Today in History: December 17, Wright Brothers' first flight

Today in History Today is Saturday, Dec. 17, the 351st day of 2022. There are 14 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 17, 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright of Dayton, Ohio, conducted the first successful manned powered-airplane flights near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, using their experimental craft, the Wright Flyer. On this date: In 1777, France recognized American independence. In 1933, in the inaugural NFL championship football game, the Chicago Bears defeated the New York Giants, 23-21, at Wrigley Field. In 1944, the U.S. War Department announced it was ending its policy of excluding people of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast. In 1957, the United States successfully test-fired the Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile for the first time. In 1969, the U.S. Air Force closed its Project “Blue Book” by concluding there was no evidence of extraterrestrial spaceships behind thousands of UFO sightings. In 1975, Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme was…

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Today in History: December 17, Wright Brothers’ first flight

Updated: December 16, 2022 — 9:27 pm