Wright Brothers Day
December 17, Sunday
Wright Brothers Day (December 17) is a United States national observation. It is codified in the US Code, and commemorates the first successful flights in a heavier-than-air, mechanically propelled airplane, the Wright Flyer, that were made by Orville and Wilbur Wright on December 17, 1903, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. On September 24, 1959, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared December 17 to be Wright Brothers Day.