"Huckleberry Finn" is first published, the first Nobel Prizes are awarded, the first transcontinental flight ends, Playboy debuts, and "Avatar" premieres in theaters, all on this day.
1911: The first transcontinental flight across the United States is completed with Calbraith Perry Rodgers, who began the flight on Sept. 17, 1911, in Sheepshead Bay, New York, landing in Long Beach, California, and symbolically taxiing into the Pacific Ocean.
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