James Sadler becomes the 1st British aeronaut when he makes a flight in a Montgolfier-type balloon of a 170-foot circumference
More than a million New Yorkers watch as Wilbur Wright makes a flight along the Hudson River.
The Avro Arrow rolls out at the Avro Canada plant in Malton, Ontario.
The Soviets win round one of the Space Race, launching Sputnik I, the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth.
Britain’s national overseas airline BOAC becomes the 1st carrier to fly the Atlantic route by jet airliner.
Eastern Airlines Flight 375, a Lockheed L188 Electra (registered N5533) flying from Boston Logan (BOS) to Philadelphia (PHL) crashes seconds after takeoff due to a bird strike, killing 62 of the 72 on-board.
First flight of the Tupolev Tu-154.
Death of Leroy Randle "Roy" Grumman (b.4 January 1895) was an American aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and industrialist.
After her husband dies at the controls, 61-year-old Elaine Yadwin safely lands a Piper Cherokee Warrior II in Florida.
El Al Flight 1862, a 747-200F (registered (4X-AXG), crashes into an apartment complex in Amsterdam, killing 4 on the aircraft and 39 on the ground after engines number 3 and 4 fall from the wing. It would be determined that fuse pins designed to let separating engines break away clean had failed to do so, allowing the number 3 engine’s loss to also cause the number 4 engine to separate as well. This caused damage to the flaps and right aileron that sent the aircraft into an 90-degree roll while attempting to slow down for their second landing attempt.
Siberian Airlines Flight 1812, a Tu-154 (registered RA-85693), is struck by an errant Ukranian missile, sending it crashing into the Black Sea, killing all 78 on-board.
Burt Rutan’s SpaceShipOne makes its third successful flight into space, thus clinching the $10 million Ansari X Prize.
Sociedad Aeronautica de Medellin (SAM) ceases operations.