17 January - Zeppelin LZ2 makes a forced landing and is destroyed in high winds the following day.
18 March - Traian Vuia flies his "Vuia 1" in first powered flight without headwind or catapult assisted takeoff. Not launched from a height.
12 September - Jacob Ellehammer makes his first flight with his aeroplane "Danemark I" on the tiny island of Lindholm. The plane was attached to the ground by a rope and described a few circles.
13 September - Alberto Santos-Dumont successfully flies his 14-bis aircraft at Château de Bagatelle in Bois de Boulogne in Paris, France, for the first time .
30 September - The Gordon Bennett Cup in ballooning is awarded for the first time. It goes to Lt Frank Lahm of the US Army, who flies 647 km (402 miles) in the balloon United States.
9 October - Zeppelin LZ 3 flies for the 1st time.
23 October - Alberto Santos-Dumont wins the Archdeacon prize as he flies his 14-bis aircraft at Château de Bagatelle in Bois de Boulogne in Paris, France, a distance of 60m (197ft).
13 November - Alberto Santos-Dumont flies the 14-bis near Château de Bagatelle in Bois de Boulogne in Paris, France, a distance of 722 feet (220 m) in 21 seconds. This is recorded as the world's first (officially observed) aeroplane flight.
16 November - First flight of the Lebaudy Patrie.