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Datebook: August 19 – Orville Wright’s 140th birthday

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The Wright brothers, Orville (August 19, 1871 – January 30, 1948) and Wilbur (April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912), were two Americans credited with inventing and building the world’s first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight, on December 17, 1903. In the two years afterward, the brothers developed their flying machine into the first practical fixed-wing aircraft. Although not the first to build and fly experimental aircraft, the Wright brothers were the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed-wing powered flight possible. The brothers’ fundamental breakthrough was their invention of three-axis control, which enabled the pilot to steer the aircraft effectively and to maintain its equilibrium. This method became standard and remains standard on fixed-wing aircraft of all kinds. From the beginning of their aeronautical work, the Wright brothers focused on developing a reliable method of pilot control as the key to solving “the flying problem”. This approach differed significantly from other experimenters of the time who put more emphasis on developing powerful engines.

It’s Friday, August 19th.

Tomorrow Grand Rivers Marina Day includes sail boat rides, children’s water fun, a Street Dance, and a Big Fireworks show at Dusk. Activities are at Green Turtle Bay Marina and Resort and Lighthouse Landing Marina and Resort.

Tonight Murray Art Guild opens a show of images by Debi Danielson titled “Project 365 Photography”. There’s a reception at the gallery at 500 North 4th Street from 6 to 8 p.m.

Tymeless Hearts, Inc. hosts a carnival at Murray’s Chestnut Park from noon to 6 tomorrow. It includes clowns, petting zoo, pony and kids’ train rides, health checks, and more, benefitting families of children with heart defects.

Lone Star Rodeo of Crofton performs at West Kentucky Fairgrounds in Hopkinsville tonight and tomorrow night at 8. Adult tix are 15 dollars at the gate. See bareback bronc, saddle bronc and brahma bull riding, calf, team, and cowgirl’s breakaway roping, steer wrestling and cowgirl’s barrel racing.

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit play Lovett Live tomorrow night at 7:30. Tickets are $16.

Enjoy the weekend!