On this day: December 14

POSTED: 08:12 PM PST Dec 12, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Dec 13, 2015 

George Washington dies, a spacecraft flies by Venus for the first time, Bob Dylan releases his first single, President George W. Bush ducks flying shoes, and tragedy hits Sandy Hook, all on this day.

OTD December 14 - Wright Brothers
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1903: The Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. After winning a coin toss, Wilbur Wright made a three-second flight but stalled after takeoff, causing minor damage to the plane. Following repairs, they returned to try again three days later, each making two flights in what were the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flights.


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