1903

Wilbur and Orville Wright launch human flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

The brothers’ flight – in a fabric-covered, wooden biplane of their own design – lasts 12 seconds. The plane crashes after 120 feet in the air.

Mary Anderson receives a patent for inventing the windshield wiper for cars.

Her version allowed drivers to use a lever inside the car to move the cleaning blades.