17th December
It was on this day...

1903 The Wright Brothers Fly The First Ever Plane

It was the first time a heavier than air, self propelled, aircraft had flown. The flight lasted 12 seconds, and covered 120 feet.

It happened at 10:35am near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The pilot was Orville Wright.

The flight was witnessed by five people.

The brothers then made three further attempts at flight during the day.

The last flight of the day, with Wilbur at the controls, flew for 59 seconds, and covered 852 feet.

The Wright brothers' aircraft of 1903 is on permanent display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

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1843 'A Christmas Carol', the classic novel by Charles Dickens, is published on this day

1969 Tiny Tim, famous for 'Tip Toe Through The Tulips', marries on The Tonight Show

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