1783 – The first successful flight was made in a hot air balloon. The pilots, Francois Pilatre de Rosier and Francois Laurent, Marquis d’Arlandes, flew for 25 minutes and 5½ miles over Paris

1791 – Colonel Napoléon Bonaparte is promoted to full general and appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Armies of the French Republic.

1877 – Thomas A. Edison announced the invention of his phonograph.

1922 – Rebecca L Felton (Ga) sworn in as first female US Senator

1933 – 1st US ambassador to USSR, W.C. Bullitt, begins service

1935 – First commercial crossing of Pacific by plane (China Clipper)

1962 – The Chinese People’s Liberation Army declares a unilateral cease-fire in the Sino-Indian War.

1965 – 1st freighter arrives in Ashdod Port Israel

1971 – Indian troops partly aided by Mukti Bahini (Bengali guerrillas) defeat the Pakistan army in the Battle of Garibpur.

1977 – First flight of Concorde (London to New York)