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The calculating machine is invented.


cross country flight

a photo of the Vin Fiz, Wright Brothers plane which crossed the United States

The Vin Fiz, a Wright Brothers plane, was the first airplane to cross the United States. The flight took 84 days, stopping 70 times. It crash-landed so many times that little of its original building materials were still on the plane when it arrived in California. The Vin Fiz was named after a grape soda made by the Armour Packing Company.

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a picture of a black hole
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