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Wright Brothers Day

December 17

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An event every year that begins at 00:00 on day 17 of December, repeating indefinitely

December 17
First occurrence:
Declared by
presidential proclamation
on September 24th, 1959
December 17, 1903 was the day that
the Wright brothers performed the first successful flight
in a “heavier-than-air, mechanically propelled” airplane.

The plane called “Wright Flyer” was a creation
by Wilbur and Orville Wright.

On this flight the Wright Flyer flew about 6 kilometers (4 miles).
This was a huge milestone that motivated aviation
to take off significantly in the 20th century.

Over a century later,
we can’t imagine a world without planes anymore.

“I confess that in 1901,
I said to my brother Orville

that man would not fly for 50 years.”
— Wilbur Wright






December 17
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