On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 May 4

1897 - The whole town of Jenny Lind, Arkansas watched an airship fly over from the northeast to the southwest at 7:30 p.m. It landed, and a human looking occupant got out. He spoke English, and told them he was out to "catch birds." (Sources: St. Louis Post Dispatch, May 5, 1897; Jerome Clark, The Unidentified: Notes Toward Solving the UFO Mystery, p. 147; Philip L. Rife, It Didn't Start with Roswell, p. 24).

1932 - During a time of personal crises, the witness, now a retired pastor, found himself in a city of 16,000 located 150 miles west of Toronto, Ontario. On this particular night he was standing on a street lit up by a brilliant white light from above. Looking up, he saw the light came from a round cloud with a scalloped edge, about 200 yards overhead. From the cloud-like object streamed down a light like a laser beam. He next saw a young man with golden hair standing beside him, dressed in a suit of a similar color. The man had radiant blue eyes, and was about 5.5 feet tall. He smiled at the witness and told him that his work would be in that city, and reminded him that “the cottages in the rear of the mansion are as important as those who dwell in the mansion.” He told him the witness would reside there for six years and would then work his way to the west coast. According to the man’s account, the prophecies were fulfilled. (Source: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1932-01 (A0103), citing John Musgrave & Ted Bloecher).

1950 - At 10:00 p.m. in Birmingham, Alabama a ghostly object grew and changed shape; it flashes; then suddenly shoots up and is gone. There were two witnesses together and an additional independent observer, and the event lasted 10 minutes. (Sources: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 1722; Loren E. Gross, UFOs: A History. 1950: April-July, p. 41).

1953 - On this afternoon at 1:50 p.m. a military witness at Harmon AFB, Newfoundland, Canada watched a flying football fly by at low altitude and high speed, heading south. It made a tinny sound. The sighting had a 3 second duration. (Source: Loren E. Gross, UFOs: A History. 1953: March-July, p. 47).

On the night of May 4th, 1954, three police officers in Canfield, Ohio watched a reddish orange, glowing disc fly out of sight. (Source: Donald E. Keyhoe, Flying Saucer Conspiracy, p. 144).

1955 - One year later, at 1:38 p.m. at the Keflavik Air Force Base in Iceland, two USAF officers, USAF Lt. Col. E. J. Stealy and 1st Lt. J. W. Burt, spotted 10 white oval-shaped objects, some 60-70 feet in diameter, moving "rapidly and jerkily." One of them left a brief smoke trail. The UFOs moved at a tremendous rate of speed, and were gone from sight in five seconds. This case was listed as an "unknown" by Project Blue Book. (Sources: Project Blue Book case files counted in official statistics, case #3523; Don Berliner, Project Bluebook Unknowns; Richard Hall, The UFO Evidence, p. 61).

1960 - A yellow, cigar-shaped or elliptical object with four evenly spaced windows was observed at ground level by an architect in Sarasota, Florida at 9:15 a.m. (Sources: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 504; NICAP Special Bulletin, May 1960, p. 4; Richard Hall, The UFO Evidence, p. 138; George D. Fawcett, Flying Saucers, December 1967, p. 24 & September 1970, p. 6).

In 1960 a giant cigar-shaped object crossed the skies over the town of Botocatu, Brazil during the daytime. It moved at a tremendous speed and was gone from sight in 30 seconds. (Source: Coral E. Lorenzen, UFOs:The Whole Story, p. 221).

1966 - At 3:40 a.m. an FAA air traffic controller in Charleston, West Virginia tracked an unidentified, non-transponding target about five miles to the 11 o'clock position from Braniff Airline Flight 42 headed east at 33,000 feet, which the crew saw high above them as a bluish-white object giving off a brilliant flaming light of alternating white-green-red colors. Radar showed the object veering away to 8-10 miles away at the 10 o'clock position, then come at the Braniff airliner to within three miles distance, then made a 180 left turn to the NW again within a diameter of 5 miles at 1,000 mph [5 G's]. The Braniff crew confirmed the object descending from 20 elevation above horizon. (Source: J. Allen Hynek, The UFO Experience, p.  73; Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 34; UNICAT, case # 319; Gordon D. Thayer, in Edward Condon, Scientific Study of Unidentified Flying Objects, p. 163).

1966 - Later that evening at 10 p.m. a white disc flew up to a farm in Cardington, Ohio and hovered low over a farmyard for 30 minutes. It took off fast when an airplane came into view. Two more sighting reports were made that day to Project Blue Book from nearby Columbus, Ohio. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case #7237; APRO Bulletin, May-June 1966; Project Blue Book files).

An abduction occurred in 1969 to a soldier while fishing on the banks of the Rio das Velhas near the city of Bebedouro in the state of Espirito Santo, Brazil. Jose Antonio da Silva had left his home in Belo Horizonte and taken a bus to Bebedouro to go fishing the evening before. At about midnight he reached the banks of a small lagoon and set up his tent and fished for a while without success. The next day, at about 3 p.m. he became aware of figures moving around behind him. He heard a deep sound like a groan, then was struck in the legs by a "burst of fire" coming from a form partly hidden in the bushes. Seized with a cramp and feeling a numbness in his legs, he knelt down. A beam of light, greenish in the middle and reddish on the edges, had hit him. In a matter of seconds he was seized under the armpits by masked two four-foot-tall humanoid beings, who wore shining light-colored garments and aluminum colored helmets with facemasks. Tubes ran from the masks to small containers on their backs.

They blindfolded him and brought him before a little man with long red hair and a big nose. They dragged him to a craft that was shaped like a vertical cylinder terminated by wider saucer shaped top and bottom; rods from the base of the cylinder supported the upper disc. It was only bout six feet high and nine feet wide. Inside was a cubical room, brilliantly lit but from no visible source. Here they fitted on him a helmet like their own, then tied him down to a seat.

He felt a sensation of taking off. During the flight, which he felt lasted for hours, they talked among themselves in an incomprehensible language with many "R" sounds. At one point in the journey the craft seemed to turn on its side for awhile. When they landed he was blindfolded and dragged into a large room, where a little man without a spacesuit confronted him; he had long reddish hair and a beard that flowed to his waist. He was strongly built, and his skin was pallid in color. He had large round, green eyes and a big nose, and his mouth appeared toothless, "like a fish." To the side of the witness were laid 4 human cadavers, one a Negro's. A dozen more little men, all much resembling the leader, were in the room. They examined his fishing tackle and other possessions. Several carried weapons. The leader then addressed him in his incomprehensible language, simultaneously making sketches on a whiteboard beside him.

He was given a stone cup and drank a bitter green liquid that restored his energy and made him better able to comprehend what the alien was trying to say. The leader conveyed to Da Silva the idea that he was expected to help them land on Earth, a proposition that the soldier rejected, fingering his rosary. The leader became irritated, snatched the rosary away, and showed it to the others. At this point a kind of vision appeared to Da Silva of a Christ-like man with long fair hair and beard, dressed like a monk, who spoke to him in Portuguese, giving him a message, which he was sworn to keep secret. After this vision had vanished, Da Silva was again blindfolded, dragged back to the spacecraft, and returned to Earth in the same manner as he had been taken away. He was released during the night. When morning came he found that he was near Vitoria, more than 200 miles from Bebedouro, and that four and a half days had passed since his abduction. He suffered various physical ailments later. Jose Antonio has repeatedly refused to reveal the content of this message. (Source: Hulvio Brant Aleixo and Dr. Walter Buhler, FSR, November-December 1973, p. 6; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1969-32).

A UFO was seen near the ground in Cupey, Puerto Rico at 4:20 a.m. in 1975. The object had an intense yellow pulsating light, and a row of eight rectangular lights. Ground marks were found at the site including a burnt area 25 feet in diameter. There were also large three-toed footprints, fourteen inches long and spaced 50" apart. (Source: Lamarche Sebastian Robiou, FSR, April 1977, p. 8; Stendek, December 1975; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case A1405).

1975 - At 9:00 p.m. two gendarmes observed an orange ball of light (BOL) the apparent size of the full moon in Lezay, Deux-Sevres, France. (Source: Jacques Coudert, Ouranos, 1978, issue 24, p. 8).

1976 - Several witnesses reported seeing a narrow, bright red trail that climbed steeply into the sky from sea level south of Robben Island in Three Anchor Bay, South Africa. A loud explosion followed it. The object turned in flight. Ninety minutes later the main witness heard a second explosion. That witness was Brigadier General C. Smith. (Source: Saga UFO Report, December 1976, p. 80).

Also in 1976, a 74-year-old grandmother and two of her grandchildren saw a domed disc slowly flying by in the sky over Wilrijk, Belgium at 10:45 p.m. local time. It had small lights around the rim of the object. (J. Bernard Delaire, UFO Register Volume 7, p 32).

1976 - A cattle mutilation was discovered this day on a ranch south of Glenwood Springs, in Garfield County, Colorado. (Source: Fate magazine, September 1976, p. 12).

1976 - About five hours after the Belgium UFO encounter a farmer driving through one of his fields in Orfordville, Wisconsin at dusk noticed a hovering object 150 feet above him. It had two bright headlights and two rotating red lights. An hour later his son saw the same lights; they did a U-turn in the sky and flew away. (Sources: J. Allen Hynek, Center for UFO Studies, case file dated August 24, 1976; CUFOS News Bulletin, September 1976, p. 5; John Wallace Spencer, UFO Yearbook, p. 78).

1977 - A 23-year-old man, Sr. Ferreira, disappeared in front of his fellow factory employees in Atuba, Para state, Brazil fulfilling a prediction made on May 4, 1976 that UFOnauts would come back for him. He turned up the next day, 40 miles away, and said he had been in the company of extraterrestrials, but feared revealing the details of his encounter. (Source: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case A1729, citing O Estado Parana, May 5, 1977).

1978 - Soon after a blinding blue light caused a road accident near Villa Mercedes, San Luis province, Argentina about 100 city residents saw 50 greenish-blue UFOs flying over the city. In the midst of a dazzling light, they perfectly executed a series of maneuvers: they broke into two formations and then rejoined, and then they disappeared from view. Shortly after that some people reported that they had witnessed the landing of a saucer-shaped craft nearby. A being dressed in a green uniform emerged from the craft for a short while. (Sources: Buenos Aires Herald, May 8, 1978; Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1978, citing Tasmanian UFO Report 1983, quoting Le Soir (Belgium), March 30, 1982).

1981 - At 10:40 p.m. a bright disc landed on the ground in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais state, Brazil and then vanished. A witness felt pulled toward the spot. Burnt grass was found at the site. (Source: Bob Pratt, UFO Danger Zone: Terror and Death in Brazil--Where Next? p. 229).

1983 - At 3:50 a.m. a silent yellowish orange ball of light was seen by a Mr. J. Philips hovering 350 feet over a power line pole in Lawrence, Kansas. It flew away toward the northeast slowly at 35 mph. The sighting lasted three minutes. (Sources: Professor E. J. Zeller, International UFO Reporter, September 1983, p. 14; UNICAT, case # 006, citing IUR).

1989 - At 9:30 in Easton, Connecticut an object shaped like a flying wing with red, yellow, and blue lights in back and a blinking red light on right side flew over tree line behind a house. Just before 10:00 p.m. an engineer and two others watched a boomerang or V-shaped object as big as a football field near a golf course in Trumbull, Connecticut. It made a faint humming sound and had many colored lights. The engineer was driving home when he first saw the object, which had red and white lights turned on at first, then turned off; with the light turned off it looked like a blue boomerang. (Source: Philip J. Imbrogno, Contact of the 5th Kind, p. 32).

1990 - In El Carmen, Argentina a luminous sphere hovered over a soccer field, emitting beams of light. The beams of light turned the grass an intense blue-green color. Four hours later, at 10:20 p.m. in St. Georges, Belgium, a dog howled when a silent disc-shaped object hovered in the yard, just one meter above the ground. The lights on the object lit the ground and area. (Sources: Inforespace, issue no. 83; FSR, December 1990).

1990 - At about the time of the first Belgium report, at 10:30 p.m. a woman in Le Chatelet en Brie, Seine-Marne department, France observed a quiet triangular object with powerful headlights which stopped for a few moments before setting out again very quickly. (Source: GEIPAN, case # 56).

1990 - In Antwerp, Belgium at 11:20 p.m. two observers reported sighting a silent orange disc-shaped object accompanied by a small white orb at 180 feet altitude. It had two legs on the bottom and what appeared to be a row of windows. (Source: Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue 303).

In 1996 a witness in Moffat, Colorado reported that a "monstrous red light" flew over the San Luis Valley at a high altitude. (Source: Christopher O'Brien, Enter the Valley, p. 307).

1999 - A 45-year-old man went missing after he left his parents' home in Bariloche, Rio Negro province, Argentina on this night. He was found 8 days later by bloodhounds in an isolated canyon, dehydrated and suffering from hypothermia. He claimed he had been abducted by "extraterrestrials"; two men dressed in white and an attractive woman that picked him up and apparently wanted to operate on him. He had no other memories about what occurred to him. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, 1999 Humanoid Sighting Reports, case # 3861, citing CE UFO Argentina).

2001 - "We saw a silver, shiny object shooting through the sky on a summer afternoon," reported a witness from Fairfield, Connecticut. The object was disc shaped and the sighting was brief. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, May 2001 webpage, report uploaded July 16, 2003). 

2002 - At 3:45 p.m., two separate witnesses in towns nearby to Farmingdale, New York observed an egg-shaped UFO move at low speed and altitude in a clear blue sky. The object seemed "transparent rather than solid, more like a ring" and it left a white contrail-like wake much like a boat in the water would do. (Source: UFO Magazine (USA), August 2002, p. 19).

2003 - A pulsating light "danced" across the sky at 10:15 p.m. in Holland, Pennsylvania. The sighting lasted from two to three minutes. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, May 2003 archive webpage).

2006 - A security officer on patrol in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada observed four lights in the sky at 11:45 p.m. Three seemed to be hovering, while the fourth circled the others at one point. (Source: Geoff Dittman, 2006 Canadian UFO Survey, case # 194, citing HBCCUFO).

2007 - In Timmins, Ontario, Canada a light was seen in the northwestern sky at 11:30 p.m., zig-zagging and dancing "across the sky". (Source: Chris Rutkowski, 2007 Canadian UFO Report, case # 250).

2009 - The witness climbed into his sleeping bag around 11:00 p.m. in his tent while camping in the Lake District, England. At 1:30 a.m. he was awakened by a deep humming sound that seemed to vibrate through him. The inside of his tent was also lit up by a dim glow. What was most puzzling and disturbing was that from that time onward he could remember nothing until dawn on Wednesday morning, when he woke up outside his tent, stark naked and very cold. His tent and clothes had a very strong 'ozone' smell. His only recollection was being laid face down on something hard, and having something hard pushed into his rectum, which was very sore at the time. (Source: Albert Rosales, 2009 Humanoid Sighting Reports, citing http://iwasabducted.com/forum).

2009 - At 3:33 a.m. in South St. Louis, Missouri a loud noise was heard. Looking out, an oval-shaped object was seen hovering just 100 foot off the ground. It had red, white, blue, yellow and oranges lights. It only illuminated itself, not the surroundings.A saucer shaped object with a changing colored light was observed from New Richmond, Wisconsin at 11:00 p.m. It remained in one position in the sky for over an hour. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, May 2009 archived webpage, reports uploaded May 12, 2009). 

2010 - In Davie, Florida a silent, translucent Y-shaped object was sighted just above the tree level at 10:30 p.m. It flew on a steady course with a slow climb, at approximately 10 mph.(Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, May 2010 archived webpage, reports uploaded May 12, 2010). 

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 2 May 2014).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: abductions with disappearances lasting several days; aircraft encounters; beams of light; disc-shaped UFOs; green uniforms; golden uniform; landings; large footprints; multi-year reports from Argentina, Brazil, Belgium and France; ovoid UFOs; luminous spheres; missing time; prophesy; radar-visual confirmations; UFOs with red lights or red beams; triangular UFOs, V-shaped UFOs; yellow UFO or UFO with yellow lights.

© Donald A. Johnson