On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 October 3

1843 - Farmer Cooper saw three men flying through the sky over Warwick, Quebec. They were completely white. (Source: John Colombo, UFOs over Canada: Personal accounts of sightings and close encounters, p. 209).

1951 - At 9:27 p.m. military radar picked up a large sausage-shaped radar blip. It was tracked flying over Kadena AFB, Japan moving at 4,800 mph. Listed as a Project Blue Book "unidentified" case. (Source: Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics, case 984).

1952 - At 1:30 a.m. a UFO zigzagged over Abidjan, Ivory Coast. That evening, at Cocoa Beach, Florida a white ovoid object hovered near Cape Canaveral for two and a half hours. (Source: Loren Gross, UFOs: A History. 1952: September-October, p. 61).

1954 - There are 81 UFO and humanoid reports recorded in UFOCAT for this day. There is one from India, one from Lebanon, one from Quebec, one from Switzerland, two each from England and Italy, and three from Austria. The rest are from France, which appears to be at the center of this massive wave of UFO sightings. Click on map to see the distribution of European reports. Below are some of the more interesting reports for this day:

1954 - Angelo Girardo, 55, a stockyard employee, was going to work in Bressuire, France at dawn when he saw a circular craft with a three-meter diameter and a small figure wearing a diving suit, standing close by. The object took off at a fantastic speed. (Sources: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 215; Michel Figeut & Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, p. 111).

1954 - Between Rue and Quend, France on Route D27, near the village of Vron, Rene Coudette and B. Devoisin were riding bicycles with a third witness when they saw an orange object, shaped like a beehive, on the road ahead of them. A small strange "man" wearing a diving suit, about 0.9 meters (3 foot) tall, was standing close to it. When they got within 70 meters of it, the object took off very fast. Less than three hours later, the same or a similar orange object chased a car down a road in Quend for eight kilometers, then flew away toward the sea. The witness was a butcher named Georges Galant. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, pp. 118, 116; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 216).

1954 - At 7:20 p.m. the crowd at a fair in Chereng, France saw a luminous object arrive very fast in the sky, stop in flight, emit sparks, and come down to ground level. As witnesses rushed to the spot it took off again. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 113; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 216).

1954 - At 10:45 p.m. a circular craft was seen by Mr. Jean Allary, age 22, while riding a motorcycle between Montmoreau and Villebois Lavalette, France. It seemed to be gliding over the ground. It showed luminous spots and became completely illuminated when it took off. It was about 1.2 meters high. Grass was found flattened and scorched over an area seven meters across. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 130; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 216; Michel Figeut & Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, p. 114).

1954 - Near La Rochelle, France at 11:00 p.m. Mr. and Mrs. Guillemoteau saw an object, five meters in diameter and 2.5 meters high, hovering for several minutes one meter above the ground. The UFO then rose vertically. Oily marks were found at the spot. (Sources: Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 131; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 216).

1958 - At 3:20 a.m. in Owasco, Indiana four big, soft white elliptical lights, about 40 meters in diameter, maneuvered back and forth just above tree top level while changing color. (Source: NICAP UFO Investigator, August 1959, p. 3).

Owasco, Indiana - 1958

1967 - At 7:45 p.m. Kathy Skolem of Portland, Connecticut, age 13, saw an orange cloud bigger than the moon, which changed colors from pink to blue to green. This turned out to be a barium cloud experiment launched by NASA at 7:18 EDT from Wallops Island, Virginia. However, she then saw a white domed disc surrounded by a haze. It had lights around its rim, and it flew off toward the southeast. At 8:40 p.m. a glowing Saturn-shaped object with a fuzzy amber center flew over Cambridge, Massachusetts. It had white lights sparkling around its circumference. This too was not the barium cloud experiment, which they had seen earlier in the evening. (Sources: Donald A. Johnson, case investigation files; NICAP case investigation files).

Portland, Connecticut Domed Disc - 3 Oct 1967 19.45h

Cambridge, Massachusetts Domed Disc - 3 Oct 1967 20.40h

1971 - Mr. and Mrs. Cury where driving in Anapolis, Brazil at 1:40 a.m. when their car's engine made an odd sound and suddenly accelerated to 160 kph despite the driver's effort to slow it down. A large glowing sombrero-shaped object appeared in front of the car. It passed back and forth across the road, oscillated up and down, then sped away. On the same day two disc-shaped objects descended low over Rainbow Lake in Derry, New Hampshire. There were independent witnesses to the event, and other UFO sightings in the area. (Sources: APRO Bulletin, September-October 1971, p. 3; Mark Rodeghier, UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, p. 52; Hans Holzer, The UFOnauts, p. 168).

1973 - During a flurry of low-level UFO sightings in the area of North Melbourne, Australia, a man woke up in the middle of the night and noticed two figures standing in the shadows in front of his bedroom wall looking at him. They were described as humanoid and tall, and they appeared to be floating just above the floor. Both swayed gently from side to side. Both beings had large baldheads, slanted eyes, lipless mouths, and small flat noses. Their ears were pressed back against the side of their heads. No clothing details could be discerned. Moments later one of the beings opened his mouth and a high-pitched whine filled the room. At the same time both beings began to fade and disappeared. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1973, case # 868, citing George Alahouzos, FSR, Vol. 25 # 1).

1973 - A former aerospace photographer sighted a silver disc-shaped UFO making erratic maneuvers near SR177, northeast of Cape Girardeau, Missouri at 7:30 p.m. At 8:00 p.m. a UFO landed on a lake and lifted off from the water's surface in East Derry, New Hampshire. (Source: Harley Rutledge, Project Identification: The first scientific field study of UFO phenomena, p. 170).

1975 - On this night a large mass of white light, with smaller blue lights inside, hung stationary over Quincy, Massachusetts. (Source: CUFOS News Bulletin, February 1976, p. 7).

1976 - On this night a luminous object rose up from the road only twenty meters in front of an approaching car in Tonsberg, Norway. (Source: U computer database, case 11905).

1978 - Thousands of witnesses in Bogota, Colombia saw two UFOs in an unusually clear sky. One was shaped like a "croissant" and the other was cylinder-shaped. Both gave off an intense luminosity. Traffic halted throughout the city during the sighting. (Source: UFO Newsclipping Service, December 1978, p. 15).

1978 - At 9:37 p.m. a car driving over a mountain pass near Sayama City, Japan was suddenly illuminated. An orange beam of light came down from the sky and struck the Mr. Amano's two-year-old daughter's stomach. Then a short humanoid being with no obvious nose appeared and pressed a metallic object against his forehead. He began receiving telepathic communication from the being accompanied by a high-pitched noise. (Source: David F. Webb and Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case A1977).

1983 - At two o'clock in the morning Debbie Tomey heard a voice call her in her bedroom at her home in suburban Indianapolis, Indiana. She saw a small ball of light fly through her hallway. Under hypnosis she recalled being drowsy, then being touched by a device clamped to her neck. She saw a short humanoid being, and then experienced an episode of missing time. When she regained consciousness she found herself outside her house. (Source: Thomas E. Bullard, UFO Abductions: The Measure of a Mystery. Volume 1: Comparative Study of Abductions, case 195 (episode K).

1983 - At 8:00 p.m. nine amateur astronomers sighted at blue ovoid object orbited by smaller objects over Split, Croatia. (Source: MUFON UFO Journal, December 1983).

1989 - At 3:00 a.m. in Ochlocknee, Georgia two men observed a round object at tree top level, emitting small balls of light. (Source: Paul Ferrughelli, Computer Catalogue of UFO Reports, 1988-1994, case 992).

1996 -At approximately 8:00 p.m. local time a number of vehicles traveling on I-25 south of Springer, New Mexico were witness to a cigar-shaped object, estimated to be at least "two stories" tall and covered with very bizarre lights. The object was seen to descend out of the night sky and hover over an area near the highway. At least 4-5 automobiles, and two tractor-trailers had stopped along the highway and their passengers had gotten out of their vehicles to look at the object. At some point during the sighting the object extinguished its lights and apparently settled to the ground. One young person was emotionally upset by the event, and was still in a state of shock several hours later. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center website).

1996 -On this Thursday night numerous sightings of one or more blue-green "fireballs" streaking overhead were reported to various law-enforcement agencies in California. Some reports hinted at the possibility that the sightings were associated with several fires of unknown origin that had allegedly broken out as the object or objects passed overhead. Witnesses in at least four counties made reports to the California Emergency Management Office in Sacramento. One observer reported that he had seen a bluish or blue-green fireball descend almost vertically to the east of his location in Bakersfield. The object was observed for approximately 20-30 seconds, during which time it traversed an arc or approximately 30 degrees of angle. The object went below the horizon to the east. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center website).

1997 - At four in the afternoon Osmo Kurkela was walking home from school in Raahe, Finland when he saw a red light in the sky that was coming straight down towards him. It stopped ten meters from the witness then landed. The UFO was five meters long and ten meters wide. Three human-looking beings emerged and one of them appeared to be a woman. Osmo ran home and attempted to hide, but his next recollection was being taken from his home and into the object. A sperm sample was allegedly taken from the young man. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1997, case # 2840, citing UFO Sightings in New Mexico and the World).

1998 - A five-meter diameter disc flew low over the valley of the Tevere River in Rieti, Italy and skimmed the surface of the water. It flew off toward the southwest and was sighted again in Rome. (Source: Joseph Trainor, UFO Roundup website, volume 3, no. 41).

2000 - A witness saw three lights chasing one another over Montreal, Quebec at 9:33 p.m. They zigzagged around the sky making no noise. (Source: UFO Research Manitoba, 2000 Canadian UFO Survey, case 187).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 16 September 2004).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: abductions, cigar-shaped UFOs, disc-shaped UFOs, luminous UFOs, bluish-green erratic maneuvers, fireballs, flying humanoids, human looking UFOnauts, nautical UFOs, orange UFOs, hovering, short humanoid, normal-sized humanoid, UFOs emitting sparks, landings, landing traces, multiple nautical UFO reports in New Hampshire, multi-year reports from New England, UFOs with satellite objects, zigzag motion in flight.