1918 – Death of David Esplin Smith, Scottish World War I flying ace, killed in action in his Bristol F.2b.
1952 – Birth of Mark Charles Lee, U.S. Air Force pilot and NASA astronaut.
1953 – The sound barrier is broken over Australia for the first time by the Royal Australian Air Force in the first Australian-built CAC Avon Sabre (shown), a licence-built version of the North American F-86F Sabre, at Avalon, Victoria.
1958 – First flight of the Grumman Gulfstream I (company designation G-159), American twin-turboprop business aircraft.
1979 – Steve Hinton sets a piston-engined airspeed record in a specially-modified North American P-51 Mustang named the “Red Baron.” He reaches 499 mph over Nevada.
2005 – Helios Airways Flight 522, a Boeing 737-300, crashes into a mountain north of Marathon and Varnavas, Greece, killing all 121 passengers and crew.