Dayton History

Commentary
12:35 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

What's Great in Dayton: March 29 - April 4, 2013

The bell tower at Carillon Park

The Wayne Township/Huber Heights Historical Society is presenting "Dinner With The Presidents" on Friday at the St Peter School. There will be enactors for Lincoln, Jefferson Davis and Teddy Roosevelt.

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Aviation
11:07 am
Fri March 22, 2013

WYSO's Aviation Commentator: The Wright Brothers Were 'First In Flight'

Orville Wright's Korona V Field Camera, photographed at Carillon Historical Park. The red air bulb is what Orville asked John T. Daniels to squeeze when the Flyer took off. He couldn't recall if he had or not in the excitement of the moment.
Credit Dan Patterson

A newly discovered photograph calling into question the Wright Brothers claim to the “first in flight” title has created controversy this week between aviation experts. Some historians say German Immigrant Gustave Whitehead deserves the distinction. Dayton aviation photographer and historian Dan Patterson is WYSO’s aviation commentator. He discussed the issue in an interview with Emily McCord.

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Around the Miami Valley
12:31 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

What's Great in Dayton: December 21 - 27, 2012

The Nutcracker in the 2012 production of the Dayton Ballet's Nutcracker
Credit courtesy of the Dayton Ballet

Santa Visits PNC 2nd Street Market, today and tomorrow from 11:30 -1:30pm.  Bring a camera and snap a photo of Santa and your friends.

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Commentary
9:46 am
Mon December 17, 2012

First Flight and the Photograph

A contact print from the entire 5x7 inch plate also showing the broken corner which was incurred during the 1913 Dayton Flood.
courtesy of Wright State University Archives and Special Collections

Today is perhaps the most important date in aviation history.  It was 10:35 in the morning on December 17, 1903, when Orville Wright flew a powered aircraft  on the sands near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.  It was a short  flight - with huge consequences. Dayton aviation historian and photographer Dan Patterson knows the story well.

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Commentary
12:40 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

What's Great in Dayton: September 14 - 20, 2012

Music on the streets during Urban Nights
Photo courtesy of Kristen Wicker

Today is Urban Nights in the Downtown Dayton/Oregon Arts District/Wright-Dunbar Business Village from 5-10 p.m.
Urban Nights is a free event that showcases downtown's dining, nightlife, art, music, retail, urban living options and more and has been described as a huge, all-inclusive street party and open house for downtown, with something for everyone to enjoy.

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