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Volume 4, Number 36
December 30, 1999
Editor: Joseph Trainor
A CENTURY OF UFOs
And now UFO Roundup presents a historical
chronology of UFO and alien sightings during the
Twentieth Century. These are not the most
important sightings of each year, but they are
significant. Here's the UFO history of our century
year by year:
1900 - Teenager Miranda McKay and three
other girls, plus their Scottish chaperone from
Appleyard College boarding school, disappear at
Hanging Rock, near Melbourne, Australia.
1901 - An unusual substance, "smelling like
glue" falls from a clear sky at Sart, Belgium.
1902 - Unusual sky booms heard over Boschof,
Oranjevrystaat, South Africa.
1903 - Large alien seven feet tall with long hair,
horns and huge bulging eyes appears and is
chased away by coal miners in Iola, Kansas, USA.
1904 - Three luminous UFOs are seen by the
crew aboard the USS Supply, which is on a cruise
off the shore of northern California, USA.
1905 - "Buzzing" UFO descends from heavy
overcast and flies over Portland, Oregon, USA.
1906 - "Mystery meteor" performs weird
aerial maneuvers over Syracuse, New York, USA.
1907 - "Torpedo-shaped" UFO explodes over
downtown Burlington, Vermont, USA. Seen by
Bishop John S. Michaud, former governor Alexander
Woodbury, A.A. Buell and others.
1908 - Spherical black UFO with a brilliant
spotlight hovers and flies over Bridgewater,
Massachusetts, USA. Seen by John E, Flynn,
Philip S. Prophett and others.
1909 - Cigar-shaped UFO appears repeatedly
over Dunedin and smaller towns along the South
Island's Otago coast in New Zealand.
1910 - Large cigar-shaped UFO hovers over
Huntsville, Alabama and Chattanooga, Tennessee,
USA, playing its bright spotlight over both cities.
1911 - "Mystery airship" flies under the
Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, USA.
1912 - "Mysterious airships" hover over
cities and towns in Kent, UK.
1913 - Large cigar-shaped UFO flies slowly
over Milwaukee and Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA,
flashing its bright spotlight over streets and
buildings, and then retreats back out into
1914 - Three luminous UFOs fly low
over Benton Harbor, Michigan, USA.
1915 - A cigar-shaped craft, thought to be a
German Zeppelin, is seen over Andenes, Norway.
1916 - Norwegian fishermen working nets
north of Svalbard (Spitzbergen) Island see a
"dark Zeppelin" moving quickly over the Arctic
pack ice, heading for the North Pole.
1917 - Minister and family use a telescope to
watch a silver UFO shaped like a wagon wheel
near Salida, Colorado, USA.
1918 - Luminous cruciform UFO seen
hovering over Lismore, N.S.W., Australia.
1919 - Two British soldiers see several
orange spherical UFOs hovering over Salisbury
Plain near Figeldean, Wiltshire, UK.
1920 - Fishermen see a blue egg-shaped
UFO touch down near Mount Pleasant, Iowa, USA.
1921 - Bright circular UFOs seen above a
cloud overcast at night in Killingly, Connecticut,
1922 - Twin girls aged 8 see a daylight disc
UFO near Davenport, Iowa, USA.
1923 - A UFO explodes in mid-air over
Quetta, Pakistan. Flaming debris rains down,
destroying a few buildings. The fire lasts for
hours, leaving only melted slag and "thin wires."
1925 - Mysterious fireball explodes just
outside Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA.
1926 - Nicholas Roerich sees a daylight disc
UFO in a clear blue sky in northern China.
1927 - While flying near Scottsbluff, Nebraska,
USA, pilot Barney Oldfield finds his biplane
flanked by "flying manhole covers."
1930 - Small humanoid alien shows up at a
farm in Mandurah, W.A., Australia, asking for
water. Shot to death by terrified farmer.
1931 - On a flight from Australia to New
Zealand in his Tiger Moth biplane, Sir Francis
Chichester encounters and chases a teardrop-
shaped UFO over the Tasman Sea.
1932 - Death of Charles Fort, the father
1933 - Small disc hovers behind a house
in Nambour, Queensland, Australia. It's
grabbed by a boy, who suffers itching and
blistering on his hands as a result of grabbing
1934 - During a winter blizzrd, mysterious
engine noises are heard above the clouds in
New York City, USA.
1938 - "Mysterious lights" hover over
Tabor, Quebec, Canada.
1939 - Bright green UFO hovers over
Juminda, Estonia for an hour, then disappears.
1940 - "Fiery cartwheel" UFO is seen
ascending from a hilltop in Bata, Hungary.
1941 - German aviatrix Hannah Reisch sees
a UFO speeding by at an altitude of 20,000
meters (66,000 feet) while flight-testing a
forerunner of the Messerschmitt 163 Komet.
1942 - "Battle of Los Angeles." U.S. Army
gunners fire at a UFO squadron passing over
L.A. and Burbank, California, USA.
1943 - Spanish troops of the Division Azul
see a washtub-shaped UFO hovering nearby
during a battle in Russia.
1944 - First appearance of the "foo
fighters" over France and Belgium, the UFOs
of World War II.
1945 - Three Japanese Zeroes engage
two daylight discs in a dogfight over Wonsan,
North Korea. One Zero is shot down, and the
UFOs flee into space.
1946 - A cylinder-shaped UFO crashes
in Lake Kolmjarv in Sweden during the "ghost
rockets" flap of that year.
1947 - A UFO crashes in Roswell, New
Mexico, USA. Three aliens are killed, and
the survivor is captured by the U.S. Army.
1948 - Capt. Thomas Mantell's F-51 Mustang
is shot down by a UFO over Franklin, Kentucky.
1949 - U.S. Navy scientists use a theodolite
to observe a daylight disc UFO near Arrey, New
1950 - Airliner Northwest 2501 is shot down
by a UFO over Lake Michigan.
1951 - U.S. Army platoon fires armor-
piercing bullets at a hovering bell-shaped UFO
in Chorwon, South Korea.
1952 - "Battle of Washington D.C." A UFO
fleet buzzes the USA's capital city and then
flees before U.S. Air Force jets arrive.
1953 - Lt. Felix Moncla's F-86 Sabre jet is
captured by a UFO over .Lake Superior, hauled
aboard by a tractor beam. Lt. Moncla is still MIA.
1954 - Two truck drivers get into a fistfight
with small humanoid aliens at a roadside cafe
between Caracas and Petare, Venezuela.
1955 - After sighting a UFO, a family is
besieged by over 20 small big-eared aliens
at their farmhouse in Kelly, Kentucky, USA.
1956 - A Royal Candian Air Force F-100
fighter is captured by a UFO over Lake Huron.
1957 - Several cigar-shaped UFOs are
seen by residents of Levelland, Texas, USA.
1958 - Uruguayan Air Force pilot engages
a daylight disc UFO in a dogfight over Pan de
Acucar, near Salto, Uruguay. The UFO uses
a microwave beam to disable the plane.
1959 - Rev. W.B. Gill and his parishoners
at Boianai mission, Papua New Guinea are
astounded when a flat saucer hovers overhead
and four aliens wave to them.
1960 - Czech military officers observe a UFO
with their binoculars at Brno, Czech Republic.
1961 - Betty and Barney Hill are abducted
aboard a UFO while driving just south of Littleton,
New Hampshire, USA. First publicized abduction
and first appearance of the Zeta Reticulans.
1962 - UFO explodes over a South Atlantic
beach in Ubatuba, Sao Paulo state, Brazil.
Molten slag is recovered.
1963 - Four children see a UFO land just
outside Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
An alien nine feet (2.7 meters) tall and wearing
a white monk's hood beckons to them.
1964 - Patrolman Lonnie Zamora sees a
UFO and aliens on the ground in Utah, USA.
1965 - UFO blacks out a U.S. military base
at Nha Trang, Vietnam and is seen by hundreds
of American soldiers.
1966 - College coeds at the dorm in Ann
Arbor, Michigan have repeated sightings of UFOs.
1967 - Patrolman Herbert Schirmer sees a
UFO take off from Ashland, Nebraska, USA.
Later, under hypnosis, he describes an abduction
experience. First of the "silent contactees."
1968 - Children see a landed UFO and an
alien at St. Stanislas de Koska, Quebec, Canada.
1969 - Eleven witnesses see a daylight disc
UFO hover over a farm in Anolaima, Colombia.
1970 - Two skiers see a UFO descend and
emit a beam of light in Imjarvi, Finland.
1971 - UFOs with stubby side wings are seen
over a tea plantation in Hewaheta, Sri Lanka.
1972 - Two flying humanoid aliens seen by a
crowd in the plaza at Ixtalapa, Mexico.
1973 - Charles Hickson and Calvin Parker are
captured by alien robots and taken aboard a
saucer in Pascagoula, Mississippi, USA.
1974 - A UFO crashes at Llandderfel, Wales.
The British Army recovers two dead aliens.
1975 - Travis Walton is hauled aboard a UFO
by a tractor beam near Snowflake, Arizona, USA.
He is missing for five days and then returns with
an amazing abduction story.
1976 - F4 fighter jets of the Iranian Air Force
battle UFOs over Tehran, capital of Iran.
1977 - A small alien wearing a green uniform
and a helmet with blinking red and white lights
on it is seen by several people in Quebradillas,
1978 - Pilot Frederick M. Valentich encounters
a UFO while flying across the Bass Strait from
Melbourne to Hobart, Tasmania. Valentich
describes the UFO in a frantic radio call, which
is suddenly cut off. Pilot and plane are still missing.
1979 - Newsman videotapes luminous UFOs
over Keikoura, New Zealand.
1980 - Woman motorist abducted from her
car and taken aboard a UFO in Pudasjarvi, Finland.
1981 - Peruvian fighter jet gets into a dogfight
with a UFO over Chosica, Peru.
1982 - Brilliantly-illuminated UFO hovers over
Mount Senohara in Japan.
1983 - Large V-shaped UFOs seen over
Newburgh, New York, USA.
1986 - Pilot for Japan Air Lines sees a
giant UFO over Anchorage, Alaska, USA.
1987 - Reddish-orange UFOs fly over
Meishan, Sichuan province, China.
1988 - Family in their car chased down
the highway by a UFO in South Australia.
1989 - UFO lands at a park in Voronezh,
Russia. Four aliens 3 meters (10 feet) tall
emerge from the craft, causing a panicky
crowd of onlookers to flee.
1995 - UFO crashes near Boyle, Ireland.
Crew of five aliens are captured by a NATO
task force and Irish Gardai (police).
1996 - UFO crashes just north of
Varginha, Minas Gerais state, Brazil. The
seven surviving aliens are captured by the
1997 - "Battle of Phoenix." Giant
triangular UFO seen over Phoenix and other
cities in central Arizona, USA.
1998 - Three Japanese fighter jets
shot down by UFOs over the ocean off
1999 - Exploding UFO levels huge
patch of jungle west of Sao Felix do Xingu,
Para state, Brazil.
To paraphrase the National Enquirer,
"And how was your century?"
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