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Thursday, May 20, 2010
Lucky Lindy Launches
Speaking of Lindy Hop, The People History notes that the man who gave the dance its name began his famous "hop" on this day in 1927. Charles Lindbergh set off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York, on May 20, 1927 flying the "Spirit of St. Louis" on his epic flight from New York to Paris. He completed the 33-hour, 30-minute flight on May 21, landing at Le Bourget Airport, Paris. Photograph from the Library of Congress American Memory Collection.