1893 – Birth of Clive Beverley Glynn, British World War I flying ace.
1911 – The Avro Type D, a British biplane, becomes the first seaplane to take off from British sea water.
1942 – The Japanese Imperial Navy launches an air raid on Trincomalee in Ceylon (Sri Lanka); Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Hermes and the Royal Australian Navy Destroyer HMAS Vampire are sunk off the island’s east coast.
1960 – The giant Tupolev Tu-114 Rossiya (shown), a Soviet long-range airliner, sets a world speed record for propeller-driven airplanes of 545.07 mph. It carries a 55,116-pound payload and flies around an official 3,107-mile closed circuit in the USSR.
1967 – First flight of the Boeing 737, an American single-aisle jetliner.
1983 – Death of Robert H. McIntosh, a British aviator, World War II fighter and test pilot; his flying career spanned 54 years between 1917 and 1971.