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ANNIVERSARIES.

IF I NEEDED AN EXCUSE to imbibe I refer to my little reference book "I'll drink to that!" which provides a daily occasion for which one may lift a glass in remembrance. Today (12th December) I'm toasting one Mr. Brooks of Devon, who had a falling-out with his wife, and on this day in 1822 sold her for twenty pounds (which the ex-couple split).

AVIATION FANS HAVE much to celebrate this month. On 14th December 1903 Wilbur Wright tried to get airborne in his flying machine but failed. Brother Orville was more successful, achieving flights of twelve and fifty-nine seconds. They telegraphed the account to their home town of Dayton, Ohio and were recognized in the local paper by a story "The Wright Brothers will be home for Christmas."

ON DECEMBER 10TH, 1911, Calbraith Rogers completed the first aerial crossing of the U.S. It was no sudden dash--he had started on 17 September and was accompanied by a special train containing spare parts and fuel. He travelled in short stages and underwent twelve crash landings en route.

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Title Annotation:VETERAN NEWS & VIEWS
Author:Peate, Les
Publication:Esprit de Corps
Date:Jan 1, 2020
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