On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 January 16

1947 – At 11:30 at night in the North Sea an RAF Mosquito pilot picked up a strange object on radar 50 miles north of the coast of Holland. The UFO seemed to be taking evasive maneuvers when approached by the fighter aircraft. The UFO was pursued for 30 minutes until over the Norfolk, England coast, at which point the object darted away. (Source: APRO Bulletin, December 1977, p. 7).

1955 – At 1:00 p.m. a pilot of a light plane flying over Talara, Peru encountered a domed, disc-shaped UFO maneuvering at 20,000 feet. It focused a beam of light onto his plane. He gave chase but the disc ascended to an altitude too high to follow. (Source: Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 24, citing the APRO Bulletin).

1957 – The crewmen of a USAF B-25 flying northwest of Fort Worth, Texas sighted a round, white light at eight o’clock in the evening making rapid maneuvers in the night sky. It made several 45-degree turns. The radio compass flipped over toward the UFO and held there during the duration of the 40-minute sighting. (Source: USAF Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics).

1958 – At 2:30 a.m. a doctor in Villa Velha in the Brazilian state of Espirito Santo and three others witnessed a large silent metallic Saturn-shaped UFO hovering offshore. It directed a beam of light downward into the ocean. Later than same day a famous set of photographs of a Saturn-shaped UFO was taken at 12:15 p.m. from a Brazilian Navy ship participating in the International Geophysical Year explorations, and anchored at Trindade Island in the Atlantic Ocean. Sr. Barauna, the ship’s photographer took the photographs, but over 100 witnesses aboard ship witnessed the maneuvering UFO. The four photos are somewhat over exposed, but show the object reversing direction and flying back over a craggy mountaintop. (Sources: Loren E. Gross, The Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse: UFOs: A History – 1958: January-February, p. 23; Coral E. Lorenzen, Flying Saucers: The Startling Evidence of the Invasion from Outer Space, p. 164).

1966 – At four o’clock in the morning, Mr. Coquil, age 23, was driving by a pasture in Kerrodien en Bolazec, France when he saw a luminous, box-shaped UFO rise from the roadside. The object was about five meters in length and had portholes and red lights on the corners. It passed over his car and landed in a field on the other side of the road. (Sources: Phenomenes Spatiaux, March 1966; APRO Bulletin, May-June 1966; Mark Rodeghier, UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, p. 27).

1967 – At 6:10 p.m. a man in Charleston, South Carolina saw two round objects in the sky. They were described as silver and blue with a red ring. A beam of light projected from the end. Radar contact with the object was initially confirmed but later discounted by later analysis of the weather conditions at the time. Six people traveling in a car between Mount Sunapee and Warner, New Hampshire at around 7 p.m. encountered a dark, battleship-gray Manta Ray shaped UFO with two lights. It paced their car for three minutes and later swooped low over a home. (Sources: Gordon D. Thayer, in Edward Condon (ed.) Scientific Study of Unidentified Flying Objects, p. 129; NICAP case investigation files; NICAP UFO Investigator, April 1967, p. 5).

1969 – While driving down a highway in Las Pajanosas, Spain in Sevilla province a man and his dog encountered an illuminated rectangle on or near the ground at 10:30 p.m. His dog began howling. The silhouettes of beings could be seen moving around in front of the lighted source for the ten minutes the UFO was on the ground. Later investigation found three apparent landing imprints, arranged in a triangle six feet apart. (Source: Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos, Catalogue of 200 Type-I UFO Events in Spain and Portugal, case 101, citing investigation by Felipe Laffitte).

1973 - At 7:00 p.m. a domed, metallic object followed a car near Winston-Salem, North Carolina and the car was raised off the road by the object. The two witnesses felt weightless and they could not control the car until the object had departed. (Source: Mark Rodeghier, UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, case 326, citing UFO Register 1974)

1977 – On a clear and cloudless morning a giant flying saucer appeared over the southwestern part of Moscow, Russia. It was photographed as it hovered for more than an hour. It had a grayish-blue surface, but was distinctly visible against the blue sky. (Source: Paul Stonehill, The Soviet UFO Files, p. 69).

1979 – Two women teachers, Ms. Griselda and Ms. Gonzalez, in the city of David in Panama, sighted an oval-shaped UFO in the evening while walking home from night school. The UFO was spinning and gave off orange and blue lights. It stopped and changed direction without turning, and made no sound. (Source: Jane Thompson, UFO Newsclipping Service, March 1979, p. 15; citing El Sol, January 18, 1979).

1991 – Three notable reports occurred on this evening. At eight p.m. in Bettignies, France a car’s headlights dimmed and the car radio experience radio interference when a huge black, delta-shaped craft passed by at a low altitude. The UFO rose to a higher altitude and flew off rapidly toward the east. At 7:50 p.m. in Gulf Breeze, Florida a red ball of light was sighted over the Sikes Bridge. It moved west, hovered, and then drifted in the sky for five minutes. That same evening in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma a UFO that first appeared as a white light made an abrupt turn and revealed four red lights. (Sources: Lumieres dans la Nuit, January 1997; Bruce S. Maccabee, MUFON 1991 Conference Proceedings, p. 249; Paul Ferrughelli, Computer Catalogue of UFO Reports, 1988-1994, citing MUFON Oklahoma).

1992 – At four o’clock in the afternoon a gray disc swooped down over a car with four passengers and pursued it for seven minutes in Columbus, Georgia. (Source: Paul Ferrughelli, Computer Catalogue of UFO Reports, 1988-1994, citing B. Knell).

1995 – A 40-year-old man looked out of the window of a store at 5:45 p.m. and saw a UFO over a shopping mall in Miami, Florida. He ran outside to view it more closely. The multi-colored disc-shaped object was rolling in loops on a trajectory that passed in front of a nearby building. It continued rolling as it flew away, and was in view for three minutes. (Source: Mary Margaret Zimmer, MUFON field investigation files, case 950406E).

2003 – Several interesting cases occurred on this day. At 4:25 a.m. in Marbella, Spain a round UFO with three flower petal-like shapes around its center was seen in the sky for five minutes. It was silver in color with black circles, and a silver framework was visible on the object. At 1:34 a.m. EST in Westchester county, New York a witness in Portchester sighted a large dark object in the night sky with a watery reflection. It looked to be cylindrical in shape. At 4:30 p.m. in Wildrose, North Dakota a man called to report that he saw a gray triangular UFO in the sky that was making a buzzing or humming noise. He reported that he got to within an eighth of a mile of the object before it flew away. (Source: Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle, web-page archive for January 2003).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 16 November 2005).

Compiled from the UFOCAT database.

Themes: abrupt changes in direction, aircraft UFO encounters, beams of light, car buzzings and pursuits, disc-shaped UFOs, domed discs, hovering, landings, levitation, maneuvering UFOs, multiyear reports from France and Florida, nautical UFOs (ocean sightings), physical traces, Saturn-shaped UFOs, square or rectangular UFOs.