On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 August 13

1909 - At 11:00 p.m. a top-shaped object was observed through a night glass as it moved in a northerly direction over Glen Innes, New South Wales, Australia. Its lower portion was lighted while the upper portion was dark, and as the body of the object revolved a light kept turning on to the terrain beneath. (Source: Richard H. Hall, From Airships to Arnold: A Preliminary Catalogue of UFO Reports in the Early 20th Century (1900-1946), p. 8, citing Bill Chalker, The Oz Files, p. 31).

1917 - A luminous globe was seen spinning through the clouds by over 18,000 witnesses who had assembled at Fatima, in the Cova da Iria, Portugal to see another monthly apparition of the "Lady in Blue", thought to be the Virgin Mary by Roman Catholic faithful. The sky turned rainbow colors including pink, yellow, and blue. There was a perceived lowering of the temperature, and angel hair residue. (Source: Jacques Vallee, The Invisible College, p. 145).

1942 - Sixty-eight UFOs were seen over the Capitol in Washington, D.C. on this night around 11:00 p.m. Photographs were taken, and a big CAA investigation followed. (Source: Richard F. Haines, Project Delta: A Study of Multiple UFO, p. 126).

1947 - Mr. A. C. Urie and his two sons were fishing in the Snake River Canyon near Twin Falls, Idaho at about one p.m. when they saw a sky blue, seven-meter wide inverted plate-shaped flying object 100 meters away and 25 meters above the ground. Treetops under it were spinning wildly, although the object itself did not appear to spin. It made a swishing sound. There was a red flame visible on one side of the top. According to the FBI investigative report of this case, at about 1:00 p.m. Mr. Urie "sent his boys to the (Salmon) river to get some rope from his boat. When he thought they were overdue he went outside to his tool shed to look for them. He noticed them about 300 feet away looking in the sky and he glanced up to see what he called the flying disc. This strange object was flying at high speed along the canyon which is about 400 feet deep and 1,200 feet across at that point. It was about seventy-five feet above the floor of the canyon (and so more than 300 feet below the edge of the canyon) and moving up and down as it flew. It seemed to be following the contours of the hilly ground beneath it. Urie, who said he was at about the same level as the UFO, so that he had a side view, estimated it was about twenty feet long, ten feet wide and ten feet high, with what appeared to be exhaust ports on the sides. It was almost hat shaped with a flat bottom and a dome on top.

Close Encounter at Snake River Canyon near Twin Falls, Idaho - 1947


Its pale blue color made Urie think that it would be very difficult to see against the sky, although he had no trouble seeing it silhouetted against the opposite wall of the canyon. On each side there was a tubular shaped fiery glow, like some sort of exhaust. He said that when it went over trees they didn't sway back and forth, but rather the treetops twisted around, which suggests that the air under the object was being swirled into a vortex. He and his sons had an excellent view of the object for a few seconds before it disappeared over the trees about a mile away. He thought it was going 1,000 miles an hour. (Sources: NICAP UFO Investigator, February 1978, p. 4; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 192).

1952 - While flying over Tokyo, Japan at 9:45 p.m. USAF Marine Corps pilot Major D. McGough sighted an orange light that flew a left orbit at 8,000' and 230 mph. It then spiraled down to no more than 1,500 feet altitude, remained stationary for 2-3 minutes more, and went out. An attempted interception was unsuccessful. (Source: Don Berliner, Project Bluebook UFO Unknowns; Kevin Randle, Invasion Washington: UFOs over the Capitol, p. 278).

1956 - At Bentwaters RAF Base in Suffolk, England radar returns at 9:20 p.m. showed a large unidentified craft moving in excess of 4,000 mph. The crew of a C-47 confirmed a visual sighting of a blur of light moving at high speeds. Both air and ground radars confirm fantastic maneuvers were performed. (Sources: James E. McDonald, FSR, March 1970, p. 10; John W. Spencer, World Atlas of UFOs, p. 86; Michael D. Hall, UFOs: A Century of Sightings, p. 242; Illobrand von Ludwiger, Best UFO Cases--Europe, p. 12).

1959 - Two women at a lake near Ogden Dunes, Indiana saw a glowing domed disc at six o'clock in the morning. The object was 20 meters in diameter, and hovered and maneuvered 15 meters over the lake for two minutes. (Sources: Gary (IN) Post-Tribune, August 14, 1959; Loren E. Gross, The Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse: UFOs: A History. 1957: August-September, p. 29).

1959 - At around 4:00 p.m. a pilot flying a Cessna 170 between Hobbs and Albuquerque, New Mexico encountered three round, gray UFOs that circled his aircraft just southeast of Corona, New Mexico and caused his compass to spin. Compass deviation. The pilot reported the incident and was later interrogated by the U.S. Air Force.(Sources: NICAP UFO Investigator, April 1965, p. 5; Geoffrey Falla, BUFORA Vehicle Interference Project Report, p. 23).

1959 - At 9:30 p.m. six woman travelling by car through a rural area near Freeport, Texas saw a bright UFO pass low in front of their car, causing the car's engine and headlights to die. The UFO landed in a wooded area. Dense underbrush prevented approaching landing site. (Sources: APRO Bulletin, September 1959; Richard Hall, The UFO Evidence (Volume I), p. 75; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 277).

Corning, California Close Encounter August 13, 1960


1960 - At 11:50 p.m. a red colored, cigar-shaped UFO in Tehama county, California twice approached a police car at close range. Police officers Scott and Carson were 18 miles north of Red Bluff and east of Corning, California on Hoag Road when they first encountered the UFO. It had red lights at both ends, and one of the red lights swept the ground like a searchlight. They experienced heavy static on their police radio, and the UFO swerved to avoid their spotlight. There were at least two other independent witnesses to the UFO that night. (Sources: San Francisco Chronicle, August 16, 1960; Gordon I. R. Lore, Jr. & Harold H. Dennault, Jr., Mysteries of the Skies: UFOs in Perspective, p. 162; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence (Volume I), p. 61; APRO Bulletin, September 1960, p. 1; Mark Rodeghier, UFOs Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, p. 18; Hynek J Allen Hynek, The Hynek UFO Report, p. 92).

1963 - In St. Gallen, Switzerland at 8:04 p.m. A. F. Schelling watched a fireball become a dark object after four minutes of flight, and then a bigger glow a minute later, and finally explode. The same witness had another sighting (not described in the Project Blue Book file) on the next day.. (Source: Don Berliner, Project Bluebook UFO Unknowns).

1963 - At 9:30 p.m. a family and their housekeeper saw an elliptical object on the ground near Molasses Pond, Ellsworth, Maine for almost an hour. The craft had body lights along its length, and there were rays that shone upward from each end occasionally. (Source: Walter Webb case files, case # 38;Richard Hall, The UFO Evidence, p. 141).

1963 - A chemist in Honolulu, Hawaii at 11:30 p.m. saw a round red object pass overhead from the southwest to the northeast. The UFO "traveled across the sky at great speed making two sharp turns at the same speed." (Source: Richard Hall, The UFO Evidence, p. 141).

1965 - As he drove away after dropping off his two daughters Mr. Ryerson noticed two unusual "persons" walking along the side of the road next to a bean field. His two teenagers, Ellen Grace Ryerson, age 16, and Laura Jean Ryerson, 13, in Renton, Washington approached these two very unusual beings, while walking next to the bean field at seven o'clock in the morning. The little men were grey colored "like stone", had no hair, and had large bulging eyes. The first “person” was described as like a gnome and wrinkled. He wore a funny little hat. He was dancing and jumping around in front of the other being as they approached. He was making a cackling sound that the girls thought sounded like laughter. The other being was approximately 5 feet tall. He had a very unusual head. His face was gray but the back of his head had a bulbous extension with veins showing through it. It pulsated. On the rest of his cranium there were large pores and this part of his head was white. His eyes were described as like a frog’s eyes. In his mouth he had a little pipe, and he was blowing on it and making a shrill sound. The taller one wore shiny clothes, like satin. Both beings wore sleveless purple vests over white coveralls. Ellen feared that they were going to grab her, so she yelled at her sister to run. The girls fled, and when they looked back after running 50 feet the beings had completely vanished. (Sources: Jerome Clark, Flying Saucer Review, March-April 1966, p. 10; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1965-32 (A0643), citing Jerome Clark; Leneesa Garouttee, Alternate Perceptions (electronic version), February 2005).

Renton, Washington Humanoid Encounter - 1965


1965 - David G., age 14, and his father and sister were sitting in their yard at four o'clock in the afternoon in Waverly, Iowa when they heard a high-pitched whining sound and saw an aluminum object 15-20 feet in diameter, looking like “two saucers glued together,” descend slowly from the sky. It disappeared behind a hill a third of a mile away, and the young man walked over to the hill to investigate. When about 150 yards from the site, he saw a humanoid being 3.5 feet tall, with a baldhead, peeking out from behind a tree. He did not see the figure leave, but a minute or so later he saw a “blur” and heard a rush of air. At the landing site, in an old quarry, he found a 15-20 foot circle of burnt glass, within which were three indentations of 5” x 12” and an inch deep. The encounter lasted about a minute and occurred during a minor wave of reports from Iowa and elsewhere. (Sources: Ralph DeGraw, APRO Bulletin, January-February 1975, p. 9; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1965-33 (A0644), citing Ralph DeGraw).

Lynn, Massachusetts Landing August 13, 1965


1965 - At 12:55 p.m. EDT two bakers saw a slow moving, red tinged white globe glide noiselessly over their bakery in Lynn, Massachusetts. The UFO then descended into an area of some electrical power line pylons, one mile away. (Source: Raymond E. Fowler, UFOs: Interplanetary Visitors, p. 333).

1967 - At about four o'clock in the afternoon Inacio De Souza, age 41, and his wife Maria were approaching their home at Santa Maria, Brazil near the town of Crixas Pilar de Goias, when they saw three figures "playing about" on the landing strip of the owner of the Fazenda. The beings were as tall as young children, had no hair and were wearing skin-tight clothing of a pale yellow color. At the end of the landing strip was a landed UFO having the shape of an inverted washbasin. De Souza, carrying a .44 caliber carbine, fired a shot at the nearest being. Just then a beam of green light came from the UFO and struck De Souza on the head and shoulders, knocking him unconscious. The three entities entered the object, which then took off vertically at a high speed with a sound like buzzing bees. De Souza incurred a circular burned patch six inches in diameter, and he was also diagnosed with leukemia by a physician, from which he died less than two months later. (Sources: APRO Bulletin, March-April 1969, p. 1; Coral E. Lorenzen, Encounters with UFO Occupants, p. 169; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1967-75, citing Dr. Olavo T. Fontes, Jader Pereira & F. Carrion; Richard F. Haines, CE-5: Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind, p. 223).

1970 - At 11:50 p.m. a car being driven by a man named Maarup in Haderslev, Denmark was engulfed by a bluish-white cone of light from a metallic gray disc. His car's engine, lights, and two-way radio died. The light was so brilliant it hurt his eyes and felt heat coming from the UFO. He took three photographs before the object made a rapid upward departure. (Sources: Richard Hall, Uninvited Guests, p. 281; MUFON UFO Journal, September 1976).

1972 - At 1:00 a.m. in Yauco, Mayaguez Province, Puerto Rico 20 lights emerged from an oval-shaped cloud, and entered a closely similar cloud nearby. They failed to reappear. A photograph was taken of the phenomenon. (Sources: Stendek, March 1973; Awareness, October 1977, p. 13).

1972 - An officer reported that a cigar-shaped object was seen traveling in the sky at 3:00 p.m. near Gatwick Airport, England. It flew from the northeast to southwest with the rear end of the object enveloped in smoke. The smoke or mist eventually obscured the object. After 70 seconds the smoke cleared to reveal the object had vanished. (Source: Mrs. K. Smith, BUFORA Journal, October 1972, p. 29).

1975 - Sgt. Charles L. Moody, age 32, was driving through the desert near Alamagordo, New Mexico at 1:20 a.m. when he encountered a metallic, disc-shaped UFO. He remembers a high-pitched sound coming from the object and that his car wouldn't start. He then experienced a lapse of time or memory loss of an hour and a half. He later was able to recall an abduction by two Grey aliens about 4 feet 8 inches tall, with large eyes and heads, slit mouths, and wearing tight-fitting coveralls. The abduction experience involved a medical exam on a table, telepathy, and a message. (Sources: Coral E. Lorenzen & Jim Lorenzen, Abducted! Confrontations with Beings from Outer Space, p. 38; David F. Webb, Proceedings of the CUFOS Conference: 1976, p. 267).

1977 - A 2.2 meter ovoid object landed in a field in Houetteville, Eure department, France at one o'clock in the morning. Ground traces werefound later during a large scale investigation. (Source: Lumieres dans la Nuit, May 1978).

1978 - Viewed thru binoculars. A silent metallic cylindrical object with a turbine wheel at the rear end was viewed through binoculars for two minutes over Villaverde del Rio, Sevilla province, Spain at 1:00 a.m. (Source: Lumieres dans la Nuit, October 1979).

1982 - At 9:30 p.m. cones maneuvered and joined a large cigar with a row of lights along the side, over the town of Abram in Greater Manchester, England. There were reported EM effects. There were many witnesses to this event, which lasted for 20 minutes. (Source: Jenny Randles, Science and the UFOs, p. 89).

1982 - At 10:45 a.m. a professional videographer filming the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington noticed something zip by very fast. The videotape shows a dark, domed disc (similar to the McMinnville 1950 photographs) moving fast, and it extends and contracts in flight. Bruce Maccabee analyzed the images. (Source: Donald A. Johnson, MUFON UFO Journal, December 1982, p. 3).

1986 - At 12:30 a.m. in Syracuse, Ohio an air traffic controller and two other witnesses observed red, green and white nocturnal lights flashing in the sky  for 45 minutes. The airport radar confirmed that there were numerous objects hovering and maneuvering in the vicinity. (Source: Bob Gribble, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, case # 1148).

1986 - At 7:50 p.m. in Indianapolis, Indiana a silent metallic hamburger-shaped domed disc was seen by three witnesses from the sixth floor of a hospital. It flew from north to south at a low altitude. Later, it flew above an airliner, seemingly evading detection by the occupants of the airliner. When it passed above the airliner, it tipped up on one edge and reflected sunlight. It had a pale green haze that was visible along one side. As a special note, a UFO abduction occurred near this location six weeks later on September 30, 1986. (Sources: Mark Rodeghier, International UFO Reporter, November 1986, p. 13; Francis L. Ridge, Regional Encounters, p. 97, citing John Timmerman).

1989 - An 84-year-old man in Mansura, Louisiana went into his backyard at 10:30 a.m. and saw a small yellow oval or disc-shaped object close by at ground level. He called a second, female witness, who watched from the back door of the house. The 3-foot wide object hovered and moved about at ground level for approximately five minutes, 30 feet away, circled a tree, then flew off vertically and was quickly gone from sight. It made no sound as it flew, and left some ground traces on the lawn. (Sources: Hal Price, MUFON Field Investigations Database, case 890806; Dan Wright, MUFON UFO Journal, December 1992).

1991 - At two a.m. in Maguayo, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico Mrs. Camacho encountered two four-foot-tall Grey entities in her garden. They had large skinny heads and narrow chins. They also apparently had no noses, no lips, and slit-like mouths. They took leaves from the plant Monsterosa deliciosa. They mumbled some form of unintelligible gibberish. The witness was unable to move during her encounter, which lasted about two minutes. (Source: Jorge Martin, in Timothy Good (editor), Alien Update, p. 23; Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1991, case #659, citing Timothy Good & Jorge Martin).

1991 - Four men staying at a local guest house near Victoria, Entre Rios, Argentina were alerted to two maneuvering lights in the sky at 10 p.m. One was yellow and the other red, and they first moved up and down, then in a triangular pattern. One of the lights then descended onto the road near the guesthouse. Two dark human-like figures emerged from the landed object and appeared to float above the ground moving around back and forth. Although they were human-like, their heads were slightly larger than normal. Suddenly the light illuminating the object turned off, and a white bowl-shaped object could be discerned. A few of the witnesses were not able to see the figures completely, and only saw their arms and legs. Later that same evening a man reported that he had been abducted, and awakened in a nearby garden as a blue beam was being retracted into a departing UFO. (Sources: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1991, case # 1466, citing Roberto Banchs, Cuadernos De Ufologia, Volume 15, Number 2, 1993; Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue # 312).

1992 - On this morning at around 9 a.m. a woman was sitting at her dining room table in Salem, Oregon facing the living room with the kitchen to her left, when she caught sight of something outside her kitchen window. It was a short hairless greenish-gray figure that walked quickly into her kitchen. It stopped and stood briefly by a kitchen storage cabinet. She attempted to communicate with the creature telepathically, but it suddenly vanished. The figure had an elongated head and what appeared to be large "eyelids" drawn over the eyes. Her dog did not seem to react to the intruder. Twenty minutes later when she sat down again at the dining room table a greenish three-fingered hand touched her wrist quickly from behind her. The touch was very painful, almost like an "electric shock", and then the alien hand vanished. Two days later the witness noticed a round red mark on her wrist. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1992, case # 1355, citing Linda Moulton Howe, Glimpses of Other Realities, Volume I).

1994 - From Charron Island in Montreal, Quebec, Canada a white disc-shaped object "moved in silence between 6,000 and 8,000 meters" altitude at 10:30 p.m. It was seen by two witnesses. (Source; Frank Ducks, 1994 Canadian UFO Survey, case # 90).

1994 - At 11:00 p.m. several witnesses including police in Salisbury, North Carolina watched nocturnal lights hover, orbit, and dance in the sky for two hours. A light in the distance was seen dropping red dots. They finally scattered in four directions. (Source: UFO Newsclipping Service, October 1994).

1995 - At 12:45 a.m. a starlike object zig-zagged eight times during its descent over Rennes, Ile-Vilaine department, France. It seemed to enlarge as in descended. A dark mass was perceived at low altitude, but was lost from view behind some trees. On the same night there was an occurrence of anomalous radar echoes in the Central European surveillance area. (Sources: Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue # 334; Illobrand von Ludwiger, Best UFO Cases--Europe, p. 109).

1998 - Several people in Surrey, British Columbia observed a bright white disc "drop out of the sky" and hover nearby for about 30 seconds. No sound was heard, and it disappeared at a high rate of speed. Many telephone reports were received by the RCMP. (Source: Geoff Dittman, 1998 Canadian UFO Survey, case #71).

2000 - A saucer-shaped object was observed moving erratically around a cloud in Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada at 8:15 p.m. Central Time. (Source: Geoff Dittman, 2000 Canadian UFO Survey, case # 136).

2002 - At one a.m. two silvery luminous objects flew silently over a RV park in Waterville, Nova Scotia, Canada. At 2:15 a.m. at Cow Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada a huge triangular-shaped object blocked out stars as it flew very slowly at 15 km/hour towards the northwest. Its flat side was forward as it flew, and it was absolutely silent. Electrical disturbances were also reported. (Source: Geoff Dittman Geoff, 2002 Canadian UFO Survey, cases # 344 & 345, citing Don Ledger).

2003 - A black boomerang-shaped object passed low and fast over Napoleonville in southern Louisiana at 7:25 p.m. It made no sound as it flew. The sighting was brief, lasting about six seconds. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, August 2002 archived webpage).

2005 - The pilot of an Air France airliner reported sighting a UFO 10 miles west of Gatwick Airport, Sussex, England. The object was estimated to be 1-2 metres in length. It had a yellow color and was cylindrical in shape. It was definitely not shaped like a balloon. (Source: British Ministry of Defense, case 2005-071).

2006 - At 1:35 a.m. in Chatham, Ontario multiple disk-like objects were seen shooting beams of white light back and forth to one another. (Sources: Peter Davenport National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, August 2006 archived webpage, report posted October 30, 2006; Geoff Dittman, 2006 Canadian UFO Survey, case # 504).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 2 July 2008).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: aircraft encounters, blue beam of light, blue UFO, compass deflection, dancing nocturnal lights, disc-shaped UFOs, death possibly caused by ray from UFO, EM vehicle ignition interference effects, exploding UFO, green beam of light, fog or smoke used to hide UFO, ground traces, high pitched whining sound, landings, multi-year reports from near Gatwick Airport, Grey humanoids, orange light, radar visual confirmation, radio frequency interference, red flame, sensation of heat, short humanoids, silent UFOs, swishing sound, tripod landing gear, vertical ascent, yellow coveralls.