216 BC. In Rome in Boaria Square an ox spontaneously rose to the third floor of a house and then, frightened by the people shouting the ox fell down on the ground. Images of ships were seen in the sky and the Temple of the Hope was hit by lightning. This happened during the consulate of Gneo Servilio Gemino and in the second consulate of Gaio Quinzio Flaminio 215 BC and 217BC.
14th April 1561. This image is from a sighting in Nuremberg. It appeared in a local broadsheet and was a woodcut by Hans Glasser. The globes, crosses and tubes began to fight one another and this went on for an hour. They then fell to Earth, as if on fire, and faded slowly away producing lots of steam. Afterwards a black spear like object was seen and the whole event was taken to be a divine warning. The Wickiana Collection Zurich Central Library
16th Dec 1742. This is a scan from vol 42 of the Philosophical Transactions 1742 describing a sighting of a UFO. "As I was returning home from the Royal Society to Westminster on Thursday Dec 16 1742 8.40pm being in the middle of the Parade in St James Park I saw a light arrive from behind the trees and houses in the south by west point, which i took at first for a large sky rocket, but when it had risen to the height of about 20 deg it took motion nearly parallel to the horizonm but waved in this manner and went on to the north by east point over the houses It seemed to be very near that I thought it passed over Queens Square, the island on the park, the canal and i lost sight of it over the Haymarket. Its motion was very low that if i had it above half a minute in view and therefore had tome to contemplate its appearance fully which was what is seen in the annexed figure."
This illustration depicts a sighting that occurred at 9.45pm on the evening of the 18th Aug 1783 when four witnesses on the terrace of Windsor Castle observed a luminous object in the skies of the Home Counties of England. The sighting was recorded the following year in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. According to the report the witnesses observed an oblong cloud moving more or less parallel to the horizon. The inage was captured by Thomas Standby and is brother Paul who witnessed the event.
1803. This illustration is from a book Ume No Chiri (Dust of Apricot) published in 1803. A foreign ship and crew witnessed this strange object at Harantono Seashore in Hitachi no Kumi, Japan. According to the explanation in the drawing the outer shell was made of iron and glass and strange letters shown in this drawing were seen inside the ship