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H.J.Res. 109 (87th): Joint resolution designating the 17th day of December 1961 as “Wright Brothers Day”.

The text of the resolution below is as of Sep 22, 1961 (Passed Congress).

75 STAT.]        PUBLIC LAW 8 7 - 2 9 2 - S E P T . 22, 1961                             611

Public Law 87-291
                           JOINT RESOLUTION                                September 22. 1961
     Designating the 17th day of December 1961 as "Wright Brothers Day".    [H. j . Res. 109]

  Resolved hy the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
States of America in Congress assemUed, That the 17th day of Decern- ^^^]^^' Brothers
ber 1961 is hereby designated as "Wright Brothers Day", in com-
memoration of the first successful flights in a heavier-than-air,
mechanically propelled airplane, which were made by Orville and
Wilbur Wright on December 17, 1903, near Kitty Hawk, North
                                                                         Proclamation au-
Carolina. The President is authorized and requested to issue a procla- thorization.
mation inviting the people of the United States to observe such day
wath appropriate ceremonies and activities.
   Approved September 22, 1961.

Public Law 87-292
                           JOINT RESOLUTION                                s,p,,,,^„22^ ,,^,
          Authorizing a celebration of the American patent system.          [H. j . Res. 499]

Whereas there occurred on July 4, 1961, the one hundred and twenty-
   fifth anniversary of the enactment of the Patent Act of 1836 which 5 Stat. 117.
   created the present examination system for the grant of patents and
   which established the United States Patent Office as a sei:)arate and
   distinct burea,u; and
Whereas there will be granted in the year 1961 the three millionth
   patent since the enactment of this Patent Act; and
Whereas the patent grant is a traditional incentive for the promotion
   of the progress of the useful arts thereby contributing notably to
   the well-being of people everyAvhere; and
Whereas encouragement of invention is essential to the continued
   economic and technological development of this Nation, particu-
   larly in the light of our international relationships and obligations;
Whereas it is fitting that this anniversary of this important Patent
   Act and the establishment of the Patent Office which proved so
   advantageous to this country and to the other countries of the world
   should be observed: Now, therefore, be it
   Resolved hy the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of PaJ'eift'V^t ^"
Commerce and the Commissioner of Patents and such other persons Week,
or groups as they may designate be authorized to make suitable
arrangements for an appropriate observance to show the important
role of the American patent system and the United States Patent
Office in the growth and progress of the United States of America;
and be it further
  Resolved, That the President of the United Statas be requested to
designate the week of October 15, 1961, as "The American Patent
System Week", to invite a general public commemoration of an event
which has proved to be so important to this Nation and to the world.
  Approved September 22, 1961.