On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 October 13

1917 - Approximately 70,000 people crowded the fields surrounding the Cova da Iria, a grotto in Fatima, Portugal to witness a promised miracle. Miraculous events and apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary had been occurring monthly on the 13th of every month since three children--Lucia, Jesus and Marto-- had first met a mysterious lady in blue there in May. Not many of those in the crowd, even those close to the three children, were able to witness the apparition of the Lady on this day, but it is reported that everyone present saw "something." The most common description was of a "gyrating sun" that became a silver disc, and emitted bright rainbow shafts of light, changing colors in succession from red to violet to blue to yellow. The flat silver disc plunged downward toward earth in a zigzag fashion. Catholics present interpreted these events as a sign from God, and the religious event was later sanctioned as a miracle by the Roman Catholic Church. The prophesies revealed that day have been kept secret by the Vatican, but reportedly involve the assassination of "the last Pope." (Sources: Richard H. Hall, From Airships to Arnold: A Preliminary Catalogue of UFO Reports in the Early 20th Century (1900-1946), p. 12; John A. Keel, Operation Trojan Horse, p. 259; Jacques Vallee, Anatomy of a Phenomenon, p. 149; Jacques Vallee, The Invisible College, p. 143).

1953 - Four maneuvering, nocturnal UFOs and the fall of "angel hair" was reported to have occurred in Pleasant Hill, California this night. (Source: Harold Wilkins, Flying Saucers Uncensored, p. 201).

1954 - At 10:05 a.m. a weather observer in Nouasseur, French Morocco, following a balloon in his theodolite, saw a round, flat, silver object fly straight and level. (Don Berliner, Project Blue Book Unknowns).

1954 - At 4:30 p.m. in Graulhet, Tarn department, France, numerous witnesses consistently reported that a white object flew southward at full speed without leaving a vapor trail and then exploded. At the same time a circular object, much smaller and silvery, seemed to spurt out of the mass of debris and continue straight toward the south. The burst of fragments scattered throughout the sky and fell gently down like shreds of paper or cloth. The debris, which resembled silvery filaments clinging together like cobwebs, "wilted away" when handled. This volatile "angel hair" dropped by UFOs, usually in the month of October, has been described many times since 1947. (Source: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 170).

1954 - Three hours later in Crocq, France, at Donjon de Montlaur, J. Dubois and four other witnesses saw a round craft maneuver, giving off a blinding light. It had some openings or portholes, and seemed to come down and land far away from them. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, p. 227).

1954 - On that same night Messrs. Olivier and Perano and a third man in Bourrasole, France saw a reddish disc about 4 meters in diameter with a small humanoid close by. The being stood about 1.2 meters (5 feet) tall, wearing a diving suit. "His head was large with respect to the rest of the body and he had two enormous eyes. The suit was bright and shiny like glass." The Disc was surrounded by a sort of misty glow. One of the witnesses came within 20 meters of it and found himself paralyzed. The craft took off, throwing the man who stood closest to the ground, and rose into the sky very fast. (Sources: La Croix, October 16, 1954; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, p. 227).

1957 - On this night Antonio Villas Boas witnessed a UFO making complex maneuvers in the sky above his family's farmhouse in Sao Francisco de Sales, Brazil. This is three nights prior to his famous abduction experience, which occurred in the early morning hours of October 16. (Source: Olavo T. Fontes, APRO Bulletin, July 1966, p. 5).

1967 - On this day in Le Mas, France (Lozere department) at 12:45 p.m., a young woman saw three small beings dressed in copper-red suits. Other observers saw only a compass needle deviate and a brief apparition of a line of six luminous discs. (Source: David F. Webb and Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of humanoid reports, citing Lumieres dans la Nuit, January 1968, p. 19).

1969 - At 10:00 p.m. a round object flew over Vancouver, British Columbia. The witness reported seeing several men inside. (Source: John Brent Musgrave, UFO Occupants and Critters, p. 49).

1971 - In the afternoon in Kladar, Bosnia (then part of Yugoslavia) a cloud of dense "flying smoke" one kilometer long and 1 meter wide moved in an undulating wave across the sky. (Source: Awareness, October 1977, p. 10, citing J. Bernard Delair, UFO Register, volume 3, 1972, case no. 121).

1972 - At 2:30 a.m., in the old part of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sr. Joaquin Mercado and his wife watched a triangular formation of lights move back and forth in the sky from the terrace of their apartment. In the early morning of the same day, twenty hospital employees of the Aguadilla Hospital and others saw several UFOs maneuvering in the skies. The hospital supervisor, Sra. Rosa G. de Castro, told reporters that she had seen the dish-shaped objects, with a cone on the upper part, very clearly. They had lights rotating around their peripheries. At one point she saw something shoot out from one of them towards the ground, and then come back up again. (Source: Gordon Creighton, FSR Case Histories, December 1973, pp. 11-14).

1973 - Photographs of nighttime lights and objects were taken in Tennessee and West Virginia, in the midst of the largest wave of UFO sightings since 1967. In Elkhorn, West Virginia a photograph was taken of a huge object, flashing regularly every one-third of second, which flew toward the southeast. (Source: Ted Spickler, MUFON UFO Journal, June 1977, p. 3).
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1983 - In Gaffney, South Carolina, a married couple awoke at 12:30 a.m. to the sound of a siren, then witnessed a glowing orange-yellow UFO only twenty feet above their neighbor's house. Dogs barked. The UFO, estimated as the size of Winnebago, had two beams of light coming from the bottom. It crossed some power lines and headed to the east toward the nuclear power plant. (Sources: George D. Fawcett case investigations file; UFO Magazine, June 1990, p. 33).

1989 - Several UFO sightings and a report of humanoids occurred during this day. At 10:20 a.m. in Langenburg, Saskatchewan, Canada a silver disc hovered over a garage, moved away to the north, then came back to hover over a barn. A 22-year-old man out driving to meet a friend in the city of Pensacola, Florida at 8:30 p.m. saw a white, rectangular object hovering near the approaching intersection. He lost sight of it when he drove through the intersection because some trees blocked his view. In Welch, Oklahoma a family of six out driving in the evening on US Route 59 south of town saw two UFOs and two nine-foot-tall luminous green beings, near a disc-shaped object blocking the road. (Sources: Timothy Good, The UFO Report 1991, p. 231; Rex and Carol Salisberry, MUFON case investigations file, case # 891007E; UFO Magazine, June 1990, p. 31).

1997, near Gundagai, New South Wales -- On this Monday at approximately 6 p.m. a married couple were traveling by car to Victoria along the Hume Freeway. The weather was clear and there were no clouds in the sky. It was warm and previously there had been a strong north wind, but it had subsided. The witnesses were traveling toward the west and were approximately 100 kilometers north of Gundagai, Australia. As they came over the top of a hill, they noticed a light directly in front of them at about 25 to 30 degrees above the horizon and to the left of the first object. Neither object appeared to be moving.

They watched the objects for the next 30 minutes while driving toward the objects. The distance to the objects had decreased to approximately one mile. They were then able to see that one was triangular and the other was a sphere with a ring around it. The objects began to throw flames from underneath, similar to rockets, although at first neither seemed to move. They stopped the car and got out and the UFOs started to move. The higher object was moving away much faster than the lower one.

The witnesses got out their camera and took three photographs as the UFOs moved higher into the sky. The top object veered to the right while the lower one veered left. They remained lit by the sun while the witnesses were already in the gathering darkness. Both objects turned into black balls as the flames were emitted and remained that way. The total observation time was approximately 45 minutes. The photographs showed many details. The RAAF and Australian Army provided information that discounts the possibilities that these objects were jets, missiles or rockets. (Source: James Owen case investigation files, Victorian UFO Research Society website).

1997 - On the same day as the Australian sighting, four lights in a row approached a car from behind, being driven by a 30-year-old woman at 8:30 p.m. in Struthers, Scotland. The witness drove at speeds of 90 miles per hour in an attempt to get away, and she does not remember how she got past a sharp bend in road. Possible missing time of about ten minutes. (Source: Ron Halliday, UFO Scotland: The Secret History of Scotland's UFO Phenomenon, p. 156).

2000 - At 12:30 a.m. a multicolored UFO zigzagged around the sky over Kelowna, British Columbia and made a loud rumbling noise. (Source: Geoff Dittman, Canadian UFO Survey 2000, citing UFOBC case investigation files).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised August 31, 2009).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: Angel hair residue, disc-shaped UFOs, maneuvers, Saturn-shaped UFOs, smoke or cloud, triangular UFOs, photographs, short humanoids with large heads, very tall humanoids, shiny diver suits, luminous green suits, zigzag motion.

© Donald A. Johnson