Tycho Brahe 1st sketches "Tychonic system" of solar system.
Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei arrived in Rome for trial before Inquisition for professing belief that earth revolves around the Sun.
At the second British Aero Show in London, the world’s first airplane specifically designed to carry a gun, 37-mm cannon on biplane, is displayed for the first time. Called Destroyer and built by Vickers, Sons & Maxim, it is officially called the Experimental Fighting Biplane No.1 (E.F.B.1).
The first post-war French commercial service is established on a route from Paris to Lille for the carriage of food and clothing to France’s northern departments.
Bruno Hauptmann is convicted of murder for the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh’s 20-month-old son Charles Augustus Lindbergh Jr. He would be executed in the New Jersey’s infamous “Old Smokey” electric chair a year later.
London-based Imperial Airways launches airmail service to West Africa.
The Vought F4U Corsair naval fighter makes its operational debut in Solomon Island, escorting PB4Y-1 Liberators (the US Navy’s version of the B-24) raiding Bougainville.
France detonates its first nuclear weapon.
Soviet Union fires a rocket from Sputnik V to Venus.
Pacific Southwest Airlines becomes a public corporation.
The Soviet Union has started to use Cuba as a base from which to spy on the US. The first mission is flown by two Soviet Tu-95, which surveys part of the east coast.
First flight of the Fokker 50.
violent thunderstorm causes $5 million in damage at Miami International Airport. Four airliners and nine air-bridges are seriously damaged.
Discovery captures Hubble Space Telescope.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) takes over responsibilities for airport security from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
SkyEurope commences flight operations.
BA CityFlyer Flight 8456, an Avro RJ100, registration G-BXAR, is substantially damaged when the nosewheel collapses on landing at London City Airport. All 71 people on board are successfully evacuated via emergency chutes.