-Year Report, pp. 110-111; Willy Smith, International UFO Reporter, July 1986, p. 4; Richard F. Haines, Project Delta, p. 40; Richard H. Hall, Uninvited Guests, pp. 317-318; Peter Brookesmith, UFO: The Complete Sightings, p. 131, UNICAT, case 535).

1990 - Driving to work in Warrior, Alabama at 4:35 a.m. a man saw a boomerang-shaped object with a fan tail approach from the front, hesitate, and then pass 15-20 feet over his truck at a leisurely speed. It had six big lights in front. He watched it until it was lost from view amid the rooflines in the vicinity. The UFO apparently overflew a shale strip mine in the area. (Sources: Todd Pierce, field investigator, MUFON field investigations database, case 900708; Timothy Good, The UFO Report 1992, p. 121, citing the MUFON UFO Journal).

1993 - At 10:20 p.m. on a misty night in Kenyon, Rhode Island a woman was abducted into a 50 foot wide saucer-shaped object and kept there for five hours. Inside she was met by two three foot tall humanoids. She reported that she was later transported back to her house via a blue beam of coherent light. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1993, case # 2389, citing UFO Newsclipping Service, issue # 268).

1996 - The witness was cooking in her kitchen in Rutland, Vermont at 10:30 p.m. when she noticed a strong glare of light streaming through the kitchen window. She stepped out onto the back porch and noticed a disc-shaped object hovering over her house. As the started walking back into the house to call additional witnesses, she was confronted by a strange humanoid being with huge round eyes. She apparently suffered a loss of consciousness and does not know what happened for two hours. She vaguely recalls being in some type of an otherworldly environment. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, 1996 Humanoid Sighting Reports database, case 2453, citing UFO Sightings in New Mexico and the World).

1997 - At 12:15 a.m. local UFO investigator John Tosti and two other men in Bloomington, Indiana saw several bright objects hovering over a local power plant. Mr. Tosti decided to drive to Snoddy Road at an isolated location to signal to the objects with a flashlight. Two of the UFOs descended to his location. When one object approached his vehicle, the engine and electrical system sputtered. Tosti was able to discern a metallic, disc-shaped object, with a small round dome and an even smaller dome on top. A blue glow emanated from the bottom of the craft. Around the middle of the object was a row of square windows, showing a yellow to amber colored light within. Inside the craft he could see the silhouettes of several individuals with large heads. He attempted to communicate with them by waving his arms, but he was apparently ignored. Two smaller bright spherical objects emerged from the disc, which then shot up at very high speed, joining the other objects in the sky. After a short while, the UFOs left the area. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, 1997 Humanoid Sighting Reports database, case # 2630, sighting Joseph Trainor, UFO Roundup, volume 2, number 22).

1999 - Chilean TV showed a video of a UFO seen hovering over the capital city of Santiago, Chile in the late evening. Another UFO was filmed the night before. (Source: UFO Magazine (USA), September 1999, p. 18).

2000 - A video of a hovering UFO was made in Southampton, England by police. A police helicopter flew around the UFO several times before the object faded and disappeared. There was a lengthy official investigation. (Source: Gary Heseltine, Police Reports of UFOs, case # 171).

2001 - At 2:17 p.m. on a Saturday, two people in Palatine, Illinois saw a metallic, cigar-shaped object that was extremely high above scattered clouds. "It flew directly over us and gleamed in the sun, as it was moving at a very high speed," reported the witness. It was an elongated oval, looking somewhat like a missile. The sighting lasted from 2-3 minutes. (Source: George A. Filer & David E. Twichell, Filer's Files: Worldwide Reports of UFO Sightings, p. 120, citing NUFORC).

2003 - A huge boomerang, surrounded by a cloud or mist, flew inland over Tiruvanmiyur, India at 9:50 p.m. local time. It then flew silently back out to sea heading east. There were no lights on the object. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case 18192, citing a newspaper clipping).

2003 - Following a series of early UFO sightings on May 17, at 9:50 p.m. on this evening a bright shining nocturnal light was observed by local residents in Simferopol', Crimea, Ukraine. The UFO looked like a white star, as bright as Sirius. It was moving 2-3 times faster than a satellite. Mr. Viktor Zdorov, while waking his dog, saw a satellite passing near the UFO in the very same part of the sky. The satellite was dimmer and moving much slower. (Source:George A. Filer & David E. Twichell, Filer's Files: Worldwide Reports of UFO Sightings, p. 44).

2003 - At 12:10 a.m. a totally silent craft bearing three bright white lights was observed crossing I-5 near Fresno, California. A boomerang-shaped UFO was spotted over Albany, California at 9:30 p.m. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, May 2003 archived webpage of reports).

2004 - At 11:30 p.m. EDT a saucer-shaped object, flickering green and blue lights and only about 30 feet in the air was reported by a witness in Vicksburg, Michigan. There was a big bright flash that blinded the witness for 30 seconds, and when his sight recovered the UFO was gone. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, May 2004 archived webpage, report ).

2004 - At 9:52 p.m. PDT a V-shaped object with lights was seen hovering low, close to the ground, in Trail, British Columbia, Canada. There were three lights on each wing of the V, rotating rapidly in circles. (Source: Geoff Dittman, 2004 Canadian UFO Survey, case # 311, citing HBCCUFO).

2008 - A disc-shaped UFO was spotted over the Surry, Virginia nuclear power station at 12:20 p.m. The object was hovering or drifting slowly, and made a very leisurely circuit of the power plant. It moved against the wind, and very slowly rocked up and down.

2011 - At 10:00 p.m. Restoule, Parry Sound, Ontario a red light moved from southwest to northwest, stopped, flew down and then away. At 11:10 p.m. dark objects on a "crooked triangle" of red lights passed near witnesses in Dryden, Ontario. (Source: Chris Rutkowski, 2011 Canadian UFO Survey, cases # 329 & 331).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 19 May 2014).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: abduction, blue beams of energy, boomerang or V-shaped UFOs, cigar-shaped UFOs, disc-shaped UFOs, domed discs, dwarf humanoids, small footprints, hairy humanoid, landings, luminous UFO, missing time, multi-year reports from Indiana, ovoid UFOs, pendulum motion, physiological effect: tingling sensation, radar-visual reports, short humanoids, short winged humanoid, silvery uniform, tiny humanoids, up-and-down motion, UFOs over nuclear facilities, vehicle EM interference.

© Donald A. Johnson