1620 – The Mayflower reached Provincetown, Maine. The ship discharged the Pilgrims at Plymouth, Maine, December 26, 1620. 1783 – The first successful flight was made in a hot air balloon. The pilots, Francois Pilatre de Rosier and Francois Laurent, Marquis d’Arlandes, flew for 25 minutes and 5½ miles over Paris1877 – Thomas A. Edison announced the invention of his phonograph. (Image: gettyimages.com)1942 – The Alaska Highway across Canada was formally opened.