1894 – Birth of Karl Pech, German World War I flying ace.
1951 – First flight of the Fiat G.80 (-3 variant shown), Italian military trainer and that country’s first true jet-powered aircraft.
1961 – U.S. Air Force Major Robert M. White takes the Bell X-15 to a height of 101,610 feet.
1970 – Death of Artem Ivanovich Mikoyan, a Soviet aircraft designer who, in partnership with Mikhail Iosifovich Gurevich, designed many of the well-known MiG military aircraft.
1982 – Aeronor Flight 304, a Fairchild F-27, crashes near La Florida Airport, in the Chilean city of La Serena; all 46 perish after the Fairchild suffers a malfunction in one of its engines on approach.
2002 – United Airlines files for Chapter 11 reorganization, the largest airline bankruptcy in U.S. history.