8/1/81: The Trans-en-Provence UFO sighting
In the early evening of January 8th, 1981 French farmer Renato Nicolai reported to have seen an unidentified flying object hurtle through the early evening sky, subsequently to land some 500 metres away, only to take off again leaving behind a sizeable scorched patch on the ground. The event took place near Trans-en-Provence in the south of France.
Although the UFO sighting and its alleged physical traces have been the subject of serious investigation by authorities and UFO organisations, the event has also been met with more sceptical interpretations.
Sources: UFO Casebook, Wikipedia
see also: ufoevidence.org