Billionaire Howard Robard Hughes Jr.was born on 24 December, 1905 in
In their book, "Howard Hughes, The Untold Story", authors Peter Harry Brown and Pat H.Broeske gave a fitting tribute to Howard when they said that.."His legacy is in the skies and in Las Vegas and on the screen. To Hughes, the skies were there to conquer; the desert was a frontier, not a wasteland; and the censorship codes were something to fight, not fear. He also left a stunning medical bequest.....the Howard Hughes Medical Institute......."
He is one of a kind and truly one of 20th century's most amazing and hauntingly memorable figures.
Dec.24,1905 - Born in
Nov.20,1908 - Hughes's father files for patent on revolutionary oil-drilling bit.
Mid 1909- Sharp-Hughes Tool Company, a partnership, oranized in
Feb.15,1915-Hughes Tool Company incorporated in
Sept.,1921-Enrolls at Thacher Scool,
March 29, 1922- Mother dies in
Sept.,1922- Returns to Thacher then withdraws at Christmas.
Sept.,1923-Enrolls in Rice Institution,in
Jan.14, 1924 -Father dies in
May ,1924- Acquires minority interest of his grandparents and uncles in the Hughes Tool Company,giving him 100 % control.
Dec.26,1924-Houston judge signs order removing Hughes's "disabilities as a minor" and eliminating the need for appointment of a guardian.
May 30, 1925 - Executes will at age 19, leaving bulk of his estate to medical research; believes to be the only one he signed.
June 1,1925- Marries Ella Rice in
Fall, 1925- Leaves Houston to live in
Nov., 1925-Hires NOAH DIETRICH as financial adviser in
Oct.,1927- Begins filming "Hell's Angels".
Jan.7,1928- Receives first pilot's license.
Jan.,1928-First plane crash at Mines Field,
Oct.1,1928- Ella and Hughes separate.
May 16, 1929-Two Arabian Knights wins academy award.
Dec.2,1929-Purchases house at
Dec.29,1929-Ella granted divorce in
June 30,1930- Hell's Angels premiers.
June 30,1930- Acquires
Spring,1932- Found HUGHES AIRCRAFT COMPANY in
Jan.14,1934-Wins first air trophy,in
Sept.13,1935-Sets new speed record in Santa.Ana,
Jan.14,1936-Establishes new transcontinental speed record from
Jan.19,1937-Sets new transcontinental speed record from
July 10-14,1938-With 4 crewmen ,establishes new record for around-the-world flight (3 days, 19 hrs.and 17 mins).
May, 1939- First acquires stock in TRANSCONTINENTAL AND WESTERN AIRLINES ,later TRANSWORLD AIRLINES (TWA).
Fall, 1939-Begins work on experimental military aircraft,the D-2.
Spring,1940-Begins filming The Outlaw.
July, 1941-Hughes Aircraft Company moves to new plant in
Nov.7,1941-Air Force rejects D-2 as a military plane.
Nov.16,1942-Defense Plant Corporation approves $18 million contract with Kaiser-Hughes Corporation to build 3 flying boats to aid war efforts.
May 17,1943-Sikorsky S-43,with Hughes at the controls, crashed in
Oct.11,1943-Air Force issues Letter of Intent for Hughes Aircraft Company to build 101 photo-reconnoissance planes-the XF-11s.
Fall, 1943- NADINE HENLEY becomes Hughes's private secretary.
March 27,1944 -Kaiser-Hughes contract on flying boats cancelled; Defense Plant Corporation issues new agreement with Hughes to build one flying boat.
Late, 1944-SUFFERS FIRST NERVOUS BREAKDOWN.
May 29,1945-Air Force cancels contract to build 101 XF-11s;Hughes to complete 2 experimental planes under construction.
July 7, 1946-CRITICALLY INJURED IN CRASH OF XF-11 in
April 5,1947-Successfully test flies second XF-11 at
Aug.6-10, 1947- Testifies before Senate War Investigating Committee probing his work as defense contractor in Second World War.
Oct.,1947-FRANK WILLIAM GAY goes to work at
Nov.2,1947-Test flies the Hercules flying boat at
Nov.8,10,11 and 14,1947-Testifies again before the Senate War Committee.
May 10,1948-ACQUIRES CONTROL OF RKO.
April,1951- Fires Paul Jarrico,a screenwriter,after he was subpoenaed to appear before the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
Nov.20,1952-Testifies in Los Angeles Superior Court in Jarrico case,his last courtroom appearance.
Sept.23,1952-Chicago syndicate buys control of RKO.
Feb.10,1953-Reassumes control of RKO after
Aug.11,1953-Dr.Simon Rimo and Dr.Dean Woolridge resign at Hughes Aircraft Company ,sparking crisis between Hughes and the Pentagon.
Dec.17,1953-HOWARD HUGHES MEDICAL INSTITUTE incorporated in
March 31,1954-Acquires 100% control of RKO.
May 29,1954-Jean Peters marries Stuart W.Cramer III.
Feb.11,1955-Takes last pilot's test in
July 19,1955-Sells RKO to General Tire Company for an estimated $ 25 million.
Feb.,1956-Orders first jets for TWA,33 Boeing 707s.
June 7, 1956-Orders 30 Convair 880s from General Dynamics.
Dec.10,1956-HUGHES TOOL COMPANY MAKES $ 205,000 LOAN TO F.DONALD NIXON.
Jan.12,1957-Marries Jean Peters in
May 12,1957-fires NOAH DIETRICH.
Mid-1958-Suffers second nervous breakdown.
Dec.15,1960-Lenders impose voting trust;HUGHES LOSES CONTROL OF TWA.
Dec.24,1960-Moves with Jean to Rancho Santa.Fe.
Spring,1961- Hires CHESTER C.DAVIS as vice president and general counsel of the Hughes Tool Company.
June 30,1961-TWA files anti-trust complaint against Hughes in
Nov.3,1961-moves with Jean to
Feb.11,1963-Refuses to appear for deposition in TWA lawsuit.
May 3,1963-Federal judge in
June 21,1964-US Court of Appeals upholds the default judgement against Hughes.
May 26, 1965-Army awards contract to Hughes to build light observation helicopters in what would become the largest single business loss of Hughes's career.
May 3, 1966-Sells his 6.5 million shares of stock of TWA for $ 546 million.
July 17, 1966-Leaves Los Angels by train for
March 31,1967-ACQUIRES CONTROL OF DESERT INN HOTEL AND CASINO, first step in building of his
Dec.27,1968-Stockholders approve sale of AIR WEST to Hughes.
Jan.15,1970-Jean Peters Hughes announces she and Hughes will obtain a divorce.
April 3,1970- Acquires AIR WEST.
April 14,1970-Federal Court enters judgement of $ 145,448,141.07 against Hughes for damages to TWA in antitrust case.
July, 1970-Richard Danner receives $50,000 secret Hughes campaign contribution to "Bebe" Rebozo at
Aug.,1970-Danner delivers another $ 50,000 to Rebozo in Key Biskayne,
Nov.14,1970-HUGHES SIGNS PROXY GIVING CONTROL OF HIS
Dec.3,1970-Hughes Tool Company fires ROBERT MAHEU as chief of Hughes's Nevada Operations.
January, 1971-Hughes Organization employs new
June 18,1971-Hughes-Peters divorce made final in
Jan.7,1972-Conducts telephone interview from the
Feb.10,1972-Robert Maheu files $17.5 million lawsuit in
March 13,1972-Meets briefly with US Ambassador Turner Sheldon and Nicaraguan president Anastasio Somoza shortly before flying to Bayshore Inn,
Aug.9,1973-Falls in room at
Dec.27,1973-Federal grand jury in
Jan.30,1974-Airwest indictment dismissed by federal judge.
June 5,1974-Hughes's personal papers stolen in Romaine St.burglary.
July 30,1974-Federal grand jury in
Nov.13,1974-Federal judge again dismisses Hughes indictment in Air West case; Justice Dept.appeals, and indictment is reinstated by U.S. Court of Appeals on May 7, 1976, a month after Hughes's death.
March 18, 1975-Hughes Glomar Explorer exposed.
Sept.10,1975-Hughes's aides and executives approved employment contracts for themselves.
Feb.10,1976-Hughes is flown from
April 5, 1976- Dies aboard airplane from
5 April: The 70-year-old Hughes, who has already been in a coma for three days, dies at 1.27pm, en route by private jet from
Because Hughes’ appearance has changed so drastically and he has been seen by so few people for so long, his fingerprints are taken and sent to the FBI to establish his identity.
Hughes leaves no will. His estate, estimated at $2 billion, is claimed by 400 prospective heirs, but it is eventually inherited by 22 cousins on both sides of his family.
The Hughes estate pays Terry Moore an undisclosed settlement. She now writes a book – The Beauty and the Billionaire – detailing her secret life with Hughes from 1947 to 1956.
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute sells Hughes Aircraft to General Motors for $5 billion and becomes the richest charity in the
August 22: Rev. Van James Simmons conducts a memorial service for Howard Hughes jr.at Glenwood Cemetery.
Nevada Business Hall of Fame inducts Howard Hughes jr..
Nevada Business Hall of Fame inducts Howard Hughes jr..
July: The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has become the
The film The Aviator, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Martin Scorsese, depicts Hughes’ career and personal life from the late 1920s to the mid-1940s. Its tagline is: ‘Some men dream the future. He built it.’
Full Name: Howard Robard Hughes, jr.
Height: 6' 3 3/4 "
Eye Color : Dark Brown
Hair Color :Black
Birthday: 24 December, 1905
Birthplace : Houston, Texas
Star sign: Capricorn
Died: 05 April, 1976
Cause of Death: Chronic Renal Failure
Location of Death : In an airplane from Acapulco enroute to Houston,Texas.
Religion: Episcopalian (Christ Church Cathedral).
Elementary : Prosso Elementary School/Fessenden Academy (graduated)
Highschool: Thacher School in Ojai, California (undergraduate)
University : California Institute of Technology (Caltech)-uncredited student/ Rice University (undergraduate)
Occupation: Businessman, Movie Producer
Claim to fame: Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), Aviation World Records and trophies in the 1930s, Film production in RKO, playboy, Hughes Tool Company and Hughes Aircraft, Spruce Goose, OCD and Codeine Addiction.