John Wise and America’s First Air Mail Flight

The United States Postal Service commemorated the 100th anniversary of its Air Mail services with two stamps released earlier this year. However, mail had been transported by air long before the Army pilots in their Curtiss Jenny JN-4HM “Jenny” biplanes made their fights on May 15, 1918. The first airmail flight in the United States actually occurred nearly 60 years before in Lafayette, Indiana. While … Continue reading John Wise and America’s First Air Mail Flight

New Mexico’s State Flag

Today is the 106th anniversary of New Mexico Statehood. New Mexico (Nuevo México in Spanish or Yootó Hahoodzo in Navajo) was admitted to the United States as its 47th state on January 6, 1912, having been a Territory since September 9, 1850. Occupying 121,412 square miles (314,460 km²) of land in the southwest region of the U.S.A., it is often incorrectly believed to have taken its name from … Continue reading New Mexico’s State Flag

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First Manned (Tethered) Balloon Ascent, 1783

On October 15, 1783, Étienne Montgolfier became the first human to lift off the earth. He did this in a (tethered) hot air balloon called the Aérostat Réveillon, designed and built by Étienne and his older brother Joseph in their shop in the eastern suburbs of Paris. Joseph-Michel Montgolfier (August  26, 1740 – June 26, 1810) and Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier (January 6, 1745 – August 2, 1799) were the inventors … Continue reading First Manned (Tethered) Balloon Ascent, 1783