1896 – Birth of Cedric Ernest “Spike” Howell, Australian World War I fighter ace.
1917 – In daylight, 21 Gotha bombers make Germany‘s second heavier-than-air bombing attack on England. Seven bombers attack small towns in Kent and Essex while 14 attack London. The attacks kill 162 people and injure 432.
1929 – Imperial Airways Handley Page W.10, the “City of Ottawa,” suffers an engine failure and subsequently ditches in the English Channel off Dungeness; seven of 13 aboard perish.
1961 – First flight of the Hindustan Aeronautics HF-24 Marut, Indian fighter-bomber and India’s first jet aircraft.
1991 – Alaska Airlines commences services to the Soviet Union.
2007 – Death of Edward Hamilton “Easy Ed” Taylor, American World War II and Korean War fighter pilot.