On this day in history…

In 1903, the Wright brothers did the unthinkable.  Wilber and Orville Wright managed to get the first powered manned flight off the ground in Kitty Hawk North Carolina.  It’s seems so long ago now, but can you imagine how impressive that technlogy was in 1903?  By the way, this is officially Wright Brothers Day so take the day off.

Thirty two years later, the Douglas DC-3 began flight operations and set off the revolution in air transportation.  American, TWA, United and Eastern ordered over 400 of the new plane because with one stop, transcontinental US flights were now possible.  They also had in-flight kitchens.  Bet they weren’t serving peanuts.

Following that class act, in 1989 FOX Broadcasting Company aired the first episode of the Simpsons.  So far, there have been 386 episodes created and it’s still going strong.

Oh, and somewhere between 1903 and 1989, Keith Combs was born.  This is widely regarded as the most significant technical event of the millennium.  🙂

Comments (3)

  1. Romestar says:

    I’m pretty sure "millinium" isn’t a word:


  2. Blake Handler says:

    Hmmmm . . . I wonder why Orville’s bother  Wilber doesn’t get Patent credit?


  3. Keith Combs says:

    Helps if I spell it correctly.  

    Regarding the patent, it’s 21 years later and the patent you cited looks very different from the wings used at Kitty Hawk.

    It would be interesting to know if they ever filed a patent on some of the original designs around 1900-1903.