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* Orville Wright flew an [[aircraft]] with a [[petrol engine]], the ''Wright Flyer'', near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in the first documented and successful powered and controlled heavier-than-air flight, which lasted 12 seconds and covered a distance of {{Convert|120|ft}}. The Wright brothers made three more flights, with Wilbur and Orville taking turns; the fourth flight, piloted by Wilbur, lasted 59 seconds and covered a distance of {{Convert|852|ft}}. Before they could make a fifth flight, the aircraft was overturned by a gust of wind, destroying it.<ref name="Wright"/>
* Orville Wright flew an [[aircraft]] with a [[petrol engine]], the ''Wright Flyer'', near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in the first documented and successful powered and controlled heavier-than-air flight, which lasted 12 seconds and covered a distance of {{Convert|120|ft}}. The Wright brothers made three more flights, with Wilbur and Orville taking turns; the fourth flight, piloted by Wilbur, lasted 59 seconds and covered a distance of {{Convert|852|ft}}. Before they could make a fifth flight, the aircraft was overturned by a gust of wind, destroying it.<ref name="Wright"/>
* Deputy Sheriff B. G. E. Daughtry of the [[Sampson County, North Carolina]] Sheriff's Office was shot and mortally wounded after volunteering to accompany a Deputy [[United States Marshal]] to serve a [[capias]] on Daughtry's closest neighbor, who had been charged with destroying mailboxes. After the lawmen entered the man's home, the suspect opened fire from his bed, shooting Daughtry in the abdomen and also wounding the deputy marshal. Daughtry would die of his wound on December 22.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://www.odmp.org/officer/23761-deputy-sheriff-b-g-e-daughtry |title=Deputy Sheriff B. G. E. Daughtry, Sampson County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina |publisher=The Officer Down Memorial Page, Inc |access-date=24 November 2021}}</ref>
* Deputy Sheriff B. G. E. Daughtry of the [[Sampson County, North Carolina]] Sheriff's Office was shot and mortally wounded after volunteering to accompany a Deputy [[United States Marshal]] to serve a [[capias]] on Daughtry's closest neighbor, who had been charged with destroying mailboxes. After the lawmen entered the man's home, the suspect opened fire from his bed, shooting Daughtry in the abdomen and also wounding the deputy marshal. Daughtry would die of his wound on December 22.<ref>{{cite web |url=https://www.odmp.org/officer/23761-deputy-sheriff-b-g-e-daughtry |title=Deputy Sheriff B. G. E. Daughtry, Sampson County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina |publisher=The Officer Down Memorial Page, Inc |access-date=24 November 2021}}</ref>
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* '''Born:''' [[Erskine Caldwell]], American author; in [[Coweta County, Georgia]] (d. [[1987]])<ref>{{cite encyclopedia |last=Mixon |first=Wayne |title=Erskine Caldwell |encyclopedia=[[New Georgia Encyclopedia]] |date=2 February 2021 |url=https://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/articles/arts-culture/erskine-caldwell-1903-1987/ |access-date=24 November 2021}}</ref>
** [[Erskine Caldwell]], American author; in [[Coweta County, Georgia]] (d. [[1987]])<ref>{{cite encyclopedia |last=Mixon |first=Wayne |title=Erskine Caldwell |encyclopedia=[[New Georgia Encyclopedia]] |date=2 February 2021 |url=https://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/articles/arts-culture/erskine-caldwell-1903-1987/ |access-date=24 November 2021}}</ref>
** [[Ray Noble]] (born Stanley Raymond Noble), English [[jazz]] and [[big band]] musician; in [[Brighton]], [[Sussex]], England (d. [[1978]])<ref>{{cite encyclopedia |editor-last=Larkin |editor-first=Colin |editor-link=Colin Larkin |title=Noble, Ray |encyclopedia=[[Encyclopedia of Popular Music|The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music]] |volume=4: Lincoln, Abe-Primettes |publisher=[[Guinness Publishing]] |year=1995 |edition=2nd |page=3055 |isbn=9781561591763 |url=https://books.google.com/books?id=xlsRAQAAMAAJ&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=Ray+Noble |access-date=25 November 2021 |via=Google Books}}</ref>


==[[December 18]], 1903 (Friday)==
==[[December 18]], 1903 (Friday)==
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