July 1, 2010
Airplanes and The Movies came of age at the same time, and Harriet Quimby—best known as the first American woman to earn a pilot’s license—had a keen interest in both. In fact, by the time she fatally crashed her Blériot XI on this day in 1912, there was little the adventure-loving 37-year-old hadn’t done.
She was, at various times: a drama critic for Leslie’s Illustrated Weekly (the TIME magazine of its day); the screenwriter of five short films made by D.W. Griffith (and a bit actor in one—1909′s Lines of White on a Sullen Sea); the first woman to fly at night; and the first woman to fly across the English Channel (the day after the Titanic sunk in April 1912, so she didn’t get much attention).
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