Sorry IMiss Piedmont but....
Richard Pearse in Canterbury, New Zealand is documented as having made a " powered, controlled, manned" flight before thwe Wright Brothers.
Seems his aircraft was a "puller" rather that a "pusher" and also used a rough aerloron rather than the Wrights rudder for directional control.
Due to the remoteness of the location, and the time it took for the news to travel to the rest of the World, it was never fully acknowleged.
(much like the US media of today
But it was documented, and a replica of another of his aircraft is still on display at the Museum of Transport and Technology (MoTaT) Auckland.