On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 October 17

1952 - At 12:50 a.m. in Oloron-Sainte-Marie, Alpes-Maritimes, France a whitish cylinder-shaped UFO hovered at a 45 degree angle in the sky with 30 other UFOs in front of it. Through binoculars the small objects were made out to be red spheres with a yellow ring around them. Angel hair filament material fell to the ground. The fibers resembled wool or nylon strands, except when balled together became gelatinous, and sublimed. (Source: Aime Michel, The Truth About Flying Saucers, p. 153; Richard Hall, The UFO Evidence, p. 100; Jacques Vallee, Anatomy of a Phenomenon, p. 62; Roberto Pinotti, FSR, May-June1970, p. 7; UNICAT, case 641)

At 9:15 p.m. in Taos, New Mexico four USAF officers observed a round, bright blue light moved from north to northeast at an elevation of 45 degrees for 2-3 seconds and then burnt out. (Source: Don Berliner, Project Bluebook UFO Unknowns).

1952 - In Killeen, Texas two ministers, Reverends Greenwalt and Kluck, sighted ten lights, or a rectangle of lights, moving more or less straight and level through the sky for 5 seconds at 10:15 p.m. (Source: Don Berliner, Project Bluebook UFO Unknowns).

1952 - At 11:00 p.m. in Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico a military witness sighted what looked like a white streamer move in an arc through the sky at an estimated 3,000 mph. The sighting lasted for 20 seconds. (Source: Don Berliner, Project Bluebook UFO Unknowns).

1954 - Leon B., a city councilor in St-Cyr-sur-Mer, France saw a circular, orange craft take off from the ground. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 232).

1954 - Manuel Madeira saw a landed object while out hunting in O Alvito, Portugal. It took off and flew away as he approached it, rose quickly into the sky, and was lost to sight. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 232, case 278).

1954 - In Cabasson, France a 65-year-old man was hunting with his dog at 2:30 p.m. near the junction of the Brillance Canal and the Durance River. He saw a gray object, about four meters long and one meter high on the ground and 40 meters away. It had a dome from which two helmeted figures emerged. The witness fled, but his dog started toward the object. The dog soon retreated, walking awkwardly as if partially paralyzed. (Sources: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 232, case 279; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case # A0310).

1954 - A man was returning from fishing along the canal at Reims, Marne, France in the earlty evening when he saw a brightly lit cigar-shaped object resting on the grass near the canal. As he approached he saw it was about 26 feet long and 7 feet high. From one end came “phosphorescent” lights, which reflected on the metallic hull of the object. A door appeared from which emerged three hairy dwarves, about 3 feet 9 inches tall, walking “crab-wise,” or sideways. Then an even smaller being, a little more than a meter tall appeared, whose lower legs appeared transparent. The witness tried to get closer, but the beings rushed back inside the object at surprising speed. Just then the witness was paralyzed by a red beam of light coming from a porthole in the craft, which turned yellow. The object took off and flew rapidly towards Tinquex. The witness was then able to recover his freedom of movement. (Sources: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case # 1954-31 (A0340); Jean Sider, Dossier 1954 et l'Imposture Rationaliste, p. 206).

1954 - At 8:30 p.m. three witnesses in Dole Gray, Jura department, France reported watching a luminous object maneuver in the sky, changing colors for ten minutes. Each color lasted several minutes. It finally shot away at high speed. (Source: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 187).

1954 -At 8:30 p.m. in Varigney, Haute-Saone department, France several witnesses, among them policeman Beuclair, saw a bright red dome-shaped object descend to ground level 20 meters away. The underside displayed red and white lights. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 188; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 232, case 280; Thomas M. Olsen, The Reference for Outstanding UFO Reports, case 56).

1954 - At 7:20 p.m. a luminous orb descended over Naples, Italy. It stopped and hovered just five meters above the ground. It rose again, then flew away to the north, generating a great deal of national excitement and press coverage. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 3977).

1954 - Cape Massulo, Italy. On the Isle of Capri an artist, Raffael Castelle, saw a disc five meters in diameter land on the property of Curzio Malaparte on this night. Upon approaching it he discovered it was not a helicopter as he first thought, and he saw four dwarfs wearing coveralls emerge from it. After 30 minutes the craft made a soft whirring sound and rose vertically, leaving blue sparks. (Sources: France Soir, October 20, 1954; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 232-233, case # 281; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case # 1954-103 (A0311) ).

1954 - At 10:00 p.m. several people in the town of Ascoli Pisceno, Marche, Italy witnessed an umbrella-shaped disc that slowed down, then shot straight up vertically. (Source: Maurizio Verga, ITACAT, citing Voce Adriatic).

1965 - A domed, disc-shaped object with red lights around the edge zig-zagged below the clouds in Tully, Queensland, Australia on this day. It had landing gear displayed underneath. At 7:45 p.m. a Mr. Cock witnessed a flight of seven UFOs which passed overhead, then circled the city of Cairns, Queensland. They did not keep in a perfect line, but 1-2 dropped out of place from time to time. They flew off to the west. (Source:  Michael Hervey, UFOs over the Southern Hemisphere, p. 152, 155).

1965 - At 7:15 p.m. a couple saw four disc-shaped objects flying in a half wing formation pass over La Jolla, California.  (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, report uploaded April 16, 2005).

1966 - Two bright red lights with dim bluish white lights in between, which moved as if attached to one object, passed directly overhead in Chelmsford, Massachusetts at 9:05 p.m. (Source: Raymond E. Folwer, UFOs:  Interplanetary Visitors, p. 342).

1967 - On this day in Shillong, India an object at 500 feet altitude swooped down to ground level and damaged vegetation, then "sucked and churned the water" over a pond. It finally sped off. There were many witnesses to the event. (Source: Ivan T. Sanderson, Invisible Residents, p. 228).

1967 - At 10:00 p.m. a large orange ball hovered over a corral in Roosevelt, Utah. In a few minutes it was joined by a second one. They left together flying to the east and out of sight. (Source: Frank B. Salisbury, The Utah UFO Display, Appendix case 54).

1970 - A very large, shiny ovoid object like a giant mirror in the sky was observed for a few seconds over Castel, South Guernsey Island, The Channel Islands, Great Britain. It rapidly shrank down to a small ball and vanished. The sky then turned pink. There were three witnesses in their twenties, named Gavey and Page. The sighting lasted several seconds. (Sources: Guernsey Evening Post, October 19, 1970; FSR, January-February 1971, p. 32).

1971 - Two boys in Leicester, England reported that they witnessed an object in the sky that bobbed up-and-down starting at 6:30 p.m. It turned red in color when it ascended, then turned white when it descended. When white it was so bright it hurt their eyes. They watched for 10 minutes before it went behind a tree. (Source: Mrs. K. Smith, BUFORA Journal, July 1972, p. 28).

1973 - There are 113 cases recorded in the UFOCAT database of UFO reports and close encounters on this day and night. There was one from Sweden and two from England, and the rest were from the United States. The common perception was that the UFO wave was concentrated in the South and the Midwestern States, but there were 10 reports from California including six close encounters. The state with the most reports was Tennessee, with 16, followed by Ohio, with 15. Robert Gribble's UFO Reporting Center in Seattle, Washington received many reports, including a landing report with traces in Uniontown, Ohio at 7 p.m. and a vehicle interference CE-II report from Midland, Ohio at 8:30 p.m. At 7 p.m. CDT a car was also pursued south of Memphis, Tennessee by a metallic UFO emitting a beam of light. There were also aircraft UFO close encounters over Anaheim, California at 2 p.m.; Shreveport, Louisiana on this evening; and Johnson City, Tennessee at 9 p.m. Below are some of the most significant close encounters including humanoid reports, contacts, and abductions.

1973 - Shortly after midnight Pat Roach and her children Bonnie and Debbie were abducted and taken aboard a UFO in Lehi, Utah. They experienced 45 minutes of missing time; they found they had pin-prick like marks in a triangle on their arms, and recalled going through physical examinations. Debbie was ill at the time, and reportedly was healed as a result of her abduction experience. (Sources: John F. Schuessler, UFO-Related Human Physiological Effects, p. 57; Coral & Jim Lorenzen, Encounters with UFO Occupants, p. 340, based on investigation by James Harder).

1973 - At three o'clock in the morning a woman in Pikesville, Maryland was awakened by a sound like an explosion. She heard a loud humming sound, walked out onto her front porch. There she saw a red, transparent ovoid object, 15 feet long and 6-8 feet high. On top was a bubble. Inside she saw a human figure standing up. Eighteen hours later, at 9 p.m. in Warner Robins, Georgia a cigar-shaped object chased a vehicle, making a humming sound. (Source: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1973-38; David F. Webb, 1973: The Year of The Humanoids).

1973 - At 5:40 a.m. near Crooked Mountain, Pennsylvania a small circular object with rotating lights hovered over a car being driven by a 47-year-old man. It caused the interior of the car to heat up. The car spun around 180 degrees although the driver had not turned the steering wheel. (Sources: Mark Rodeghier, UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, p. 58; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II. A Thirty Year Report, p. 274).

1973 - A circular, copper-colored UFO hovered just off the ground in Watauga, Tennessee on this afternoon while a six foot tall being reached out of a doorway and tried to grab two children. It had two claw-like hands and blinking eyes. At least six other reports of UFOs came from the same area on the same day. (Source: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1973-40; David F. Webb, 1973: The Year of The Humanoids).

1973 - On this evening a silver colored, oval-shaped object landed on US Route 29 near Danielsville, Georgia about 300 feet ahead of Paul Brown's car, forcing him to make an immediate stop. Two small 4 1/2 foot tall beings clad in silver suits and white gloves appeared underneath the UFO. They had reddish faces and white hair. When Mr. Brown stepped halfway out of his car with a gun in his hand the beings turned and re-entered the craft, which took off with a whooshing sound. Brown fired several shots at it with no apparent effect. (Source: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1973-42; David F. Webb, 1973: The Year of The Humanoids).

1973 - A 50 foot wide UFO hovered two to three feet above Highway 82 near Eupora, Mississippi at twilight, seemingly suspended on a "beam of light." The primary witness's car lights and engine died when it was 100 yards from the craft. Another car stopped just behind him. A second UFO hovered about 60 feet above the first, illuminating it with a light. Both craft were similar in appearance, like inverted cups, and had greenish blue flashing lights. A catfish like creature came out from the top of the lower UFO, holding onto a handrail. It had gray, fish-like skin, a wide mouth, one glowing eye, flipper like feet and webbing between its legs like a "flying squirrel." It had feather like objects on its back, which opened and closed when it moved. (Source: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1973-44; David F. Webb, 1973: The Year of The Humanoids).

1973 - Two men were driving on Route 23 toward New York City from work when they saw a large, round, silver craft hovering over a field near Wayne, New Jersey. The UFO landed, so they stopped and got out of their car. But then the driver then got scared and he decided to drive off. The other man stayed behind and conversed with seven human-like beings, four men and three women, who got out of the UFO. (Source: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1973-39; David F. Webb, 1973: The Year of The Humanoids).

1973 - Later this same night Police Chief Jeff Greenhaw of Falkville, Alabama photographed a 5 1/2 foot tall being in a crinkly looking silvery suit after investigating a reported UFO landing. The Chief stopped his car in the road and the thing moved slowly like a robot toward the car. When 10 feet away it turned and began running. The Chief pursued it in his patrol car, but the being accelerated and disappeared when the car spun off the road. "He was running in a very odd manner, from side to side, arms down to his sides, and it looked as if he had springs under his feet to propel him. He could take 10 feet in one leap." The photo is regarded by some UFO investigators as a hoax, as showing a man wrapped in aluminum foil. (Source: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1973-41; David F. Webb, 1973: The Year of The Humanoids).

1973 - Late on this night Clarence Patterson said he and his pickup truck were sucked up into a huge cigar-shaped object with a green light near Loxley, Alabama. He was pulled out of the truck by six robot-like beings that seemed to read his mind. The next thing he remembered he was back on the highway going about 90 mph in the truck. He may have been onboard for up to 30 minutes. A sulphur-like smell was noted during the encounter. (Source: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1973-43; David F. Webb, 1973: The Year of The Humanoids).

Akita, Japan Airport Golden Disc Sighting - 1976

Sketch of Akita, Japan UFO - 1975

1976 - At 10:40 a.m. at Akita Airport, Japan Captain Masara Saito, age 34, an airline pilot for Toa Airlines, situated in an airliner on the runway and preparing to takeoff, and the control tower observed a glowing yellow disc, like two plates rim-to-rim. It hovered to the south near the airport for five minutes, then flew away toward the sea. Over 50 people witnessed the UFO. The object was estimated to be 16 feet in diameter, at an estimated altitude of 1500 meters from the ground. "It was something I had never seen before," said Captain Saito. Tazawa Takumi, air traffic controller on duty, who observed the object through binoculars, said it looked like "two plates placed together, with the top one inverted." (Sources: Robert Gribble, MUFON UFO Journal, October 1991, p. 22; National Enquirer, January 4, 1977; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II. A Thirty Year Report, p. 134).

1977 - Uccle, Belgium. On this evening a blinding red nocturnal light hovered silently for an hour. Then it went to the west, turned to the north, and had two more nocturnal lights circling it. (Sources: International UFO Reporter, March 1978, p. 2; Richard F. Haines, Project Delta, p. 191, UNICAT, case # 176).

1981 - Abel Boro was hunting with his friend Ribamar Ferreira in the rain forest in Matoes, near Parnarama, Maranhao State, Brazil when they saw a bright star that descended and hovered over the two terrified men, focusing its light on Boro. He climbed a tree and Ferreira ran away. The object hovered over the tree, spinning around and doing something bad to Boro, who was shaking with fear. His body was glittering. When Ferreira came back with help, Boro was dead; his body was all white and he reportedly didn't have a drop of blood left in him. (Sources: John F. Schuessler, UFO-Related Human Physiological Effects, p. 95; National Enquirer, December 29, 1981; FSR, March 1989; Jacques Vallee, Confrontations: A Scientist's Search for Alien Contact, p. 188).

1983 - At 6:50 p.m. an oyster-shaped object passed over a house at 2000 feet altitude in Bedhampton, Hampshire, England. It was described as silent, very bright, with five lights by the two witnesses, two men named Woods and Waters. (Source: Doris Graziano, APRO Bulletin, July 1984, p. 8).

1992 - At 4:00 p.m. a large green, vertical, cylindrical object with thin legs was sighted moving north between Chichester and Midhurst, West Sussex, England. It moved slowly at 30 mph at only 100 feet altitude. (Source: UFO Newsclipping Service, January 1993).

1993 - At 10:00 a.m. an eleven-year-old girl and her cousin saw a gray, saucer-shaped object  with lights on the bottom in Connersville, Indiana. Three lights emerged from a fog and circled a field for three minutes. (Source: T. David Spencer & Donald Worley, MUFON UFO Journal, January 1995, p. 16).

1999 - At 8:25 p.m. two cylinder-shaped crafts were seen maneuvering over a road near Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Two vehicles stalled as the objects approached and several of the witnesses felt dizzy in the presence of the objects. The objects were silver in color and highly polished. Each object had a row of about 13 yellow-orange lights. There was also a blue haze around one of the objects. Also, at least two silhouettes of humanoid beings with large heads were seen in each of the crafts. The eyes of the beings were red and fiery, and were like slits. The UFOs did not land, but hovered just above the ground. There was a sudden sound like thunder, and the objects abruptly vanished. Scorch marks were reported to be found on the ground near where the objects had hovered. (Sources: Albert S. Rosales, 1999 Humanoid Sighting Reports database, citing Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle).

2005 - In Welland, Niagara County, Ontario three witnesses reported seeing a bright white light at 7:00 p.m., which when it approached turned out to be a triangular craft with three lights on the bottom. It made no noise, and had red, blue and little white lights on it. The object rose up into the clouds. The sighting lasted 15-20 seconds. (Sources: Geoff Dittman, 2005 Canadian UFO Survey, case # 101; Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, October 2005 webpage, report uploaded October 20, 2005).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 19 October 2012).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: abductions; aircraft UFO encounters; angel hair residue; blue haze surrounding UFO; cigar-shaped or cylindrical UFOs; death caused by UFO; disc-shaped UFOs; domed UFOs; EM ignition interference effects: car engines and lights died; Grey UFOnauts with fiery red eyes; healing from UFO abduction; human-looking humanoids; humanoid with claws; humming sounds; levitation of car 180 degrees; missing time; multi-year reports from England; ovoid UFOs; physiological effects: dizziness, heat sensation, paralysis, and pin prick triangle marks on arms; red UFOs; robots; short humanoids; silvery suits; sulphur odor; triangular or delta shaped UFOs; UFOnauts wearing helmets; up-and-down bobbing motion; vertical ascent; zigzag maneuvers.

© Donald A. Johnson