Today in Southern History: First In Flight

17 December 1903 

On this date in 1903…

Orville and Wilbur Wright took the first successful man-powered airplane flights at Kill Devil Hills, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

Other Years:

  • 1777 – France recognized American independence. 
  • 1821 – Kentucky abolished debtors’ prisons.
  • 1860 – The South Carolina Secession Convention convened at First Baptist Church in Columbia, South Carolina.
  • 1862 – General Wade Hampton’s Confederate cavalry raided Federal supply depots at Occoquan, Virginia.
  • 1862 – General Ulysses S. Grant issued General Order #11, expelling Jews from Tennessee.
  • 1976 – WTCG-TV, Atlanta, Georgia, changed its call letters to WTBS, and was uplinked via satellite, becoming the first commercial TV station to cover the entire U.S.
  • 1988 – The USS Tennessee SSBN-73, the first nuclear sub to carry Trident 2 missiles was commissioned with its home port of King’s Bay, Georgia.

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