Orville Wright was born on this date in 1871 in Dayton, Ohio. In honor of Wright’s birthday, Aug. 19 is honored each year as National Aviation Day.
Orville and his brother Wilbur were operating a bicycle shop when they began experimenting with kites and gliders. After years of tinkering, the brothers built an airplane and Orville piloted the first known powered flight. The flight took place on Dec. 17, 1903, near Kitty Hawk, N.C. It lasted less than 1 minute.