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The Wright Brothers

1867 Wilbur is born on April 16 in Millville, Indiana
1870 The family moves to Dayton, Ohio
1871 Orville is born on August 19 in Dayton
1878 The family moves to Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Milton brings the boys a toy helicopter.
1884 The Wrights move back to Dayton
1886 Wilbur is injured in a skating accident, keeping him away from college plans
1889 The boys start a printing business
Their mother, Susan, dies on July 4
Orville decides to quit school.
1892 The Wright Cycle Company is formed
1896 Orville survives six weeks with typhoid
Wilbur reads about the death of a famous glider pilot and becomes interested in flying
1899 Wilbur writes to the Smithsonian for information about aeronautics on May 30
1900 The brothers test their first glider at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in September and October
1901 They test the 1901 glider in July and August
The brothers build a wind tunnel to test the drag and lift of various wing shapes
1902 They test their third glider in September and October
1903 Orville makes the historic first flight on December 17 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
1904 Wilbur and Orville move their testing to Huffman Prairie, a pasture east of Dayton
1905 They perfect their airplane and begin looking for buyers of their invention
1908 Wilbur does demonstration flights in Europe
Orville flies for the U.S. Army in Fort Myer, Virginia, and is severely injured in a crash
1909 Wilbur and Orville are welcomed home to Dayton in a two-day gala celebration at which they receive a Congressional gold medal
1912 Wilbur dies of typhoid May 30, aged 45
1917 Milton Wright dies on April 3, aged 88
1932 A national monument to the Wright Brothers is dedicated at Kitty Hawk on March 3
1948 Orville dies on January 30, aged 77

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