On This Day

United Airlines in History

Historical Events

Historic Event

1934-06-12 Black-McKeller Bill passes causes the break-up of William Boeing's empire into Boeing United Aircraft [Technologies] and United Airlines

  • 1969-01-18 United Airlines Flight 266 crashes into Santa Monica Bay, killing all 38 people on-board
  • 1972-12-08 United Airlines crashes at Chicago's Midway Airport killing 45
  • 1988-01-29 United Airlines Boeing 747SP, circles world in 36h54m15s
  • 1989-07-19 United Airlines DC-10 crashes at Sioux City Iowa, kills 112
  • 1991-03-03 United Airlines 737 crashes near Colorado Springs, kills 25
  • 1995-06-07 The long range Boeing 777 enters service with United Airlines

Historic Event

2001-09-11 Attempt by passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 to retake control of their hijacked plane from terrorists causes plane to crash in Pennsylvania field killing all 64 people on board

  • 2017-04-09 Twitter footage of passenger forcibly removed from United Airlines flight in Chicago after flight overbooked causes outrage

Famous Birthdays

  • 1940-01-04 Helmut Jahn, German-American architect who designed the O'Hare United Airlines Terminal and the Thompson Center in Chicago and One Liberty Place in Philadelphia, born in Nuremberg, Germany (d. 2021) [1] [2]

Todd Beamer

1968-11-24 Todd Beamer, passenger and hero on United Airlines Flight 93, born in Flint, Michigan

  • 1970-09-03 Jeremy Glick, American United Airlines Flight 93 passenger (d. 2001)

Famous Deaths

Todd Beamer

2001-09-11 Todd Beamer, American passenger and hero on United Airlines Flight 93, dies at 32 in a plane crash trying to stop the 9/11 terrorists

  • 2001-09-11 Mark Bingham, passenger on United Airlines Flight 93 (b. 1970)
  • 2021-05-08 Helmut Jahn, German-American architect who designed the O'Hare United Airlines Terminal and the Thompson Center in Chicago and One Liberty Place in Philadelphia, killed when struck by cars while bicycling at 80 [1] [2]