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Orville Wright

Orville Wright was born near Millville, Indiana on 19 August 1867. At the age 18 he started a printing business with his brother Wilbur. They were known as "The Wright Brothers" and later started a bsiness repairinf and selling bicycles.

What are the Wright Brothers famous for?

Orville and Wilbur Wright built the first successful airplane and made the first heavier-than-air machine that took off on its own power, remained under control, and sustained flight. On 17 December 1903, their powered aircraft, 'Wright Flyer', flew for 12 seconds above the sand dunes of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

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The first flight with Wilbur Wright running along the right side of the aircraft

Also on this Day .....

18 August 1962: Space Milestone - At 15:00 GMT Sputnik 5 was launched on August 19, 1960 with the dogs Belka and Strelka, 40 mice, 2 rats and a variety of plants on board. The spacecraft returned to earth the next day and all animals were recovered safely.

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