On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 January 11

1948 - Two U.S. Air Force transport pilots, Helton and Pargoe, flying over Hartford, Connecticut in the afternoon observed a red disc-shaped object that flew at high speed, dove at a 45 degree angle, and had a blue center. The Air Force explained the report as a daytime meteor. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 1294; Loren E. Gross, UFOs: A History, 1948, p. 13; Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 10).

1953 - A huge reddish-orange glowing ovoid object buzzed and then circled the town of Kerrville, Texas at around 6 p.m. causing odd TV and radio interference. (Source: Charles Maney, Challenge of Unidentified Flying Objects, p. 190; Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 2947).

1958 - At 7:30 a.m. a U.S. Navy P2V-5F with a crew of four flying north of Adak Island, Alaska sighted a formation of three lights flying at 900 knots and picked them up on radar. The radar targets then merged into a single blip.The sighting lasted five minutes. (Source: Loren E. Gross, The Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse: UFOs: A History. 1958: January-February, p. 19; Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 30).

1963 - At 11:00 p.m. Antonio De Luca, a 43-year-old farmer in San Pietro Vernotico, Sardegna, Italy was awakened by restless farm animals and went out to calm them. Fifteen minutes later he saw a domed disc-shaped object land in a small square in the village, went towards it, and became paralyzed and unable to move when he got to within 10 meters of it. The translucent upper dome showed two dark figures moving about inside. Two minutes later the craft, 4.5 meters long and 1.5 meters high, ascended in the direction of Brindisi, and emitted a vertical beam of green light. (Sources: FSR, September-October 1970, p. 28; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 290, case 558).

1965 - At 4:10 p.m. several witnesses in Washington, D. C. reported seeing 12-15 white oval-shaped objects that moved in and up-and-down oscillating path as they flew along. The sighting lasted three minutes. Jet interceptors wereobserved in pursuit. (Sources: Donald B. Hanlon, Flying Saucer Review, March-April 1966, p. 14; Frank Edwards, Flying Saucers--Serious Business, p. 128; Gordon I. R. Lore, Jr. & Harold H. Dennault, Jr., Mysteries of the Skies: UFOs in Perspective, p. 171; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II:  A Thirty-Year Report, p. 76).

1965 - The Seaside (Oregon) Signal on January 12, 1965 noted that Mrs. Paul Zimmerman Gearhart and her two sons saw a triangular UFO which came slowly out of the southeast and then "suddenly plunged into the sea some miles offshore" at Tillamook Head, Oregon. It left two trails of fire behind. (Source: Ivan T. Sanderson, Invisible Residents, p. 42).

1966 - Beginning at 6:20 p.m. EST, police and citizens reported first a brilliant light source, then later a bright egg-shaped object that hovered at low altitude over Wanaque Reservoir, New Jersey. It flew in circular patterns over the reservoir, occasionally making abrupt changes in altitude and other vertical maneuvers. Sightings by up to a hundred independent witnesses continued for more than an hour. (Sources: NICAP UFO Investigator, Jan.-Feb. 1966, p. 3; New York Journal-American, Jan. 12, 1966).

1966 - Six people were driving to a scout hall in Myerstown, Pennsylvania at 7:40 p.m. when the headlights of their car repeatedly dimmed out and came back on. The radio also had heavy static. They proceeded to the scout hall without further incident. On the return trip, they saw a silent disc-shaped metallic UFO approach the car, swerve to the right, and parallel the car for several minutes. The glowing object hovered for five minutes over an open field while they watched, then "got a tremendous burst of speed" and left nearly instantaneously towards the northwest. There was no electrical interference when the UFO was actually in view. (Sources: J. Allen Hynek, The UFO Experience, p. 89; UNICAT, case # 375; Mark Rodeghier, UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, case 160, citing Project Bluebook).

1967 - Mrs. Park McDaniel was outside her home during the day in Point Pleasant, West Virginia when she saw what she first took to be a small plane approaching. As it drew closer she saw that it was man-shaped and had wings. The creature swooped low over her house and circled above a nearby building before going out of sight. (Sources: David F. Webb and Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1967-5, citing John A. Keel; Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1967, case 24).

1967 - That same night in Aveyron, Basses Pyrenees, France a farmer sighted a "shell" shaped object taking off from his farm. The man then proceeded to chase a ball of light in his car. The nocturnal light stayed 150 yards ahead of him until his engine died and his lights went out, when he then noticed a "saucer shaped" object descend. The saucer was slightly bigger than a Peugeot car, 9-12 feet above the ground, and came down about 60 feet away. The top of the object had two transparent cupolas in each of which he could see a helmeted figure, human like and dressed in green and white coveralls. He felt a wave of heat and a temporary sensation of paralysis. He watched a nearby road sign vibrating near the oval object. With a whistling sound the UFO rose to 50 meters altitude then dropped back again to near ground level. Becoming brilliantly yellow-white, it finally took off at tremendous speed. As it did so his lights came back on and he was able to start the car normally. Several days later the witness experienced trouble sleeping, followed by some weeks of excessive sleepiness. The area had been the site of repeated UFO incidents for a year. (Sources: David F. Webb and Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1967-6, citing G. Canouges, J. Chasseign, Fernand Legarde, & F. Dupin de la Gueriviere; Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1967, case 25; Mark Rodeghier, UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, case 182, citing FSR, volume 17, no. 1).

1969 - At 8:20 a.m. a weatherman at the Sibiu Meteorological Station in Romania tracked a disc-shaped object with a theodolite for 40 seconds. It flew toward the northeast against the wind in a clear sky. (Source: Ion Hobana & Julien Weverbergh, UFOs from Behind the Iron Curtain, p. 175).

1971 - At 2:50 a.m. a government official and three members of his family witnessed 16 ball-shaped objects as they flew over Kuusamo, Oulu province, Finland in an eschelon formation. They made no sound at all. (Sources: UFO Information Sweden, February 1971; Mrs. K. Smith, BUFORA Journal, August 1971, p. 27).

1973 - At around 2:00 a.m. two people watched a mushroom-shaped object landed next to a barn in Fort Erie, Niagara County, Ontario, Canada. A very low flying maneuvering light also paced a car occupied by a single eyewitness driving between Thorold and Stone, Niagara County, Ontario. (Source: Thorold News, January 11, 1973; J. Bernard Delair, UFO Register, volume 5 (1974), cases 45 & 48).

1976 - At 5:55 p.m. a 14-year-old boy was walking through the falling snow to a friend’s house in Hamden, Connecticut when he saw a large glowing figure floating, near some sumac bushes 400 feet away. The figure was seen in profile from the waist up. There was no discernible face, and the back of the head was flat and corrugated. The glow from the head extended above the bushes that were 7-8 feet high, and extended about 9 inches from the body, with a less luminous silvery outer glow that extended another 9” beyond that. The teen ran to a friend’s house; then they got two other friends, and armed with a 22-caliber rifle he returned to the site. When they encountered the figure again one of them shone a flashlight on it, and it fell backwards behind a ridge. When the flashlight was pointed away the figure rose up again, and remained in view for 3-4 seconds before slowly ducking back behind the ridge. When it came up a third time, he shot at it twice with the .22 aiming over its head; it slowly descended for the third and last time. One of the witnesses was unable to see the being. (Sources: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1976-17 (A1446), citing James P. Barrett, APRO; CUFOS files, report dated February 29, 1976).

1978 - At 9:35 p.m. a noisy disc-shaped object with a "rear spoiler" and headlights followed two 15-year-old teens in Mytchett, Surrey, England. It had portholes and flew overhead. (Source: FSR, June 1978, p. 25).

1978 - A group of witnesses in South Middleton, Massachusetts had a close encounter with a battleship gray ovoid or elongated UFO at 4:30 p.m. (Source: David F. Webb, FSR, June 1981, p. 24 citing Ray Fowler).

1979 - Nightly appearances of flying discs over the city of Sorocaba, Sao Paulo State, Brazil began on this evening and continued for the next 10 nights. The objects emitted different colored lights and were seen by several thousand city residents. (Source: Jane Thomas, UFO Newsclipping Service, April 1979, p. 14, citing La Razon, January 12, 1979).

1979 - On this night a short humanoid about 80 cm tall, wearing a helmet with two luminous antennae, approached a witness in Fortaleza, Ceara State, Brazil and touched him on the arm, burning him. The being wore a silvery suit and blue boots, and apparently arrived in a gray-colored object about 15 meters in diameter with lighted windows. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database, citing Antonio Faleiro).

1991 - At 10:45 p.m. an ABC-TV film crew videotaped a red UFO over Gulf Breeze, Florida during a skywatch. (Sources: Bruce S. Maccabee, 1991 MUFON Symposium Proceedings, p. 249; Ed Walters & Bruce Maccabee, UFOs are Real: Here's the Proof, p. 13).

1992 - An abductee drove into a black void on Interstate 90 near Issaquah, Washington at around 9:00 p.m. resulting in an undisclosed length of missing time. (Source: UFO Newsclipping Service, August 1993).

1998 - A juvenile sighted a domed disc-shaped UFO hovering over his house in Barnegat, New Jersey on this night. It had alternating green and yellow lights around its rim. On top there was a glass dome and a pilot-like figure apparently wearing some type of helmet could be seen inside. Frightened, he ran inside his house but could still see the disc hovering outside. A strange symbol was also seen on the side of the disc. It also had an antenna on top and other markings on the bottom right under the rim lights. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1998, case #3154, citing MUFON).

2001 - A widespread power outage accompanied by radio interference occurred in Sao Vicente, Sao Paulo State, Brazil at 3:30 a.m. when a large disc-shaped object flew over, heading southeast toward the sea. (Sources: Joseph Trainor, UFO Roundup, volume 6, no. 4, citing Praia Grande Picares; Larry Hatch, U computer database, case #  18157).

2004 - An egg-shaped object, glowing a yellowish amber color, moved up and down in the sky over West River, Maryland at 3:28 a.m., and then started zigzagging sideways. The duration of the sighting was two minutes. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, January 2004 webpage).

2005 - At around one o'clock in the morning several disc-shaped UFOs flew about 200 feet from a witness's car while driving on Interstate 10 from Albuquerque, New Mexico to El Paso, Texas. The close encounter lasted two minutes. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, January 2005 webpage, report uploaded January 19, 2005).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 29 December 2009).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: aircraft UFO encounters, disc-shaped UFOs, domed-discs, green light beam, human-looking UFOnauts, insignia on UFO, missing time, Mothman, multi-year reports from Brazil, nautical UFO: UFO seen entering ocean, ovoid UFOs, paralysis, power outage, radio and TV interference, red UFOs, sensation of heat, vehicle EM ignition interference effects, winged humanoid, whistling sound.

© Donald A. Johnson