On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 October 1

1948 - At 9:00 p.m. an aerial encounter occurred on this day over Fargo, North Dakota between an F-51 fighter plane and a somewhat flattened white circular unidentified object, blinking on and off. The UFO made a head-on approach toward the F-51, then veered off, next made a 180 degree turn, then out climbed the performance aircraft, rising straight up until out of sight. Its close turns were tighter than could be made by the fighter plane. The encounter lasted 27 minutes. (Sources: Edward J. Ruppelt, True Magazine, May 1954; Edward J. Ruppelt, Report on Unidentified Flying Objects, p. 59; Donald E. Keyhoe, Flying Saucers from Outer Space, p. 33; UNICAT, case # 532).

1954 - There are 26 UFO and humanoid reports recorded in UFOCAT for this day. There is one from the Assam region of India, two are from Italy, and the remainder are from France, which appears to have been at the center of a massive wave of UFO sightings. Click on map to see the distribution of European reports. Notice how the humanoid cases tend to occur at intersections of the major great circle routes described by four or more points on a straight line. Below are some of the more interesting reports on this day:

1954 - A woman in Dhubri, Assam, India reported to police that she had seen a luminous disc leaving a long trail in the sky. It landed in a field, and then took off again. (Sources: Jacques Vallee, Challenge to Science: The UFO Enigma, p. 132; Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 214, case 169).

1954 - At 1:00 p.m. two bricklayers, Sebastiani and Buratto, approached a cigar-shaped object in Blanzy, Saone-Loire department, France that was sitting on the ground. It was three meters long, 80 cm wide, and it took off from the ground with a whistling sound. The pointed section of the object was yellow, the rest brown. From the fore part, two appendages extended to the ground. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 214, case 170).

1954 - At 4:00 p.m. a man and his dog in Bry, Nord department, France were "paralyzed" and frozen in place when a luminous white object dove toward them, then climbed back into the sky. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 214, case 171).

1954 - Two young men in Jussey, Haute-Saone department, France saw a luminous white disc moving in the sky at 7:00 p.m. It dove to the ground and two very tall beings, dressed in white, emerged from it and made gestures. The witnesses ran away in fear. (Sources: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 214, case 173; Michel Figuet & Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, p. 104).

1954 - Near St. Jean d'Angely, France two businessmen, Messrs. Estier and Phelippeau, who were driving back from Royan at eight o'clock at night, saw a little man crossing the road in front of their car. When they stopped the car the figure disappeared into the woods. (Sources: Sud-Ouest, October 2, 1954; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 214, case 174; Michel Figuet & Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, p. 105).

1954 - Mechanic Ernest Delattre, age 19, was riding home on his motor scooter between Lormaison and St-Crepin-Ibouvillers, France at eight o'clock when a brilliantly illuminated egg-shaped object landed on the left side of the road 15 meters away. He saw short, dark shapes "like potato bags" moving about the object. He sped up, saw the object, the size of a small bus, taking off while its color changed from orange to blue and then to grayish-blue. The witness fainted while telling his story. Two persons in neighboring villages independently reported observing the object. (Sources: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 215; Michel Figuet & Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, p. 104). [Note: Vallee lists the date as October 2nd but Figuet & Ruchon believe the correct date is October 1st.]

1954 - At 8:30 p.m. several inhabitants of St-Michel-sur-Meurthe, France saw a cigar-shaped object in the sky with very bright white lights fly towards the north. (Source: Michel Figuet & Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, p. 106).

1954 - In Branges, near Louhans in Saone-Loire department, France. While coming home at night around 10:00 p.m., Gilbert Prudent and one other witness saw a lighted object on the side of the road. It had a flat section and a sort of large "mushroom" on top (domed disc). As he approached it, the object became dark and took off vertically with a soft whistling sound. (Sources: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 214, case 175; Michel Figuet & Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, p. 105).

1954 - Returning home from work in Bergerac, Dordogne department, France fireman Jean Dufix, age 26, saw an oval light in the sky at 10 o'clock. He first took it to be a shooting star, but later he was alarmed when his yard looked to be ablaze. Rushing outside, he saw a disc rise from the ground with a whistling sound. It flew off, became luminous again, and then shot off at a fantastic speed. His neighbor, Jean Labonne, age 61, also saw the disc resting on three legs in the yard. They estimated the disc was three meters (10 feet) in diameter. (Sources: Le Figaro, October 6, 1954; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings , p. 214, case 176).

1964 - At 12:50 p.m. a 24-foot diameter dark disc-shaped object passed over an industrial plant in Danvers, Massachusetts. It flew under a cloud at 2,500 altitude, at an estimated speed of 300 mph. (Source: Raymond E. Fowler, UFOs: Interplanetary Visitors, pp. 21, 330).

Danvers, Massachusetts Daylight Disc - 1964

Sketch of Danvers, Massachusetts Daylight Disc - 1964

1965 - Three school students, Santos Vallejos, Antonia Aparti, and Adela Sanchez were walking to General San Martin School, Aguas Blancas, Salta province, Argentina when they were attacked by small creatures with greenish skin. The children ran away, and arrived at the school in a state of terror. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 706, citing CODOVNI).

1967 - Valeriano Ruiz Fontes, a 28-year-old radio technician, observed an illuminated object at 10:30 p.m. in Tibidabo, Barcelona, Spain which he first took to be a large Jeep. However, It was hovering just above the ground about 700-800 yards away. It was about 14 feet long, with half a dozen oval illuminated windows, and had on top a square turret. Near the UFO were four people of normal stature wearing dark uniforms and bright helmets. Two of the beings climbed up the turret, manipulating or fixing some fittings there, while the other two were examined the underside of the object. After watching for about half an hour, the external lights were extinguished, showing only the illuminated portholes. The object then rose vertically with no noise to about 500 feet, showing yellow, red orange, and a triangle of blue-green lights, and took off at extremely high speed. (Sources: Antonio Ribera, FSR, May 1968, p. 26; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case # 1967-101 (A0879)).

1973 - On this night three teenagers in Anthony Hill, Tennessee saw a huge, hairy, robot-like creature that walked mechanically with its hand upraised. It had a large round head. An egg-shaped UFO was also seen at the same time. This occurred during a thunderstorm, and imprints were later found at the site. (Source: David F. Webb and Ted Bloecher: HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1973-27; David F. Webb, 1973, The Year of The Humanoids).

1975 - At around 8:00 p.m. two teenagers, Michio Hikawa and Takashi Furuya, were parked in a car at a scenic spot in Japan's Southern Alps near Hakushu, Japan when Furuya became agitated about a group of children resembling beggars near the car. Hikawa didn't see them. Among the figures Furuya saw were some resembling girls, about one meter tall, dressed in white. Pointing them out to his companion, Hikawa still was unable to see them, and turned on the car's headlights. When this happened the figures faded away, but their car was abruptly pulled backwards several times by an unseen force, eventhough the hand brake was on. Frightened, the two teenagers left the area. Hikawa suggested that the figures may have been "spacemen", and the pair returned to the scene later, where the same mass displacement effects occurred to the car again. Again fearful, the pair drove home. The car subsequently malfunctioned and required repairs, the result of a broken piston. Peculiar "hoof like" marks were observed on a window in the car following the encounter. There were no reports of UFOs seen. (Source: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1975-44, citing Jun Ichi Takanashi for APRO).

1977 - At 7:00 p.m. two brothers were hunting in an uninhabited area near a quarry west of Libau, Manitoba, Canada when they saw a UFO that looked like an inverted bowl with two long extensions. It was 75-100 feet wide, 25 feet high, and 1/2 a mile away at 500 feet altitude. It made a humming noise, and moved away slowly. (Sources: Allan Hendry, International UFO Reporter, December 1977, p. 2; UNICAT, case # 188).

1987 - Marysville, Indiana. At 7:50 p.m. a black rectangular object was witnessed by a lone witness for 10 minutes while driving in a rural area. The UFO flew silently to the southwest, then toward the northwest, and finally further to the southwest. (Source: Francis L. Ridge, Regional Encounters, p. 112).

1992 - Three men were in the backyard of a home in Clare, South Australia at 7:00 p.m. when they saw, at a low altitude in the northwestern sky, two lights travelling to the northeast. It resolved into a cigar-shaped object that was thicker in the middle, with a hazy glow surrounding it. It continued to fly to the northeast and was lost from sight behind some trees.

1993 - A large white ball of light flew from north to south over Nutter Fort, West Virginia at 7:00 p.m. It followed a car to Stonewood, then shot away quickly. (Source: Bob Teets, West Virginia UFOs: Close Encounters in the Mountain State, p. 162).

1995 - An orange disc-shaped object hovered over a house in Vacaville, California for a minute at 9:00 p.m., at only 100 feet altitude. At 10:30 p.m. an extremely bright disc-shaped object flew over a house in Austin, Texas heading north. It was the "size of a volleyball at arms length," and had a green tinge on top. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle).

2000 - At 11:15 p.m. two objects were sighted over Jones Beach on Long Island in Nassau County, New York. A diamond-shaped UFO landed on the beach. It directed an intense red beam, then a blue-colored beam, at the witnesses' car, which caused the car with the three occupants to be lifted into the air. (Sources: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case 18144, citing George Filer, Filer's Files;Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, report uploaded December 2, 2000).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 30 July 2009).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: aircraft UFO encounters, cigar-shaped UFOs, disc-shaped UFOs, domed discs, huge robot-like humanoid, humming sound, landings, luminous white UFOs, oddly shaped short UFOnauts, ovoid UFOs, paralysis, rectangular UFO, short humanoids, very tall humanoids, whistling sound.

© Donald A. Johnson