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Howard Hughes

Aviator + Engineer + Industrialist + Film Producer
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Born Dec 24, 1905

Howard Robard Hughes, Jr. was an American business magnate, investor, aviator, aerospace engineer, film maker and philanthropist. He was one of the wealthiest people in the world. As a maverick film producer, Hughes gained prominence in Hollywood from the late 1920s, making big-budget and often, controversial films like The Racket (1928), Hell's Angels (1930), Scarface (1932) and The Outlaw (1943).… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1905 Birth Born in 1905.
1906 1 Year Old However, his baptismal record of October 7, 1906, in the parish register of St. John's Episcopal Church in Keokuk, Iowa, has his birth listed as September 24, 1905, without reference to the place of birth. … Read More
1909 4 Years Old The senior Hughes made the shrewd and lucrative decision to commercialize the invention by leasing the bits instead of selling them, and founded the Hughes Tool Company in 1909. … Read More

TEENAGE

1922 17 Years Old Allene Hughes died in March 1922 from complications of an ectopic pregnancy.
1924 19 Years Old Howard Hughes, Sr., died of a heart attack in 1924.

TWENTIES

1925 20 Years Old 1 More Event
Their deaths apparently inspired Hughes to include the creation of a medical research laboratory in the will that he signed in 1925 at age 19. … Read More
1929 24 Years Old In 1929 Hughes' wife, Ella, returned to Houston and filed for divorce. … Read More

THIRTIES

1935 30 Years Old …  On September 13, 1935, Hughes, flying the H-1, set the landplane airspeed record of over his test course near Santa Ana, California (Giuseppe Motta reached 362 mph in 1929 and George Stainforth reached 407.5 mph in 1931, both in seaplanes). … Read More
1936 31 Years Old On July 11, 1936, Hughes struck and killed a pedestrian named Gabriel S. Meyer with his car, at the corner of 3rd Street and Lorraine in Los Angeles. … Read More
1937 32 Years Old A year and a half later, on January 19, 1937, flying the same H-1 Racer fitted with longer wings, Hughes set a new transcontinental airspeed record by flying non-stop from Los Angeles to Newark in 7 hours, 28 minutes and 25 seconds (beating his own previous record of 9 hours, 27 minutes). … Read More
On July 14, 1938, Hughes set another record by completing a flight around the world in just 91 hours (3 days, 19 hours, 17 minutes), beating the previous record set in 1933 by Wiley Post in a single engine Lockheed Vega by almost four days. … Read More
1939 34 Years Old 1 More Event
The Hughes D-2 was conceived in 1939 as a bomber with five crew members, powered by 42-cylinder Wright R-2160 Tornado engines. … Read More
1941 36 Years Old Hughes' birthplace is recorded as either Humble or Houston, Texas. The date is also uncertain, though Hughes claimed that his birthday was Christmas Eve. A 1941 affidavit birth certificate of Hughes, signed by his aunt Annette Gano Lummis and Estelle Boughton Sharp, states that he was born on December 24, 1905, in Harris County, Texas.
In the spring of 1943 Hughes spent nearly a month in Las Vegas, test flying his Sikorsky S-43 amphibian aircraft, practicing touch-and-go landings on Lake Mead in preparation for flying the H-4 Hercules. … Read More

FORTIES

1946 41 Years Old Hughes was involved in a near-fatal aircraft accident on July 7, 1946, while performing the first flight of the prototype U.S. Army Air Forces reconnaissance aircraft, the XF-11, near Hughes airfield at Culver City, California. … Read More
…  In 1947, Howard Hughes was summoned to testify before the Senate War Investigating Committee to explain why the H-4 development had been so troubled, and why the F-11 had resulted in only two prototypes after $22 million spent. General Elliott Roosevelt and numerous other USAAF officers were also called to testify in hearings that transfixed the nation during August and again in November 1947. … Read More
1948 43 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1948, Hughes created a new division of the company, the Hughes Aerospace Group.
1949 - 1953 2 More Events
1954 49 Years Old After Hughes left the Desert Inn, hotel employees discovered his drapes had not been opened in the nine years he lived there, and had rotted through. An unusual incident marked an earlier Hughes connection to Las Vegas: during his 1954 engagement at the Last Frontier hotel in Las Vegas, flamboyant entertainer Liberace mistook Howard Hughes for his lighting director, instructing him to instantly bring up a blue light should he start to play Clair de lune. … Read More

FIFTIES

1956 51 Years Old In 1956, Hughes placed an order for 63 Convair 880s for TWA at a cost of $400 million. … Read More
1957 52 Years Old On January 12, 1957, Hughes married actress Jean Peters. The couple met in the 1940s, before Peters became a film actress. They had a highly publicized romance in 1947 and there was talk of marriage, but she said she could not combine it with her career. … Read More
1960 55 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1960, Hughes was ultimately forced out of TWA, although he owned 78% of the company and battled to regain control. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

1966 - 1970 3 More Events
1971 66 Years Old 1 More Event
In his 1971 book, Howard: The Amazing Mr. Hughes, Dietrich said that Hughes genuinely liked and respected Jane Russell, but never sought romantic involvement with her. … Read More
In 1972, Hughes was approached by the CIA to help secretly recover Soviet submarine K-129, which had sunk near Hawaii four years earlier. … Read More
1974 69 Years Old In 1974, the Orson Welles film F for Fake included a section on the Hughes biography hoax. … Read More
1976 71 Years Old 1 More Event
The deal was the topic of a protracted legal battle between Hughes and the Internal Revenue Service, which Hughes ultimately won. After his death in 1976, many thought that the balance of Hughes' estate would go to the institute, although it was ultimately divided among his cousins and other heirs, given the lack of a will to the contrary. … Read More
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