On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 August 20

1949 - At 10:15 p.m. in Las Cruces, New Mexico Astronomer Clyde Tombaugh, discoverer of the planet Pluto, reported sighting six to eight green, rectangular UFOs flying in a symmetrical formation. He had a second sighting 30 minutes later. (Sources: Richard Hall, The UFO Evidence, p. 130, citing letter from Tombaugh dated August 7, 1957; UNICAT, case # 530, citing Dr. James E. McDonald). 

1950 - On this afternoon in Nicosia, Cyprus at 1:30 p.m., three military officers sighted a small, round, bright white flying object. MATS liaison officer Lt. William Ghormley, Colonel W. V. Brown, and Lt. Colonel L.W. Brauer reported that the UFO flew fast, straight and level for 15-20 seconds. (Sources: Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics, case # 793; Don Berliner, Project Bluebook UFO Unknowns).

1952 - At 3:10 a.m. Bill Ford and two others in Neffsville, Pennsylvania watched an unidentified object fly through the sky at 500 feet altitude for several minutes. (Sources: Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics, case # 1938; Don Berliner, Project Bluebook UFO Unknowns; Kevin D. Randle, Invasion Washington: UFOs over the Capitol, p. 278).

1952 - Air Defense Command radar tracked a UFO 60 miles from the Congaree Air Force Base, South Carolina at speeds of 4,000 mph at  around 10:00 a.m. (Sources: Richard Hall, The UFO Evidence, p. 132; Donald E. Keyhoe, Flying Saucers from Outer Space, p. 96).

1953 - The crew of a TB-29 bomber/trainer aircraft flying near Castle AFB in California reported that at 9:05 p.m. PDT a gray oval object made four passes at their airplane (three times at 10-20 miles distance), then dived vertically as if two objects. (Sources: Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics, case # 2686; Project Blue Book Report #12; Don Berliner, Project Bluebook UFO Unknowns, p. 21; Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 21).

1953 - At 9:30 p.m. a large round black object stopped in the air over the radio tower in Burlington, Vermont for three minutes. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 3114, citing APRO Bulletin, 1953).

1954 - On this afternoon two sisters in Norway met the pilot of a UFO. While picking blueberries in fields around Ceydalen, near Mosjoen, Norway 24-year-old Edith Jacobsen and her sister, Asta Solvang, were approached by a man with a tanned complexion and long hair who smiled and made friendly hand gestures. Curious, they decided not to run away. The stranger wore a greenish one-piece coverall, which covered him all the way up to his neck, and they could not see any buttons or seams. He also wore a very wide belt around his waist. But what really grabbed their attention was the man’s long, light brown hair. His eyes were light blue and somewhat slanted, and his skin was a bronze color. After waving back to the visitor, they asked who he was. The man extended his hand towards the women but instead of shaking hands he slightly brushed their palms, and then spoke in a "sing song type manner” and in a language they could not comprehend, even though both women were fluent in English, German, and Russian and were knowledgeable in Spanish and French. “His hands were beautiful,” said one of the women, “with long well manicured fingers like that of an artist”. The stranger took something out of his coverall that resembled a pencil and what appeared to be a piece of paper, when he then proceeded to draw a central point surrounded by several circles, which seemed to represent the orbits of the planets within our solar system. After pointing out the Earth and the moon, the stranger pointed at a ‘planet’ which the women were unable to distinguish due to their state of excitement. Moments later he put both items back into his tunic through a seam that neither woman was able to see. At this point both women were starting to feel a little concerned, but the smiling man motioned for them to follow him. Both women obeyed and soon arrived in a small clearing in which rested a metallic lenticular-shaped object with a small dome on top. The object measured some 4 to 5 meters in diameter and was about 1.30 meters in height, and was grayish-blue in color. As they started to approach the craft the man motioned for them to step back. He then opened a hatch at the base of the object and climbed in, and then closed the hatch. The women then heard a slight whistling sound, and moments later the object began to rise up into air with a rotating motion. Once the craft had climbed to about 45 meters it stopped momentarily, and then it increased its rotation, quickly rising up into the sky in a diagonal trajectory and disappearing from sight. The women notified the police after the encounter and according to police officials both women were of sound mind and well respected in the community. (Source: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case # 1954-44 (A0243), citing Oddvar J. Larsen; Jacques & Janine Vallee, Challenge to Science: The UFO Enigma, p. 129).

1955 - At 10:45 p.m. two men on a lake in Kenora, Ontario, Canada saw a saucer-shaped UFO come in front of them, hovering just 40 feet over the water. It was silver white in color, four or five feet across, and at a distance of less than 75 meters. It slid sideways, hovered again, tilted on its side, straightened out, then shot away. It was gone in three seconds, covering 40 degrees of arc in the sky. (Sources: J. Allen Hynek, The UFO Experience, p. 97; UNICAT, case # 382).

1957 - In Venezuela at 10:30 a.m. ten small discs orbited one huge disc southwest of Carora, Lara province, and one landed. The rest engaged in zig-zag maneuvers. (Source: Loren E. Gross, The Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse: UFOs: A History. 1957: August-September, p. 36).

1957 - In the evening in Quilino, Cordoba, Argentina an Air Force man inside a tent heard a loud, shrill sound and then saw a disc that descended while grass and plants fluttered wildly underneath it. He found himself unable to draw his gun, which "seemed to be glued in its holster." A voice came from inside the craft, telling him in Spanish that UFOs had a base in the Salta area and would soon show themselves to warn all people about the dangers of a nuclear catastrophe.  (Sources: Gordon Creighton, FSR Special Edition #1: The Humanoids, p. 36; John A. Keel, Operation Trojan Horse, p. 197; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 398).

1959 - The witness and three young girls were sleeping in a station wagon at Lake Bonita, New Mexico. At around three a.m. they were awake to see a bright fireball descend and land on the side of the nearby mountain. Several figures carrying what looked like bright flashlights emerged from the object and approached their location, shining beams of light inside their car and illuminating the area like daylight. The figures then left the area and the witnesses ran from their vehicle and crawled to the relative safety of a nearby cabin. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1959, case # 3604, citing Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle).

1962 - Raimundo Mafra da Silva testified before the police that while working in a field in Duas Pontes, Minas Gerais State, Brazil he saw two spherical objects hovering just two meters above the ground, only a few meters from his house. One was black with an antenna-like protrusion and a small tail, and the other was black and white. Both emitted a humming sound and a flickering flame through an opening. The boy's father warned him to stay away as his father Rivalino walked toward the objects, praying. When he was two meters away, the two spheres merged into one, raising dust from the ground and spreading a yellow mist that enveloped the man. The boy ran after his father, noting that the cloud had "an acrid smell." As it dissolved, everything had vanished including his father. The police investigation, headed by Lieutenant Lisboa, failed to reveal any clue. Many terrified neighbors left the area at the time because of this incident. (Sources: APRO Bulletin, September 1962, p. 1; Coral E Lorenzen, Flying Saucers: The Startling Evidence of the Invasion from Outer Space, p. 213; Frank Edwards, Flying Saucers--Serious Business, p. 303; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case # 543; Jacques Vallee, Confrontations: A Scientist's Search for Alien Contact, p. 126).

1963 - In a wooded area near Rome, Italy a man in a car observed at 9:32 p.m. an object resembling a plate turned upside down, with a central turret, flying low over his vehicle. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case # 579, citing Project Blue Book).

1965 - At 3:00 a.m. EDT Mrs. T. E. Schumaker of Mount Airy, North Carolina was awakened by a loud humming sound and found she could not speak or move for awhile. When she finally was able to reach her window and look out, she saw a vertical, cigar- shaped, luminous object. It moved right and left, then back and forth, etc. Ultimately it disappeared behind some trees. The next morning a circle of crushed grass, four meters in diameter, was found in her yard. (Sources: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case # 682; Flying Saucer Review, March-April 1966).

1965 - At 5:20 a.m. EDT a former Navy aircraft spotter sighted a grayish-silver disc hovering over the city of Haverhill, Massachusetts as he approached in his car from the crest of a high hill. It made no sound. (Source: Raymond E. Fowler, UFOs: Interplanetary Visitors, p. 70).

Haverhill, Massachusetts August 20, 1965
Sketch of Haverhill, Massachusetts August 20, 1965 sighting

1965 - At 11:50 a.m. several tourists in Cuzco, Peru, including Alberto Ugarte and Elwin Voter, observed a strange craft land near the Inca ruins that they were visiting. The object was a small silvery disc, only five feet in diameter, and it landed on a terrace of the Sacsahuaman Inca site. Two luminous dwarfish beings, “of strange shape and dazzling brightness,” briefly emerged from it. They were also described as having "vertical mouths." They quickly got back inside into their craft, which then flew off. (Sources: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case # 1965-38; APRO Bulletin, January-February 1966; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case # 683; FSR Special Issue #1: The Humanoids, p. 43) 

1965 - At 11:00 p.m. local time Eduardo Lujan Yacobi and his wife, Teresa Ernestina Acuna, were returning to their home in Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires province, Argentina when they heard a loud humming sound and saw a reddish glowing, oval-shaped object pass overhead and land 200 meters away. The object, which was flashing and rotating, brushed the tops of nearby trees in its passage overhead and, after landing, the Yacobis could see luminous red or violet figures moving about and examining the craft, as if in some type of repair activity. After a short while these figures re-entered the machine, which took off and disappeared within a few seconds. Others in the neighborhood had seen the object’s passage overhead, and still others had heard the humming noise. Total duration of incident was 30 minutes. (Sources: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case # 1965-39; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case # 685; FSR Special Issue #1: The Humanoids, p. 42)

1966 - Early in the morning Otto Becker, his son, and daughter-in-law woke up to find their entire house in Heraldsburg, California bathed in bright light. They next observed a "six-story" tall object at treetop level sixty meters away. It gave off rainbow colors that appeared to pour off its edges "like water" in a fantastic display. A distinct engine noise was heard before it took off vertically. Domestic animals had been greatly disturbed, and the witness had inflamed eyes for several days. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case # 789, citing Bob Gribble, January 1967).

1966 - Later that day outside of Bozeman, Montana Dan Duggleby was up in the hills with a .22 caliber rifle when he heard a "whooshing" noise and looked up to see a large rocket-shaped object about 60 feet in diameter and 300 feet tall, which landed close by. An opening appeared in the side of the cylinder and a ramp slid out, and five robotic metal "boxes" with small wheels on the bottoms and four "arms" on the sides came down the ramp. One took ground samples, while three of the others took air, grass, and flower samples and the last one "just stood there." When finished they rolled back up the ramp, the ramp slid in, and the ship took off straight up and vanished in the fog. The witness had seen disc-like UFOs on many previous occasions. (Source: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case # 1966-33, citing Duggleby's letter to the FBI).

1966 - In Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil a woman called the police to report a luminous object rising and descending on top of a high hill. When policemen climbed to the site they found the bodies of two men, electronic technicians Pereira da Cruz and Viana. The bodies were wearing lead masks on the upper part of the face. An autopsy failed to disclose the cause of death, but the investigation disclosed several earlier incidents and a mysterious organization to which these men belonged. (Source: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case # 790, citing a personal investigation).

1966 - In Randlett, Utah at sunset a 12-year-old girl named Cuch spotted a glowing yellow-orange domed disc hovering in the sky. It glowed orange, approached, and then a red beam came out of the bottom. When children ran toward it, it flew away. (Sources: Frank Salisbury, The Utah UFO Display, Appendix A, case 10; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II. A Thirty Year Report, p. 380).

Randlett, Utah Close Encounter August 20, 1966

Sketch of Randlett, Utah Close Encounter August 20, 1966 sighting

1968 - In Schitul Bunea, Romania two men saw a 30 meter cone-shaped object that hovered for 90 minutes, beginning at around 11:00 p.m. It emitted a beam of light upwards. (Source: Ion Hobanna & Julien Weberbergh, UFOs from Behind the Iron Curtain, p. 243).

1970 - At 6:30 a.m. several young boys in Bukit Mertajam, Penang province, Malaysia encountered a round blue object on the ground, and several three inch tall ugly humanoids stood around the object. One of the humanoids took out an object resembling a gun and shot one of the boys on his hand when the boy attempted to grab him. The boys ran to get their teachers but upon returning to the site the object and the creatures were gone. Later that same day the same young witness from the previous day encountered a small UFO on the ground near the school compound. Five three-inch tall humanoids emerged from the object. One of them, who appeared to be the leader, wore a yellow uniform and had two horn-like protrusions on his head. The other four wore blue uniforms. The leader pointed a weapon at the witness and shot at him. The witness blacked out and was found later lying in the bushes. He regained consciousness later, and a small red dot appeared on his leg where he had been shot by the creature. Two other boys in the same village went out looking for the reported small UFO and spotted two tiny men among some bushes. One was on a rock and the other on a tree branch. Both figures were dressed in yellow suits, and one had only one arm and appeared to be holding a small gun. The boys attempted to capture the entities but they got away. That evening the young son of a local high-ranking police official was returning from school when he saw two tiny figures hiding in the bushes near the school compound. As he tried to capture them he was shot in the hand and received a small cut. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1970, case # 815, citing Ahmad Jamaluddin, FSR, Vol. 28 # 5).

1971 - A teenage couple in Cirencester, Gloucester, England were frozen with fear over the close approach of two orange lights, which hovered only 100 yards away from them. (Source: Mrs. K. Smith, The BUFORA Journal, January 1972, p. 15).

1972 - At 5:45 a.m. a hat-shaped disc flew toward the east with a loud whirring sound over Montagne-de-Rougemont, Rouville, Quebec. A fireball turned 90 degrees, and shot off to the west-northwest. (Source: Wido Hoville case files; Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 9663).

1973 - At 10:15 p.m. an 18 meter in diameter disc-shaped object flew over Vertheuil, Gironde department, France and tilted at a 45 degree angle. It had illuminated, square windows. It then leveled off and flew away. (Sources: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 10059; Lumieres dans la Nuit, issues # 135 & 309).

1974 - Driving on Route 43 near Derry, New Hampshire at 9:30 p.m. Joe Recupero saw an object through his windshield that was moving from east to west, approximately 300 yards distant, and as "big as a house." It was white in color, fuzzy and bright as the sun, and was followed by several smaller objects. It moved into some trees along the highway between Exits 4 and 5, so he pulled off the road, got out, and began looking for it. After searching for several minutes, he suddenly spotted two small "mummy like" figures in the woods, some 40 yards distant. Alarmed, he got back into his car and drove off. The entire incident lasted one hour, although the mummy figures were only seen briefly. (Source: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case # 1974-40 (A1349), citing investigators John Oswald & Bill Haylock).

1974 - A series of UFO sightings with police reports and multiple radar confirmation occurred in Albany and Saratoga Counties, New York. (Sources: APRO Bulletin, July-August 1974, p. 3; Margaret Sachs & Ernest Jahn, Celestial Passengers, pp. 98-101; John Wallace Spencer, UFO Yearbook, p. 165).

1978 - A 64-year old man in Toledo, Ohio witnessed a dull silver silent fuselage at 7:30 p.m. that flew to the south on steady course and speed, at an estimated altitude of 2000 feet. It was twice the apparent size of the Moon. (Source: Allan Hendry, International UFO Reporter, December 1978, p. 14).

1984 - At around 9:00 p.m. a triangular-shaped object with an L-shaped tail hung in the sky over a pond in Mahopac Falls, Putnam County, New York, then followed after two witnesses in their car making sharp maneuvers. Next it moved over top of a neighbor's house, and hovered over their yard for three minutes. A second UFO was seen there an hour and a half later that was rectangular shaped. In Kingston, Ulster County, New York there were more Hudson Valley type sightings of delta-shaped objects with lights, including a possible abduction. (Sources: Gerry Arena, APRO Bulletin, May 1985, p. 1; J. Allen Hynek & Philip Imbrogno, Night Siege: The Hudson Valley UFO Sightings, p. 204).

1987 - On this night in Pine Bush, Orange County, New York a nocturnal light was seen traveling at treetop level. It became a delta-shaped object with four headlights in front as it came closer. It maneuvered for awhile, and then flew off. (Source: Ellen Crystal, p. 1).

1990 - A dark box-shaped UFO landed in a swamp in Victoria, Entre Rios, Argentina. Lights were seen blinking above the object, then joined together, and finally shot off toward the south-southeast. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 15234; Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue # 312

1992 - A sequence of multi-witness sightings occurred in Pittsford, Monroe County, New York that lasted for an hour and a half, beginning at 10:00 p.m. The first sighting was of a band of arcade-like rolling front lights and three distinctly large lights, with small red lights at the center rear. The object was estimated to be at 1,200 feet altitude, larger than a Boeing-747, and moving slowly at about 60 mph. Several witnesses called MUFON field investigator George Hoenig, who took photographs of a "stack of dishes" rotating and tumbling, with streaks of light darting about. Two women had a close encounter with two boomerang-shaped objects with a fat center. The objects stayed the same distance apart and had ten lights each. At first they moved at a steady, slow pace, but then they accelerated as they went over. They made no sound. (Sources: Donald M. Ware, MUFON UFO Journal, December 1992, p. 18 and January 1993, p. 16; George K. Hoenig, MUFON case files CD-ROM, cases 921103EA, 921103EC, 921103EE, and 921103EF).

1993 - A woman in Baca Chalets, Saguache County in the San Luis Valley, Colorado had been watching late night television around one o'clock in the morning and had just turned off the light when she heard noises coming from the kitchen. She called out but got no response. Puzzled, she went to bed and turned off the light. Just as her eyes were getting accustomed to the dark, ten or twelve three and a half to four foot tall creatures glided into the room in a tight group, and came to stand less than three feet from where she lay. She sat up in amazement, staring at them. When they first came in she thought she could see right through them, but as they got into the room they became solid. The beings clustered around the foot of her bed, looking at her. She felt the entities, were "cold, and completely indifferent, maybe a little curious." They were small and slight and had huge almond-shaped eyes. Sleeping next to her was her five-year old son. She suddenly thought of the boy and became afraid, thinking, "they are here because of him!" She then forcefully told them to leave. The beings then silently glided out the wall, they way they came in. That same night a neighbor reported feeling a presence and seeing peculiar shadows in his bedroom, about two hours earlier. (Source: Christopher O'Brien, The Mysterious Valley, p. 189).

1996 - At 2:15 a.m. a teenage girl witnessed a metallic, disc-shaped object hovering above a group of nearby power lines in her backyard in West Manchester, Ohio. The round bottom of the craft appeared to be gold in color, and it had orange, green, and reddish-orange lights. A series of rectangular windows were around the middle portion of the craft. One window in the center appeared to be moved down by somebody inside the craft, while at the same time the girl had a strong feeling that she was being watched. After viewing the object for about five minutes, it zig-zagged and shot up into the sky. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1996, case # 3595, citing NUFORC).

2001 - At 11:15 p.m. in Toscane St. Apre, Dordogne, France a witness at a campsite observed the passage of a triangle delimited by three luminous points in the sky. It was quiet and its passage lasted a few minutes. The son of the witness tried in vain to film it. (Source: GEIPAN, case # 346).

2001 - At 10:00 p.m. PDT another flying triangle was sighted from I-5 in Weed, California. While driving and looking out of the car's sunroof Mary C. and a passenger noticed three steady lights moving south in unison, positioned to make an uneven triangle. The space in between the lights was camouflaged against the night sky. (Source: George A. Filer & David E. Twichell, Filer's Files: Worldwide Reports of UFO Sightings, p. 81).

2001 - In Brewster, Massachusetts at 4:30 a.m. a small red light on a disc-shaped object, about three feet in diameter, quickly darted about in the witness's garden, whirring faintly. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, August 2001 archived webpage, report uploaded December 9, 2003).

2004 - Over Staten Island, New York four hazy white objects traveled in a circle at 10:00 p.m. and came together about a dozen times into a center, "like they were playing a game." (Source:Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, August 2004 archived webpage).

2004 - At Lake in the Hills, Illinois at 10:25 p.m. a flying triangle flew right over the heads of a computer network engineer of 20 years and his chemist wife at a low altitude. Its length was longer than any commercial airliner. The witness viewed the object through binoculars. It had three lights with one located at each apex. The UFO tilted to the west and levelled off. The object stayed in sight for 3 minutes, and then completely vanished right in front of them in the partly cloudy sky.(Source: George A. Filer & David E. Twichell, Filer's Files: Worldwide Reports of UFO Sightings, p. 98).

2004 - In Stonewall, Manitoba at 10:30 p.m. three orange, boomerang-shaped objects moved in formation, traveling very fast, and making no noise. (Sources: Geoff Dittman, 2004 Canadian UFO Survey Report, case # 610, citing NUFORC).

2006 - There were unexplained UFO reports from Nova Scotia, Ontario and Alberta, Canada on this day. At 1:00 a.m. in Edmonton, Alberta rotating lights were seen on a white polygon UFO, which moved rapidly through the sky. In Windsor, Ontario at 2:00 a.m. there was a close encounter with a floating, silver, triangle-shaped object, moving side to side. It hovered for awhile, then moved away. The sighting lasted five minutes. At 8:00 p.m. in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario witnesses sighted a silvery round UFO reflecting sunlight. It hovered, then took off at a high rate of speed. Next, it stopped abruptly, moved back towards the witnesses, and finally moved away. At 11:30 p.m. in New Victoria, Nova Scotia multiple independent people observed large lights in the sky. They hovered and moved side to side. At one point, they seemed to follow some of the witnesses. (Source: Geoff Dittman, 2006 Canadian UFO Survey, reports 236, 237, 241 & 243).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 17 August 2012).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: aircraft UFO encounters; animal reactions; boomerang or V-shaped UFOs; deaths and disappearance associated with UFOs; delta-shaped UFOs; domed discs; fireball like UFOs; gray-colored or silvery gray UFOs; Grey humanoids; human looking UFOnaut; humming sounds; multi-year reports from Argentina, Brazil, New York, Ohio and Ontario; orange UFOs, ovoid UFOs; physiological effects: eye conjunctivitis; red beams; silent UFOs; small disc-shaped UFOs; tiny humanoids; triangular UFOs; vertical ascent; yellow and blue uniforms; zigzag maneuvers.

© Donald A. Johnson