On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 October 2

1949 - On this day in Holland, Michigan a very bright disc flew into a cloud heading west, then exited the cloud from the same point and flew off rapidly to the east. (Source:Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics, case # 473).

1954 - There are 39 UFO and humanoid reports recorded in the UFOCAT database for this day. There is one from Denmark and one from the Orkney Islands of Great Britain. The rest 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 French reports and their hypothesized alignments. Below are some of the more interesting reports for this day:

1954 -In Levroux, France two single women (Janicki and Lacotte) independently reported to police that a luminous disc about three meters in diameter had flown very low over their village of Cerisier. (Sources: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, p. 215; Michel Figeut & Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, p. 106).

1954 - Two creatures were seen on the ground in Jonches, France. Two hours later a luminous red object was observed at the same spot, at a very low altitude. (Sources: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, p. 215; Michel Figeut & Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, p. 107).

1954 - In the immediate vicinity of the sighting on the day before (October 1) in Louhans, France, Mr. Nicolas saw a domed disc on the ground at 2:30 a.m. between the road and the railroad tracks. Through some openings in the object a strong yellow light shone. (Sources: Bourgogne Republicaine, October 3, 1954; Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 109; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, p. 215).

1954 - At 10:00 o'clock in the morning several people in the city of Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dome department, France saw a luminous, metallic object oscillating in the sky, then fly off rapidly to the north-northwest. (Source: Michel Figeut & Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, p. 107).

1954 - In Vichy, Allier department, France at 6:30 p.m., bus passengers observed a luminous object rapidly traverse the sky flying in the direction of Cote St.-Amand. (Source: Michel Figeut & Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, p. 107).

1954 - At 8:00 p.m. in Poncey-sur-Lignon and the region of Cote-d'Or, France several persons observed a huge cigar-shaped luminous object that flew silently to the east. (Source: Michel Figeut & Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, p. 107).

1954 - At 8:00 p.m. in Croix d’Epine, Oise department, France Ernest Delattre, age 19, a mechanic, was riding home on his motor scooter when a brilliantly illuminated egg-shaped object landed on the left side of the road 15 meters away. He saw some short, dark shapes, “like potato bags” moving about the object. He sped up, then saw the object, which was the size of a small bus, take off. During the ascent the object's color changed from orange to blue. The object was observed by two other witnesses. As an additional note, Mr. Delattre fainted while telling his story (Sources: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case # 1954-65 (A0267); Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case # 215).

1954 - At 10:00 p.m. in Bergerac, Dordogne department, France a luminous mushroom-shaped object was seen in the garden by J. Labonne, who described it as "constructed of plexiglass." Three meters away moved a short shadowy figure that "slid over to the machine." The object rose into the sky, leaving behind a luminous trail. There were three imprints found in the ground and some black mushrooms. (Source: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case # A0268).

1954 - Near La Rochelle, France at 11:00 p.m. Mr. and Mrs. Guillemoteau saw a red glowing round object, five meters in diameter and 2.5 meters high, hovering for several minutes one meter above the ground. The UFO then rose vertically. Oily marks were found at the spot. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 131; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, p. 216; Michel Figeut & Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, p. 110). [Note: Vallee lists the date as October 3rd, but Figuet & Ruchon believe this is in error and that October 2nd is the correct date].

1954 - At 11:45 p.m. Messrs. Domant and Gilcher saw a disc-shaped UFO in a field in Guebling, France. It was emitting a weak green glow. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 105; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, p. 215).

1958 - An enormous object that first looked like a puff of smoke, then "like pickle with a flat bottom" was sighted in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania at 5:29 p.m. At was a dull gray color. It went from appearing diaphanous to solid in appearance, then went black momentarily. A Project Blue Book "unidentified" case. (Source: Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics, case # 6089).

Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania UFO - 1958

Sketch of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania Cloud Cigar - 1958

1961 - A pilot in flight and seven witnesses on the ground observed a lens-shaped disc of brightly polished aluminum over the Utah Central Airport in Salt Lake City, Utah at noon. It was seen against the mountains as a backdrop, and had an estimated diameter of 50-60 feet. It moved out of sight in seconds, covering a distance of 70 degrees, with a speed "beyond any known jet.." (Sources: Robert Gribble, MUFON UFO Journal, October 1991, p. 22; UNICAT, case # 531, citing James E. McDonald, 1968 Proceedings of the Scientific Subcommittee Hearings of the U.S. Congress, p. 49).

1963 - At 6:45 p.m. a black oval object was seen to come out of, and then re-enter a lone cloud in the sky over Audenshaw, Greater Manchester, England. (Source: Orbit, 1963, case # 324; J. Bernard Delair, Awareness, October 1977, p. 12).

1965 -  At 8:20 p.m. J. Centorino saw a dark UFO hovering over the power plant in Salem, Massachusetts. It was cigar-shaped with an off-centered hump and had a white light on each end. It swayed back-and-forth, inclined at a 45-degree angle. (Sources: Raymond E. Fowler case files, report dated October 5, 1965; Raymond E. Fowler, UFOs: Interplanetary Visitors, p. 94 & 334).

Salem, Massachusetts UFO - 1965

Sketch of Salem, Massachusetts UFO with Dome - 1965

1966 - Mrs. Everett Steward, a flight attendant, was talking on the telephone from her home in Cincinnati, Ohio at 10:20 p.m. when she smelled a foul odor in the room. She went to her bedroom, where she had a feeling of being watched. Looking out the window, she saw an oval-shaped object with portholes and red, green, and white lights revolving around it. It was 75 feet in diameter and 100 feet above the ground. She woke her husband, who also saw it, and called her married daughter, Mrs. Janet Emery, a mile away. The Emerys also saw it, and a neighbor with binoculars could see that it had illuminated yellow square windows. Next, her daughter Janet went outdoors and saw the UFO eject a red ball, which maneuvered about while the first UFO took off southward. The red ball flew 100 feet over Jane's head. It too was oval shaped, and its underside was shiny like aluminum foil. It was "bigger than my cottage and yard combined." She also smelled the garbage like odor. Mrs. Steward went to bed, but the odor still persisted in the house. Sometime later that night the room was filled with a brilliant white light, which then vanished, and a globe of light about 21 inches in diameter appeared at the foot of her bed. Inside the globe were the images of five "non-human, hairless heads" with oval, sunken eyes. "Instead of noses, there were slits, and they had no mouths." Telepathically, they repeated several times that "we have made contact." Mrs Steward screamed, and the globe disappeared. She was so upset by the experience that she began psychiatric counseling and continued it for the next two years. (Sources: Leonard H. Stringfield, Situation Red: The UFO Siege, pp. 35-36 & 51-52; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case # 1966-41, citing Leonard H. Stringfield).

1967 - At 7:30 p.m. in Melville, New York P. E. Burkhardt, an aerospace computer systems engineer, and several teenagers witnessed a silver disc-shaped object with a set of rectangular-shaped lights that blinked on-and-off, revolving across the lower portion.  (Sources: NICAP case files, report dated October 3, 1967; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II. A Thirty Year Report, pp. 11, 153).

Melville, New York UFO - 2 October 1967 7:30 p.m.

Sketch of Melville, New York UFO - 1967

1967 - At 8:20 p.m. in Ipswich, Massachusetts several witnesses spotted a domed disc or domed oval-shaped object that glowed yellow around it perimeter. It carried a red, a greenish blue, and a bright white light. At times it glowed red all over. It hovered, spun, and moved up-and-down. Dogs barked during the sighting. (Source: Raymond E. Fowler, UFOs: Interplanetary Visitors, p. 350).

Ipswich, Massachusetts UFO - 2 October 1967 8.20 p.m.

Ipswich, Massachusetts UFO - 1967

1968 - In Lins, Sao Paolo State, Brazil at 6:20 a.m., while oiling his bulldozer’s engine, Sr. Doribio Pereira saw a golden colored cigar-shaped craft hovering a foot or so above the ground, only a few feet away,  Next he saw a man standing on a platform that extended from the base of the object, who drew a weapon resembling an electric drill from his sleeve. The being pointed it at the witness, and when it emitted a bright flash Pereira found himself paralyzed. He could see that inside the cigar, which had a “glass roof,” there was a man using some sort of keyboard with both hands, and outside the craft on an extended platform stood three more men. One of them was taking soil samples with a “conch shaped object.” Then the craft flashed a very vivid light three times, the platform retracted, and underneath the craft appeared “something like an electric polisher, rotating at high speed.” After that it took off with a slight sound. The men were described as thin, about 5’5” tall, and dressed in blue knee-length robes, hoods, and brown sandals with cross garters to the knees. Pereira, in a state of near shock, was given a lift to his home, and from there he reported to the Town Council. Because of his nervous state he was sent for a medical examination, during which Dr. Antonio Geris found him entirely normal. Officials of the Brazilian Air Force later subjected him to an intense interrogation. (Sources: Gordon Creighton, FSR, January-February 1969, p. 22; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case # 1968-70, citing Gordon Creighton).

1971 - Mr. Wazny, age 29, a retired U.S. Air Force airman sighted a huge, silent triangular craft with many lights southwest of Caro, Michigan at 6:20 p.m. It made sharp turns at a fantastic speed. (Source: NICAP UFO Investigator, December 1971, p. 3).

1975 - On this night in Fort Lee, New Jersey a single witness said an oval-shaped object with red and green lights that came close to witness after appearing at first as a bright light. It circled behind some trees, then passed the witness making a faint whirling sound. (Source: CUFOS News Bulletin, February 1976, p. 7).

1977 - At 11:00 p.m. a four-meter in diameter domed disc buzzed an amateur astronomer outside with a telescope in Auchey, Pas-de-Calais,  France passing only four meters overhead. (Source: Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue # 309).

1978 - At 11:15 a.m. four young boys in the Groendal Nature Reserve, Uitenhage, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa had been out hiking in an isolated area, and were now waiting to be picked up by their parents, when suddenly their attention was drawn to a glistening object in the distance. They next saw two men wearing shiny silvery outfits, standing just to the west of the object. The men were able to move across the difficult terrain in a gliding motion, and on on top of the hill they were joined by a third man that appeared to be carrying a small suitcase. The three men then glided towards a dividing fence and flew over it, and one stopped to look at the boys. The silver suit covered his forehead, so only his lower face was clear, but they could see he had gray skin. Finally, the men glided up a hill and seemed to disappear upon reaching the summit. During the incident the boys noticed a strange silence in the area and two of them felt disoriented. Possible ground traces were found on the site. (Sources: Cynthia Hind, MUFON UFO Journal, October 1978, p. 5; Allan Hendry, International UFO Reporter, January 1980, p. 7; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case # A1976; Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1978, case # 904, citing Cynthia Hind, Phenomenon: 40 years of Flying Saucers).

1978 - Shortly before two o'clock in the afternoon in Unanderra, near Port Kembla, New South Wales, Australia a six-meter long non-metallic ovoid object flew over to the southwest, then zig-zagged quickly to the west over the mountains at Kiama. (Source: Australian CUFOS case files, report dated October 10, 1978).

1978 - At 7:15 p.m. seven triangular objects were sighted simultaneously in the sky over Kingstanding, West Midlands, England by many. (Source: D. N. Mansell, Awareness, April 1979, p. 13).

1981 - Helmstedt, Germany - At around 2:10 a.m. the witness was riding a bus through East Germany to Mittaguzeit in the East Berlin sector when he noticed two tall figures walking on the side of the road. They were oddly dressed, wearing silvery coveralls. They were also walking in a peculiar fashion, and he had never seen similar people before in the area. The bus continued on and he lost sight of them. The next day there were reports of bright lights over the area. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1981, case # 183, citing Ulrich Magin).

1982 - At 5:00 p.m. ten college women, members of a volleyball team, saw an arrowhead or pentagon-shaped object with many multicolored lights while riding in their van onHighway 13, 18 miles north of Springfield,  Missouri. The object glided over nearby trees, and then hovered near their van. Its lights were white, yellow, and red, and it gave off white beams of light.  It finally moved away silently after 30 seconds. Three hours later ten people in a bus in Brighton, Missouri watched a silent manta ray-shaped object hovering nearby. It too had many lights, and tilted at an angle. Their sighting lasted two minutes.  (Source: (1) Boone County (AR) Headlight, October 7, 1982; (2) Erwin Polakoff, International UFO Reporter, January 1983, p. 12).

1995 - At 1:40 a.m. several women in Bolingbrook, Illinois saw an "orange or yellow arrow-shaped" object moving slowly through the sky to the west. It had a light on each side. (Source: Jay Rath, The I-Files: True Reports of Unexplained Phenomena in Illinois, p. 51, citing NUFORC).

1998 - Ms. J. Juanin watched a round, bright orange flashing light with small black dotted things on it in Beluran, Sabah, Malaysia that seemed to land two kilometers away. She watched it for five minutes until its lights turned off. The sky was dark with no moon. (Sources: George Filer, Filer's Files, 1998, issue 40; Joseph Trainor, UFO Roundup, Volume 3, No. 41)

2000 - Mr. and Mrs. Osborne sighted a dark gray cloud-like object, darker than the background clouds and not moving with the wind, over Crick, Northampton, England at 1:00 p.m. The object changed shape, making angular angles, and was watched through binoculars. (Source: UFO Magazine (UK), January 2001, p. 58).

2001 - At 6:55 a.m. several motorists in Sandyville, West Virginia spotted a blimp-like UFO with a smooth surface that was glowing bright red in the overcast daytime sky. A chevron-shaped object exited from a door in the bottom. There was no sound during the entire incident, which lasted five minutes. The two objects vanished at the same time. (Source: UFO Magazine (USA), February 2002, p. 21).

2004 - A large triangular object, close to the ground, was seen in South Attleboro, Massachusetts at 11:37 p.m. for about a minute. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, October 2004 webpage).

2004 - A man was driving home at 5:30 a.m. in rural Tennessee when he noticed what first appeared to be a fire on a nearby ridge. As he drove he got closer and realized that it was not a fire at all but a series of three reddish-orange lights affixed to the bottom of a huge triangular craft. He neared an intersection and got out of his car to watch this metallic craft as it approached from the north and moved directly towards him. He became fearful and started to run from his car, but realized that there was nowhere to run. As the giant object passed overhead, it blocked out all the stars and he estimated its size to be some 300 feet in length. The bottom of the craft was illuminated from three flame-like symmetrical appendages, and there was a ribbed structure running across the bottom of the object. As it passed directly overhead he felt an energy that reverberated through his body. He stated that he felt many sensations all at once, but could find no description for what he actually felt. The object also made a pulsating or drumming noise which also passed throughout his body. After the object passed him, it suddenly turned west and moved behind some nearby hills. The witness reported a metallic taste in his mouth and a nose bleed. Later he found that his face and back were slightly sunburned and his hair was falling out, he also felt lethargic. He realized later that he had experienced 15 minutes of missing time. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 2004, citing Kim Shaffer, Tennessee MUFON).

2005 - Three bright lights appeared at different times in Westfield, Massachusetts starting at 3:00 a.m. They moved in zig-zag patterns in the sky over a long period of time. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, October 2005 webpage, reported uploaded October 11, 2005).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 5 July 2009)

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: animal reaction: dogs barking, arrowhead shaped UFOs; cigar-shaped UFOs, disc-shaped UFOs, domed discs, green UFOs, hovering, humanoids, luminous UFOs, missing time, multi-year reports from Malaysia and Massachusetts, red UFOs, yellow beam of light, tall humanoids wearing silvery coveralls, triangular UFOs, UFOs changing color, UFOs entering and leaving clouds, vertical ascent, zigzag maneuvers.