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Alberto Santos-Dumont
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Aviator
    (July 20, 1873-July 23, 1932)
    Born in Santos Dumont, Brazil
    He long believed that he flew the first airplane in 1906, unaware that the Wright Brothers of America already did this.
    It is still widley debated whether he was the first man to fly or not.
    He is frequently portrayed as a villain in stories about the Wright Brothers.
    He designed, built, and flew the first practical Dirigible balloons and flew it around the Eiffel Tower.
    His birth city, Palmira, was renamed after him.
    He helped make wristwatches popular among men, which at that time were worn on by women as jewelry.
    He allowed his friend Aida de Acosta to fly his airship, technically making her the first woman pilot.

Credit: Jack Magic


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