1873 – Death of Charles Ferson Durant, the first successful American aeronaut.
1915 – Birth of Kaj Birksted, Danish World War II flying ace with the Royal Air Force and Danish high-ranking officer post-WWII.
1955 – Trans-Canada Airlines introduces the Vickers Viscount airliner into regular service, making it the first North American airline to use turbine power aircraft.
1957 – First flight of the Thruxton Jackaroo (shown), a British four-seat cabin biplane converted from a de Havilland Tiger Moth.
1981 – Japan Air Lines is the first airline to use a computerized flight simulator to train its crews.
1992 – The USAF’s Strategic Air Command is disestablished.