2010: The U.S. Navy loses control of a helicopter drone—a Northrop Grumman MQ-8B Navy Fire Scout—allowing it to fly unguided for 30 minutes from southern Maryland into Washington D.C.’s restricted airspace. The Navy attributes the snafu to a “software issue,” as well as the failure of a failsafe system that directs the craft to land if it loses its communication link with the controller on the ground.
1985: A Delta Lockheed L-1011-385-1 crashes while attempting to land at Dallas Fort-Worth airport, killing 135 people. The accident is attributed to wind shear.
1979: New York Yankees catcher Thurman Munson is killed at the Akron-Canton airfield in Ohio, when he crashes his private plane short of the runway while practicing landings.
1934: Adolf Hitler becomes Fuhrer of Germany. Hitler assures his people that the Third Reich will last for a thousand years, but Nazi Germany collapses just 11 years later.