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This week in 1882 – The Bijou Theatre opened in Boston, MA and became the first theatre to be lighted by electricity.
1903 – The first successful powered airplane flight took place near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. First Orville, then Wilbur Wright kept their invention flying … each flight lasted just under one minute.
1962 – NASA launched Relay 1. The satellite was developed by RCA and was the first active repeater communications satellite in orbit. Relay 1 was the first satellite to broadcast television from the United States to Japan.
1967 – The French prototype Concorde was rolled out in Toulouse, France. The joint British-French venture and the world’s first supersonic airliner, took two more years of testing and fine-tuning the powerful engines before it made its maiden flight.
And this week in 2009 – Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, their most fuel-efficient airliner, made its maiden flight from Seattle, Washington.