1947 - There are 19 UFO reports recorded for this day in the UFOCAT database: two from Europe, one from China, one from Newfoundland, and the remainder in the United States.
1947 - At 10 o'clock in the morning GMT a British Vickers Viking aircraft was flying over the Bay of Biscay in the Atlantic off the coast of France when the crew of three sighted a gray flying object, shaped like a tadpole. It was traveling at an estimated 600 mph and leaving a long vapor trail. (Source: Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 10).
1947 - At 11:00 a.m. EDT in Valdosta, Georgia a one-meter diameter "cake pan" shaped object flew over at 600 meters altitude. (Source: Michael Hitt, Georgia UFO Phenomenon 1947-1987, p. 3).
1947 - At 11:00 p.m. PDT (2:00 p.m. EDT) a man in Burien, Washington watched a three-foot diameter round shiny disc-shaped object fly slowly and silently toward the northwest. (Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer, July 11, 1947).
1947 - At 7:30 p.m. European time (1:30 p.m. EDT) in Skotfoss, Norway a disc flew across the sky from the northwest to the southeast. It was estimated to be the size of a small plane and traveling at normal aircraft speeds, but made no sound. (Source: Jan Aldrich, Project 1947: A Preliminary Report on the 1947 UFO Sighting Wave, p. 137).
1947 - At 4:47 p.m. astronomers Dr. Lincoln La Paz, Director of the Institute of Meteoritics and Department Head of the Astronomy Department at the University of New Mexico, and Clyde Tombaugh, discoverer of the planet Pluto, and other family members watched a luminous 300-foot wide saucer ascend at 600 mph near Fort Sumner, New Mexico heading toward the north. In 1948 Dr. La Paz served as a voluntary consultant for the USAF in connection with the "green fireball" investigations. (Sources: Ted Bloecher, Report on the UFO Wave of 1947, case 819; Loren Gross, UFOs: A History. 1947, p. 58).
1947 - Sometime between 3 o'clock in the afternoon and 5:00 p.m., three ground crewman, including Mr. Leidy, a mechanic for Pan American Airways, took photographs of a C-54 sized translucent disc- or wheel-shaped UFO flying below the clouds over Ernest Harmon Air Field in Newfoundland, Canada. They watched briefly while the UFO flew very fast, leaving a dark blue trail. It then ascended and cut a path through the clouds. (Project Blue Book; NICAP UFO Investigator, January 1978, p. 4; International UFO Reporter, December 1998; Don Berliner, Project Bluebook Unknowns).
1947 - At 5:30 p.m. EDT a "flying tin lid" shaped object flew over Smyrna, Georgia at an incredible speed. It reflected sunlight brilliantly. (Source: Michael Hitt, Georgia UFO Phenomenon 1947-1987, p. 4).
1947 - At 8:00 p.m. CDT several airmen near Tulsa, Oklahoma saw a perfect ring of light in the sky that flew toward the northeast at a constant speed and altitude. (Source: Jan Aldrich, Project 1947: A Preliminary Report on the 1947 UFO Sighting Wave, p. 101).
1955 - About seven to nine miles west of Newport Beach, California at 2:32 in the afternoon, a perfectly round, grayish-white UFO paced a pleasure boat for six minutes. It was surrounded by a "haze of fumes." It suddenly rose upward in a zigzag flight path and flew into a cloud bank. (Source: Richard Haines, CE-5: Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind, p. 167).
1959 - At two a.m. two white glowing ovoid objects with sharp outlines were joined by a third over Norma, New Jersey and all three UFOs circled a dock for 10 minutes, then flew away slowly. (Source: Loren E. Gross, The Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse: UFOs: A History. 1959: July-September, p. 9).
1967 - In Lizelia, Mississippi at 5:50 p.m. CDT golf pro Harold Washington (retired Captain, USMC) sighted a domed disc when his car engine and radio died. The top was colored gunmetal blue and the bottom was the color of lead. It moved east, crossed a highway, tilted upward, moved to the right, accelerated and disappeared into the clouds after 3-5 seconds. The disc made a swishing sound. (Source: Project Blue Book files counted in official statistics, case no. 11869; Don Berliner, Project Bluebook Unknowns; Mark Rodeghier, UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, p. 35).
1967 - About ten minutes later, at 8:00 p.m. local time, two people driving on a highway in Santa Clara del Mar, Brazil saw a huge cigar-shaped object on the ground, 400 meters away from the roadway. It had lit portholes. They watched it for two minutes as it took off. (Sources: Oscar A Uriondo, FSR Case Histories, February 1973, p. 14; Phenomenes Spatiaux, June 1974).
1972 - Driving through the countryside three kilometers outside of Alcaracejo, Spain in Cordoba province, Senor Aranda encountered a yellow oval of throbbing light at 10:15 p.m. He was temporarily blinded by the light. The engine of his car failed but the headlights stayed on. He estimated the UFO was two meters in length and had blue protuberances. It disappeared, then reappeared over a ditch. (Sources: Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos, Catalogue of 200 Type-I UFO Events in Spain and Portugal, p. 38, citing field investigator Enrique Campos; Mark Rodeghier, UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, p. 54; Richard Hall, The UFO Evidence, Volume II: A Thirty-Year Report, p. 274).
1973 - At 8 p.m. a supervisor at the Goshen, Indiana rubber plant was called outside by one of his men who had been smoking a cigarette. The man pointed up and to his left, and they both saw an unidentified craft moving very slowly from the northwest to the southeast. There were a number of downward slanted windows in the craft and they could see several humanoid figures moving about inside. Some appeared to be peering down out of the windows. The background behind the figures was red, making the figures look like silhouettes. The unusual thing about the craft was that it made a bobbing motion as it moved.. They watched the UFO for about 10 minutes until it drifted out of sight. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1973, citing Peter Davenport, National UFO Reporting Center, Seattle).
1977 - At one o'clock in the morning a chicken farmer in Pinheiro, Brazil was walking to town to catch a bus. A bright greenish blue light appeared and swooped down from the sky to chase him. It circled back and came to hover above some nearby woods, and he could now make out a V-shaped craft. He shone his flashlight at it and was suddenly struck by a light beam from the craft that knocked him down, creating a tingling sensation before he lost consciousness. At one point he awoke briefly to see several men staring at him. They examined him in silence. He finally woke up several hours later, and felt terrible pains throughout his body that prevented him from working for two months. (Source: Bob Pratt, UFO Danger Zone: Terror and Death in Brazil--Where Next? and in Timothy Good (ed.), The UFO Report 1991).
1978 - A carload of residents were parked at the local railroad crossing near Bellville, Ohio around 10 p.m. when they noticed a huge dark figure with red glowing eyes that appeared to be in a slumped position standing over the tracks. The frightened witnesses fled the area and later notified the police. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1978, case # 1830, citing Ron Schaffner, UFO Ohio Yearbook 1979).