A.D... Comet 1P/837 F1 (Halley's Comet) approaches within 0.0334 AUs of Earth. Read more...
Radar tracking of planet Venus for 7 weeks by Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists had proved astronomical yardstick of 93,498,125 miles as the distance between the Earth and Sun (within 1,000 miles of error).
The earliest known aeronautical experiment in Canada is conducted by Canadian schoolteacher John Rae. He successfully launches a paper balloon able to carry weight. Its lift is provided by the heating of its blackened surface by the sun.
Lindberg becomes chief pilot for Robertson Aircraft Corp, flying a Saint Louis to Chicago mail route.
The Luftwaffe flies its final sortie over the United Kingdom, a reconnaissance mission from Norway by an Arado Ar 234.
BOAC resumes scheduled air service from London to Cairo (Egypt), suspended in October 1956 at the time of the Suez Crisis.
First flight of the EWR VJ 101C, world's first supersonic V/STOL aircraft. Read more...
The Royal Norwegian Air Force is the first European air service to take delivery of the Lockheed P-3B Orion.
Computer glitch keeps Space Shuttle Columbia grounded.
Damaged Solar Max satellite snared by Challenger shuttle.
A Polish Air Force Tupolev Tu-154M carrying the Polish President Lech Kaczyński and many other Polish officials crashes on approach to Smolensk, Russia. Read more...