LindberghStLouisOn this date in 1927 Charles Lindberg took off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island on the first successful solo Transatlantic flight. He landed the following day in Paris. Following this flight he became perhaps the world’s most famous man. That fame led to tragedy when in 1932 his infant son Charles Jr was kidnapped and murdered. Lindberg’s reputation suffered as a result of his enthusiastic support for Adolph Hitler and Nazism. He was the personal guest of Hermann Goering at the 1936 Olympics and received the Grand Cross of the German Eagle medal for his services to Nazi Germany.

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