In honor of National Aviation Day, Smithsonian Libraries (SIL) turns to a piece of history found in the Ramsey Room. Established by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1939, National Aviation Day is celebrated every year on August 19th, which is also the birthday of Orville Wright.
In 1939 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued a proclamation designating August 19th, the anniversary of pioneer aviator Orville Wright’s birthday, to be National Aviation Day.
Today, August 19, is National Aviation Day, as well as being Orville Wright’s birthday. He was born in 1871. The Libraries has many titles in its collections centering on Orville and his brother . . . Happy birthday, Orville!
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