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This Day in History for December 17 — Wright Brothers’ First Flight, and More

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Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1903: Near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Orville and Wilbur Wright make history’s first successful flight in a self-propelled, heavier-than-air aircraft (more info)

1944: The U.S. Army announces the end of its policy of holding Japanese-Americans in internment camps, allowing “evacuees” to return home (more info)

1969: The US Air Force closes its study of UFOs, concluding that there was no evidence of extraterrestrial activity behind UFO sightings (more info)

1979: Stuntman Stan Barrett blasts across a dry lake bed in a rocket- and missile-powered car, becoming the first man to travel faster than the speed of sound on land (more info)

1989: The first episode of ‘The Simpsons’ airs in the United States (more info)

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