1891 – Birth of Auguste Joseph Marie Lahoulle, French World War I flying ace and high-ranking officer in the French air force during World War II.
1923 – The Canadian Air Force is granted the prefix “Royal.”
1933 – First flight of the Vultee V-1 (shown), an American single-engined airliner.
1942 – The “Pearl Harbor of Australia” takes place when nearly 250 Japanese warplanes attack the northern Australian city of Darwin, killing 243 people. It is the largest attack ever mounted by a foreign power against the country.\
1977 – Death of George Montague Cox, British World War I flying ace.
2011 – A USAF Pilatus U-28A of the 1st Special Operations Wing crashes 10 miles from Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, killing all four crew members.