Edmund Halley appointed 2nd Astronomer Royal of England.
An experimental night flight arrives to Le Bourget, France, from Croydon, England. The pilot has given his position by radio and used the aviation light beacons to make his approach.
Britain uses paratroopers for the first time in an attack on Tragino, Italy.
Maj George A. Davis Jr is killed while attacking a group of 12 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15s that were about to attack other US aircraft over Korea for which he is posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.
American U-2 pilot Gary Powers, shot down and arrested in the U.S.S.R. in May 1960, is released in exchange for Soviet spy Colonel Rudolf Abel.
First flight of the Dornier Do 31.
Air Atlanta Icelandic is formed.
McDonnell Douglas delivers its 10,000th aircraft, a US Navy F/A-18 Hornet.
The first prototype of Antonov’s new An-70 large prop-powered transporter is destroyed after a mid-air collision with an An-72 chase plane. All seven aboard are killed in the crash.
Two Peruvian Sukhoi Su-22Ms are shot down by a pair of Ecuadorian Mirage F.1JAs. Almost simultaneously, a Peruvian Cessna A-37B is also shot down by an Ecuadorian Kfir C.2.
The prototype Antonov An-70 is destroyed after a mid-air collision with an An-72 chase plane. All seven aboard are killed.
Comet Shoemaker-Holt 2 Closest Approach to Earth (1.9245 AU).
Soyuz TM-25 launches to the MIR.
The communications satellites Iridium 33 and Kosmos-2251 collide in orbit 490 miles above Siberia at a speed of 26,170 mph.
Manx2 Flight 7100 from Belfast, operated by Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner EC-ITP leased from Flightline BCN of Barcelona, overturns on its third attempt to land at Cork, Ireland in fog, killing six and injuring six.