Today, on August 19th, 1871, Orville Wright was born and rightfully so, we celebrate his birthday to honor the first man to fly, or so we think, on December 17th, 1903. Others have claimed being earlier to fly but if they did, it wasn’t recorded so it’s hard to verify their claims. Along with his brother, Wilbur, the brothers flight only lasted for a few seconds at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, but began an entire industry that we could not live without today. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt created this day in 1939 but interestingly it is not called a National holiday.
How to celebrate – Read about the Wright Brothers. Learn how to fly. Send something airmail.