On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 September 30

1954 - There are 20 UFO reports recorded in UFOCAT for this day in 1954: one humanoid report from Michigan, one luminous daylight disc from Holland, and the rest were from France. Click on map to see the distribution of European reports. Below are some of the more interesting reports for this day:

1954 - While driving to work in Dearborn, Michigan Lawrence Cardenas, age 41, a laundry employee, saw 15 strange men wearing dark green uniforms along the side of the road to his right. They had cylinders on their shoulders, tight fitting skullcaps with pointed peaks in front, and heavy goggles. They were of medium height, and a taller man seemed to be their leader and giving them instructions. About 80 meters away from them was a 4-meter high craft with colored lights, flickering on and off. The witness drove away as fast as he could. (Source: Harold Wilkins, Flying Saucers Uncensored, p. 230; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 213).

1954 - At one o'clock in the afternoon in Blanzy, France two bricklayers, Romain de Bastiani, age 21, and Bruno Burato, age 20, witnessed a partially yellow, partially maroon colored cigar-shaped object landed on the ground. They started to approach the three-meter long object when it took off from the ground with a whistling sound. The pointed section of the object was yellow; the rest of the object was reddish-brown. Two foot-like appendages extended to the ground from the fore section. (Source: Le Figaro, October 2, 1954; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 214; Michel Figeut & Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, pp. 94-95). [Note: Vallee incorrectly lists the date as October 1.]

1954 - At 3:30 p.m. in Chereng, France, 10-year old Jean-Claude Delmotte, a school student, saw a three-meter diameter sphere at the edge of some woods, about 300 meters away. It was yellow-orange in color and quite bright. There were landing traces: a circle 1.5 meters in diameter and landing pad imprints 16 cm long. (Sources: La Voix du Nord, October 6, 1954; Michel Figeut & Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, pp. 95-96).

1954 - At 4:30 in the afternoon, Georges Gatay, construction supervisor, and seven construction workers in Marcilly-sur-Vienne, France saw a disc at ground level, with a humanoid standing next to it. Both vanished in a very odd manner. Physiological effects in all witnesses. (Sources: Michel Carrouges, Les apparitions de Martiens, pp. 123 & 125; France Soir, October 3, 1954; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 213; Michel Figeut & Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, pp. 96).

1954 -At sea between Brest and Roven, France on the Atlantic Ocean, the crew of the tanker "Port Lyautey" observed a UFO touch the surface of the sea. It then took off vertically, giving off a red flame before being lost to view. (Source: Le Figaro, October 2, 1954; France Soir, October 3, 1954; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 213; Michel Figeut & Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, pp. 97).

1954 - Jean Andrieux, a ferry operator in Grand-Couronne, France and another witness, saw a large white sphere at 10:00 p.m. A smaller green sphere accompanied it and hung below, both object remaining stationary above the Seine River for 20 minutes. It eventually flew away to the southwest. Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 213).

1954 - Mr. Celeste Simonutti was returning home at 10:00 p.m. near La Flotte-en-Re, on the Ile de Re, France when he saw a brilliant light and, fearing a fire, rushed to the scene. There he observed a luminous sphere 12 meters in diameter, hovering one meter above the ground. The object changed colors from red to blue, and took off. Two other witnesses also saw it leave. (Source: Sud-Ouest, October 2, 1954; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia, p. 214; Michel Figeut & Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, pp. 98).

1956 - On this evening several UFOs were observed over Cherry Valley, Illinois by Mr. & Mrs. L. L Leonard, and afterward "angel hair", in the form of a spider web-like substance, was found floating to the ground. (Sources: Stringfield Leonard H. Stringfield, Inside Saucer Post...3-0 Blue, pp. 49-50; Richard Hall, The UFO Evidence, p. 101; Jay Rath, The I-Files: True Reports of Unexplained Phenomena in Illinois, p. 57).

1961 - At around 9:04 a.m. local time, a weather observer at Indian Springs AFB, Nevada saw several objects on a 20 power theodolite at 133.4 degrees azimuth, 55 degrees elevation. The observer first saw one object that was white or metallic in color, round in shape, and the size of the head of a pin. Four smaller objects, traveling very fast, then came out from the first object. The Las Vegas AFS tracked a UFO on radar 45 miles southeast of Nellis AFB.  The object was tracked for approximately 45 minutes. (Sources: Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics, case 1961-466, James E. McDonald files; www.nicap.org).

1961 - At ten o'clock in the evening 16-year-old Dennis Bealor saw a large sphere of orange light on the road while riding his bicycle four miles south of La Porte, Indiana. It rose up into the sky while still ahead of him. He was so frightened that he lost control of his bike and ran off the road. (Sources: Hartle Orvil R. Hartle, A Carbon Experiment, p. 158; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case # 525). 

1966 - A 60-foot wide Saturn-shaped UFO was seen northeast of Roosevelt Airport in Utah at 4:30 p.m. by three men. (Source: Frank Salisbury, The Utah UFO Display, p. 36 case # A22).

Roosevelt, Utah Daylight Disc - 1966

Sketch of Roosevelt Airport, Utah Daylight Disc - 1966

1968 - At around three a.m. Guy Lemargue, age 16, was walking with a friend on a small country road in Roncenay, Aude, France when they both saw, about 150 yards away, a disc-shaped red-orange luminous UFO, about 50 feet in diameter and feet in height, resting on legs. It had a row of portholes all around the edge. Beside it, several luminous entities of small stature were “maneuvering” with very strong lights sources in their hands, which they shone on the ground. They walked or floated two feet above the ground, and sometimes made sudden gliding leaps of a hundred yards. One creature approached to within 15 feet of the teens, and they reported that they could see that its hands were shaped like pincers or crab-like claws. Realizing that their presence had been detected, the boys ran away. (Sources: Luc Billion & Raoul Foin, Lumieres dans la Nuit, October 1973, p. 10; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case # 1968-99).

1968 - Starting at 8:15 p.m. two men in Bucharest, Romania watched a spherical object that changed shape to a dumbbell, then back to a sphere. It also changed colors. It maneuvered in the sky for 35-40 minutes, then shrank and vanished. (Source: Ion Hobana & Julien Weverbergh, UFOs from Behind the Iron Curtain, p.  qryOnThisDay248).

1971 - At two a.m. Mr. Ron Foreman heard a loud noise outside followed by a "whoosh" come from outside his home in West Malling, Kent, England. His television cut out and the room lights went dim. He opened the back door and saw a seven foot tall "creature" standing there, clad in a silver suit and wearing a transparent helmet. It "glided" away over a fence, but later returned with a second entity, surrounded by a haze of light. Foreman went for the police. (Source: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1971-27, citing BUFORA Journal, Vol. 3 # 6).

1972 - SAM missiles were fired upon a luminous orange sphere that was at a very high altitude hovering over Hanoi, Vietnam in the broad daylight. It stayed in place for an hour and 20 minutes. (Sources: Saturday Evening Mercury (Tasmania), September 30, 1972; Australian FSR, December 1972, p. 10).

1973 - The witnesses, Claude Champoux, Florent Papillon and a man called J. R. were camping near a lake--Lac-aux-Bleuets, Quebec, Canada--when they heard a loud engine sound coming from a nearby field. When they went to look the men spotted an oval-shaped, metallic object on the ground. The UFO was silvery in color and emitted flourescent-like orange lights that changed colors to blue, and red. A strange humanoid figure, metallic or robot-like in appearance, stood next to the object. It was wearing either a reflective metallic suit or was itself made out of metal. The being's body emitted bright silvery flashes. While on the ground the object emitted a sound resembling that of a transformer. Soon the strange character disappeared inside the object, which then rose up, moving up and down like a yo-yo, it then accelerated and disappeared at high speed. They estimated the craft to have been about 600 feet in diameter. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1973, citing Gilles Cote & Marc Leduc, CASUFO).

1973 - At 9:30 p.m. a Franklin County, Ohio man found the landing site of an object he had seen hovering near his home earlier in the evening. The site was in a field of waist-high weeds about a quarter mile south of Hall Road, west of Outerbelt, Ohio. Weeds had been crushed to the ground in a semi-oval area 20 feet x 30 feet. There were no scorch marks. The object had swooped down in a zigzag pattern and dropped below trees. Several dozen other sightings were reported from the area. (Sources: Robert Gribble, UFO Reporting Center, case 82; Francis L. Ridge, Regional Encounters, p.  46).

1975 - At 3:30 a.m. two men, Philips and Brown, had a close encounter with a domed disc-shaped object hovering over a dairy farm seven miles south of Corning, California and illuminating the dairy "like daylight". It emitted a bright red light, and made a humming sound. Cows fled from area. The UFO hovered for 3-5 minutes, then took off and was out-of-sight "in the blink of an eye." An inside occupant was also seen. (Sources: Corning (CA) Daily Observer, October 16, 1975; Dwight Connelly, Skylook, October 1975, p. 14; Richard Hall, Uninvited Guests, p. 283; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II. A Thirty Year Report, pp. 19, 281).

1980 - At one o'clock in the morning in Rosedale, Victoria, Australia 54-year-old caretaker George Blackwell heard a screeching whistle, and then saw a 25 foot wide domed disc or top-shaped UFO withmulticolored body lights and a black tube appendage that landed on the ground at the cattle station called White Acres. He got to within 50 feet of it on his motorcycle before it took off with a wave of heat and an explosive sound, showering down debris, and left a black ring on the ground at the landing site. In addition, 10,000 gallons of water were missing from a nearby water tank. During the close encounter a horse galloped away and cattle bellowed, panicked and ran. Mr. Blackwell suffered from physiological effects including headaches and vomiting, and diarrhea that lasted for a week.  (Sources: Bill Chalker, APRO Bulletin, December 1981, p. 3;  Harry Griesberg, Frontiers of Science, July 1981, p. 17; UNICAT, case # 44; Bill Chalker, Australasian Ufologist, April 1993, p. 25; Richard Hall, Uninvited Guests, p. 309).

1982 - At 8:15 p.m. four women in their thirties--Messina, LaMontagne, Poland, and LeClair--had a close encounter with a large metallic ovoid object with red lights while driving on a highway east of Exeter, New Hampshire. It was seen at treetop level. The women got out of the car and attempted to get closer. The sighting lasted four minutes. (Source: J. Allen Hynek, International UFO Reporter, January 1983, p. 4; UNICAT, case # 16).

1992 - At 5:15 a.m. Rose Mahony of Barnagearagh, Ireland saw a huge aerial craft with multicolored lights on its rim; she woke her two teenage children who also watched it. It flew off toward Dromkeal. John McManus of Dromkeal, Ireland reported he experienced an abduction from his bedroom by four 4-foot tall beings. He was taken into a circular room, which had an exam table like a couch. They jabbe him in the neck with a probe, which caused him an electric shock and he passed out. He woke up naked, with mud on his feet. (Source: Dermot Butler, Conspiracy of Silence: UFOs in Ireland, pp. 120-121).

1992 - At 6:30 p.m six witnesses in Miraima, Ceara State, Brazil saw a fiery ball of light that moved at six meters altitude over a railway bridge, then directed two beams of light into a nearby lake.  (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 15838, citing UBPDV, Causistica Brasileira de 1992, p. 11).

1992 - There were three reports of low level UFOs on this evening from North Carolina, and another from neighboring South Carolina. On Interstate 95 in Raeford, North Carolina a 36-year-old woman saw a 50 foot long gray rectangular craft, 20 times the apparent size of the Moon. It was seen at an estimated distance of 1500 feet, and had six lights on the bottom. It was followed by 20 smaller glowing ovoid objects, and the air got cold as the UFOs passed over. At 9:10 p.m. in Gastonia, North Carolina a 45-year-old man was in his backyard closing up his shop when he saw a glowing oval or fat cigar-shaped object flying at 2,500 feet altitude that had three bands of a bluish white corona around its mid-section. It had intense beams of light coming from the two ends. Five minutes later (9:15 p.m.) in Stanley, North Carolina a 38-year-old mechanic and his girlfriend were out stargazing when they spotted a bright, light yellow glowing cone-shaped UFO. It was surrounded by four misty white cigar-shaped nocturnal lights. Three minutes later (9:18 p.m.) in Moonville, South Carolina three witnesses saw a large cylinder with an orange glow and a yellow flame that flew overhead and to the east; it had 5 small lights around the object. (Sources: (1, 2, & 3) Donald M. Ware, MUFON UFO Journal, January 1993, pp. 15-17, citing field investigators Henry H. Morton & George D. Fawcett; (4) Jerold R. Johnson, MUFON UFO Journal, January 1994, p. 19 citing field investigator Michael S. Harrell).

1992 - At 10:30 p.m. an 81-year-old woman in Mount Katahdin Iron Works Park, Maine had a close encounter with an eight-foot wide circle of blinking lights at eye level near her window. The object was twice the apparent size of the Moon with a dozen lights. (Source: Arnold Dunning, MUFON UFO Journal, April 1993, p. 18).

1997 - Dr. Carlos Munoz and Enrique Bermudez were parked in an isolated wooded area near Punta Arenas, Chile at 11:30 p.m. They had stepped out of the car when they heard something moving close to them, and they could perceive small shadows nearby. They next saw a fluorescent tube of light in a vertical position, about 30 meters away. It was suspended about a meter from the ground. It was pulsating and was red andwhite in color. They ran to their car and grabbed a camcorder in a futile attempt to videotape the object. They got back in their car and started driving away, when suddenly they heard a loud engine noise and a black sports vehicle with tinted windows drove past them at high speed. Simultaneously, their vehicle's instruments malfunctioned. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, case # 2734, citing Joseph Trainor, UFO Roundup, Volume 2 # 38).

2008 - A yellow triangular object flew over Edmonton, Alberta, Canada at 12:35 a.m. It reportedly moved like a "puck on ice". (Source: Geoff Dittman, 2008 Canadian UFO Survey, case # 756, citing HBCCUFO).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 17 February 2010).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: Angel hair; animal reactions: horse and cattle panic and run; disc-shaped UFOs; domed discs, EM effect: TV outage and vehicle electrical system; face masks or goggles; green ball-of-light; green uniforms; hovering; humanoids; luminous UFOs; multicolored UFOs; multi-year reports from France; nautical UFOs (UFOs seen entering water); physiological effects; orange UFOs; ovoid UFOs; robotic humanoid; Saturn-shaped UFO; shape changing UFO; silver suits; spheres; tall humanoid; UFOs changing color; up-and-down motion; yellow-orange UFOs; vertical takeoff; white UFOs; zigzag maneuvers.

© Donald A. Johnson