On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 November 8

1954 - At 1:00 a.m. a man in Croydon, London, England was  outside looking after his rabbits when a small disc-shaped object flew over. The next day he became sick to his stomach and ended up in the hospital. (Source: Jenny Randles, Alien Contacts and Abductions, p. 70).

1954 - At 10:30 a.m. a crowd of about 150 people jumped barriers to get closer to a luminous craft that had landed in the stadium in Monza, Italy. The object rested on three legs and had a dome emitting a blinding white light and supported an antenna. Two small figures dressed in white and gray, wearing transparent helmets, were seen. They spoke with guttural sounds. One of them had a black face with sort of trunk. When a man sicced a boxer dog onto the dwarfs, the animal turned around and bit him. The object rose with a shrill sound and vanished rapidly. Probable fabrication according to Italian researchers on the Project 1947 list. (Sources: Harold Wilkins, Flying Saucers Uncensored, p. 237; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 242, case 331).

1954 - At 6:00 p.m. a number of people in the Vacheresse Forest in Voussac, France reported seeing a luminous sphere land at the edge of the forest and then become dark. The next morning, an investigation disclosed that an area 4 or 5 meters in diameter had no leaves, while the ground elsewhere was covered with them. The earth seemed to have been dug up. (Sources: Harold Wilkins, Flying Saucers Uncensored, p. 238; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 243, case 332).

1954 - At dusk in La Tessoualle, France Andre Chaillou felt pricklings in his hands, "in spite of his gloves," when a blue disc came close to his motorcycle and his electrical system failed. He was unable to move or articulate a word for several minutes. As soon as the blue light was turned off, he started again and went near the light when it reappeared 200 meters away. He saw the object, a cone 5.5 meters in size, rise vertically with a soft whistling, then fly horizontally to the north. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 243, case 333).

1956 - A UFO flap covering the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota began on November 8, 1956. The sightings occurred during nearly every hour of the day and night and continued until December 2, 1956. More than 85 separate sighting reports from some 60 different localities were received from this three state area. Due to the unusually large number of reports, it was possible in some instances to determine that the same UFO or UFOs were seen in widely separate places. At other times the sighting reports suggested that a large number of different objects were aloft at the same time.

The flurry of UFO reports began with a sighting in Dickinson, South Dakota. Farmer Laudie Dvorak was driving into his farmyard about 8:30 p.m., on this date when he glanced up and saw what at first appeared to be a falling star, off to the north. But in a few seconds it seemed to be "right in front of me." He thought it might be an airplane, but it wasn't. "It went too fast," Dvorak said, "even for a jet - maybe 800 to 1000 miles per hour. It was just a streak through the buttes as it approached from the north and traveled in a southerly direction." (Source: Bob Gribble, Looking Back November 1956, National UFO Reporting Center website).

1956 - While the UFOs were busy over the northern Plain States they surprised a few people in southern Florida as well. About nine a.m. on November 8th, several witnesses in Coco Beach, Florida observed two UFOs move in behind an F-100 jet fighter. Through 7x50 binoculars, and also with the naked eye, they watched as the jet moved across the sky at about 1250 miles per hour. The UFO came up fast and the jet pilot made a tight turn, but couldn't catch the object. It was learned later that the same object was seen earlier pursuing a rocket launched from Cape Canaveral.

About two hours after the UFO pursued the jet and rocket, a mysterious object which apparently played tag off the tip of Florida for several minutes before shooting into space at 4000 miles per hour was reported by a Pan American World Airways radar expert. Donald Freestone said he picked up the UFO while testing weather radar equipment in the FAA shops at Miami International Airport. Surprised by the unexpected target return on the screen, he called fellow employees. Six of his colleagues confirmed the finding. None knew what it was. "I didn't believe in such things before," said Freestone. "But after this happened, I got some books and read up on it. Now I'm convinced it was something that is out of our experience, so far as aircraft is concerned."

Freestone said the UFO was "four to five times larger than any aircraft observed in the past." It appeared to be egg-shaped or oval-shaped, and to have a double pattern resembling an hourglass or figure eight. The radar expert said he was working on a Bendix RDR-lA weather radar which FAA uses in some planes to spot bad weather ahead. It is capable of "seeing" storms and thunderstorms 150 miles in the path of planes. With the radar at "zero tilt" - that is, pointed straight out, Freestone first saw the UFO. "It appeared at approximately 65 miles southwest of Miami, at an altitude of between 7000 and 8000 feet. It disappeared and reappeared several times. I found that by turning the antenna tilt up, it could be brought back on the screen. It disappeared once at 70 miles and reappeared at about 55 miles, then moved back to 70 miles. The speed was estimated at 550 to 650 miles per hour."

"It then moved in to 50 miles and remained stationary for two to three minutes. Then it began going off in the south-southwest direction it had come from. One time it was noticed that the target moved 20 miles in about six sweeps or rotations of the antenna, which rotates at a speed of 20 times a minute. (Calculations indicate that this showed a flying speed of about 4000 miles per hour.) The object was last observed at about 100 miles from Miami, still moving south-southwest. It was on the radar screen for about 20 minutes from 11:15 a.m. to 11:35 a.m. From the returns the target appeared fairly large, being four to five times larger than any normal aircraft. It had a definite shape and moved on a definite course. Homestead Air Force Base, south of Miami, Florida was placed on an "alert status." (Source: Bob Gribble, Looking Back, November 1956, National UFO Reporting Center website).

1957 - In Edinburgh, Scotland fourteen people, including Mrs. Maty Home, reported to the police that a disc-shaped object followed their truck, dived toward it, came within 20 meters of them, and then left toward the sea, leaving a double vapor trail. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 435).

1957 - At 2:00 a.m. a cigar-shaped object, 70 meters long, was observed less than seven meters above the ground in Sloanville, New York. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 437).

1957 - At 2:30 p.m. Hank Mollohan and eight other persons saw an elongated object land in Holly, West Virginia. It was 12 meters long and had several portholes from which fire and smoke appeared to be coming. It swung at low altitude and then dropped to the ground. People seemed to be moving around outside the landed UFO, but the witnesses were driven away by a hard rain. (Sources: Alexander Mebane, "1957 Saucer Wave in the US," in Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 265; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 436).

1957 - On the same night Paul Rutledge saw an object 16 meters long flying over his garage in Waterloo, Iowa. The top part was bright and there were two figures visible inside. (Sources: Alexander Mebane, "1957 Saucer Wave in the US," in Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 265; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 438).

1959 - On this morning a cigar-shaped UFO followed a gasoline tanker truck for miles in Austin, Texas. It dropped down and sprayed the highway with fog. Later, it was realized that the driver had experienced approximately 40 minutes of missing time. (Source: Larry Hatch,U computer database, case # 5860, citing Loren E. Gross, The Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse: UFOs: A History. 1959: October-December, p. 34).

1967 - On this night a humanoid creature described by police as a "mini-skirted" vampire reportedly terrorized locals on the beach along the Amazon River in Manaus, Brazil. Several people who were attacked described the creature as looking like a blond haired woman with sharp pointed teeth, wearing a mini-skirt and black stockings. Two small round marks were said to have been found near the jugular vein of a child that was bitten. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1967, case # 3031, citing Jacques Bergier for INFO).

1968 - At 8:05 p.m. a metallic looking lenticular disc "like two round basins placed face to face" Swooped down over the town of Taguatinga, Brazil near Brasilia. It had lights and portholes around the rim and the lower portion was spinning. (Source: Walter Buhler, FSR Case Histories, April 1971, p. 12).

Taguatinga, Brazil 1968

Sketch for Taguatinga, Brazil 1968

1973 - At 12:30 a.m. a motorist driving on I-10 east of Blythe, California observed a circular object in the sky with red, green, and amber lights that moved up-and-down and side-to-side. (Source: Fontana (CA) Herald-News, November 9, 1973)

1973 - Joan Scofield reported that her family dog was greatly agitated when her family of six observed two low flying, brilliant red lights that flew over their home in Falmouth, Nova Scotia and circled back at 6:15 p.m. (Source: Donald Ledger, Maritime UFO Files, p. 97; Joan Woodward, NICAP Category 4 - Animal Effects Cases, p 5, case 19).

1974 - Jose Maria Cravero and another aviator observed a UFO at close range close to Talavera Air Base near Badajoz, Spain three days earlier. On this night Sr. Cravero returned to the site and witnessed a strange, evasive human-looking entity walking along the side of the road near the UFO landing site. The being had slanted eyes, no nose, and was wearing a brown jacket, black trousers, and what looked like a "Roman helmet" on his head. The body was tall and slender, but he could tell no further details about the beings arms or legs. Cravero was impressed by the furtive, evasive nature of the being. (Source: Gordon Creighton, FSR, March 1975, p. 32; Ted Bloecher, 1975 MUFON UFO Conference Proceedings, p. 62; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case # 1974-52).

1975 - Two F-106 fighter jets were scrambled out of Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, Montana at 7:45 Z. At 2:53 a.m. local time a visual sighting of at least one low level noctural light was made by the Sabotage Alert Teams on the ground. The radar target was at 300 feet altitude, and the weather station reported no anomalous propagation. Targets would turn out their lights whenever the jets approached. (Sources: US Air Force Air Command Center report dated November 8, 1975; Richard Sigismonde, International UFO Reporter, March 1983, p. 7; Richard F. Haines, Project Delta, p. 132; UNICAT, case # 15).

1975 - At 1:00 a.m. campers in the Catskill Mountains, New York had an abduction experience with one hour of missing time. Campers at the Pepactin Reservoir in Ulster County first saw a luminous "sled" with hoops on top descend. "Rabbits" approach tent (screen memory?). 60 min missing time.

1975 - On November 1st a mineralogist walking near Vauchingnon, France happened upon some peculiar tracks in the grass of the prairie. These circular tracks were six inches across and nearly an inch deep, as if made by a heavy biped taking long strides, which ran for some distance. He wanted to photograph them, but because it was getting late in the afternoon he decided to come back later. He returned with a friend on this afternoon. Before they located the tracks they saw two quasi-human figures about five feet tall, dressed in dark blue or black, emerge from a copse of woods 50 meters away. These beings had very long arms and were taking extraordinarily long strides. They began to ascend a very steep slope, and the mineralogist's friend ran after them, but the beings climbed the slope so quickly that they easily escaped from view and were lost in some bushes ont he hill. The main witness reported that no human athlete, in his opinion, could have duplicated their performance. A few seconds later a white station wagon with dark painted windows came into view on a little traveled road further up the slope, then took off again at high speed. Immediately afterwards, a small blue car did exactly the same thing. Although the bushes blocked their view, the witnesses believed that these two vehicles had picked up the humanoids. (Source: David F. Webb & Ted Blocher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1975-63, citing Joel Mesnard & Hean Marie Bigorne).

1975 - At 8:20 p.m. Strategic Air Command reported a UFO 20 miles southeast of Lewistown, Montana. It was an orange-white, disc-shaped object. NORAD radar was unable to get a height check. (Source: Fund for UFO Research report, p. 100). 

1976 - At 3:30 p.m. an engineer was driving with three other people in Givet, Ardennes, France when they spotted what appeared to be a landed, domed, disc-shaped object. It was hovering on three legs 30 meters away. It had a flat bottom and a transparent dome or cupola which showed the "busts" of two large heads. They stopped the car to observe the object, but were hit by a blast of heat as the object departed. The object had been hovering just above the ground, never quite touching down, although it did have rectangular footplates. The grass was crushed over an eight meter diameter area, and the sighting has lasted no more than five minutes. (Source: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case # 1976-12, citing Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue # 76). 

1976 - A close encounter occurred in North Belmont, North Carolina at 8:45 p.m. Two 14-year-old girls reported a 25 foot in diameter disc-shaped object with flashing red lights and a steady white light, making a beeping noise. (Source: International UFO Reporter, December 1976, p. 11).

1979 - On this day a round, silvery object with flashing lights was seen by two women at a bus stop in Pentland Hills, Borders, Scotland. It briefly hovered, then shot off at high speed toward Dechmont Law. At 5:50 p.m. five women in Livingston watched a circle of lights that slowly rotated. At 7:50 p.m. a dome shaped UFO was seen at 400 meters distance in Bellsquarry, Livingston, Lothian, Scotland. It glowed white with pulsating blue and red lights on either side. The two witnesses watched it for several minutes. (Source: Ron Halliday, UFO Scotland: The Secret History of Scotland's UFO Phenomenon, pp.12- 13).

1981 - At around 3 p.m. a 15 meter long metallic ovoid landed 15 meters away from six teenagers in Praglia, Liguria, Italy. The six boys were racing dirt bikes near a lake when one of them fell and hit his head. Two of the boys went to assist him, when suddenly a bright green light was seen descending over the surface of the lake. Inside the light appeared to be a gray metallic, oval-shaped craft that descended on telescopic like landing gear near the witnesses. A door became visible, and a tall, human-looking UFOnaut emerged. His arms seemed to be extended up into the air. He wore losse fitting, silvery coveralls. His arms appeared to be very long, and his feet resembled oval appendages. The being seemed to have no neck, and a triangular shaped head with normal looking eyes. The humanoid proceeded to walk towards the lake, and then to walk on the surface of the water. A few moments later he walked back into the object, which took off at high speed, disturbing the surface of the lake. (Sources: Albert S. Rosales, 1981 Humanoid Sighting Reports database, case # 1523; Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 14312, citing Maurizio Verga, ITACAT).

1981 - At 6 p.m. Mrs. A. S. Carew witnessed a cone-shaped object that flew horizontally from northeast to southwest in Mtepatepa, Zimbabwe. A smaller shape was ejected from the front of the larger object, then another and another. Several explosions were heard later. (Source: Cynthia Hind, UFO AfriNews, June 1989, p. 32).

1993 - The witness recalled being transported from her bedroom in Merced, California late on this night in a beam of light to a huge triangular craft. Once inside she was taken to an exam by several short Grey humanoids with large black almond-shaped eyes. The beings took flesh samples from her legs and back, leaving scoop marks. She was returned safely to her bedroom. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1993, case # 1695, citing UFO Newsclipping Service, issue # 295).

1994 - A silver cigar-shaped object with two rectangular windows was sighted north of Bradshaw, West Virginia at 11:15 a.m. by several witnesses. It made a roaring sound. (Source: West Virginia UFO Newsletter, issue 1).

1995 - A man in Manson, Washington reported encountering two humanoid figures in his apartment at 11:40 a.m. The beings pointed a flashing device at the witnessed, then disappeared by walking through the wall. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, 1995 Humanoid Sighting Reports database, case # 2140, citing Peter Davenport, NUFORC).

1995 - On this night Mr. J. Curran of Polbeth, Bathgate, Lothian, Scotland watched and videotapted as an orange circle in the sky polymorphed into a delta-shaped UFO, then back into a sphere. Photometric analysis suggests that the circle showed an out-of-focus object. Later, John S., age 45, of West Lothian, Scotland saw what looked like "a new type of ship. It looked like a giant Frisbee" between the Forth Canal and the Clyde Canal. The occupants were like the Greys, except their eyes were rounder. He had previously been involved in an abduction experience. (Source: Ron Halliday, UFO Scotland: The Secret History of Scotland's UFO Phenomenon, pp. 30, 51).

2004 - On this evening Terry McDonald, driving home in Crane River, Manitoba, Canada had a bright light closely following his truck. His truck engine intermittently lost power over the course of one kilometer. A Kenora, Ontario resident saw a saucer-like object hovering only 18 meters above the ground. He observed the saucer for nearly an hour before it moved fairly slowly across the treetops. (Source: George A. Filer & David Twichell, Filer's Files: Worldwide Reports of UFO Sightings, p. 47, citing Chris Rutkowski, and Geoff Dittman, 2004 Canadian UFO Survey, case 783).

2004 - A man named Triguez was staying overnight at his grandmother's house in Lavaderos, Hormigueros, Puerto Rico when he awoke at four a.m. and looked out the window to see a strange oval-shaped craft on the ground in a nearby field. The craft appeared crystal like in appearance and had small lights around the edges. It emitted a strange sound and greenish flashes of light. He observed the object for awhile, and then noticed an opening in the object which had become visible, from which he briefly saw a figure descend down what appeared to be steps. He could not make out any other details. The craft soon vanished. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, 2004 Humanoid Contact Database, citing Lucy Guzman, http://www.ovni.net).

2009 - A missing time case from Rubidoux, Riverside County, California was reported to the National UFO Reporting Center. It occurred overnight and lasted for two hours. (Source: Peter Davenport, November 2009 webpage, report uploaded December 12, 2009)

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 8 November 2012).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: abductions; animal reaction: dog agitated; cigar-shaped UFOs; disc-shaped UFOs; domed discs; fog or mist associated with UFO; Grey UFOnauts; ground traces; inside occupants; landings; missing time; oval or ovoid UFOs; landings; multicolored UFOs; multi-year reports from southern California, England, France, Italy and Scotland; physiological effects: stomach sickness, paralysis; short humanoids; tripod landing gear; UFOs near nuclear missile site; UFO paces rocket launching; vehicle EM ignition interference effects; whistling sound; white uniforms.

© Donald A. Johnson