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Abbas Ibn Firnas
Birthdate: 0810 AD
Birthplace: Izn-Rand Onda (Ronda), Al-Andalus
Died: 0887 AD

Centuries before the Wright bothers invented the first motorized aircraft, 9th-century polymath Abbas Ibn Firnas became the first man to fly. He used giant wings made of wood, silk, and feathers to jump from the Jabal Al-Arus mountains and reportedly glided for 10 minutes before crashing and injuring himself.

Manuel García
(Spanish Baritone Singer and Trainer Who Invented the Laryngoscope)
Manuel García
Birthdate: March 17, 1805
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: July 1, 1906

Spanish baritone singer and voice educator Manuel García was the son of legendary opera singer Manuel del Popolo Vicente García. He started his career with his father’s production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. He invented the laryngoscope and penned the classic Complete Treatise on the Art of Singing.

Fausto Elhuyar
(Spanish Chemist)
Fausto Elhuyar
Birthdate: October 11, 1755
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Logroño, Spain
Died: February 6, 1833
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