Today in history

Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first successful flight of a self-propelled, heavier-than-air aircraft on December 17, 1903. Orville piloted the gasoline-powered, propeller-driven biplane 120 feet in 12 seconds near Kitty Hawk, NC…

After a failed attempt on December 14 where the engine stalled during take-off, they gathered five witnesses to see the aircraft travel down a monorail track and into the air for the first sustained human flight at 10:35 am on December 17. Three more tests were made that day, with Wilbur taking the last flight 852 feet in 59 seconds.

QOTD

It is wrong to put temptation in the path of any nation,
For fear they should succumb and go astray;
So when you are requested to pay up or be molested,
You will find it better policy to say: —

“We never pay any-one Dane-geld,
No matter how trifling the cost;
For the end of that game is oppression and shame,
And the nation that pays it is lost!”

Rudyard Kipling