On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 October 23

1822 - On this day in Berlin, Germany Astronomer Pastorff watched two disc pass in front of the face of the Sun. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case no. 81).

1949 - In Norwood, Hamilton County, Ohio outside of Cincinnati a black-and-white motion picture film was made showing a large disc-shaped craft hovering in a searchlight beam; it emitted five triangular or delta-shaped objects. The entire event began at 7:15 p.m., lasted over 210 minutes, and was witnessed by more than 50 people.  (Sources: Leonard H. Stringfield, Inside Saucer Post...3-0 Blue, p. 72; Richard Hall, The UFO Evidence, p. 88).

1950 - A retired USAF pilot watched a metallic blimp with three portholes hover for five seconds over Bonlee, North Carolina. He lost sight of it but saw it again after 40 seconds. (Source: Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics, case no. 824).

1954 - At one o'clock in the morning two persons in a car saw an object resting by the side of the road in San Giovanni Vesuviano, Italy. They stopped and walked toward the craft, which was two meters in diameter. As they approached it suddenly changed its clear light into a red glow and took off. (Source: Il Tempo, October 23, 1954; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 237, case 302).

1954 - At 1:30 a.m. EDT in Cincinnati, Ohio a witness heard his radio shriek and his dog began barking. He looked out and saw a huge silent red disc surrounded by halo circles. (Source: Leonard Stringfield, CRIFO Newsletter, December 1954, p. 5).

1954 - A farmer named Carmelo Papotto in Tripoli, Libya saw a flying craft descend to ground level at 3:00 a.m. It hovered about 50 meters away, making a sound like that of an air compressor. It was an egg-shaped machine with six wheels and complex machinery. The top half was transparent and flooded with a bright white light. Aboard were six men in yellowish coveralls; they looked human and had on facemasks. When he touched part of the craft he got a strong electric shock. One of the occupants motioned for him to stay away. For the next twenty minutes the witness was able to observe the six men, apparently busy with their instruments. Reliable investigations were made. (Sources: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 237, case 303; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1954-113).

1954 - At 5:10 a.m. a brilliant crescent-shaped object landed in Ernemont, France. Three shadowy figures exited the object and went in different directions. This was followed by a power outage. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case 4044).

1954 - On this afternoon baker M. Lelu was in his vehicle on Route 101 in Trondes, France and had come to a bend on the road when he spotted two phosphorescent points of light near a glade. He approached the area, thinking it was another car, when he saw a tall blond haired man standing immobile in a nearby field. Thinking that the figure might be an extraterrestrial he drove away from the area in order to get additional witnesses. Later, the harassed owner of the field claimed that the mysterious blond figure was merely a Polish farmer, but this was never confirmed. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1954, citing Raoul Robe, Regional Catalogue).

1954 -Mrs. Boeuf was coming out of her farmhouse in the evening in St. Hilaire-des-Loges, Vendee, France when she saw a luminous disc hovering in the sky and called to her family. When everyone saw the object come closer they locked all the doors and spent a sleepless night inside. They did not observe the object's departure, but noticed an unnatural silence that pervaded the area. (Sources: France-Soir, October 26, 1954; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 237, case 301).

1954 - That same night a big, bifurcated "black radish" shaped creature was seen walking around Wittenheim, Haut-Rhin department, France. Mr. Muller, a policeman, saw the being in his garden. There were three other witnesses. (Sources: Paris Radar, October 31, 1954; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1954-114).

1957 - Strands of "angel hair" as long as fifty feet fell over a 110 mile-long area from Portales to Hobbs, New Mexico. (Source: Civilian Saucer Intelligence-New York).

1959 - A strange buzzing sound was heard when a luminous saucer-shaped object flew over Cordoba, Argentina at 8:00 p.m. It flew off to the northwest. (Source: APRO Bulletin, November 1959).

1965 - James Townsend, age 19, a radio announcer for KEYL Radio, had a close encounter with a UFO and three creatures at about 7:15 p.m. on a road about four miles east of Long Prairie, Minnesota. As he was driving around a curve in the road he saw an upright, rocket-like object straddling the road. It was about 30 or 40 feet high and about 10 feet in diameter, resting on legs or fins. His car engine stalled, the lights and radio went out, and he slammed on the brakes and stopped twenty feet in front of it. His first thought was to knock it over with the car so he would have some evidence, but the engine had already stalled. Then he got out with the idea of trying to push it over by hand.

"When I got to the front of my car, three creatures that looked like individual tin cans on tripods, and were six inches tall, came from behind the rocket. They didn't have eyes that I could see, but I knew they were looking at me. I stopped. I didn't have any desire to get closer. There was no sound--just dead silence. It seemed like ages as we looked at each other. Then they went up into the rocket, which had a bright colorless light glowing out of the bottom. There was a loud hum. The rocket went up and disappeared. When the light on the bottom went out after it was in the air, my car radio and light came on, and my engine started without having to touch the starter."

Townsend said his car had an automatic transmission and he had placed the selector lever in "park." Townsend said his heart was pounding and his legs were like rubber. He drove at high speed back to Long Prairie to report his close encounter. Townsend said the craft took off, looking "just like a flashlight that is turned on and then lifted up from the table with the light at the bottom." That night several hunters in the Long Prairie area claimed to have seen a strong light above them that lit up the ground. Other hunters reported seeing a lighted object circle around and around in the sky over their farm. (Sources: Bob Gribble, Looking Back October 1965, National UFO Reporting Center website; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 712, citing Flying Saucer Review).

1966 - In Adelaide, South Australia at 2:30 a.m. a bright oval-shaped object with a cone shape beneath it hung stationary in the sky at 20-degrees elevation above the horizon. It glowed a bright orange-yellow color. A "sodium-light" yellow colored object flew toward the northeast over Burnside, South Australia at 8:25 p.m. After four minutes of flight it slowed down and turned toward the north. It descended, gained speed and was gone by 8:35 p.m. (Source: Michael Hervey, UFOs over the Southern Hemisphere, p. 177).

1969 - A dark or invisible object with lights fore and aft hovered over the beach at Highcliffe, England at night. It turned and flew away. (FSR, March 1970, p. 31).

1972 - An odd humming sound was heard in Balboa Park in San Diego, California. Although he couldn't see anything, the witness took photographs of a canyon in the direction from which the noise originated. On the developed photographs there was an image of an ovoid object. (Source: Contact UK; UFO Register, volume 9, 1978).

1972 - At around 6 p.m. a yellow and red bullet-shaped UFO approached an airliner that was flying 160 miles northeast of Churchill, Manitoba. There was a very intense beam coming from in front of the object. and exhaust with orange sparks coming from the rear. The airliner's radio failed to work during the encounter. Finally, a fog appeared from nowhere, obscuring the object. There were 15 witnesses, including 40-year-old Daryl Brown. The encounter lasted three minutes. (Source: UNICAT database, case #492, citing Jeff Holt, UFO Quebec).

1973 - In the morning in Russell Springs, Kentucky a woman encountered two three-foot tall, reddish-skinned humanoids who were near her house. The beings were first seen in her carport, and they walked around the side of the house and entered a washtub-shaped craft sitting on the ground, which then rose over the house and disappeared. The little men were reddish and walked as if on tiptoes. The ground was disturbed where the craft had been sitting. (Sources: Russell Springs (KY) Times Journal, October 24, 1973; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1973-57; David F. Webb, 1973, The Year of The Humanoids; Ted Phillips, Physical Traces Associated with UFO Sightings, p. 95; Richard Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II: A Thirty-Year Report, p. 344).

1973 - Angel hair residue fell on Midway, Texas and was analyzed by the University of Texas. The residue was consistent with Dictyna spider web, but the sample did contain some rare elements such as zinc and lanthanum, so it could have resulted from the mixture of crebellate spider web with some other mystery substance. (Source: International UFO Reporter, October 2001, p. 14).

1973 - On this night near Dobson, North Carolina David Simpson's car engine stopped and the headlights went out when an oval-shaped UFO, 12 feet wide by 8 feet high, landed near his car. A humanoid with eyes "like balls of fire" peered through his window. Afterwards the car's engine and lights came back on spontaneously without his having to touch the ignition switch. (Source: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1973-58; David F. Webb, 1973, The Year of The Humanoids).

1975 - At 9:00 p.m. a cigar-shaped object flew low over a car in Fairfield, Ohio. It extended a rod with four small orange balls at the tip. In York, Pennsylvania four orange lights in a delta formation traveled slowly and silently over the city. At 9:45 p.m. two UFO witnesses in Phoenix, Maryland experienced an episode of missing time. (Sources: J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies case investigation files; George Eberhart, A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies, p. 796).

1978 - At an open-air motion picture film showing in Kansu Province in China, several Chinese Air Force pilots sighted a large, bright rectangular object at an estimated 21,000-foot altitude. They watched it for two to three minutes. They said it carried intensely bright lights. (Source: FSR, March 1983, p. 24).

1978 - Two photographs were taken at night of an object shaped like a "priest's hat" in Pescara, Italy. It had a very brilliant center with crab-colored edges. (Source: UFO Newsclipping Service, February 1979, p. 15).

1980 - A high school band was holding practice in the evening at a playing field between Clifton and Morenci, Arizona. They sighted a string of lights shaped in a triangular pattern hovering above them. It would move and stop, then move and stop again. At 8:55 p.m. in Morenci, Arizona a crew of maintenance workers at a copper smelting plant saw a UFO with 12 red lights and a big searchlight on the front. (Source: Philip Imbrogno, Contact of the 5th Kind, pp. 21-22).

1984 - At 8:30 p.m. a disc-shaped object with an amber light on the bottom and red lights in a circle on top of the disc buzzed a witness driving in a car north of Tyrone, Pennsylvania. (Source: APRO Bulletin, January 1986, p. 8).

1987 - Danny Gordon and two friends were driving out from Wytheville toward Fort Chiswell, Virginia on Interstate 81 at 7:30 p.m. looking for UFOs that had been sighted in the area. They saw a large V-shaped object make a 90-degree turn over the highway. It flew silently overhead, changing light colors as if signaling the witnesses. (Source: Danny Gordon, Don't Look Up: The real story behind the Virginia UFO sightings, p. 54).

1992 - Motorists pulled off road to watch yellow ball of light at 12:45 a.m. west of Lake San Marcos in San Diego County, California. The nocturnal light hovered over the road for two minutes, then shot straight up. (Source: UFO Newsclipping Service, January 1993).

1993 - When Kelly Cahill awoke at 4:30 a.m. in her bed in Gippsland, Victoria, Australia she saw a dark, seven foot tall slender being, that appeared to be naked, leaning over her with its head near Kelly's stomach, as if about to kiss her navel. She screamed, it startled, jumped back, and then vanished. The being had a head much larger than normal, long thin arms and an out of proportion abdomen in relation to its thin frame. (Sources: Kelly Cahill, Encounter, p. 170; Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1993, case # 1886, citing Bill Chalker, International UFO Reporter, Vol. 19, # 5).

1997 - A dark, gray cylindrical object about 100 meters wide and 40 meters tall was seen 20 miles away from Billings, Montana at 4:30 p.m. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle).

1999 - Several glowing silver orbs hovered over the Yorkshire moors near Keighley, West Yorkshire, England. They were the color of silver ball-bearings with rings of lights. (Source: UFO Magazine, January 2000, p. 13).

1999 - In Haywood, California at shortly after 9:00 p.m. a vertical column with three lights in a line moved silently across the sky. It disappeared behind a cloud and did not reappear on the other side. (Source:Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, October 1999 webpage).

2002 - In Woodbridge, Suffolk, England a large silver triangle-shaped object was sighted at 7:04 a.m., which then changed shape. It was clouded in a pink and green haze. (Source: British Ministry of Defence case files, case 2002-077).

2003 - At 10:48 p.m. the pilot, co-pilot, load master, and flight engineer onboard an Airbus 310-200 cargo flight flying over Slane, Ireland saw a glaring red UFO accelerate, shoot vertically, and then disappear from sight at 7000 feet altitude. Twenty-seven minutes later a KLM 747-400 flying 38 nautical miles off the west coast of Ireland at 41,000 feet was paced by a bright red UFO. It stopped mid-air at the same altitude as the Dutch airliner, copied the 747's maneuvers, and then over Sligo changed course and sped away. (Source: Dermot Butler, Conspiracy of Silence: UFOs in Ireland, pp. 44 & 45).

2007 - A triangular craft hovered right above a house in Williamsville, Niagara County, New York for 20 seconds. The homeowner reported that it looked like it was searching for something. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, October 2007 webpage, report uploaded March 4, 2008).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 28 August 2009).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: bullet or cigar-shaped UFOs; disc-shaped UFOs; EM ignition interference effects; landings; luminous UFOs; multi-year reports from North Carolina, Ohio, and San Diego, California; orange UFOs; ovoid UFOs; rocket-shaped UFOs; small tin can shaped robots; tall dark humanoid; unnatural silence (OZ effect); vertical cigar; vertical ascent.

© Donald A. Johnson