On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 May 24

1949 - A metallic disc with a tail fin was viewed through binoculars as it moved on a horizontal flight course in Rogue River, Oregon at 5:00 p.m. It gradually increased its speed until it reached that of a jet aircraft. No propulsion method was apparent. (Source: Project Blue files counted in official statistics, May 1949).

1954 - At 12:25 p.m. a B-17 on a photo mapping mission over Richmond, Indiana and flying at an altitude of 18,500 feet, suddenly noticed a UFO below and to the right of the plane, moving on a different heading. Leo Brubaker, one of the crewmembers, took a photograph of the object, directed downward toward the clouds, which shows an overexposed bright round blob of light. (Sources: Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics, report form dated May 24, 1954; UNICAT database, case 604, citing David R. Saunders, UFOs? Yes! Where the Condon Committee went wrong, p. 69).

1954 - A classic disc-shaped, luminous UFO hovered only a meter above the ground along Highway 3, 15 kilometers outside of Colonel Brandsen, Argentina at 11:50 p.m. Two human-like shadows were seen moving around inside the object. There were two witnesses named Atencio and Garcia and the sighting lasted for about a minute. (Sources: Roberto Enrique Banchs, Phenomenes Spatiaux, September 1976, p. 25; UNICAT datbase, case 541, citing Roberto Banchs, OVNIS y sus Ocupantes, p. 12).

1962 - A robot-like being was sighted on a ranch in La Pampa, Argentina on this day by a rancher and his wife. Later an 18 foot in diameter burnt circle was found in the grass. (Sources: Encounters with UFO Occupants, p. 152; George D. Fawcett, Flying Saucers, May 1963, p. 36; Ted R. Phillips, Physical Traces Associated with UFO Sightings, case 153).

1964 - Two witnesses in Millinocket, Maine saw a fiery orange object which followed their car at 9:00 p.m. When this object, which was now seen to be spherical, approached to within 2-3 meters, the engine died and could not be restarted. The sphere was a fuzzy "ball of fire," only 75 centimeters in diameter. After five minutes, it flew away and the car could be started. (Sources: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 607; Mark Rodeghier, UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, p. 22).

1965 - At 12:05 a.m. a metallic domed saucer, jet black on top, with three triangular legs and a bank of floodlights around the main body was seen hovering and on the ground in Eton Ridge, Queensland, Australia by three men named Tilse, Burgess, and Juden. The object was 20-30 feet in diameter, 15 feet in height, and was at a minimum distance of 300 meters away. It made a buzzing or hissing sound, and made several maneuvers before it sped away. A circle 20 feet in diameter, consisting of a 3 foot 2 inch wide ring of flattened grass, was found at the landing site the next morning. (Sources: Keith Basterfield, citing UFO Research Queensland; Judith Magee, Flying Saucer Review, September-October 1965, p. 13; UNICAT database, citing Judith Magee and FSR).

1965 - At 1:30 a.m. Mr. and Mrs. French of Geraldton, Western Australia observed an object in a field at 4 m altitude. It had blinding white lights, caused radio interference, and made a high-pitched sound. (Sources: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 647; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence: A Thirty Year Report, p. 262).

1965 - At 6:40 p.m. hunters in Paso de las Carretas, Argentina saw through binoculars an object resembling an upside-down plate, very luminous, with a red light on top, flying in circles and landing on a hilltop. The Lujan police sent a patrol, under Comm. Osvaldo Pagella, which found a large, metallic object resting on the hill, but because of the difficult terrain they could not get near the object before it took off. (Sources: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 648; Oscar A. Uriondo, FSR Case Histories, December 1972, p. 11, citing La Tribuna, May 26, 1965).

1967 - Remy Deneuville and his family saw a white light to the side of the road in Arbonne, France at eleven p.m., but it was turned off when they drove to within 150 meters of its location. Minutes later, they saw a luminous spherical object fly away for several minutes. (Sources: Phenomenes Spatiaux, December 1967; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case # 841).

1967 - At 3:00 p.m. Mr. & Mrs. De Carvalho were putting a new tile roof on a shed in Parque en Grande, Brazil when they noticed a 15 foot long ovoid object with four legs. It was light grey in color. A short occupant wearing a helmet leaned out of the craft to observe them; it then took off. (Sources: FSR, March-April 1971, p 30, citing Ultima Hora, May 30, 1967; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case A0816, citing FSR).

1971 - In Mendoza, Argentina an incandescent orange Saturn-shaped object descended, discharged a dense cloud, then darted sideways at 12:10 p.m. It rocked back-forth in the sky while hovering, and then shot upward at an angle. (Sources: APRO Bulletin, July-August 1971, p. 1; Antonio Baragiola, FSR, March 1972, p. 7; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II: A Thirty-Year Report, p. 15).

1973 - On this night physicist Harley D. Rutledge had his second sighting of a maneuvering delta-shaped object over the Farmington, Missouri airport at 10:00 p.m. (Source: Harley D. Rutledge, Project Identification, p. 34).

1974 - In San Clemente, Cuenca, Spain a four meter long ovoid object with four legs was seen on the ground by 53-year-old Demetrio Carrascosa at 11:30 a.m. It had six windows. Rocks scattered on takeoff. The sighting lasted 15-20 seconds. (Sources: Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos, Catalogue of 200 Type-I UFO Events in Spain and Portugal, case 191, citing E. Villagrasa, Stendek, September 1974, p. 25; Ted R. Phillips, Physical Traces Associated with UFO Sightings, case 806; UNICAT database, case 570, citing Stendek).

1978 - Driving in the city of Tuscaloosa, Alabama at 9:15 p.m. a 21-year-old college student saw a metallic object nearby. His car radio experienced a burst of static as he sighted the object, which was glowing yellow-white with blue, orange, green, and yellow lights rotating on its bottom. The driver continued to drive past the object and did not see how it departed or when. (Source: Mark Rodeghier, UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, p. 72, citing CUFOS).

1986 - A cigar-shaped object landed in Encounter Bay, Victor Harbour, South Australia at 12:10 p.m. and then submerged. It was described as having fins and a propeller. (Source: Robert Gribble, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle).

1990 - At 11 p.m. a woman walking her dog in North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania saw a UFO approach and hover momentarily within 150 feet of some power lines. It then accelerated out of sight. (Source: Wayne Willis, MUFON field investigation files, case 900704).

1999, Sereban, Malaysia - A Malaysian boy named Mohd Fami awoke at 4:30 a.m. to the sound of his family's tin roof being blown by a strong wind. He saw a blindingly bright craft hovering nearby. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle).

2001 - A silver cigar shaped object landed on a rural road in Ionia, Michigan at 4:30 a.m. It ascended and hit in some trees when a car approached, then flew off at 70 mph to the west, crossing the road. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case 18168).

2003 - Mr. Martin Tate, an aerospace engineer, sighted a cluster of 5 to 6 silver spheres in a triangular formation over Waltham Abbey, England at 12:30 p.m. One object hovered in place while the rest flew away toward the west. He watched then for 30 seconds before they were lost from view behind some clouds. (Source: Martin Tate, UFO Magazine (UK), July 2003, p. 15).

2003 - At 7:20 p.m. a silver, oval-shaped object, high in the sky, moved smoothly through the sky over Edbaston Reservoir, Birmingham, England and made no sound at all as it turned. It left no smoke or contrail. It was in view for three minutes. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, May 2003 archived webpage).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 23 May 2006).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: cigar shaped UFOs, disc-shaped UFOs, domed discs, inside occupants, landings, landing traces: circular ground marks, luminous UFOs, maneuvering UFOs, multi-year reports from Argentina, nautical UFO, short humanoid, silver metallic colored UFOs, short humanoids, spherical UFOs, vehicle EM effects, wind associated with UFO.