On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 November 23

1896 - Several observers in Stockton, California witnessed a fast moving, bright light in the sky that had exited from a shadowy ovoid object at 10:10 p.m.; it dips low near buildings in the city. There were several other reports this evening from Antioch, Chico, Lathrop, Oakland, San Francisco, and San Jose, California. (Sources: Stockton (CA) Daily Independent, November 24, 1896; Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 164, citing Loren E. Gross, The UFO Wave of 1896, p. 13).

1948 - An aerial encounter with a red UFO involving radar and visual confirmation occurred over Germany on this night at 10:20 p.m. Two U.S. Air Force Captains flying in a F-80 fighter, and a 1st Lt. from the 23rd Fighter Squadron on the ground at Furstenfeldbruck AFB saw the reddish star-like object to the east moving south over Munich at 200-500 mph, turning slightly southwest and then southeast. Captain Slater in the F-80 called the Racecard DF Radar Station which tracked the unidentified target at 27,000 feet and 30 miles to the south of Munich, climbing to 40,000 feet at 40 miles south of Munich, then circling around in a high speed ascent. (Sources: Donald E. Keyhoe, Flying Saucers Are Real, p. 162; Edward J. Ruppelt, Report on Unidentified Flying Objects, p. 68; Richard Hall, Uninvited Guests, p. 237;  Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 10).

1950 - At 3:20 p.m. a disc-shaped UFO flew from the southwest to the northeast near Maxwell Air Force Base, then performed a flip over the city of Montgomery, Alabama. A second disc flew from the southwest to the northeast, then two more flew from the south to the north at a high rate of speed. town. There were three witnesses, and the entire event lasted nine minutes. (Source: Loren E. Gross, UFOs: A History. 1950: August-December, p. 58).

1953 - The famous Kinross Air Force Base disappearance of an F-89 fighter plane occurred on this date. An F-89 was scrambled from Kinross AFB at 6:41 p.m. to pursue a UFO over Lake Michigan and the Upper Pennisula of Michigan. The radar blips of the UFO and the jet merged into one near Soo Locks and Keeneenaw Point, Michigan then the jet disappeared and the UFO flew away. An extensive air search and rescue found no trace of the missing aircraft, with the two airmen named Moncla and Wilson. The radio communication between the pilot and Air Traffic Controllers has never been released. The massive search and recovery effort went on for an extensive period of time, and failed to find any wreckage. (Sources: Sault Ste. Marie Evening News, November 24, 1953; Donald E. Keyhoe, Flying Saucer Conspiracy, p. 13; UNICAT, case # 670; Richard M. Dolan, UFO's and the National Security State: Chronology of a Cover-up 1941-1973, p. 406; UNICAT database, case # 670).

1954 - At around five o'clock in the evening two young shepherds, M. G. and P. T., age 12, were returning to their flock in Colcerasa, Macerata, Italy when they noticed that the sheep had moved from were they had left them and that their sheep dog was barking. M. G. observed three “dark colored, animal like creatures” moving between some bushes and a couple of bonfires that the shepherds had lit earlier. They also saw what looked like a small barrel, 60-70 centimeters wide by 1.5 meters long. The edges of the object were flattened. M. G. was unable to view the beings clearly; they stood approximately 35 cm tall and had rather disproportionately large, flat-topped heads. They appeared to be dressed in dark shiny suits, as if made out of plastic. The creatures quickly retreated into the object, which quickly took off producing a hissing sound. When the object had reached an altitude of 20 meters it expelled a large fireball. This exploded just before touching the ground, and a strong gust of wind struck both boys. The object sported something like “antennae” situated on its forward section, which vibrated when the object lifted off. The craft zipped rapidly in an easterly direction and disappeared from view to the left of Mount La Cesa. Both boys ran home to relate what they had just seen. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1954, case # 1602, citing Maurizio Verga, ITACAT).

1954 - On this afternoon three 10-year-old girls returning from school in Torpo, Norway--Anne & Tora Storedal and Tora Moy Hauge--found themselves being followed by a flying saucer. It came down to hover only 3 or 4 feet away from them. It was round, about 10 feet in diameter, and the bottom was black, trimmed with yellow spots which could have been lights, with a number of small, "red jags." The upper part was a transparent dome, and a man who was operating controls was visible inside. He wore black trousers, a black jacket, and immense red goggles over his eyes. He stared at one of the girls. When the craft rose it collided with a high-tension power line with a shower of sparks, and the girls ran away. They noticed a smell "like fried sausages." A "streak" was found in the snow, apparently left by the craft having brushed the surface of the snow covered ground. (Sources: David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case 1954-132 (A0345), citing Oddvar J. Larsen, CSI-New York).

1957 - In the desert 30 miles west of Tonopah, Nevada Joseph Long's car engine died at 6:10 a.m. He then heard a high-pitched whining sound and saw to his right four large, metallic Saturn-shaped craft resting on the ground 400 meters away. The objects were 50 feet in diameter, with a dome in the center and a rotating ring on the edge. He walked up to within 50 feet of the objects during the next 20 minutes, when the four objects slowly rose up and left the area, at which time he returned to his vehicle and the car engine could be restarted. The humming sound increased in pitch when the objects took off. (Sources: Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics; J. Allen Hynek,  The Hynek UFO Report, p. 182; UNICAT database, case # 286, citing Hynek; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 445; Richard F. Haines, Project Delta: A Study of Multiple UFO, p. 186; Mark Rodeghier, UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, p. 13; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II: A Thirty-Year Report, p. 1).

Tonopah, Nevada Close Encounter of the Second Kind - 1957

Sketch of Tonopah, Nevada Close Encounter - 1957

1958 - At 11:35 p.m. Julio M. Ladaleto, an engineer, stopped when his car hit a can rolling on the road in Cojutepeque, El Salvador. He then observed an object about 35 meters away. It was shaped like a lamp shade with an upper transparent sphere emitting a bluish, pulsating light, 12 meters diameter, seven meters high, and resting on three half-spheres. An very tall occupant, 2.5 meters in height, was photographed by the witness as the crossed the road and appeared to inspect the craft. The UFOnaut wore a blue coverall and luminescent heelless boots, and had a bald head. The observation lasted 10 minutes, after which the object took off with a whining sound, sparks and smoke. The following day, before he had revealed anything about the case, Ladeleto was contacted by strange "newsmen" who appeared to know all the details of it. (Sources: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 476; Coral & Jim Lorenzen, Encounters with UFO Occupants, p. 151).

1961 - In Sioux City, Iowa at  9:30 p.m. F. Braunger saw a bright red "star" fly straight and level for 15 seconds. (Sources: Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics, case # 7742; Don Berliner, Project Bluebook Unknowns).

1965 - At 9:30 p.m. a man named Quigley sighted a flourescent, blue cluster of lights tinged orange on the sides, about a mile away in the sky over Adelaide, South Australia. When he signaled with a flashlight a second time it moved closer. (Source: Michael Hervey, UFOs Over the Southern Hemisphere, p. 174).

1967 -  Two UFOs with lights blinded a man while he was driving his truck at dusk in Ivangrad, Yugoslavia. One object hung close to ground for 15 minutes, then took off vertically. (Source: APRO Bulletin, November-December 1967, p. 7).

1969 - For 15 minutes beginning at 12:30 a.m. four witnesses watched and viewed through a telescope a glowing ovoid object over Kauri Mountain, New Zealand that moved up-and-down, side-to-side, and hovered. It departed by shooting straight up. (Source: FSR, March 1970, p. 32).

1972 - A class of college student observed a silent, wingless, dull-gray fuselage-shaped object fly over a forest in Acheres, Yvelines, France at 8:45 a.m. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 9766, citing Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue 123).

1973 - A torpedo-shaped object flew quickly through the sky near the locks at Brunel Ward, Huntsville, Ontario. (Source: Huntsville Forester, November 29, 1973).

1975 -  A one-meter in diameter disc was spotted just over the highway D786 in Treguier, France. It  followed a car west, but turned back quickly to the east when the car approached the town. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 11555, citing Jean Claude Bourret, La Nouveau Defi des OVNI, p. 164).

1975 - A domed disc-shaped object with three white lights and a smaller blinking red light in the center was sighted by a young couple in Chicago, Illinois at 4:50 p.m. on a clear evening. It hovered motionless for a few seconds, dropped down, hovered again, then moved to the east, hovered a third time, and finally moved rapidly off to the northwest. It made no sound and the witnesses were confident it was not a plane or helicopter. (Source: Fred Merritt, on-site case field investigation).

1976 - A lounge owner and a bartender watched a large domed object as it hovered over trees in Kenner, Louisiana on a clear night, flashing red, green, and white lights. The dome was three times the size of a helicopter, and it passed over their car at 3:30 a.m. It hovered for two minutes over the trees, then moved slowly toward Moisant Airport in the east. (Sources: International UFO Reporter, January 1977, p. 5; UNICAT, case # 233).

1977 - At 8:30 p.m. in the village of Colares, Para State, Brazil 35-year-old Anotnio Ferreira witnessed an "airship," red on the bottom, gray metallic on the top, and oval-cylindrical in shape. It was estimated to be 1500 meters distant, and it moved in small wavy pulsing actions, spinning as it went. At the same time 34-year-old pilot Ivaldo Viegas Pantoja was flying from Colarfes and spotted the dull metallic "airship" when his plane was at 60 meters altitude, and the UFO was at only 30 meters, 3000 meters away. It was small, perhaps only 1.5 meters in size, and going from southeast to east at 100 km/h. He reported being frightened by his encounter with the object. (Source: Bob Pratt, Operacion Prato, p. 34). 

1978 - At 6:30 p.m. a fluorescent, wedge-shaped UFO flew silently over an oil field in Abu Dhabi, UAE. There were 11 oil workers as witnesses. (Sources: Richard H. Hall, MUFON UFO  Journal, January 1979, p. 5, citing UPI; APRO Bulletin, January 1979, p. 3).

1978 - In the early evening a silver triangular object with two yellow lights paced a "Tristar" airliner from Heathrow Airport, Kent, England. It came back several times during the three minute encounter, and was tracked on radar. There were several independent witnesses. At 7:15 p.m. a man in Whitstable, Kent, England making weather observations at his home saw a silver, plate-shaped UFO, within a block of light gray vapor. The UFO was glistening silver, and emerged from the front of the mist. It showed great acceleration, and left a vapor trail. (Sources: (1) D. N. Mansell, Awareness, April 1979, p. 11; Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 42; (2) UFO Newsclipping Service, January 1979, p. 11, citing Whitstable Times, November 24, 1978).

1978 - At 9:00 p.m. a cigar-shaped UFO flew over Gois, Coimbra, Portugal very rapidly to the north, radiating an orange glow. (Source: PORTUCAT, case 236, citing Diario de Coimbra).

1990 - A giant cigar-shaped object flew rapidly and silently to the north over Vumba, Manicaland, Zimbabwe. A flame was emitted from the rear end of the object. It had blinking and steady lights. (Source: Cynthia Hind, UFO AfriNews, issue 4, July 1991).

1991 -  On this day a hunter in Riga, Latvia shot at a UFO at close range, which changed color from gray to white and then dematerialized. (Source: Richard F. Haines, JUSA-CISAAF Translations, p. 150).

1992 -  A couple driving on an isolated road at 1:30 a.m. near the town of San German, Puerto Rico saw tall thin being walking on side of road. He was walking towards them, and was described as having a large head, which was covered by a black helmet, wide shoulders, and very long arms. At eye level there was a rectangular opening in the helmet, and they could see two large almond-shaped eyes. Around his neck was a golden colored collar. The startled witnessed decided to turn back and take another look, but the humanoid figure had already vanished. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1992, case # 285, citing Jorge Martin, Enigma, issue # 58).

1994 -  Six children in Plancher-les-Mines, France watched a silver domed disc maneuver, then hover low over a field. On the dome was a porthole, and inside a human-like head could be seen looking out. (Source: Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue # 330).

1995 -  Several independent witnesses reported watching a disc-shaped object flashing at low altitude over Lugo, Leon, Spain at 8:30 p.m. No figures were visible in its large, clear windows. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 17155).

1996 -  David L., a local cab driver, was taking several passengers home from a pub in Hallbankgate, Cumbria, England at around 1:40 a.m. when he observed a large green ball of light with a white ring around. The ball of light dropped from the sky and then hovered in some woods at a nearby farm. Later, after driving another group of passengers from the pub, he came up a hill and saw a tall figure emerging from a gate in a field on his right hand side. The figure wore a silver suit with some kind of helmet on his head. It was carrying what appeared to be a "white sheet" in front of him that he was not holding, but seemed to be stuck to his hands. Both David and his two passengers were extremely frightened and did not stop, driving quickly away from the area. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1996, case # 3127, citing British UFO Research Association).

1996 - At around 7 p.m. a witness in Indianapolis, Indiana drove under a large metallic top-shaped UFO at 300 feet altitude. It hovered silently. At 8:45 p.m. in Stockton, California--100 years to the night after the first airship sighting there--a large rotating sphere was seen by witnesses in four cars. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, citing Francis L. Ridge, UFO Intelligence Newslatter, Volume 10 Issue 2).

2000 - Several high-quality witnesses in Atlanta, Georgia reported sighting waves of disc-shaped objects that flew against the wind and above the clouds in formations of two to twelve from 9:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. At least 50 UFOs were sighted moving toward the north-northeast for a total of about 15 minutes. (Sources: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, November 2000 archived webpage; George Filer, Filer's Files, 2000, issue # 49).

2003 - At 6 p.m. from Berkeley, California a huge illuminated object with flashing lights moved smoothly over the Bay Bridge toward Oakland. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, November 2003 webpage).

2007 - Very bright underwater lights were seen in the ocean off East Falmouth, Massachusetts at 11:30 p.m. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, November 2000 archived webpage, report uploaded March 4, 2008).

2007 - A triangular craft, with two horizontal level beams of lights, like "headlights," was seen from I-380, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, near the Eastern Iowa Airport at 11:03 p.m. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, November 2000 archived webpage, report uploaded November 28, 2007).

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

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: aircraft UFO encounters; black uniforms; blue UFO; cigar-shaped, fuselage and torpedo-shaped UFOs; dematerialization of UFO; disc-shaped UFOs; domes or domed discs, helmets; lampshade-shaped UFO; Man in Black (MIB); multi-year reports from England, France and northern California; ovoid UFOs; procession of UFOs; radar visual confirmations; triangular UFOs; very tall humanoid; whining sound; witness shooting at UFO.

© Donald A. Johnson