Wright Bros. Glider Record

24 October 1911  

On this date in 1911…

Orville Wright of the Wright Brothers remained in the air 9 minutes and 45 seconds in a glider at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina setting a new world record that stood for 10 years.

Other Years:

  • 1861 – West Virginia seceded from Virginia.
  • 1929 – U.S. investors dumped more than 13 million shares on the stock market in what became known as “Black Tuesday.” 
  • 1940 – The 40-hour workweek went into effect due to the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.
  • 1962 – Because of the Cuban Missile Crisis, U.S. military forces went on the highest alert in the postwar era in preparation for a possible full-scale war with the Soviet Union.
  • 1971 – Texas Stadium officially opened. The Dallas Cowboys beat the New England Patriots 44-21 in the opening game.
  • 2001 – In response to the 9-11 atacks, the U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation that gave police the power to secretly search homes, tap all of a person’s telephone conversation and track people’s use of the Internet. 

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