April 21, 2014

Today in History: Wright Brothers First Flight

First flight, 120 feet in 12 seconds, 10:35 a.m.; Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

Today in History–December 17–the Library of Congress features the first flights of the Wright brothers, flown on this day in 1903. Orville piloted the first flight that lasted 12 seconds and 120 feet and Wilbur piloted the fourth and final flight, remaining airborne for 59 seconds and traveling 852 feet. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access a plethora of Wright and other early flight resources. The Inventive Wright Brothers primary source … [Read more...]

Today in History: The Call for Independence

North Carolina flag.

Today in History–April 12–the Library of Congress features the first call for American independence, made by North Carolina on this day in 1776. Referred to as the "Halifax Resolves", the document listed grievance against Great Britain and encouraged the Continental Congress to push for sovereignty. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more related resources. Declaration of Independence texts Declaration of Independence from the … [Read more...]

Today in History: North Carolina

Kitty Hawk #30, 1901

Today in History–November 21–the Library of Congress features North Carolina, which ratified the Constitution on this day in 1789, becoming the 12th state in the new United States. Find out more about the history and culture of the "Tar Heel" state by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more prime primary sources. North Carolina stories from America’s Library North Carolina primary source set North Carolina maps North Carolina books & … [Read more...]