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(Last Updated On: August 28, 2016)

Location. Eastern Venezuela
Date: 1880
Summary: A 14-year-old boy saw a luminous ball descending from the sky and hovering near him. He felt somehow “drawn” to it, but succeeded in backing away in spite of his terror.
Source: (Lor. III 2O6)

Location. Oskaloosa, Iowa
Date: 1880
Summary: An object was sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft. An unidentifiable object was observed at close range and caused physical effects.
Source: Eberhart, George M. A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies Greenwood Press, Westport, 1980  ISBN:0-313-21337-2

Location. Aldershot Great Britain
Date: 1880
Time: Daytime
Summary: One object was observed.
Source: Contact U.K.

Location. Madisonville, Kentucky
Date: 1880
Summary: A strange being dressed in tight-fitting clothes and shining helmet soared over the heads of two sentries, who fired without result. The apparition stunned them with something described as “blue fire.”
Source: (FSR 61, 3; Magonia)

Date: 1880: Lamy, New Mexico Encounter

Date: 1880?: Poachers sent packing by flying ball! 

Location. Persian Gulf
Date: 1880
Summary: Members of the crew of the British India Company’s steamship ‘Patna’ witnessed two large luminous wheels each estimated to be 500 to 600 meters in diameter. The wheels were spinning, one on each side of the ship, and the spokes touching the ship. The sighting lasted 20 minutes and was witnessed by Captain Avern, third officer Manning, and Lee Fort Brace.

Location. St. Petersburg, Russia
Date: 1880
Summary: A giant bright, spherical object flew over St. Petersburg on July 30, 1880. The UFO was accompanied by two identical craft, only smaller in size. The flight of the UFOs was noiseless, and they were observed over the city for three minutes.

Location.  Kattenau, Germany
Date: March 21 1880
Time: Dawn
Summary: Procession of objects. Unidentified objects were sighted, but with appearance and behavior that most likely would have a conventional explanation. Physiological effects were noted. Many objects were observed
Source: Fort, Charles Book of the Damned Boni-Liveright, 1919

Location. Lamy, New Mexico
Date: March 26 1880
Time: 19:00
Summary: Four men walking near Galisteo Junction were surprised as they heard voices coming from a “strange balloon,” which flew over them. It was shaped like a fish and seemed to be guided by a large fanlike device. There were eight to ten figures aboard. Their language was not understood. The object flew low over Galisteo Junction and rose rapidly toward the east.
Source: Magonia #6, FSR 65, 3

Location. Song-Zi Xian County, China
Date: May 8, 1880
Summary: This A farmer named Ju Tan in Song-Zi Xian Couny, China came upon a misty white light in some bushes around 8:00 p.m. He then felt a tingling paralysis, and heard a humming or rushing noise. He was levitated upwards and lost consciousness. His next recollection was finding himself, in a dazed state, in Guizhou province, which was 300 miles away from his home. The time was two weeks later.
Source: Randles, Jenny Time Storms: Amazing Evidence for Time Warps, Space Rifts, and Time Travel Berkley Books, New York, 2002

Location. East Kent, Ontario, Canada
Date: July 10, 1880
Summary:  An object was observed. Occupants of the craft were seen. Gravity effects were noted. Traces found. One object, about 20 feet across, was observed by two male witnesses on a farm (Muckle).
Source: Wilkins, Harold T. Flying Saucers on the Attack Ace Star A-11, New York, 1967

Location. Madisonville, Kentucky
Date: July 28, 1880
Time: 18:00
Summary:  Nocturnal lights were reported (Royster).
Source: Fort, Charles Book of the Damned Boni-Liveright, 1919

Location. St Petersburg, Russia
Date: July 30, 1880
Time: 12:00
Summary:  Objects were sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft. Three objects were observed in a rural area for over three minutes.
Source: Eberhart, George M. A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies Greenwood Press, Westport, 1980 ISBN:0-313-21337-2

Location. Bagneres-De-Luchon, Midi-Pyrenees, France
Date: August 25, 1880
Time: 13:00
Summary:  A cigar-shaped object was observed. One yellow cigar-shaped object was observed in stormy weather at a mountain for two minutes. Yellow cigar exits storm clouds. Had pointed ends. Drops something.
Source: Lumieres dans la Nuit

Location. Gallatin, Tennessee
Date: September, 1880
Summary: This famous case allegedly took place in September, 1880 on a farm near Gallatin, Tennessee in full view of several witnesses. David Lang was another famous time traveller who came in mission to our time, but he made a fatal mistake by falling in love and he didn’t want to return. He thought he will avoid returning to future by destroying his time machine. The two Lang children, George and Sarah, were playing in the front yard of the family home. Their parents, David and Emma, came out the front door, and David headed off across a pasture toward his horses. At this time, a buggy carrying family friend Judge August Peck was approaching. David turned to walk back to the house, saw the buggy and waved to the judge as he strode across the field. A few seconds later, David Lang – in clear view of his wife, his children and the judge – disappeared in mid-step. Emma screamed and all of the witnesses rushed to the spot where David once was, thinking perhaps he had fallen into a hole of some kind. There was no hole. A thorough search by the family, friends and neighbors turned up nothing. A few months after the unexplained disappearance, the Lang children noticed that the grass on the spot where their father vanished had turned yellow and wilted in a circle measuring about 15 feet in diameter.

Location. Charleston, South Carolina
Date: December 9, 1880
Summary: Nocturnal lights were reported
Source: Eberhart, George M. A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies Greenwood Press, Westport, 1980 ISBN:0-313-21337-2

Location. Americus, Georgia
Date: 1881
Summary: Mr. Z. T. Baisden, of Americus, gives us the following story of a whirlwind that visited his place, scaring all his hands and some visitors very badly.  A whirlwind occurred in a twelve acre cornfield that was about four feet in diameter and sometimes a hundred feet high.  The body of it was perfectly black, with fire in the center and emitted a strong sulphurous vapor that could be smelt three hundred yards form it.  The whirlwind would divide into three and move rapidly over the field, twisting up the corn stalks by the roots and carrying them up.  These three minor whirlwinds would then come together with a loud crash, cracking and burning and shoot high up into the heavens.  Three young ladies who were visiting Mrs. Baisden went in about 150 feet to observe it, but received such a shower of burning sand upon their face and necks that they ran affrighted to the house.  Mr. Baisden says that he cannot account for this strange phenomenon, and it certainly frightened all who saw it.  The strange part was that it contained fire, yet did not

Location. Raleigh, North Carolina
Date: February 22, 1881
Summary: One object was observed (Beasley)
Source: Lore, Jr., Gordon I. R. Mysteries of the Skies: UFOs in Perspective Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, 1968

Location. Between Melbourne and Sydney at sea (Australia)
Date: June 11, 1881
Time: 0400
Summary: The two sons of the Prince of Wales, one of them the future king of England, were cruising aboard “La Bacchante” when an object resembling a fully lighted ship was seen “a phantom vessel all aglow”. One object was observed by two male witnesses on the ocean for two minutes.
Source: Fort 637; Anatomy 12

Location. St Joseph, Missouri
Date: November  1881
Time: 2230
Summary: Unusual objects were sighted, that had unconventional appearance and performance. Nine objects were observed by over 7 witnesses for 30 minutes.
Source: FSR

Location. England
Date: 1882
Time: :
Summary: A huge UFO, the first such phenomenon which was characteristically saucer-shaped in Europe, was plainly observed by numerous people in England and other parts of Europe during the night. It was seen to travel in the sky at an approximate altitude of 130 miles in an east-west direction. A number of eminent scientists witnessed the object, among them being Dr E Walter Maunder, Greenwich astronomer; English spectroscopist, J Rand Capron; Dutch astronomers Audemans and Zeeman. The Royal Observatory, Greenwich published a report of the conclusions reached by scientists, following the appearance of what had been termed, “The Great Saucer”. The report had this to say: “It appeared to be well defined in body and the inference drawn was that it was a meteor, not in the old vague sense of some object high in the Earth’s atmosphere, but in the sense of a solid cosmological substance, disc-like in appearance, the orbit of which brought it within the terrestrial atmosphere. But nothing could be more unlike the rush of a great meteor or fireball, with intense radiance and fiery train. The advance of this object, though swift, appeared to be orderly and controlled. There was no sign of the compression of the atmosphere before it, no hint that the matter composing its front part, was in anyway more strongly heated than the rest of its substance, if substance, indeed it possessed.”
appear to burn the corn that it did not tear up, and its sulphurous vapor sickened and burnt all who got close enough to get a full breath of it.
Source: Possible Extraordinary Aurora Borealis looking like disk and cigar shapes.

Location. Lebanon, Connecticut
Date: July 3 1882
Time: Evening
Summary: Two objects were observed by several witnesses for over three minutes.
Source: Fort, Charles Book of the Damned Boni-Liveright, 1919

Location. Jersey City Heights, New Jersey
Date: July 6 1882
Summary: Deep red star like object, without scintillations or train of any kind, and slow movement, was visible within one degree of star Polaris, moved east to constellation Capricornus. observed by one male witness for 42 seconds (Drayton).
Source:  Timmerman, John P.

Date: 1883: Zacatecas Observatory, Mexico Sighting

Location. Marfa, Texas
Date: 1883
Summary:  Ghost lights were observed. Nocturnal lights were reported.
Source: Eberhart, George M. A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies Greenwood Press, Westport, 1980 ISBN:0-313-21337-2

Location. Segeberg, Germany
Date: 1883
Summary: A teacher and children at a school all saw two fiery balls in a clear sky one day. The size of two full moons, the objects traveled slowly together from north to south. 

Location. Arvika, Sweden
Date: February 5 1883
Summary:  A Huge fireball flew over Lake Glasfjorden near Arvika, Sweden towards the northwest for 18 seconds. It turned toward the southeast and zigzagged through the sky for an additional 50 seconds.
Source: Original ref.: Nature, March 1883.

Location. Zacatecas, Mexico
Date: August 12 1883
Time: 08:00 & 12:00
Summary:  Hundreds of objects sighted. One oval shaped object photographed. Objects were observed and photographed. Several hundred oval objects, the size of a star, were observed by one male experienced witness at an observatory for two hours (Bonilla).
Source: Steiger, Brad Strangers From the Skies Award A171X, New York, 1966

Location. Newcomerstown, Ohio
Date: December 27 1883
Time: 18:30
Summary:  Brilliant square nocturnal light flew to the north slowly in eastern sky, leaves trail.
Source: NICAP

Date: 1884: Nebraska May Have Had Its Own Roswell

Location. Norwood, N.Y
Date: July 3, 1884
Summary: Saturn-shaped UFO (globe with central ring) flew slowly overhead.
Source: Charles Fort, from Science Monthly, 2-136

Location. Cologne (Koln), Germany
Date: July 26, 1884
Summary:  One object, the size of the moon, was observed for ten minutes
Source:  Contact U.K.

Location Bergamo, Italy
Date: December 13, 1884
Summary: On December 13, 1884 a shining body came down from the sky crashing onto a field in Sorisole, near Bergamo. That was the first known case of a series of possibly UFO accidents in Italy. UFO Crash

Location Oskaloosa, Iowa
Date:  1885
Summary: An object was observed. Occupants of the craft were seen. Traces found. One object, about 80 feet across, was observed by two witnesses in a rural area (Kading). Ring ground marks.
Source: Phillips, Ted R. Physical Traces Associated with UFO Sightings CUFOS, Chicago, 1975

Location Innerwich, Pacific Ocean
Date: February 24, 1885
Time: Around midnight
Summary:  One object, about 600 feet across, was observed by seven witnesses on the ocean.
Source: Fort, Charles Book of the Damned Boni-Liveright, 1919

Location. Constantinople, Turkey
Date: November 1, 1885
Time:  9:30pm
Summary: From ‘L’Astronomie’: M. Mavrogordato, calls our attention to the following strange observations which have been communicated to him.  “On November 1, at 9:30pm, there was seen, west of Adrianople, an elongated object giving off a strong luminosity. It seemed to float in the air and its apparent disk was four or five times larger than the full moon. It traveled slowly and cast light on the whole camp behind the station with a brightness about ten times greater than a large electric bulb.  In the morning, at dawn, a very luminous flame, first bluish, then greenish, and moving at a height of five to six meters, made a series of turns around the ferryboat pier at Scutari. Its blinding luminosity lighted the street and flooded the inside of the houses with light.”

Location.  Uskudar Turkey
Date: November 02, 1885
Time: 04:00
Summary: Nautical UFO. Luminous object circled harbor. Altitude 5-6m. Illuminated town. Bluish green flame, then plunged into sea. observed on the ocean for two minutes (Mavrogordato).
Source: Sanderson, Ivan T. Invisible Residents World, New York, 1970

Location. Scutari Turkey
Date: November 02, 1885
Time: 06:00
Summary: A luminous object circled the har- dawn bor. Altitude: 5-6 m. Illuminated the whole town. Duration: 1 1/2 min, as a bluish-green flame. Then plunged into the sea. Made several circles above the ferry-boat pier.
Source: LDLN 48; Anatomy 14

Date: November – December 02, 1885: Coney Island Merman Sighting

Date: October  24 1886 Maracaibo Incident

Location. Edina, Missouri
Date: November 23, 1886
Time:  24:00
Summary: An object was sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft. An unidentifiable object was observed at close range.
Source: Phillips, Ted R. Trace Cases

Date: 1887: Fallen UFO: A Message From The Moon? – Newspaper

Location. North Atlantic Ocean
Date: March 1887
Time:  17:00
Summary: Nautical UFO/USO. Object emerged from sea, moved against the wind, stopped close to ship, quickly flew away.
Source: Fort, Charles Book of the Damned Boni-Liveright, 1919

Location. Cape Race Atlantic Ocean
Date: November 12, 1887
Time:  24:00
Summary: A huge sphere of fire 2400 was observed rising out of the ocean by witnesses aboard the “Siberian.” It rose to an altitude of 16 m, flew against the wind, and came close to the ship, then “dashed oft” toward the southeast. Duration: 5 min.
Source: LDLN 48; Anatomy 14

Location. Berkshire England
Date: November 30, 1887
Time:  08:20
Summary: An object was observed. Animal reactions to the object were reported. One object was observed.
Source: FSR

Location. Ragusa, Sizilien, Italy
Date: January 8 1888
Time: Night
Summary:  Nocturnal lights were observed by two witnesses for over 60 minutes.
Source: Vallee, Jacques Anatomy of a Phenomenon Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1965

Location. Fourchu, Nova Scotia, Canada 
Date: May 1888
Summary:  An unidentifiable object was observed at close range and caused physical effects
Source: Eberhart, George M. A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies Greenwood Press, Westport, 1980

Location. Darlington County, South Carolina 
Date: May 27 1888
Time: Daytime
Summary:  One serpent-shaped object, about 20 feet across, was observed by three female witnesses in the woods briefly (Davis). A noise was heard. Three sisters walking in woods spot 15 feet hissing serpent fly overhead. Article asserts that other witnesses in county had similar sightings earlier in day.
Source: Contact U.K.

Date: September 1888: Sighting near Diamond Island, Illinois River, Illinois

Location. Alaska-Yukon border.
Date: 1889
Summary: An American prospector, Mr. Willoughby, claimed he heard an Indian legend of a city appearing in the sky each summer near Mount Fairweather, on the Alaska-Yukon border. Mr. Willoughby said he first saw the mirage in 1887 and offered a photograph as proof that the phenomenon was real. In 1889, the New York Times reported that the city in Willoughby’s photograph had been identified as Bristol, England. This story and the photograph were included in a later edition of Miner Bruce’s Alaska.

Location.  Catonsville, Oella, Maryland
Date: February 14 1889
Time: Evening
Summary:  On this evening in Catonsville, Maryland near Baltimore a luminous cylindrical object passed overhead, then appeared to descend near the village while following the course of the Patapsco River. The landscape beneath the object was lit up as bright as a carbon-arc light, causing alarm among the residents. Luminous cylindrical object passed overhead, appeared to descend near village, following course of Patapsco R. Lit vicinity as bright as arc light, alarming residents.
Source: International UFO Reporter

Location.  Chiltern Hills, England
Date: October 25 1889
Time: Evening
Summary:  Objects were observed. Animal reactions to the objects were reported. An unidentified object at close range was observed by a male witness. A noise was heard.
Source: Contact U.K.




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