On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 October 11

1951 - In Minneapolis, Minnesota at 6:30 a.m. General Mills balloon researchers, including aeronautical engineer J. J. Kaliszewski and aerologist C. B. Moore, pilot Dick Reilly in the air, and Doug Smith on the ground sighted a UFO. The flight crew saw the first object, a brightly glowing UFO with a dark underside and a halo around it. The object arrived high and fast, then slowed and made slow climbing circles for about two minutes, and finally sped away to the east. Soon they saw a second UFO, confirmed by ground observers using a theodolite, which sped across the sky. The total time for the sighting of the first object was five minutes, and the second sighting lasted a few seconds. (Sources: Project Grudge Report #1, November 11, 1951; Richard Hall, The UFO Evidence, p. 56; UNICAT, case # 362; Thomas M. Olsen, The Reference for Outstanding UFO Reports, case 12; Don Berliner, Project Bluebook UFO Unknowns).

1954 - Farmers in Doncourt-Village, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France were awakened by a whistling sound and saw a flat object land near the woods. It soon rose up vertically very fast, and flew away. The ground was found calcified. Soil samples were taken by the police for analysis. (Sources: Figaro, October 13, 1954; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 224, case # 230).

1954 -Two men riding motorcycles near Acquigny, Eure, France saw a bell-shaped craft about 2.5 meters tall while it hovered just a meter above the Evreux-Louviers railroad line. The lower part was ringlike, and the object gave off reddish and greenish sparks. A burst of orange light was seen as it jumped about 10 meters high, then it remained motionless for about one hour. During this time a third witness joined the first two. The UFO ultimately brightened and flew away toward the east. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 162; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 224, case # 231).

1954 - In Fonfrede, near Chambon Feugerolles, Loire, France. Baptiste Jourdy, who was making the daily collection of milk at 4:15 a.m., was suddenly stopped as the engine and headlights of his truck died. He got out and saw a light above him. After it crossed the road, the headlights came on again and he was able to restart his truck. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 157; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 224, case # 232).

1954 - At 4:20 a.m. in Lacanche, Côte-d'or, France Mr. Labonde was driving at the intersection of D14 and D104 when he was followed by a sort of luminous globe surrounded with a reddish glow, about two meters in size. It stayed within 25 meters of his car. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 158; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 224, case # 233).

1954 - At 4:30 a.m. in Sassier, near La Carie, Nievre, France two men, Messrs. Gallois and Vigneron, were driving from Clamecy to Corbigny when felt an "electric shock" at the same time their car headlights died. They then saw a craft in a pasture 50 meters away. It was cylindrical and fairly thick in shape. Three dwarf humanoids were standing close by. No light was seen, except a small, reddish point of light. Both witnesses were paralyzeduntil the craft left. A third witness, Mr. Chaumeau, had seen a lighted object fly over the woods at La Carie, France. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 158; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, pp. 224-225, case # 234; Thomas M. Olsen, The Reference for Outstanding UFO Reports, case 52).

1954 - Ms. Anny Pracht, her sister Roselyne, and two other witnesses in Heimersdorf, Haut-Rhin, France saw a luminous object on the ground. It became fiery red in color and flew away when they came near. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 162; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 225, case # 235).

1954 - In Bauquay, Calvados, France a large red object was seen flying very fast at treetop level while cattle panicked. There were three witnesses. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 159; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 225, case # 236).

1954 - In Lavarande, Algeria a large disc flew very low over a road and scared two truck drivers, Messrs. Gaston Breau and Amoura, who stopped their gasoline truck and ran away into some fields while the object flew on toward Medea in silence. (Sources: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 225; France Soir, October 17, 1954).

1954 - At 6:40 p.m. horses panicked and ran when a bluish yellow saucer approached them to within 20 meters in Bremondans, Doubs, France. A figure was seen for two minutes. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 3872, citing Jean Sider, Dossier 1954 et l'Imposture Rationaliste, p. 196).

1954 - At 7:30 p.m. three men driving near Taupignac, Charente-Maritime, France got out of their car to observe an intense red sphere in the sky. Then they discovered a round disc-shaped machine with a dome, six meters in diameter, giving off a yellow-red light, only 200 meters away from them at 10 meters altitude. It was motionless and silent. It suddenly moved horizontally for a short distance and landed behind a woods. Two witnesses went closer and saw four dwarfs, one meter tall, who seemed busy with the machine. The creatures rushed inside when the witnesses arrived within 15 m. The witnesses was blinded by a sudden burst of light blue, then orange, then red, and the object took off vertically at fantastic speed. (Sources: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 225, case # 238; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II: A Thirty Year Report, p. 468).

1954 - At 9:50 p.m. four persons in Birac, Charente, France--among them Julia Juste, Maria Barbeau, and Marion Le Tanneur, of Jarnac--saw two luminous spheres flying in the same direction. Having stopped and maneuvered in midair, the larger one took on a deep red color, turned to an intense white light with a red aura, and both landed. Witnesses did not wait around to investigate further. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 160; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, pp. 225-226, case # 239; Mark Rodeghier, UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, p. 2).

1954 - At 10:00 p.m. in Montbazens, Herault, France a round craft, four meters in diameter, landed in a pasture. It gave off a powerful red light and took off with extreme acceleration when witnesses (garage owner Mr. Carriere and son; farmer Mr. Gardelle, shoemaker Mr. Ginestre, and two others) came close to it. Mr. Gardelle felt an electric shock. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 226, case # 240).

1954 - At 11:00 p.m. a luminous, mushroom-shaped saucer made fast, silent maneuvers over La Roche-sur-Yon, Vendee, France. A Mrs. Drouillard was the single witness. (Source: Loren E. Gross, The Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse: UFOs: A History. 1954: October, p. 48).

1955 - At four o'clock in the afternoon in Point Lookout, Maryland witnesses B. Hale and A. Ostrom sighted a round UFO that looked white in the daylight and turned red with sparks toward the end of their two and a half hour long sighting. It made a deep roaring sound, unlike any known aircraft. (Sources: Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics, case # 3810; Don Berliner, Project Bluebook UFO Unknowns).

1957 - At around 8:00 p.m. two witnesses in a car being driven in Roulon, France saw something they described as "a dark, transparent ball" about 50 cm in diameter rising from the side of the road. It had appendages trailing behind. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia; A Century of Landings, p. 260, case # 411).

1957 - At 10:20 p.m. in Derby, England nocturnal lights were seen maneuvering in front of the new Sputnik satellite. A silent disc-shaped object was seen at Alvaston which went away, but soon returned. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database). 

1964 - D. Hanson, an engineer, and two others observed a domed disc-shaped object being followed by jet fighters in Brockton, Massachusetts at four o'clock in the afternoon. The UFO shot straight up and was gone from sight. (Source: Ray Folwer, UFOs: Interplanetary Visitors, p. 331).

1966 - A glowing round object with a dome like up the waters of Wanaque Reservoir, New Jersey at 9:15 p.m. It hovered 250 feet over the water at a distance of 250 feet, giving off a blinding white light. It made a square turn maneuver. The sighting by Police Sgt. Thompson lasted for three minutes. The witnesses noted a suction effect upon the water, and heavy mist as the object departed. (Sources: Dwight Connelly, Skylook, May 1976, p. 14; John A. Keel, Operation Trojan Horse, p. 177; UNICAT, case 698, citing Berthold E. Schwarz).

1967 - At 7:50 p.m. in Aldersyde, Alberta, Canada an oval-shaped UFO with a dome circled a car. The driver, Mrs. N. Tibbs, felt a sensation of cold, and the car engine and lights died. The engine restarted by itself when the object departed. (Sources: NICAP case investigation files; Gene Duplantier, Saucers, Space & Science, Winter 1968, p. 7; APRO Bulletin, September-October 1967, p. 11; Jim & Coral Lorenzen, UFOs over the Americas, p. 33; Mark Rodeghier, UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, p. 37; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II: A Thirty Year Report, p. 251).

1967 - There were several UFO sightings in Uintah County, Utah on this night. In one close encounter, Mr. Hackford was driving up a road in Farm Creek, Utah when a UFO hovered over his vehicle for 15 seconds. He suffered physiological effects as a result. At the phosphate plant north of Vernal, Utah Mr. Rasmussen saw a light that hoveredin the sky, then shot straight up vertically and was gone. His daughter also saw it on her way home. (Source: Frank B. Salisbury, The Utah UFO Display, p. A53).

1967 - An object with a row of six red lights, 55-60 feet long and at an altitude of 500-600 feet was watched for ten minutes at around 10:00 p.m. in Shelburne, Nova Scotia, Canada. The lights disappeared, but reappeared as 4 lights in a linear formation at a 45 degree angle in the sky. (Source: Gene Duplantier, Saucers, Space & Science, Autumn 1967, p. 11, citing the Toronto Star).

1969 - At 4:30 a.m. a luminous ball of light paced a car driving between Saintes and Royan, Charente-Maritime, France by flying in front of the vehicle and swaying to the left and right four times. (Source: Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue 106).

1969 - At 6:15 a.m. a dark 12 meter long ovoid object with a lit edge did a loop in the sky and then landed in a pasture in Beauvais, Oise, France, but the cows did not seem to react to its presence. (Source: Jean-Louis Becquereau, Phenomenes Spatiaux, March 1970, p. 27).

1969 - Two objects hovered just twelve feet above the ground in the pre-dawn sky in Baralaba, Queensland, Australia, each flashing red and yellow lights. Both objects then rose and were joined by a third larger UFO. This new object was turtle shaped, and had "surface craters" on it, and reflected light. It made a high frequency buzzing sound like mosquitos. (Source: APRO Bulletin, September-October 1969, p. 6).

1971, Itaperuna, Brazil - At three o'clock in the morning Paula Caetano Silveira awoke from sleep abruptly, as if by "a mental shock." From his bed he saw a light in the garden, so he went to his kitchen where he could get a better view. Through the window grating he saw the same object that had stopped him on September 22nd. It was hovering a half meter from the ground only three meters from his house. Paulo Caetano saw several small figures beside the craft, who pointed a small box-like implement in his direction. The witness and the small figures remained eyeing each other, with no movement, for 10 minutes. At some point Paulo Caetano's head began to ache. The craft and its occupants left, but the witness was so upset he was unable to return to sleep. (Sources: Walter Buhler, UFO Encounters: FSR Special Edition No. 5, p. 19; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1971-28, citing Walter Buhler).

1971 - At 4:30 a.m. two police in Walthamstow, England--Parker and Giles--saw a long cigar-shaped object flashing as it flew through the sky. It gave off a blinding white light, and went out of sight over some rooftops in six seconds. (Source: Mrs. K. Smith, BUFORA Journal, January 1972, p. 18).

1973 - There were several UFO reports throughout the United States on this day, one in Colorado and the rest in the Midwest and Gulf States.  There are 27 reports in the UFOCAT database for this day, including ten reports of nocturnal lights and two close encounters from Ohio alone. Below are some of the more interesting reports.

1973 - At dawn around fifty motorists pulled off the expressway in Montgomery County, Ohio to watch two plate-like objects flying around. The Ohio State Highway Patrol was dispatched to the scene. (Source: UFO Chronology 1973, www.nicap.org).

1973 - In Connersville, Indiana at 4:40 p.m. a disc-shaped UFO with a segmented compartment on the bottom hovered over trees near a house. It was silver colored with a dome, and had three green doors on the bottom. It shot off after several seconds. (Sources: APRO Bulletin, May-June 1976, p. 1; Kevin D. Randle, The October Scenario, p. 7).

1973 - Nearly three hours after the first close encounter report from Connersville, Indiana 46 people watched an oval-shaped UFO with a pale yellow light on top, and a segmented compartment on the bottom, as it flew over a U.S. government test range and restricted air space. It took off, but was seen 30 minutes later to the northeast.(Sources: APRO Bulletin, May-June 1976, p. 1; Kevin D. Randle, The October Scenario, p. 8).

1973 - At 7:30 p.m. a domed disc-shaped object hovered low and maneuvered between some trees in Laurel, Indiana for three minutes. It made a sound like a swarm of bees. The object jiggled up and down and sideways, and looked like two saucers joined together with a cabin on top. The bottom of the craft was trisected, with a circle in each of these sections. A truck driver blew his air horn and the craft took off over trees at a fantastic speed. (Sources: Donald Worley, Official UFO, January 1976, p. 16; Francis L. Ridge, Regional Encounters, p. 46, citing Donald Worley; APRO Bulletin, May-June 1976, p. 1).

1973 - Two men, Charles Hickson and Calvin Parker, were doing some evening fishing from an old pier in an abandoned shipyard on the Pascagoula River in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Shortly after nightfall, at around 8:30 p.m., Charley Hickson, looking around to bait his hook, saw a domed, football-shaped object descend until it hovered just off the ground about 30 feet away from them. The craft had two windows and two blue lights, and made a buzzing sound. When the object landed an unseen door opened to reveal a brilliantly lit interior. Three beings came out and floated toward the witnesses. These beings were about five feet tall. Their skin was gray and rough like elephant skin that made them look like mummies. No clothes were apparent. In the center of their faces was something about two inches long that came out to a point and resembled a nose. They had a slit for a mouth, which never opened, if they had eyes they couldn't be seen because the area above the nose was too wrinkled. They had no neck and their ears were pointed and retractable. Their arms were unusually long, and their hands were like mittens with a thumb attached. Their legs never moved but stayed together like a pedestal. Their feet were elephant-like.

When two of the beings grabbed Hickson by his arms he felt a pain in his left shoulder. This immobilized him and allowed his captors to lift him and somehow float him over to the craft. The third being seized Parker, who immediately went limp. Once inside Hickson was nearly blinded by the light but was unable to close his eyelids. He saw no furniture, only a screen-like device on the wall. He hung suspended in the air at a 45-degree angle while an eyelike device appeared out of the wall in front of his face and circled around him. The beings that held Hickson moved in a stiff, mechanical way but did their work with speed and efficiency. One made a buzzing sound. The beings then disappeared for some time. When they returned, they grasped Hickson again and floated him through the opening, which had reappeared. They left him back at the place where they had found him. His legs collapsed when he touched the ground. Parker stood by with a terrified look on his face. Meanwhile, the buzzing sound and blue light resumed, and the craft rose straight up and disappeared almost instantly. Hickson "heard" a message in his mind that the beings were peaceful. Hickson subsequently reported having three more close encounter incidents, one of which apparently involved the same beings. Two involved telepathic communication only and the transfer of information that has not been disclosed. (Sources: David F. Webb and Ted Bloecher: HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1973-31; David F. Webb, 1973: The Year of the Humanoids).

1973 - On the same afternoon as the Hickson and Parker abduction in Pascagoula, Mississippi, a three-year-old boy told his mother that he had been playing with "some old monster" in the backyard. He said the monster was gray with wrinkled skin and pointed ears. This occurred in Tanner Williams, Alabama not far from Pascagoula. (Sources: David F. Webb and Ted Bloecher: HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1973-30; David F. Webb, 1973: The Year of the Humanoids).

1973 - At 10:30 p.m. the Cline family of Berea, Tennessee awoke to the sound of dogs barking. Looking out, they saw an object that rose from the ground above some trees. Something humanoid with an oversized head was next seen crossing the road. Landing gear imprints were found at the site. (Sources: Pulaski (TN) Citizen, October 24, 1973; W. A Darbro & Stanley L. Ingram, Unidentified Flying Objects Over the Tennessee, p. 54; David F. Webb, 1973: The Year of the Humanoids, case 73-18; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II: A Thirty Year Report, p. 342).

1973 - At just before 11:00 p.m. a mass of lights approached Boulder, Colorado from high overhead, flying at a steady speed. Strung out of the bottom were a series of lights divided into thirds. (Source: APRO Bulletin, May-June 1976, p. 3).

1974 - A metallic domed disc-shaped object came to within a quarter of a mile of a pickup truck being driven by an astronomer in Cloudcroft, New Mexico at 4:10 p.m. The engine of the truck stalled but the tape deck continued operating. The saucer curved up into the sky over the next 8-10 seconds, after which the engine functioned normally again. (Source: Peter Sturrock, Report on a Survey of the Membership of the American Astronomical Society Concerning the UFO Problem, p. 130).

1974 - In Farmington, West Virginia a witness with binoculars watched a dark object with four red lights around the rim at 8:30 p.m., presumed to be disc shaped. The object moved slowly at treetop level, and appeared to be searching the woods. (Source: Bob Teets, West Virginia UFOs: Close Encounters in the Mountain State, p. 94).

1977 - Starting at around six o'clock in the evening a bright pulsating light flew alonside a Soviet airliner for 24 minutes as it flew over Ryazan, Russia. (Source: Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 41).

1983 - An egg-shaped UFO with a one blunt end and one round end and two large spotlights hovered low over a roadway four miles south of Cochrane, Ontario at 6:30 a.m. It made no sound. (Source: Doris Graziano, APRO Bulletin, May 1984, p. 8).

1989 - A figure with two eyes and a broad mouth stood inside a glowing ovoid UFO wth two landing gear in Voronezh, Russia. A horizontal "H" symbol or insignia was seen on the craft. (Sources: Jacques Vallee, UFO Chronicles of the Soviet Union: A Cosmic Samizdat, p. 13; John Wallace Spencer, World Atlas of UFOs, p. 140).

1989 - On this evening 16-year-old Hatawa Barinova was returning home on her moped from trade school in Mayskiy, Kabardino-Balkariya Republic, North Caucasus, Russia. Suddenly she heard in her head a low pitched, mechanical, monotone voice that clearly said, “Sit down quietly!” She looked up and saw a thin transparent “grid”, resembling polyethylene, falling over her. Beams of light emanated from each polygon. The grid-like net began to control the moped, covering the witness from all sides. She felt a compression in her head and her breathing became shallow, and soon both she and her moped began to rise in the air. She started screaming for her mother, but her voice sounded like an echo inside a “barrel.” When she tried to jump from the moped she momentarily grasped the luminous grid and received a mild electrical discharge. Through the grid she saw her aunt Galya approaching and yelling something; she could see her lips moving but heard nothing. Her aunt, along with her aunt's husband, managed to grab the terrified girl and pull her away to safety as the grid rose upwards and disappeared. She was taken home where she was treated for burns to her hands and fingers. Around the same time other locals had spotted a large luminous sphere hovering above approximately the same location. (Sources:Jacques Vallee, UFO Chronicles of the Soviet Union: A Cosmic Samizdat, p. 36; Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1989, citing UFOZONE Russia).

1990 - In Bristol, England three witnesses watched a delta-shaped object surrounded by an orange glow at 8:00 p.m. At 10:00 p.m. two disc-shaped objects were seen over highway A835 in Saddleworth Moor, England. The object shone a spotlight into one of the cars of the witnesses. There were three separate reports of the disc. (Source: Timothy Good, The UFO Report 1992, p. 133).

1990 - An object with hazy edges zig-zagged over a residential area in Ferin, Nord, France. It was invisible between jumps. It flew in a trajectory from northwest to south-southeast. (Source: Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue 304).

1994 - Dogs alerted witnesses to the presence in the sky of three white lights in a row between Custer and Hot Springs, South Dakota,  which shift to a triangle configuration, then back to a row again before lost from sight. Each light strobed in sequence. The configuration was about 600 feet across, at an estimated altitude of 1,000 feet and a speed of 100 mph. (Source: MUFON investigation files, case 941201S, field investigator Davina M. Ryszka; MUFON UFO Journal, January 1995, p. 16).

1995 - A large orange ovoid object moved fast in the sky over Huntington, West Virginia at 8:00 p.m. It hovered, then moved erratically. There were two witnesses. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle).

2000 - At 8:55 p.m. a couple stopped their car at Jones Beach, New York to watch two large diamond-shaped objects approach from the ocean and land on the beach. A red beam of light engulfed the car, and they couldn't start it or open the doors. When the light changes to blue, the car is buffeted around. (Source: UFO Magazine (USA), February 2001, p. 29).

2006 - A man and his son saw several dull white objects flying in a triangular formation over Aldergrove, British Columbia, Canada at 8:30 p.m., travelling fast at high altitude. (Source: Geoff Dittman, 2006 Canadian UFO Survey, case 659).

2006 - Two triangular objects, lit up by three main lights and other lights in between, flew over Pampa, Texas at 11:00 p.m. heading east. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seatte, October 2006 webpage, report uploaded October 20, 2006)

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 25 August 2009).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: aircraft UFO encounters; animal reactions: dogs barking, cows and horse panic and run; changing colors; buzzing sounds; disc-shaped UFOs; electric shock; EM vehicle electrical system interference; landings with landing traces; multi-year reports from England and France; ovoid UFOs; paralysis; physiological effects; red UFOs; roaring noise; sensation of cold; short humanoids; silent UFOs; spherical UFOs; transparent UFO; triangular UFOs; vertical ascent.

© Donald A. Johnson