Actually, the first controlled flights were done in Europe by Otto Lilienthal. The aviation was born in 1891, not in 1903 as some "history experts" seem to believe.
Sadly, this was the first I have heard of this man, which is really sad considering my love for aviation. Frankly, I disagree though that history experts are erroneous in their beliefs that he was the father of aviation as we know it. I still believe that the Wright brothers were since they designed objects that fly based soley on mechanical devices that control the aircraft with human inputs, not the use of running off hills, use of thermals, and shifting body weight.