On This Day

 Encounters with Aliens on this Day

 July 3

1947 - There are 35 unexplained UFO, USO (unidentified submarine object), and humanoid reports for this day in UFOCAT, including the alleged discovery of the famous Roswell debris field by Mac Brazel on a ranch near Corona, New Mexico and the discovery of a crashed disc by Barney Barnett in an arroyo near Magdelena, New Mexico. A cluster of three reports came from around Cincinnati, Ohio between 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. A cluster of another three reports came from Prince Edward Island, Canada at 5:45 p.m. including the sighting of a black cigar-shaped object in Charlottetown. There was a third cluster of sightings from Sonoma County, California where a forest fire lookout in Fort Ross saw what looked like a burning ship sink slowly into the Pacific Ocean where no ship was reported missing. There was a fourth cluster of three sightings between Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, DC. For a distribution of North American reports including hypothesized great circle routes or flight paths connecting the geographical coordinates of four or more reports, click on map. (Sources: Larry Hatch, U Computer database, case 782; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT, case A2038; Cincinnati (OH) Post, July 3, 1947; Cincinnati (OH) Enquirer, July 9, 1947; Windsor (ON) Daily Star, July 5, 1947; Jan Aldrich, Project 1947: A Preliminary Report on the 1947 UFO Sighting Wave, p. 6); Baltimore Sun, July 6, 1947).

1947, Harborside, Maine - John F. Cole, an astronomer, watched a series of objects that gave off a roaring noise at 2:30 in the afternoon from Harborside, south of Brooksville, Maine. The objects were in the north and were proceeding northwest at a high speed. He estimated their diameter at 100 feet. Calling the report an "unusually well-supported incident," the Air Force had no explanation. However, years later the Air Materiel Command publicly explained the event as "birds or insects". This sighting was also one of the 1947 cases investigated by the FBI. (Sources: Jacques Vallee, Anatomy of a Phenomenon, pg. 51; Donald Keyhoe, Flying Saucers: Top Secret, pg. 89).

1947 -- In the village of Mendon, Vermont at 9:00 p.m. Mrs. Spieski sighted a cylindrical UFO, shaped like a flashlight with a white head and green body. It flew at a moderate speed over a meadow at low altitude, heading toward the southwest. (Sources: Ted Bloecher; Rutland (VT) Herald, July 9, 1947).

1949 - A blue-green fireball was sighted at dawn north of Vaughn, Montana. It lit up the sky from horizon to horizon. At 10:40 a.m. 200 spectators watched three identical disc-shaped objects fly over an air show being held in Longview, Washington. Another disc-shaped flying object was sighted in Astoria, Oregon at 1:00 p.m. At 3:00 p.m. in Sterling State Park on the shore of Lake Erie in Michigan, Mr. D. Swarz was watching 2 AT6 airplanes when his attention was drawn to a metallic disc high above moving rapidly in opposite direction. The object went south over the western end of Lake Erie and was gone in 11 seconds. (Sources: Edward Sullivan, CSI-Los Angeles letters from witnesses; Donald E. Keyhoe, Flying Saucers: Top Secret, p. 86; newspaper clipping datelined Astoria, OR July 5, 1949.

1955 -Mrs. Wesley Symmonds was driving near Stockton, Georgia when she saw four "bug-eyed" creatures near the road. They were small beings with thin arms, wide shoulders, large eyes, and pointed chins. Two were turned away from the witness; one was bending over with something like a stick in its hand; and the fourth one was facing her with its right arm raised. It had bulging eyes, a sort of cap, no visible mouth, a long pointed nose, a chin that came to a sharp point, and long thin arms with claws. (Sources: Leonard Stringfield, Inside Saucer Post...3-0 Blue, Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 249-250).

1960 -- An Argentinean Air Force Captain photographed a cone-shaped UFO between Yacanto and Cordoba, Argentina at 4:30 p.m. There was a mystery fall of ice from the sky in Portage, Pennsylvania. (Source: FSR Case Histories, December 1973, p. 17; George Eberhart, A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies, p. 788).

1961 - An object resembling a hovercraft was seen at fifteen minutes after minute in Ryde, England. It had five windows through which a bright orange light was shining, and it hovered about 20 meters above the trees. It left suddenly at high speed. (Source: Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 520).

1965 - At their base on Deception Island in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica two Chilean scientists, Barrera and Perisse, witnessed, tracked with a theodolite, and photographed a bluish-green lighted object that zigzagged and caused strong radio frequency interference beginning at 7:14 p.m. Another electromagnetic effect was that the UFO registered on their magnetograph tapes and variometers. Photographs were taken. The blue-green lighted object was seen zig-zagging. There was a government coverup. (Sources: La Razon, July 6, 1965; NICAP UFO Investigator, September 1965, p. 2; Frank Edwards, Flying Saucers--Serious Business, p. 281; UNICAT, case 11; BUFORA Journal, May-June 1965, p. 18; Richard H. Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II:  A Thirty-Year Report, pp. 315-316).

Deception Island, Antarctica Close Encounter - 1965

Sketch of Deception Island UFO - 1965

1967 - An 8-mm home movie was made at 1:00 a.m. in Buckhorn, Ontario when a family saw 15 lights darting about in the sky. Mr. Denniss shot a few feet of film in the direction of flight. On the film is a red, round luminous object, flattened slightly on the top. They next saw three lights traveling in a triangle formation. (Source: Skylook, January 1968, p. 7).

1968 - Around midnight a man driving in a car in Colle Orlando, Italy had a tall humanoid jump onto the roadway from an embankment in front of him. The being wore blue overalls, had long hair, and a bright light shone from his chest. The being easily jumped over the car, laughed, then jumped to a hill where a small red disc was hovering. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database, 1968, case 99, citing ITACAT).

1976 - Two 14-year-old girls, Ms. Chapman and Ms. Perry, in Mawman, England heard a hissing sound around 10 o'clock at night. They then saw a flying humanoid as big as a man, with glowing red eyes. It looked like "a big owl with pointed ears." (Source: David F. Webb and Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT, case A1641, citing Fortean Times, August 1976, p. 17).

1999 - A couple driving between Oostende and Bruges, Belgium saw a triangular object hovering seven meters above a field. It was silver and black with lights in each corner, and had a pulsating red light in the center. When one of them tried to photograph it the craft approached them. They panicked and drove off. (Source: UFO Magazine (USA), November 1999, p. 29).

Written by Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Revised 19 June 2009).

Compiled from the UFOCAT computer database.

Themes: blue uniforms, disc-shaped UFOs, flying humanoid, glowing red eyes, hissing sound, low level UFOs, metallic UFOs, motion picture film, photographs, procession of objects, roaring sound, short humanoids, tall humanoids, triangular UFOs.

© Donald A. Johnson