This Day In History — Wright Brothers Take Flight

December 17

France recognized American independence.

Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first flight in a heavier-than-air plane at Kitty Hawk, N.C.

The U.S. Army announced the end of its policy of holding Japanese-Americans in internment camps, allowing “evacuees” to return home.

The U.S. Air Force ended its “Project Blue Book” and concluded that there was no evidence of extraterrestrial activity behind UFO sightings.

North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) signed by U.S., Canada, and Mexico.


John Greenleaf Whittier

1807–1892, American Poet.

Sir Humphry Davy

chemist, physicist (1778)

W.L. Mackenzie King

political leader (1874)

Arthur Fiedler

conductor (1894)

Sylvia Ashton-Warner

novelist and educator (1905)

William L. Safire

journalist (1929)

Milla Jovovich

model, actor, and singer (1975)

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