On this day:

1790 Discovery of the Aztec calendar stone

1903 First flight of the Wright Flyer, the powered aircraft made by the Wright brothers. It was the first such aircraft to take flight.

2010 The beginning of the Arab Spring

Born on this day:

1770 Ludwig van Beethoven, German pianist, composer

1778 Humphry Davy, English chemist, physicist

Gone on this day:

1273 Rumi, Persian mystic, poet