History of aviation

1900's

Balloons
Dirigibles
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Santos-Dumont at the Eiffel Tower (image embedded from Wikipedia on 17 August 2009)
1901 (October 19). Santos-Dumont flew his dirigible Number 6 around the Eiffel Tower.

Airplanes
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Howell's sketch of Whitehead's flight on August 14, 1901 (image embedded from Wikipedia on 10 August 2009) Replica of Pearse's aeroplane (image embedded from Wikipedia on 10 August 2009) Jatho's aeroplane (image embedded from The Pioneers on 17 August 2009) Flyer I at Kitty Hawk on December 17, 1903 (image embedded from Wikipedia on 10 August 2009) Santos-Dumont flying on 12 November 1906 (image embedded from Wikipedia on 10 August 2009)
1901 (August 14). Gustave Whitehead reportedly made the first flight which was sustained and controlled on an aircraft that was heavy-than-air, powered and manned. On January 17, 1902 it's claimed he flew 11 km, completed a circuit and landed close to the starting point on water, on a hybrid airplane. 1903 (March 31). Richard Pearse reportedly made a first, barely controlled, flight of a heavy-than-air, powered and manned aircraft. On May 11, it's claimed he flew controllably for 900 metres. 1903 (August 18) Karl Jatho reportedly flies his powered heavier-than-air aircraft up to 60m. 1903 (December 17). The Wright Brothers made the first flight that was sustained and controlled on an aircraft that was heavy-than-air, powered and manned. The Wrigth Brothers' aircraft incorporates the basic control surfaces present today in most airplanes. This effectively marks it as the first flight of a modern airplace. 1906 (September 13). Santos-Dumont flew the first "true" powered flight, as it was a sustained and controlled flight on an aircraft that was heavy-than-air, powered and manned, with no need for headwinds or catapults to take off.

Want to know more?

Wikipedia - Aviation history
Perhaps not the best organized website on aviation history, but it may work well as a first-to-glance document for further knowledge on the topic.
Wikipedia - Timeline of aviation
A handy timeline and links to further timelines broken down per century and per year, as appropriate.

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