On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 September 19

1947 - A Humble Oil geophysicist in Grand Isle, Louisiana was testing radar to detect bad weather at 5:30 p.m. when his radar detected a UFO shooting to the southwest at a speed greater than 1,000 mph for less than a minute. (Source: Jan Aldrich, Project 1947: A Preliminary Report on the 1947 UFO Sighting Wave, p. 43, citing Houston Press, March 24, 1950).

1952 - Five men in a RAF Meteor aircraft, including John W. Kilburn, were flying at 5,000 feet altitude over Dishforth, North York, England when they sighted a UFO at 1,000 feet above their plane at 10:53 a.m. They described it as round and silvery, and it changed shape to something more elliptical. It was solid looking, and it swung like a pendulum as it lost altitude. Ten British officers had just deplaned from Operation Mainbrace at Dishforth Aerodrome when they spotted the same UFO. It appeared as a white, round, glimmering circular object, followed by the RAF Meteor jet aircraft two miles back. The UFO lost altitude, and then fluttered like a leaf in a pendulum-like motion. (Sources: Aime Michel, The Truth About Flying Saucers, p. 136; UNICAT, case # 413; Thomas M. Olsen, The Reference for Outstanding UFO Reports, case # 24; Michael David Hall, Captain Edward J. Ruppelt: Summer of the Saucers - 1952, p. 194).

1954 - At 4:30 p.m. five women in Col du Beal, Puy-de-Dome, France saw a flat gray, metallic disc-shaped object that hovered for 30 seconds, then accelerated rapidly and flew away to the northwest. (Source: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 62). 

1954 - At 9:15 p.m. a policeman, Louis Moll, saw a bright light land on the heights in Oberdoff, Moselle department, France, then darken. The object was the size of a small bus. The light from the object became reddish, and he could see a black silhouetted figure moving around in front of it. After 40 seconds the object then rose up into the air again, and took on the appearance of a red ball. It flew off to the southeast. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 63; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1954-51 (A0250); Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 149).

1957 - A boomerang-shaped object bigger than a house was reported to have landed in Point Pleasant, New Jersey at 6:40 p.m. According to eyewitness accounts the grass had been flattened at the landing site. (Sources: Project Blue Book files; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 258).

1961 - In perhaps the most famous UFO abduction story ever reported, Betty and Barney Hill, a biracial married couple active in the Civil Rights movement, were driving home from Montreal to their home in Portsmouth, New Hampshire late on this evening. When they reached Colebrook they noticed a bright lighted object in the sky that seemed to be pacing their car, and they continued to observe it as the drove along a desolate section of U.S. Route 3 through the White Mountains. Around Indian Head, New Hamsphire they stopped by the side of the road to take a closer look, and saw through binoculars a lenticular object with a double row of portholes and half a dozen dark figures working at control panels inside. One of the occupants seemed to stare directly at them. They became frightened and drove away. A "beeping sound" enveloped their car, and they felt a prickling sensation before losing consciousness.

When they came to, they were driving near Ashland, New Hampshire. They arrived home in Portsmouth unable to account for about two hours. A series of nightmares and then a series of hypnosis sessions performed by a psychiatrist in Boston brought back memories of their abduction experience by the occupants of the UFO. They encountered six five-foot-tall entities with large eyes and heads. One acted as their guide or interpreter, and he communicated with them by telepathy. They were separated, stripped for a medical exam during which a needle was inserted in Betty Hill's navel and Barney's dentures were removed and examined. There was also a map of the stars seen at one point, and Betty asked to take an artifact as evidence of their experience, but was refused. (Sources: John Fuller, The Interrupted Journey, New York: Dial, 1966; Thomas M. Olsen, Reference for Outstanding UFO Reports, case 125; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 524; UNICAT, case 328).

Sketch of UFO seen by Betty and Barney Hill before their abduction near Lincoln, New Hampshire September 19, 1961

Sketch of UFO seen by Betty and Barney Hill before their abduction near Lincoln, New Hampshire September 19, 1961

1963 - Four children in Saskatoon, Saskachewan, Canada saw a bright oval object hover in a field and drop something. Approaching the site, they were confronted by a three meter tall man dressed in a white monk's suit, who held out his hands and made unintelligible sounds. The giant entity was semi-transparent and had no visible face. The children fled in panic. One girl was admitted to the hospital in shock. (Sources: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 581; John A. Keel, Operation Trojan Horse, p. 145; John Brent Musgrave, UFO Occupants and Critters, p. 44).

1967 - At 7:30 p.m. Aeroflot IL-14 airliner flying over Volgograd, Russia was buzzed by a UFO. The aircraft engines quit temporarily, but then restarted as the object shot off toward the east. Ten minutes later, a luminous crescent-shaped object was seen high in the sky by a group of scientists in Belgogradskaya District, Russia at 7:40 p.m. The object then began making a rapid descent. It had a cone-shaped tail. For 40 seconds it engaged in a falling leaf motion, turned red, then assumed a drop shape, and finally dissolved away and vanished. (Sources: Felix Zigel, unpublished manuscript, pp. 32-36; L. M. Gindilis, Observations of Anomalous Atmospheric Phenomena in the USSR, p. 37; Jacques Vallee, UFO Chronicles of the Soviet Union: A Cosmic Samizdat, p. 193).

1968 - At 6:10 p.m. in the city of Bistrita, Romania a group of observers including a man named Rusu watched a disc-shaped object with three small lights hovering for five minutes. The object stayed in one place during heavy winds, and caused electromagnetic interference effects at a nearby radio station and also blocked TV reception. It flew off rapidly to the south. (Source: Ion Hobana & Julien Weverbergh, UFOs from Behind the Iron Curtain, p. 144).

1968 - At 8:00 p.m. Mr. Tsekhanovich, a high trained observer, watched as a  bright pulsating orange ball descended over the ocean as it was being circled by four smaller balls of light near Gagra, Georgia. The large UFO became elongated and then vanished. One minute later there was a flash of light and all the remaining objects were gone as well. (Sources: Xenolog, August 1976, p. 13; Jacques Vallee, UFO Chronicles of the Soviet Union: A Cosmic Samizdat, p. 138).

1970 - At 10:30 p.m. a two-meter in diameter halo of light hovered over a 22-year-old woman on a farm near Villalba del Alcores, Valladolid, Spain making a buzzing sound. Dogs on the farm acted stunned and disoriented. (Sources: Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos, Catalogue of 200 Type-I UFO Events in Spain and Portugal, case 136; Stendek, June 1971, p. 5).

1971 - On this evening in Bahia Blanca, Buenos Aires province, Argentina 19-year-old Osvaldo D'Annunzio had a close encounter of the second kind with a UFO that involved landing traces and physiological effects. (Source: UFO Nachtrichten, March 1972, citing an unnamed newspaper source; Data-Net Report, June 1972, p. 15.

1972 - Mr. Jamieson took photographs as a brilliant disc-shaped object flipped 6-8 times in the sky over Broadmeadows North, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia at 10:10 p.m. The object flew at fantastic speeds and was observed for more than 15 minutes. (Sources: APRO Bulletin, September-October 1972, p. 11; FSR, January-February 1973, p. 30).

1972 - At 5:00 p.m. a sphere with a  triangular tail landed in the city of Rosetto Abbruzzi, Italy. After about a minute it took off very fast. (Source: Maurizio Verga, ITACAT).

1973 - After midnight two successive F-4 jet interceptors flying above Tehran, Iran attempted to catch a radar-visual UFO that had been widely reported by civilians. Every time visual contact was made and the crews attempted to arm a missile and prepare to fire at it, the weapons systems electronics failed. (Source: Fund for UFO Research, citing DIA documents).

1973 - At 7:30 p.m. a shiny salad-bowl shaped domed disc hovered at low altitude over Dunkerque, Nord, France. It made no sound, and there were many witnesses at the border post. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case 10122; Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue # 133).

1974 - At 12:45 a.m. Younic Le Bihan, age 20, was awakened by his parents to observe a UFO hovering outside their house in Riec sur Belon, France. The family was using binoculars to view it. The object resembled a boat; it had lights like portholes that emitted a very bright light that changed from orange to green, and on each side of the base was a red light. The object was estimated to be 30 feet wide and 22 feet high, and it hovered just two feet above the ground. Then the lights were extinguished, and the family saw a star-like light that quickly disappeared. Younic then observed three heavy set humanoid figures, about 5 1/2 foot tall, "waddling" toward them. The beings were dressed in metallic suits and appeared to be floating above the ground, and their faces were not visible. The family fled from their house in fear. (Source: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case # 1974-48, citing J. L. Brochard & Pascal Gireaudot).

1975 - In Les Mureaux, France at 10:30 p.m. a 22-meter long reddish-orange cigar-shaped object zig-zagged up the Seine River at only 5 meters altitude. The size and distance of the object was calculated by triangulation. (Source: Lumieres dans la Nuit, January 1977).

1976 - Two Iranian Air Force F-4 Phantom jets with AIM-9 missiles were scrambled to intercept a UFO, 40 nautical miles north of Tehran, Iran at 1:30 a.m. local time. They were vectored in by ground radar, and the UFO was described as a brightly luminous domed disc the size of a Boeing 707. A small object was shot by the larger disc toward the plane. First, the aircrafts' inertial navigation systems fluctuated and their radio communications were lost. When the pilot of the first aircraft, Houssain Perouzi, tried to fire one of his missiles at the UFO, their jet lost control of all its instruments. The second jet just lost weapons control. The disc was changing colors and shape when first detected; it next engaged in a series of sharp maneuvers. A third object descended vertically and landed in a desert area. The entire incident lasted two hours. (Sources: APRO Bulletin, September 1976, p. 1; Richard H. Hall, International UFO Reporter, March 1992, p. 4; Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 50; UNICAT, case # 372; Richard F. Haines, citing a Joint Chiefs of Staff report dated July 19, 1978; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II. A Thirty Year Report, pp. 20, 122, 244).

1976 - At 1:10 a.m. four crew members on a Boeing 707 airliner, Duarte, Alexio, Graca, and Santos, flying over the Atlantic Ocean between the Azores and Lisbon, Portugal at 35,000 feet altitude encountered an intense bluish light, which suddenly turned off, then became many less intense lights. There were three or four on top of the object, three smaller yellow lights below that, and two at the bottom of the object that looked like portholes. The minimum distance to the object was one mile. The duration of the sighting was five minutes. (Source: UNICAT, case # 790, citing Joaquim Fernandes, p. 163).

1976 - At 1:15 a.m. Eloi Weigert and Jose Pinto, captain and first officer of the Portuguese airline TAP, flying a Boeing 707 airliner at 4000 feet altitude and at a speed of 240 km/hour were five minutes after takeoff from Portela Airport in Lisbon, Portugal when they spotted a bluish white light in front of them. They immediately contacted the control tower because the UFO was hovering in front of them, but it then moved in another direction. The minimum distance to the object was only 200 meters. The white light (reported to be blue by the tower) accelerated fast to the north. The close encounter lasted 45 seconds. (Sources: Phenomenes Spatiaux, December 1976, p. 14; Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 40; UNICAT, case # 789; Charles Bowen, FSR, April 1977, p. 31 & June 1977, p. 1; John Wallace Spencer, World Atlas of UFOs, p. 107).

1979 - The witness, a military man, awoke in the middle of the night in his home in Barrio La Gloria, Mendoza province, Argentina unable to sleep, so he lit a cigarette and walked to the kitchen, leaving his family still sleeping. He leaned on the kitchen window ledge, and when he pulled the curtain aside he was surprised to see a circular gray metallic object on the ground near his house. A short, human-like figure appeared next to the craft. He wore a very white outfit with what appeared to be a bright green visor over the eyes. The witness sensed some type of telepathic message, but could not recall its contents, and does not remember how the figure and the object left. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1979, case # 376, citing Richard Heiden, quoting R. Banchs).

1979 - At 7:00 p.m. four witnesses, including two 11-year-old boys with the surnames Lara and Moron, had a close encounter with a hovering, flashing, round red light in an empty lot in the neighborhood of Lujan de Cuyo, the city of Santa Ines, Mendoza province, Argentina. The object, which was emitting the flashing red light from the top of the craft, was 20 meters above ground at the time. After touching down on the ground, the object rose two meters into the air, and then landed again. Its color changed from red to white to blue. The UFO landed with a shrill sound, giving off rays of blue and white light. At the landing site were found five holes, three centimeters in diameter and two cm deep, with one of the holes in the center. These imprint marks were within a 50 cm circle marked on ground, which was compacted and hard.No unusual radioactivity was detected, but a policeman who touched the traces had his hand swell up. A general power blackout occurred in the area at the time, which was associated with the UFO landing. (Sources: Jane Thomas, UFO Newsclipping Service, November 1979, p. 11, citing Cronica, September 24, 1979; UNICAT, case # 461, citing Daniel Moreno, UFO Press, July 1983, p. 7).

1983 - At 9:00 p.m. 3 in a car in Tomkins Cove, Rockland County, New York had a close encounter with a 40 foot in diameter, disc-shaped object that was seen over some high tension lines. The UFO followed their car, making a humming sound. (Source: Robert Gribble, MUFON UFO Journal, December 1983, p. 4).

1986 - At 1:10 a.m. a seven-meter in diameter, bowl-shaped disc landed on the road on 5 thin legs in Fredensborg, Denmark. A tube of light extended from the object, then was retracted. (Source: Scandanavian UFO Information News, issue 11; Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 14458).

1990 - An observation by a couple and their two children of an ovoid form of milky white color at the top of some trees, around 9:45 p.m. in Thann, Haut-Rhin department, France. (Source: GEIPAN, case # 67).

1990 - Gulf Breeze, Florida. Two witnesses at 9:30 a.m. watched a large red light that flew toward the west, stopped and hovered, ejected 6-8 red lights, and then switched off. This was followed with a loud boom. (Source: Donald Ware, MUFON UFO Journal, March 1992, p. 17).

1992 - An armless, neckless black entity was seen in Jarradale, Western Australia one this day at around noon. A man and his son were out hunting for firewood, and were using a disused track into the bush, when the boy noticed a movement nearby and told his father. They then saw the tall, jet-black figure watching them from behind some trees. The figure ducked down, then bounded away into the bush in two great strides. The entity had no arms and on either side of its head it had two white patches where the eyes might have been. It did not have a neck and was estimated to have been 3 ½ meters tall, or almost nine feet. (Sources: Albert S. Rosales, 1992 Humanoid Sighting Reports database, case # 924, citing Keith Basterfield; Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 15835).

1995 - At 5:57 a.m. a round object with a vertical ring (Saturn-shaped) was sighted at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. It moved from east to west, flying on its edge. (Sources: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle; Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 17435).

1995 - Several bell-shaped objects were sighted near the airport in Johnson City, Tennessee on this evening at 10:46 p.m. Beams of light were directed toward the ground. The UFOs hovered and maneuvered; a complex event. (Sources: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle; Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 17434).

1995 - The occurrence of anomalous radar echoes in the Central European surveillance area happened on this date.

1997 - A bronze, metallic, rectangular object with a narrow head and a small, fan-shaped horizontal tail was sighted in Orland Park, Cook County, Illinois at 5:40 a.m. It moved slowly, and made no sound. It had two rows of 8-12 lights; one row was red and the other one was blue. The tail also had a smaller row of penpendicular lights. (Sources:Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, September 1997 webpage; Jay Rath, The I-Files: True Reports of Unexplained Phenomena in Illinois, p. 80).

2000 - In Sherman Oaks, California at 9:30 a.m. a white object, shaped like the number "8", rose vertically very quickly across a great distance, and then disappeared. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, September 2000 webpage).

2001 - A huge, silvery, flying triangle went east at high speed in Woodward, Oklahoma at 9:38 a.m. It then stopped in midair without slowing and went invisible for two seconds. Next, it sped off to the west, stopped again, and then dropped straight down. Three loud sonic booms, followed by a roaring sound, were heard. The entire sighting lasted five minutes. (Source: George Filer, MUFON UFO Journal, November 2001, p. 14).

2003 - Over 50 witnesses at a fooball game in Onawa, Iowa at around 8:00 p.m. watched a light that separated into three other lights, and then formed a cross. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, September 2003 webpage).

2004 - A cigar-shaped object with windows and many colored lights hovered over Ile des Soeurs, Ile-de-Montreal, Quebec, Canada at 8:30 p.m. A second object flew up to it, and then entered the larger object. The incident lasted 90 minutes. Earlier that day a large silver, cigar-shaped object was seen moving rapidly through the daytime sky over Waynesburg and Canton, Ohio from the northeast to the southwest. These corroborating reports both occurred at 4:35 p.m. (Source: (1) Geoff Dittman, 2004 Canadian UFO Survey, case # 692; (2)Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, September 2004 webpage).

2008 - A motorist in Lebanon, St. Clair County, Illinois reported that a triangle-shaped craft flew directly over his vehicle. The object was flying very low and very slow, and was in view for an estimated 10 minutes. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, September 2008 webpage, report uploaded October 31, 2008).

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

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: abduction; aircraft UFO encounters; animal reaction: dogs disoriented; beeping sound; boomerang or V-shaped UFOs; cigar-shaped UFOs; crescent-shaped UFO; disc-shaped UFOs; electromagnetic radio, avionics, and TV interference effects; falling leaf motion; Grey humanoids; humming sound; landings with traces; metallic UFOs; missing time; multi-year reports from Argentina, France and Illinois; oval UFOs; pendulum motion; photographs; physiological effects: prickling sensation, swelling; power failure associated with UFO landing; short humanoids; solid light beam; telepathy; triangular UFOs; unintelligible language; very tall humanoid.

© Donald A. Johnson