Capt. Albert Berry makes the first parachute descent from a powered airplane in America when he jumps from a Benoist aircraft that is being flown by the company pilot, Anthony Jannus. The aircraft is flying at a height of 1,500 ft. over Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis, Missouri, and Berry uses a static line parachute.
Ryan Airlines begins the first regularly scheduled passenger airline service flown within the mainland United States. The service runs between Los Angeles and San Diego. (F&F)
An airmail route between France and Chile is opened with a fast sea link between Dakar, Senegal and Natal, Brazil.
U.S. Air Commerce Regulations are amended to increase the flying time required for a pilot’s license from 10 hours to 50 hours.
Los Angeles Airways sets up the world’s first commercial service using turbine-powered, multi-engine helicopters, the Sikorsky S-621L, which could accommodate up to 28 passengers.
American Airlines Flight 1, a Boeing 707, crashed shortly after takeoff from Idlewild airport due to a maintenance error causing rudder failure. All 95 people onboard were killed. At the time, it was the nation's highest death toll involving a single commercial airplane.
Venera 3 becomes 1st man-made object to impact on a planet (Venus).
Venera 13 landed on Venus.
Landsat 5 and ham satellite Oscar 11 launched into polar orbit.
Sakigake, Japan Comet Flyby made its comet flyby.
Spanair commenced operations.
Comet du Toit at perihelion.
NEAR, USA Asteroid Orbiter (Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous) imaged Comet Hyakutake.
Lufthansa acquired their first 11% of Swiss International Air Lines.