The Boston Massacre riles up American colonists, Che strikes a famous pose, Elvis is discharged, a plane crash kills Patsy Cline, and John Belushi overdoses, all on this day.
1943: The Gloster Meteor, the first British jet fighter and the Allies' first operational jet aircraft, flies for the first time in the United Kingdom. The jet would see limited action in World War II, while Meteors of the Royal Australian Air Force provided a significant contribution to the Korean War and several other operators such as Argentina, Egypt and Israel also flew Meteors in regional conflicts.
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