9 October 1935

Laura Houghtaling Ingalls American aviatrix ended her transcontinental flight at Glendale, California. She was the first woman to make the flight, taking five days and making nine stops before completing the journey. Amelia Earhart followed Ingalls two years later with a nonstop transcontinental flight.

Ingalls lost favor with the government and the public when she became an active member of the America First Committee and rained leaflets down on the White House in 1939 to make the group’s point known. She was later convicted and sentenced to twenty months in Alderson Federal Prison for working as an unregistered agent of the Nazis.