Charles Augustus Lindbergh

Charles Augustus Lindbergh (February 4, 1902 – August 26, 1974), nicknamed Lucky Lindy, The Lone Eagle, and Slim was an American aviator, military officer, author, inventor, explorer, and environmental activist. At age 25 in 1927, he went from obscurity as a U.S. Air Mail pilot to instantaneous world fame by winning the Orteig Prize: making a nonstop flight from Roosevelt FieldLong IslandNew York, to Paris, France. Lindbergh covered the ​33 1⁄2-hour, 3,600 statute miles (5,800 km) alone in a single-engine purpose-built Ryan monoplaneSpirit of St. Louis. This was not the first flight between North America and Europe, but he did achieve the first solo transatlantic flight and the first non-stop flight between North America and the European mainland. Lindbergh was an officer in the U.S. Army Air Corps Reserve, and he received the United States' highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, for the feat.[2]

   1904 St. Louis Worlds Fair 

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition, informally known as the St. Louis World's Fair, was an international exposition held in St. Louis, MissouriUnited States, from April 30 to December 1, 1904. Local, state, and federal funds totaling $15 million were used to finance the event. More than 60 countries and 43 of the 45 American states maintained exhibition spaces at the fair, which was attended by nearly 19.7 million people.

Historians generally emphasize the prominence of themes of race and empire, and the fair's long-lasting impact on intellectuals in the fields of history, art history, architecture and anthropology. From the point of view of the memory of the average person who attended the fair, it primarily promoted entertainment, consumer goods and popular culture.

  • The 1904 Olympics were held during at the Fair, the third modern day Olympics, and the first ever held in America. The athletes were awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals for the first time.

  • An 11-acre Aeronautic Concourse was surrounded by 3,365 feet of 30-foot high fencing.

  • The first successful controlled dirigible flight was accomplished by Roy Knabenshue, who flew T. S. Baldwin's dirigible airship "California Arrow".

  • Over 20 million people attended the Fair. The Opening Day crowd of 178,423 was a record for Worlds Fairs. The highest attendance was on St. Louis day; over 400,000 people attended.

  • The St. Louis World's Fair was only fair of the era to show a net profit.

  • President Roosevelt attended the Fair on November 26, 1904. just 5 days before it closed.

  • Over 200,000 attended Closing Day, and about 100,000 people witnessed the closing of the Fair at midnight on December 1, 1904.