presentsThe 1996 UFO Chronology
Released, March 15, 2009, updated 17 March 2017
This is currently an 8-page UFO chronology. Our thanks for these chronologies must go to the A-Team, in partcular, Richard Hall, Dan Wilson (archive researcher), and Jean Waskiewicz (online NICAP DBase [NSID]. You will note the many foreign reports that we are now being able to access. Our special thanks to Dan Wilson for getting those to us. As more come in, this page will be updated. Previous chronologies (1947 to 1969) involved the expertise of two other team members; Rebecca Wise (Project Blue Book Archive) and Brad Sparks (Comprehensive Catalog of Project Blue Book Unknowns). Bob Gribble's entries are those filed with the National UFO Reporting Center in Seattle, Washington, now operated by Peter Davenport. Trace cases are now being entered with the help of Ted Phillips, Center for Physical Trace Research and retrofitted into previous chronologies as time permits.
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Jan. 28, 1996; Bridgeton, MS
11:00 PM. Three nocturnal lights were seen maneuvering in the sky. The objects were seen to join together and separate repeatedly. They flew in a general southwest direction. (Source: Larry Hatch, "U" computer database).
Jan. 31, 1996; near Romatambo, Peru
8:00 AM in the morning in a remote mountain village, several Quechua Indian shepherds tending their flocks watched six objects fly over the area. According to one of the witnesses, Silvia Bedoya, age 40, the objects apparently emerged from nearby Lake Cococha. The objects formed what seemed like a protective circle around a larger cigar-shaped, mother-ship style object. The flight of the objects illuminated the whole valley in an eerie deep purple light. The "mother ship" landed upriver from the village. Soon two occupants emerged from the object. These were described as about a meter tall with large oversized heads, long spindly arms and short bandy legs. They wore gunmetal gray helmets and matching one-piece coveralls. The humanoids took out transparent containers and, ignoring the shepherds, collected many samples, including soil, grass, alpine weeds, and water from the nearby river. Soon the UFOnauts re-entered the large object and all the objects shot away into space at high speed. (Sources: Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue # 337; Joseph Trainor, UFO Roundup, Volume 1, issue # 15; Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1996, case # 2472).
Feb. 6, 1996; Thurso, Quebec
7:30 PM +- Farmer Louis Boisvert, 19, saw a very large metallic triangular craft with a set of red lights hovering over his barn in Thurso, Quebec while he was plowing snow with his tractor. This was on the same night that witnesses saw a large triangular vessel hovering over the town of Buckingham, Quebec. The craft flew very slowly over the barn. The light coming from the triangle did not illuminate the ground or even the roof of the barn. After the craft left Boisvert and his father noticed that their electric water pump was not working. Troubled by recurrent dreams, Boisvert underwent hypnotic regression. He was then able to remember that he had hopped off the tractor and ran to the barn where his father was working. As he rushed into the barn, he saw his father standing there with a blank expression on his face. Besides him stood two reptilian looking creatures with long faces, scaly leathery skin, black eyes, clawed hands, and gaunt arms and legs. Both Boisvert and his father were taken onboard the triangular object by the humanoids and later released. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1996, case #2481, citing CEIPI Quebec).
Feb. 10, 1996; Huon Valley, Tasmania, Australia
2:00 AM. The witness woke up to find her bedroom lit up, and she had an overwhelming feeling to go outside. From the verandah she saw the source of light to be a bright long elliptical shape about 50cm away in the paddock. There was a brilliant bluish white light and a metallic smell you could almost taste. Standing in the garden was a tall thin figure over two meters tall. The figure beckoned the witness with its left hand. She walked down the verandah steps then suddenly became alarmed and returned back home. She threw some furniture outside, and then everything went dark. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1996, case #2606, citing the Tasmania UFOIC).
Feb. 16, 1996; south of Ojo Caliente, NM10:05 PM. A huge craft with 50 to 75 lights flew directly overhead of the witness driving on Highway 285 south of Ojo Caliente, New Mexico. The lights on the UFO were sequencing in a clockwise direction. It made no sound, flew straight up, then down, then hovered again. It left flying off toward the north. (Source: Christopher O'Brien, Enter the Valley, p. 309).
Feb. 18, 1996; near Pine Mountain, GA
5:30 PM. Driving east on Highway 18 in a roofing truck five miles past Interstate 85, two men saw a silver, cigar-shaped object they first thought was a jet falling through the sky. It stopped in mid-air about 100 feet from the ground, then moved in an S pattern "in a flash" and upward at a steep 45 degree angle. The UFO was without wings, made no sound, and was estimated to be about the size of a commercial jet aircraft. The duration of the sighting was between 10-15 seconds. (Source: MUFON field investigation database, case 960908SE, field investigator John C. Thompson).
Feb. 23, 1996; Nuevo Centro, Abasolo, Tamaulipas, Mexico
10:00 PM. Irasema Margarita Cuevas and others in her household heard their dogs barking outside and went to investigate. Outside they saw a red-orange dome-shaped craft floating a few feet from the ground, near some nearby trees about 50 meters away. Soon a small humanoid emerged from the craft, about one meter in height. It began floating up and down in peculiar movements. From a belt around its waist a bluish beam of light emerged. The being appeared robotic in nature, somewhat resembling a "Power Ranger." After a few minutes the being re-entered the object, which rose up to join a similar craft. They both then flew towards the nearby swamps. Several witnesses then followed the objects and were able to see a brilliant light emerge from behind some trees and a huge column of gray smoke. Upon seeing this, the head of the household, Guillermo Serna Marquez, told his family to return to the house and went into the woods to investigate alone, on the way there he ran into a farmhand who accompanied him into the woods. They saw a luminous craft fly over the trees in the direction of the swamp, then a two meter tall humanoid appeared, floating above the trees and accompanied by the small robotic entity. They watched the beings float around and then enter the dome shaped object. After awhile they grew tired of watching and went home. The next day a large section of the ground was scorched in three enormous circles. Strange purplish-white, foam-like substance was also found at the site. Numerous other strange incidents were reported in subsequent days: small flying red spheres, more animal mutilations, and a large orange sphere that followed some of the UFO field investigators late one night. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1996, case # 2948, citing Marco A. Reynoso).
Feb. 28, 1996; highway 375, NV
Five people driving on highway 375 down an isolated stretch of desert road watched a silent, silvery gray disc land about 50 feet away from them. It was flat on the bottom and about 30 feet in diameter. Three beings described as thin, gray in color and with large heads, emerged from the craft. They shuffled around outside for a short while and then went back inside the UFO, which promptly took off. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1996, case # 2847, citing UFOs On Line).
March 6, 1996; Friol, Spain
11:00 PM. A glowing sphere hovered over Friol, Spain. The main witness signaled to the object by flashing a light, whereupon the UFO descended and lowered a ramp. Three humanoids exited the craft. Footprints were found at the landing site. (Source: Richard F. Haines, CE-5: Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind, p. 89).
March 6, 1996; Bindura, South Africa
A teenaged student and a woman worker at a local teaching center reported seeing a white ovoid UFO, about 1.5 meters in diameter, with an antenna. A small being with a large head was also seen making a strange clicking noise as it wandered near the school. Small round footprints were reportedly left behind by the entity. (Sources: Cynthia Hinds, UFO AfriNews, January 1997; Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1996, case #3386, citing Cynthia Hind).
March 7, 1996; Ferreiras, Lugo, Spain
12:00 AM +. 38-year-old Jose Manuel Castro Gonzalo was getting ready to retire for the night and glanced out the window to take one last look at the fields. Immediately he noticed a small orange sphere, encased in a multi-colored glow, hovering over a nearby hill. He decided to go out and look at the strange spectacle. At the same time he summoned his brother Cesareo. Jose Manuel then took out a small flashlight and began signaling the object; at the same time yelling "come down, come down!" Suddenly the sphere descended at a very high speed to treetop level. Jose Manuel ran upstairs to an outside terrace where he could see the sphere better. Inside the transparent sphere he could see five very tall men. They appeared to be floating around as the sphere slowly rotated and emitted a low humming sound. Moments later a shaft of "coherent" light appeared under the sphere; it reached the ground right below the sphere. Soon after, three small humanoids descended to the ground via the shaft of light. These beings seemed to move in slow motion. Once on the ground the three formed a line, grabbing each other's shoulders, not unlike a "Conga" line dance. Using quick jumping motions they began moving towards the witness. Frightened, he jumped into bed and hid under the covers until dawn. The next day strange footprints were found at the spot where the small humanoids had been jumping around. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1996, case #2559, citing Magdalena Del Amo Freixedo, Evidencia OVNI # 12).
April 2, 1996; Varginha, Brazil
11 AM. A silver disc flew in and stopped over a factory. A second disc also flew in and merged into the first disc. (Source: Bob Pratt, UFO Danger Zone, p. 333).
April 8, 1996; Thomasville, NC
9:15 PM. A 39-year-old man had a close encounter with a disc-shaped object on a partly cloudy night. The object had a bluish-green, cone-shaped beam projecting from it. The beam was narrow at the top, but had a three foot diameter at the bottom towards the ground, although it did not seem to be illuminating the ground. The bottom of the disc had an inner circle of many red lights. Inside were four rocket-like cones, giving off a red glow. The UFO came within 10 feet of the witness. The UFO made no sound. (Source: Robert Hair, MUFON field investigation database, case 970408E).
April 8, 1996; Americana, Brazil
9:30 PM. A high altitude UFO zigzagged through the sky at very high speeds over Americana, Brazil. (Source: Boletim CEPEX, issue number 27)
April 15, 1996; Valencia de Alcántara, Cáceres, Spain
Late night. Two police officers were conducting their nightly rounds driving on the outskirts of the city, when a powerful light crossed in front of them on the highway. One man felt mesmerized by the brilliant outburst of light, while his partner tried to keep hold of the patrol car's steering wheel. When the light extinguished the mesmerized officer told his companion that he felt a very odd sensation of being pulled upward at the same time that he saw two pairs of moist, black oval shaped eyes staring down at him from large, pear-shaped heads. The police officer had not even been able to comprehend the uncanny experience when the bizarre light staged a return. According to the officers, nine lights identical to the first appeared out of nowhere, and were then joined by three more that came from across the Portuguese border. The twelve lights were elongated and had an intense yellow glow. The lights remained suspended some 100 feet above the highway, prompting the police officers to flee the scene in terror. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1996, case # 2674, citing Scott Corrales, Uncensored UFO Reports # 1).
May 7, 1996; La Grange, GA
1:30 PM. While on her lunch break at West Point Lake, near the McGhee Bridge in La Grange, Georgia, a 35-year-old woman witnessed a gray colored, domed disc-shaped object just above the lake. After some five to ten minutes, the object shot straight up "at least as fast as lightning." (Source: John C. Thompson, MUFON UFO Field Investigations Database, case 970107E).
May 21, 1996; Charleston, IL
11:58 PM. Four youths camping and saw a large white light in the sky, then a huge triangular UFO with two red lights on one side. It lit their campsite with a "spotlight" beam but made no sound. (Sources: James Easton, internet list of triangular UFO reports, citing the National UFO Reporting Center; Jay Rath, The I-Files: True Reports of Unexplained Phenomena in Illinois, citing NUFORC).
June 6, 1996; Marson, France
11:30 PM. A videotape was made of a crescent, half-moon shaped light with a platform on the bottom. It curved away through the night sky over Marson, France toward the east, and then split into four parts. (Source: Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue no. 338).
June 9, 1996; Mediterranean Sea
6:00 PM. A black sphere shot at an Air France airliner from the Mediterranean Sea, then flew 30 meters above the aircraft. The plane requested and made an emergency landing at Ben Gurion airport in Israel. No Israeli military launches where in the area at the time of the report. (Sources: UFO Magazine (USA) November 1996, p. 24; Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 48).
July 8, 1996; Certesti, Romania
Police sergeant Marian Mancu and volunteer police officer Marcel Rusu were walking on patrol on the main road that passes in front of the police station in the village of Certesti, Romania at around midnight. Mancu lives in the area and told Rusu he was going to walk home to get something to eat. Between the road and the sidewalk was a deep ditch with small foot bridges across the culvert. When the sergeant passed the corner near his house he heard a whistling sound from the street and felt a rush of air. He turned around immediately and saw something on the road that "was splashed with blue and red lights" and made a "voom-voom" sound. Mancu first thought it was the district police car that was coming back from a routine patrol, but getting closer he realized the object was hovering half a meter above the paved road. There was also a small strange looking figure moving around it. He yelled for Rusu, who was now hiding behind the ditch and watching the strange spectacle from their. Rusu reported that immediately after Mancu had left and gone behind a nearby apartment house, "a fluttering from above appeared". The neon lighting in the street seemed to change in intensity. The object descended slowly, without noise, and came down behind him. Rusu became frightened when he saw the object hovering above the ground, with three small human-like creatures were moving around it. Both witnesses agreed that the object had the form of a flat hut, five or six meters across and two or 2.5 meters high, and it was balancing about half a meter from the ground. Around the periphery of the object was a continuous girdle of light "like a rainbow." The colors changed from red to blue and flared in intensity. On the bottom of the object was a bright white light. Neither of the witnesses saw any doors, portholes, or other similar features. After about two minutes, the UFO rose vertically. At the moment it moved up to an altitude of about 30 meters its lights became much brighter, and the neon streetlights went out. It then shot off to the east at high speed. Rusu reportedly had a better view of the humanoid creatures than Mancu, who only noticed one of them from behind. He estimated their height to have been around a meter or less. Rusu said he heard some noises made by the humanoids, sounding like "rain in a drain pipe." Both described the creatures as ugly; they had large heads, very elongated behind and covered with bumps, with no hair, and large ears. Their faces were white and they had big eyes. Gray metallic shiny scales, resembling fish scales, covered their bodies. They also had large, limp protruding bellies. They also had thin spindly arms, and no noses or mouths were visible. The witnesses thought that the creatures floated just above the ground and moved around "as if they were drunk." A huge sweet cherry tree nearby had around 15 % of its leaves shriveled as if by extreme heat. Other witnesses in nearby villages reported strange lights over the area the same night. (Sources: Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue 340; Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1996, citing Dan D. Farcas).
July 9, 1996; Chillan, Chile
A triangular-shaped UFO landed in a field in Chillan, Chile. It left three circular indentations in the ground 1.7 meters apart and 10 cm across. (Source: Phenomena, issue no. 33)
July 15, 1996; Harwinton, Connecticut
Bt. 2:00 & 3:00 PM. Two witnesses observed a large metallic disk about 500 feet in diameter at an altitude of about 200 feet, from a distance of about a half mile. The object was traveling 65-70 mph. The shadow of the object had previously crossed the road. A group of independent witnesses at another location did not observe the object. The combination of circumstances allow close constraints on the observation so that size, distance, altitude and speed can be estimated even without a triangulation. (MUFON connecticut)
July 16, 1996; Los Villares, Jaen, SpainA 66-year-old retired farmer named Dionisio was walking through a field around noon in Los Villares, Jaen, Spain. He had just sat down on a rock next to a tree to rest when he noticed a very strong and pungent odor in the air and heard a low humming sound. He next noticed an object hovering near the ground next to some nearby power lines. The craft was shaped like a dome and was a shiny metallic color. It had several black glassy oval shaped windows. It was about three meters in length and a meter and a half in height. On one side he noticed some inscriptions, part of which resembled "IOIO." From the top of the object there were also some cables that were apparently connected to the nearby power lines. Dionisio also noticed a curious fact. If he moved back about three meters he could no longer see the object, but when he moved forward again he was again able to see it. Suddenly he saw three figures standing next to the object. Two were men and one was a woman, and they stood about six feet tall. They were wearing tight fitting, one-piece silvery outfits. Their faces were Asian in appearance, with high cheekbones, very pale skin, and slanted eyes. They had large hands with five long, well defined fingers and their mouths were slit-like. They also wore silvery boots. Suddenly he felt something strike his chest, and glancing up he noticed that the woman was signaling him, and one of the men was kneeling down next to the craft. He began hearing voices in his head. Frightened, he tried to hide behind some rocks, and then heard the humming sound and smelled the pungent odor again. When he emerged from behind the rocks he noticed that the humanoids and the object were gone. Investigators found ground traces at the site. A mysterious looking rock was also found at the site. During the same time others in the region saw low flying lights and objects. (Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database 1996, case # 3040, citing Lorenzo Fernandez Bueno & Iker Jimenez Elizari).
July 17, 1996; southeast of Damiansville, IL
9:00 AM. On I-64 southeast of Damiansville, Illinois a low-flying triangular UFO approached an interstate ramp and then hovered over some trees for 4-5 minutes. It appeared like "polished steel". It made not sound and vanished mysteriously. (Source: Curt Sutherly, UFO Mysteries: A Reporter Seeks the Truth, p. 198)
July 17, 1996; Langruth, Manitoba
That evening a woman in Langruth, Manitoba saw a disc-shaped object moving slowly and quietly through her farmyard. The disc was about 3-4 meters in diameter, about half a meter tall, and had slit like lights along the edge. Three circular patches of green growth appeared in the area where the object was first seen. (Source: International UFO Reporter, July 1997, p. 32).
Aug. 1996; Hay Point, Queensland, Australia
3:00 AM. A cigar-shaped craft dropped a cloud of cobweb-like material on a Queensland railway terminus. The incident began when a 12-man work gang, loading coal at the Hay Point facility, downed tools to stare up at a mist-shrouded cigar shaped craft floating above them. As they watched, a cloud of cobweb-like material fell from the UFO. All the equipment immediately malfunctioned and the coal train lost its compressed air. One of the workers, Gary, said: "Near the middle of the cigar was a bubble-like protrusion with rectangular observation windows. I saw shadows standing in the viewports, looking down at the facility. The craft had no wings. At its rear was a bank of what could have been jets. A dull hum came from the UFO---and when it passed directly above us, the radio went wild. Everyone started shouting at once. The next we knew, the craft dropped sheets of cobweb-like substance. When they tried to touch the stuff it turned into a watery liquid. After a minute or so, the thing flew away. The train still had no compressed air and they had to recharge it before work could go on." HC addendum Source: John Pinkney, "Australia's Strangest Mysteries, # 2" Type: A
Sept. 21, 1996; Object tracked near the Moon
7:26 PM, Local Mt. Vernon, IN Time. The Lunascan Project telescope was imaging the Moon live with high powered image project on a CCD camera and tracked an object near the lunar limb. (TLP, Fran Ridge)
Sept. 27, 1996; about 8 mi from Los Angeles, California
Several hours after midnight. A DC-10 had just taken off from Los Angeles International bound for Newark, New Jersey. The flight was between 6,000 and 7,000 feet and climbing on a SSW heading, airspeed about 250 km/hr. Suddenly the Captain exclaimed, "What the hell is that?" Both the pilot and the First Officer observed what looked like the headlights of another airliner just 500-700 feet away and on a collision course. Within a few seconds it was shocking clear that the object was actually pacing them, but an airplane would have had to be flying backwards! Primary witness was able to see some apparently metallic structure in the background between thee two lights and still under the rapidly deteriorating assumption that this was some type of aircraft some type of horizontal edge between the lights with the metallic looking material both top and bottom tapering back away from this edge. After about ten seconds the object moved away and to their left like a bullet from a gun and disappared. (NARCAP)
Oct. 3, 1996; south of Springer, NM
8:00 PM 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).
Oct. 5, 1996; east of Pelotas Airport, Brazil
10:30 AM. A huge pyramid-shaped object was seem from an Embraer-712 aircraft 35 miles east of Pelotas Airport, Brazil. A disc was seen emerging vertically from the top of the bigger object. (Source: Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p 48).
Mid-October, 1996; Sheffield/Yorkshire, Great Britain
Bt. 3:00 am & 4:00 am. An uniformed Police Officer with South Yorkshire Police working in Sheffield observed a black triangle. At the time of the incident stationed at Deepcar Police station.This is in the north of the City and covers a rural area which borders the Peak District National Park. In the early hours of a night shift he was out on mobile patrol duties unaccompanied in a marked Police vehicle (a diesel engined Land Rover Defender model) and in St.Margaret Avenue Deepcar when he had noticed a male on foot near some dwelling houses who he decided to confront about his presence on the street at that time of day. (Click on full report, MUFON 62960)
Oct. 25, 1996; Gypsumville, Manitoba
2:00 PM. A bowl-shaped disc with square windows was sighted in Gypsumville, Manitoba. It was seen through binoculars as it directed a beam of light down at the lake. (Sources: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case 17473; Joseph Trainor, UFO Roundup, Volume 1, # 37).
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Dec. 11, 1996; Yukon Territory
At least 31 people in the Yukon Territory of Canada witnessed a giant UFO. Indications are that it may have been the size of several football stadiums. The sightings principally took place in four locations in the central Yukon; Fox Lake, the Village of Carmacks, the Village of Pelly Crossing and the Village of Mayo, with 6,9,8 and 8 witnesses respectively.
Dec. 13, 1996; Bogata, Columbia
1:00 PM. a Colombian Air Force pilot videotaped six silver disc-shaped UFOs exiting from a cloud and moving toward Bogota, Colombia in two groups. (Source: Lumieres dans la Nuit, March 1997).
Dec, 16, 1996; Stevens Pass, WA
Two skiers at Stevens Pass in Washington watched an orange colored disc-shaped UFO appear in the sky during the evening. Over the next two minutes they then sighted two more of the objects. (Source: Francis L. Ridge, UFO Intelligence Newsletter).
Dec. 17, 1996; Redmond, WA
2:00 AM. A single witness reported that a flat-topped disc-shaped object hovered overhead. (Source: Francis L. Ridge, UFO Intelligence Newsletter).
Dec. 19, 1996; between Beijing and Wuhei, China
Early in the afternoon on this date a silver gray metallic object struck the top of a Boeing-757 cockpit belonging to a Chinese Southern Airlines aircraft on a flight between Beijing and Wuhei, China cracking the outer windshield. The plane made an emergency landing. (Sources: Dominique Weinstein, Aircraft UFO Encounters, p. 48, citing J. Trainor, UFO Roundup).
Dec. 29, 1996; Hartsburg, MO
7:00 PM. Two men out trapping in the woods witnessed a silent, black triangular object overhead. It had 3-4 white strobe lights, and also blue and red lights. It made no sound. (Source: Francis L. Ridge, UFO Intelligence Newsletter; Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 17508).
1. Volume II, The UFO Evidence, A Thirty-Year Report - Richard Hall, 2000
2. CUFOS report, Mark Rodeghier,
3. Ted Phillips, Center for Physical Trace Research.
4. Regional Encounters; The FC Files, Francis Ridge
5. UFORN, UFO Research Network, St. Louis, Barbara Becker
6. MORA, Mid-Ohio Research Associates