Wright Brothers: Bridging Ohio and North Carolina in Aviation History

The Wright Brothers, Orville and Wilbur, were American inventors and pioneers in aviation. They owned a bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio, where they developed their mechanical skills and funded their aeronautical pursuits. In 1903, they achieved their historic milestone with the Wright Flyer, a biplane that completed a 12-second, 120-foot flight. The Wright Brothers’ invention ultimately revolutionized transportation, military, and commercial industries worldwide, and they are credited with inventing the first successful airplane.

Ohio and North Carolina both lay claim to the Wright Brothers, with Ohio’s license plates bearing the phrase “Birthplace of Aviation,” while North Carolina’s read “First in Flight.” This is due to the significant contributions that the Wright Brothers made in both states. While they constructed their groundbreaking aircraft in their home state of Ohio, it was in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, where they successfully executed the first controlled and powered flight.

Josephine Cochrane: The Inventor of the Dishwasher

Josephine Cochrane was motivated to invent the dishwasher after growing frustrated with her expensive china breaking while being washed by hand. In 1886, she designed and built the first practical dishwasher, which used water pressure to clean dishes more efficiently than hand washing.

Cochrane’s invention was initially marketed towards commercial establishments but later became popular among households. She founded the Garis-Cochran Dish-Washing Machine Company to manufacture and sell her invention, which eventually became the KitchenAid brand. Cochrane’s dishwasher revolutionized the way people cleaned their dishes and paved the way for further advancements in home appliances.

Dennis Ritchie

Dennis Ritchie, the creator of the C programming language and co-developer of the Unix operating system, passed away one week after Steve Jobs. Despite his significant contributions to the field of computer science and his impact on nearly every software system in use today, his death received little attention due to being overshadowed by Steve Jobs’ passing.

Scientist Claire Patterson spent…

Scientist Claire Patterson spent over 20 years trying to convince the public that lead was poison.

The inventor of leaded gasoline meanwhile once went to New Jersey to argue that leaded gasoline was perfectly safe, by pouring tetraethyllead onto his hands, and then putting a bottle of it under his nose and inhaling it for 60 seconds saying he could do it every day without any problems. He then had to leave work after being diagnosed with lead poisoning.
He also went on to invent Freon, a CFC that was later banned after being shown to be responsible for ozone depletion.

Then he got polio, so he invented another thing, a pulley system that let him pull himself out of bed. He would then die after becoming entangled in this and strangling himself.