It was the start of modern aviation, an industry that would in part lay its roots more than 3,000 miles away -- a significant moment for Everett.
Back then, people here couldn't know.
And they didn't, if the next day's issue of The Herald is any indication.
There's a short story, just barely above the fold -- below negotiations between Russia and Japan, next to a story about baseball wages -- "Flying Machine Proves a Success."
The flying machine, the 110-year-old copy of The Herald said, made a trial trip against a strong wind, then landed gracefully at a spot previously selected by her navigator.
"A successful trial of a flying machine was made near Kitty Hawk, N. C. by Wilber and Orville Wright of Dayton, Ohio. The machine flew for three miles in the face of a wind of the velocity of twenty-one miles and hour and then gracefully descended to earth at a spot selected by the navigators.
The machine has no [balloon attachment] and gets its force by propellers worked by a small engine."
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