On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 August 30

1910 - A long black object circled buildings in downtown Manhattan around Madison Square Park in New York City, New York making an engine sound at 8:45 p.m. There were hundreds of witnesses. (Source: John Keel, FSR,  May 11, 1970; John Keel, Operation Trojan Horse, p. 120; Ralph Blum, Beyond Earth: Man's Contact with UFOs, p. 60).

1944 - At 9:30 p.m. a big orange moon-shaped object flew overhead at low altitude in Gardouch, Haute-Garronne, France. Great heat was felt when the object turned white. It flew off to the north. (Sources: Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue # 165; Richard Hall, From Airships to Arnold: A Preliminary Catalogue of UFO Reports in the Early 20th Century (1900-1946), p. 23).

1950 - At 1:30 p.m. three local employees of the Air Force Base at Sandy Point, Newfoundland, Canada including Kaeel and Alexander sighted a dark, barrel-shaped object with a pole extending down from it into the water. The object flew very slowly at 3-5 mph just 15-20-feet above the water for five minutes. (Source: Don Berliner, Project Bluebook UFO Unknowns).

1954 - North Bay, Ontario. At 5:25 a.m. Sgt. Durdle of the R.C.A.F. saw a brilliant, circular object fly across Lake Nipissing toward the Royal Canadian Air Force base. An oblong canister was hung down from the central section, which supported a long cone with a spinning globe on top. When the object tilted he was able to see regulator-looking devices inside the machine through a vertical lighted slit. Six brilliant appendages that looked like necklaces hung from the craft. Sgt. Durdle woke up four other Air Force men, who observed the object spiraling away. (Sources: Harold Wilkins, Flying Saucers Uncensored, p. 227; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 140).

1957 - At noon in San Rafael, Honduras a large cigar-shaped object was seen over the mountains, emitting flashes from one end. Earth tremors were felt at the time. The object spiraled out of sight.(Source: Loren E. Gross, The Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse: UFOs: A History. 1957: August-September, p. 56).

1957 - At 12:30 in the afternoon two engineers in a boat on the Atlantic Ocean near Sea Isle City, Cape May County, New Jersey watched a metallic cylinder hovering for three minutes with binoculars. It moved off to the southwest. (Source: Loren E. Gross, The Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse: UFOs: A History. 1957: August-September, p. 61).

1957 - At 10:10 p.m. the crew of two separate airliners flying over Chesapeake Bay near Norfolk, Virginia, a Capital Airlines flight and a Northwest Airlines DC-6, sighted a bright object that flew at great speed, then stopped abruptly. The UFO was confirmed on their airborne radars and ground radar. (Sources: Gordon D. Thayer in Edward U. Condon (editor), Scientific Study of Unidentified Flying Objects, p. 128; Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 29).

1962 - At 11:00 p.m. three men walking down a street in Itapirito, Minas Gerais State, Brazil saw a domed disc-shaped object 150 feet away. It was aluminum colored and ten feet in diameter. A little man or robot was next seen walking toward them. He was one meter tall, had a small head and short arms, and looked like the "Michelin" tire man. His upper body was luminous. After the being had walked to with 30 feet it vanished before their eyes. Two of the witnesses ran, one stayed behind; the UFO took off but came back and the third witness suffered from temporay paralysis. He reportedly suffered from headaches for the next month. (Sources: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case A0541, citing Walter Buhler, SBEDV Bulletin, 1975, issue no. 21).

1964 - At around 10 p.m. a man and a woman driving between Tipton and Bennett, Iowa sighted an eighty-foot long cigar-shaped object that hovered at 500 feet altitude. When it climbed, their car radio went blank, and the car's engine lost power. (Sources: NICAP UFO Investigator, p. 22; Mark Rodeghier, UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, p. 22).

1965 - In La Blanquilla, Nueva Esparta, Venezuela a spinning, top-shaped object with openings through which an orange light was visible was observed taking off with a "foggy" trail. (Sources: APRO Bulletin, January-February 1966; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 690; George D. Fawcett, Flying Saucers, October 1966, p. 30).

1965 - On this night two people driving on the Pan-American Highway near near Arequipa, Peru saw “a strange being, a Martian, who resembled a shrub,” who was only 31 inches tall, and had one golden colored eye in its head, but also had “other smaller eyes located along its body.” A few seconds later, they saw a flying saucer pass overhead. (Sources: Gordon Creighton, The Humanoids: FSR Special Edition No. 1, p. 43; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1965-44 (A0658) citing a newspaper source).

1965 - M. A. Lilly, N. Smith, and T. Nastoff of Urbana, Ohio sighted a low flying, small white ball of white at 10:30 p.m. while driving near the fairgrounds. The sphere was between 5 and 8 feet in diameter and trailed by a three-foot light. It hit the road 100 feet in front of the witnesses' car, bounced and flew away. The sighting lasted 3-4 seconds. (Sources: Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics, case # 9864; Lloyd Mallan, Science & Mechanics, December 1966, p. 30; Richard Hall, The UFO Evidence, p. 152; Don Berliner, Project Bluebook UFO Unknowns).

Urbana, Ohio Project Blue Book UFO Unknown - 1965

Sketch of Urbana, Ohio sighting 1965 (Project Blue Book UFO Unknown)

1967  - Two newspaper delivery cyclists, Jones and Hollander, had come to a bridge in Crewe, Cheshire, England at 8:30 a.m. when they saw a hovering domed disc-shaped UFO. It had a transparent dome with an antenna, an elliptical body, and an undercarriage with three dark circles and many wires or tubes that were evident. A very well documented report.At 8:55 p.m. two witnesses in a residential neighborhood at Shrewbridge Crescent in Nantwich, Cheshire, England viewed in the sky what they described as a yellow elongated rugby ball with a dome through binoculars. It was as bright as the full moon, and estimated to be half a mile away, at 25 degrees elevation. It flew in an arc, hovered, and then went in front of a dark cloud, behind another low cloud. It made a sound like a turbojet.  A shiny white cigar-shaped object was seen by five witnesses in Sandbach, Cheshire, England at 9:00 p.m. It was brighter than the moon and had blurry edges, but appeared to be solid. It flew from south to northwest low in the sky, and went in front of a black cloud. It was viewed for 30 seconds and made no sound. (Source: Roger H. Stanway & Anthony Pace, UFOs Unidentified Undeniable, p. 8 & 28).

1969 - Between 7:00 and 7:30 p.m. a delta-shaped UFO rose from behind the North Railway Station In Bucharest, Romania and flew off behind some city buildings. (Source: Ion Hobana & Julien Weberbergh, UFOs from Behind the Iron Curtain, p. 179).

1970 - At 11:30 a.m. a seven-year-old girl in Vincennes, Indiana saw a metallic disc in the east-northeastern sky hovering over Wheatland Road and reported it to her parents. Her father went outside and also saw the object. He re-entered the house to get his 7x50 binoculars, and when he emerged the object had moved closer. He described it as about a quarter of a mile away, looking like "a garbage can lid with a piece of watermelon on top" (more like a squared-off "coning tower") and about 30 feet in diameter. The man believes that others should have seen it, too, because it was so low. He, his wife, and daughter observed it for a minute and a half before it left in a swooping dive to the north-northeast. (Sources: Francis Ridge, Regional Encounters, p. 39).

1970 - On this date at 9:30 p.m. a shooting incident occurred in Itatainia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil involving a patrol guard and a rectangular UFO, resulting in lasting physiological effects. The guard, 31-year-old Almiro de Freitas, was on guard duty at the Do Funil hydroelectric dam when he encountereda one meter long rectangular object with elliptical portholes at close range. Panicked, he shot several times at the UFO. He was blinded and paralyzed when struck by a beam of energy from the object. He was overcome by heat and a prickling sensation, and went blind. He did make a slow recovery. (Sources: O Globo, September 16, 1970; FSR, September-October 1970, p. 23; APRO Bulletin, September-October 1970; Ted Phillips, Physical Traces Associated with UFO Sightings, case # 441; Irene Granchi, Phenomenes Spatiaux, December 1970, p. 23; UNICAT, case # 487, citing Ted Phillips, MUFON UFO Conference Proceedings 1985, p. 119).

1971 - In Southampton, England at 6:10 a.m. a man named R. Seaman sighted an object that first appeared as a halo, then narrowed into an ellipse. It tilted to the right, at which point the witness saw two bright points of light on its lower right edge. It sped away and was lost to view went it passed the morning Sun. (Source: BUFORA Journal, January 1972, p. 16).

1977 - At midnight two college students, Rocco Cerullo and Michael Giovanelli, were walking from Sturno, Avelino, Italy to Frigento when they saw three red lights symmetrically arranged in the midst of some shrubbery overhanging the road. They also heard an intermittent "beep-beep" sound. Continuing on foot to a nearby quarry, they saw a figure over two meters tall, wearing a silvery tight fitting coverall and a helmet. Where the eyes should have been there were two blinking orange lights. The young men fled back to Sturno, where they found three other friends, and all of them drove back to the area in a car. When they got there, all five saw the strange being advancing and withdrawing, with mechanical movements, on a steep slope. Oddly, it seemed to stand at a slant, perpendicular to the slope. Frightened, they decided not to drive the car any further into the abandoned quarry, which appeared lit up as if by a halo. Instead, they sped back to Sturno, returning again with two more witnesses. The humanoid was still there, coming and going with emissions of intermittent light from its helmet. When one of the parties flashed a light on the figure, it emitted sounds like "radio signals." It then approached the car and the sounds ceased. It came to about 15 feet away and beckoned, as though indicating for the witnesses to follow. Finally, at about 3:30 a.m., it emitted a blinding light from its helmet and disappeared. The outline of an object with portholes had been seen further down the slope. After the flash, the men fled back to the village. When they again returned both the humanoid and the object were gone. That next morning trampled bushes were foundin the quarry, along with three holes in the ground that were arranged in an isosceles triangle. (Source: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case # 1977-48, citing Francesco Izzo).

1977 - At 8:30 p.m a number of independent witnesses in Healdsburg, California watched a huge lighted object with multicolored lights maneuvering over the area. One of the lights appeared to detach itself from the larger craft, and then descended close to the witnesses' vehicle. The smaller object was described as having several lighted windows and two beams of light. One of the witnesses claimed to be able to see a humanoid figure with a frog-like head looking out from one of the windows. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database, case # 916, citing Jacques Vallee, Confrontations: A Scientist's Search for Alien Contact, p. 71). 

1978 - At 11:30 p.m. a 38-year-old couple driving in a pickup truck on Highway 38 in Nisula, Michigan had a close encounter with a cone-shaped object with body lights that flew low overhead. Their truck stalled for one minute when the UFO was overhead. It could be restarted by turning the ignition key. The cone-shaped UFO was silent, and had two red lights and one white light. (Sources: Allan Hendry, International UFO Reporter, December 1978, p. 15; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II. A Thirty Year Report, p. 257; Mark Rodeghier, UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, p. 73; UNICAT, case # 144).

1981 - There were two dramatic abduction events which occurred in San Diego County, California on this evening separated by just a few minutes. At 10:30 p.m. Mr. Santoro, a reserve police officer was driving near the town of Alpine, California when he encountered a huge dark, disc-shaped object hovering 15 feet above the roadway. The witness's vehicle suddenly stopped on its own accord. There was a bright flash, then moments later two small Grey humanoid beings approached and took him from his vehicle. He found himself back in his vehicle 15 minutes later and saw the dark disc rising rapidly into the sky, shining a beam of white light towards the ground. The witness fired four shots at the object and then drove home at high speed. Magnetic cassette tapes in the witness's vehicle had been partially erased. In El Cajon, California a 27-year old computer engineer was abducted at 10:35 p.m. A luminous object illuminated the interior of his car. The luminous object then circled his car, and the witness fired a pistol at the object and attempted to flee the scene. He was badly frightened by the experience, and discovered that he had a memory loss and could not account for 30 minutes of his time. Red dots like puncture marks were found on his wrists, suggesting that he had been abducted as well. His digital watch was also damaged. (Sources: (1) San Diego Tribune, July 1,1987; Robert Gribble MUFON UFO Journal, August 1991, p. 19; Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database, case # 695, citing Bob Gribble; (2) MUFON UFO Journal, November 1982, p. 13; Thomas E. Bullard, UFO Abductions: The Measure of a Mystery, case 56; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II:  A Thirty-Year Report, pp. 27 & 155, citing investigator M. Podell).

1982 - At 11:55 p.m. a battleship gray, disc-shaped object estimated to be 200 feet in diameter chased a car in Derry, Pennsylvania with a single male occupant. It kept moving in front of the vehicle, pacing it at 40 feet altitude. The bottom of the object had a dark black door, and the UFO had amber lights around its perimeter. It made a high-pitched "whoop-whoop" sound. (Sources: Doris Graziano, APRO Bulletin, June 1984, p. 8; MUFON UFO Journal, October 1983).

1991 - Four children in Granum, Alberta, Canada at about 10 p.m. observed an oval object hovering over the town. Some of the time it moved very fast, and at other times it floated in place. It had blue, red, and green lights that flashed intermittently. Later a "long black thing" streaked across the sky. (Source: Timorthy Good, Alien Update, p. 232).

1991 - On the same night as the Alberta sighting in Blairsville, Pennsylvania at 11:15 p.m. two women driving on Route 22 had an encounter with a triangular UFO hovering low to the ground along the roadside. It had solid white light beams along its outer structure and horizontal light beams inside the triangle; in between it appeared transparent. (Sources: Stan Gordon, PASU Data Exchange, January 1992; Timorthy Good, Alien Update, p. 232).

1993 - Outside of Mimet, Bouches-du-Rhone, France a 4.5 meter long ovoid object sitting on the highway rose and shot off rapidly to the south when a car approached. Nothing was seen on radar. (Source: Phenomena, issue 18).

1995 - A thin silent cigar-shaped UFO passed over the witness's house in Rio Claro, San Paulo State, Brazil at five o'clock in the morning. It gave off multi-colored rays of lights in all directions and made no sound. (Source: Boletim CEPEX, issue 25).

2000 - In Gull Lake, Ontario, Canada a sphere 40-70 feet in diameter was sighted at 11:05 p.m. It had 40 to 50 red lights and three blue lights, and flew at between 200 to 300 feet in altitude. It made no sound. There were reported blackouts in two nearby towns. The same or a similar report was made to the UFO Reporting Center from Minden, Ontario. (Source: Geoff Dittman, 2000 Canadian UFO Survey, case # 158, citing Joseph Trainor, UFO Roundup; Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, case uploaded May 14, 2002).

2001 - At 8:30 p.m. in Calumet, Wisconsin witnesses saw three flashing lights flying in a row. The lights were flashing in sequence: first two flashes, then a pause, then three flashes, another pause, four flashes, pause, and then it repeated. The front light was amber, and the others were white. At first, it looked like the lights were all connected, but using binoculars it looked like only the front light was attached to the next segment, and the other segments were separate.The object was cigar-shaped and had some sort of windows in it. Suddenly the rear lights split apart, flying off in different directions. (Sources: George Filer, MUFON UFO Journal, October 2001, p. 11; George A. Filer & David E. Twichell, Filer's Files: Worldwide Reports of UFO Sightings, p. 121).

2002 - At 9:05 p.m. a triangle-shaped aircraft with white lights was sighted hovering low in a field off Route 1 South in Dover, Delaware. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, August 2002 webpage). 

2003 - At 12:15 a.m. four elliptical, illuminated objects each surrounded by haze or a halo were sighted in Merrick, Nassau County, New York. They proceeded to individually dive, climb, and zigzag. The sighting lasted about 45 minutes. That night a very large, slow moving, wing-shaped craft flew over a campsite near McGregor in northern Minnesota with 10 witnesses gathered around a camp fire at 11:55 p.m. It was chased a few minutes later by three military F-15's. It reportedly had four white lights and four red lights. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, August 2003 webpage). 

2008 - At 10 p.m. a dark triangle object flew silently overhead in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. It went towards the east, and made no sound. (Source: Geoff Dittman, 2008 Canadian UFO Survey, case # 644, citing Para Research).

2009 - A married couple had gone camping at Unicoi State Park, Georgia on this night and had gotten up at around 4:00 a.m. to use the restrooms at a facility on the campsite. It was very dark out, except for the light from her lantern and the lights from the building. After the wife started to walk back to her tent, she stopped because she sensed that their was someone close behind her. She turned around and saw three Grey humanoid beings standing there. At first she thought they were other campers, but when one of them turned to look at her she realized that they were not human. For one thing, their arms were too long and their bodies were too thin. Their skin also had a pale, glossy look, and they had very large heads and lumps covering the tops of their scalps. They had huge black eyes that seemed to stare right through her. She estimated that they were about five feet tall. the one that saw her began to slowly approach, but she ran away, and got back to her tent and found her husband. When he asked her what was wrong, all she could say was, "There's some [expletive deleted] aliens back there!" After he had finally calmed her down, he told her to stay in the tent and he walked back to see, but he found nothing. Throughout the rest of the night they kept waking up and had a fitful night; the husband reported that he saw a shadowy figure moving about outside their tent, but he didn't hear any footsteps. He also looked up and saw the top cover of the tent move, and if someone had pulled it aside to look in at them from above. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, 2009 Humanoid Sighting Reports database, citing MUFON's UFO reporting website, http://mufoncms.com). 

2010 - At 6:30 a.m. a black, oval-shaped object with visible heat waves radiating from it was sighted over the I-5 freeway in Silverlake, Los Angeles County, California. At 11:00 a.m. a disc-shaped object with a pulsing outer band and a transparent center was sighted over Plant City, Florida. At 3:00 p.m. a shiny metallic, upside down cone-shaped object was seen over the Jersey Shore in Manahawkin, Ocean County, New Jersey. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, August 2010 webpage, report uploaded November 21, 2010). 

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 23 August 2012).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: abductions; aircraft UFO encounters; angel hair; barrel-shaped UFO; "beep-beep" sound; car pacing; cigar-shaped UFOs; delta shaped UFO; disc-shaped UFOs; domed discs; domed oval; EM effect: magnetic casette tapes erased; Grey UFOnauts; hovering; Michelin man; missing time; multicolored UFOs; multi-year reports from California and Pennsylvania; nautical UFOs; physiological effects: blindness, headaches, heat sensation, paralysis, and prickling sensation; radar visual confirmation; silver metallic UFOs, sensation of heat; spheres; tall humanoid with blinking orange eyes; top-shaped UFO; triangular UFOs; vehicle electrical system interference effects; zigzag maneuvers.

© Donald A. Johnson