You are here

On This Day

  • 12-14-1503

    Astrologer Nostradamus born in St. Remy de Provence, France. Best known for his predictions of future events, Michel de Nostredame also was an apothecary and healer.

    More information about:
  • 12-14-1546

    Astronomer Tycho Brahe born in Knutstorp, Denmark (now in Sweden). He spent much of his life on an island near Copenhagen observing the night sky from his Uraniborg Observatory, but near the end of his life moved to Prague where he entrusted his nearly 40 years of astronomical records to his assistant Johannes Kepler.

    More information about:
    Tycho Brahe
    Johannes Kepler
  • 12-14-1782

    Montgolfier brothers first tested flight of a hot air balloon. By the end of the following year (1783), Joseph-Michel and Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier and friends were making manned flights.

    More information about:
    Montgolfier Brothers and Balloon Flight
  • 12-14-1903

    Wright brothers first attempted to fly a powered aircraft at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, USA. Wilbur and Orville Wright had been experimenting with gliders over the sand dunes of Kitty Hawk since 1900.

    More information about:
    Wright Brothers and Flight