On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 October 4

1954 - There are 41 UFO and humanoid reports on this date in UFOCAT, including six CE-III reports. One report is from Tel Aviv, Israel and one of the humanoid reports is from Salta, Argentina. The rest are from France, which was at the center of a massive wave of UFO sightings. Below are summaries of some of the more interesting cases. Click on map to see the distribution of European cases.

1954 - An object was said to have landed in the yard of Mr. Montagne, a railroad employee, in Limoges, France. (Sources: France-Soir, October 7, 1954; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 216).

1954 - Andre Garcia and Andre Darzais were driving a truck between Lagrasse and Villemagne and were near the village of Lezignan, France when they saw a luminous object coming slowly to the ground. It measured about 10 meters in diameter and took off with a burst of light. (Sources: France-Soir, October 7, 1954; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 217).

1954 - Mr. Garreau, a farmer in Chaleix, France saw an object the size of a carriage land in his field. Two men of normal height emerged through a sliding door. They wore khaki overalls and were of European type. They shook hands with the witness and said some thing like: "Paris? Nord?" (According to another version they spoke indistinct words.) They gave a pat on the back to Mr. Garreau's dog and took off at an amazing speed. (Sources: Liberation, October 7, 1954; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 217).

1954 - At 8:10 a.m. Mr. Lacambre, a forester, saw a little man or dwarf in a streambed 200 meters from his house in St-Perdoux, Lot, France. The being wore a wide leather belt or girdle, boots, and a tunic. He put water in a bottle, and some pebbles in a belt pouch; he then rose up into air and vanished. The creature had two pear-shaped boxes under his arms that may have assisted his ascent. Footprints were found at the site. (Source: Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, pp. 116-117).

1954 - Several people noticed an object hovering near a hilltop in the evening in Tregon, France. They drove to the site, but it flew away. What seemed to have been the same object was seen at Megrit, 25 km to the southwest, hovering over a farm. It was described as metallic, flat, and emitting light. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 139; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 217).

1954 - Montceau-les-Mines, France. At 6:30 p.m. about 20 people, among them Remy Gaudicourt of Sanvignes, saw a circular, luminous object rise vertically from the vicinity of the railroad tracks. There were no traces found. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 138; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 217; Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, pp. 118).

1954 - Villers-le-Tilleul, France. Ten year old Bertiaux saw an object at 6:40 p.m. "like a tent" with an unknown man nearby. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 217).

1954 - On a road in Lessard-le-National, France at 7:20 p.m., a silver cigar-shaped object stopped in a vertical position when illuminated by car headlights. Landing traces found nearby. (Source: Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue no. 319).

1954 - At 7:30 p.m. a six-meter in diameter red, round, domed object, hovered 10-12 meters above the ground in Taupignac, France. Four little men, one meter tall (3.3 feet) exited. As the three male witnesses approached they quickly entered the object. The domed disc changed color from blue to orange and then to red, and made no noise as it took off. (Source: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 159).

1954 - At 10:00 p.m. Mr. Henry Leherisse, age 23, in Megrit, France saw two shadows moving about inside a flat luminous, metallic, three-meters wide object, that hovered 50 meters above his garage. (Source: newspaper clipping, October 7, 1954; Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, pp. 122).

1954 - Mrs. Fourneret, a housewife, ran away as an orange, circular object 3 meters in diameter that swung in midair and landed near her farm in Poncey-sur-Lignon, France. When Messrs. Girardot and Vincent arrived with rifles, they found that the earth had been "sucked up" over a quadrilateral area. Francois Bouiller confirmed he had seen a luminous object in flight. Extensive investigation by French Air Force and police. (Sources: Liberation, October 7, 1954; Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 134; Jacques Vallee, Anatomy of a Phenomenon, p. 71; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 217).

1955 - United States Senator Richard Russell, Head of the Senate Armed Services Committee, was on a high-level diplomatic mission to the Soviet Union and was traveling on the trans-Caucasus railway outside of Baku, Azerbaijan on this day in 1955. While on the train at 7:10 p.m. he and his aide saw a disc-shaped UFO slowly ascend to 6000 feet and then shoot to the North. A second disc appeared and maneuvered about the sky. (Source: Michael David Hall, UFOs: A Century of Sightings, p. 240).

1957 - Angel hair residue fell on Ichinoseki, Japan at 11:45 a.m. on this day. (Source: Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence (Volume I), p. 101, citing Flying Saucer Review, January 1958).

1960 - Reverend and Mrs. Browning in Cressy, Tasmania observed a cigar-shaped object fly toward the west. Five 30' diameter domed discs joined the larger object, and all flew away rapidly to the east at 6:10 p.m. (Sources: James E. McDonald case investigation files; APRO Bulletin, September-October 1960, p. 4).

1967 - At 11:20 p.m. Atlantic Daylight Time at least one and most likely two separate UFOs dove or crashed into the ocean near Bon Portage Island, in the area of Shag Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada. There were at least a dozen independent witnesses to the event. Canadian Navy divers searched the area for three days but found nothing. This followed a series of six UFO sightings across Quebec and Nova Scotia beginning at 7:19 p.m., when Air Canada Captain Pierre Guy Charbonneau, flying between Sherbrooke and St. Jean, sighted an orange rectangular object followed by a series of smaller lights, followed by a sizeable explosion near the large object that turned into a big white ball-shaped cloud. The cloud turned red, then violet, and then blue. Two minutes later there was another explosion that turned into a second sphere which was orange in color. Like the first one it too eventually faded to blue. The smaller lights on the "kite tail" broke formation with the rectangular object and began to dance around the spheres like fireflies. (Sources: Yarmouth Light Herald, October 12, 1967; Ivan T. Sanderson, Invisible Residents, pp. 44-45; Don Ledger & Chris Styles, Dark Object: The world's only government documented UFO crash, pp. 9-13; 28-50, 151-162).

1973 - A man was driving on the Simi Freeway in Simi Valley, California during the afternoon when he saw a 30 by 350 foot triangular object in a dust cloud near the road. It was 80-100 feet away and was swaying back and forth 10 feet above the ground. An eight-foot hose dangled from the bottom of the object. A clear bubble three feet in diameter swiveled atop the UFO. As he watched a being crawled around from behind the machine, looked at the witness, and then scrambled out of sight. The humanoid was of normal stature but wore a silvery type of wet suit. The bubble began rotating faster and disappeared inside the object, which emitted a whirring noise. A fog enveloped the craft, which then disappeared. An unidentified woman witness had reported a similar sighting the week before. (Sources: David F. Webb and Ted Bloecher: HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1973-28; David F. Webb, 1973: The Year of The Humanoids).

1979 - Garbage collector Aldo Natoli was on his way to work in Viggiu Varese, Italy at 3:20 a.m. when he spotted two strange figures suspended about 20 cm from the ground, and gesticulating animatedly among themselves without making a sound. Natoli stopped his Vespa motorscooter and continued observing the scene. The figures were thin and human-like, wearing dark blue, loose fitting coveralls. Their eyes were fluorescent and they had black hair. When the witness restarted his scooter, the figures disappeared into the darkness. The scooter then malfunctioned but moments later it started again. He then drove away from the area. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1979, citing C.U.N.).

1979 - In the early evening a seven-year old boy in Handsworth, Sheffield, England watched a seven-foot-tall silvery figure that was apparently drilling a hole in the ground with a tube. The boy watched the figure until it suddenly spotted him. The figure then disappeared in a puff of pink smoke. Four non-human looking footprints were found at the site. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1979, citing Janet & Colin Bord, Modern Mysteries of Britain).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 02 September 2004).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: angel hair residue, cigar-shaped UFOs, dark blue uniforms, domed disc-shaped UFOs, fog or smoke enveloping UFO, nautical UFOs, short humanoids, human-looking UFO occupants, hovering humanoids and UFOs, landings, landing traces and imprints, luminous UFOs, orange colored UFOs, rectangular UFOs, swaying motion, tall humanoids, triangular UFOs, UFOs crash into ocean, vanishing UFOs, vertical ascent.