When you change the world, and no one noticed

Know what's going on in this picture? Literally one of the most important events in the history of mankind.

And the most amazing thing about this story is that while almost no one noticed.

Brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright conquered the flights of 17 December 1903. Few inventions have changed the world so much over the ensuing century. Travel by train from new York to Los Angeles was in the 1900 four days. By 1930 it can be done 17 hours in the air. By 1950 six hours.

Unlike, say, the sequencing of the genome, the layperson can immediately grasp the wonder of flight for humans. The man was sitting in a box and turned into a bird.

But after a few days, months or even years after first flight of Wright, almost no one noticed.

Here's the first page of The New York Times the day after first flight:

Not a word about Wright. Two days later – again nothing:


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