TIMELINE


Aviatrix Bessie Coleman, circa 1925. The New York Public Library

DURING BESSIE'S LIFE
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1892          Bessie Coleman is born
1897          Amelia Earhart is born
1901          Bessie's father leaves the family
1903         Wright Brothers invent the first successful airplane
1914          Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria is assassinated (June)
1914          Start of World War One (July)
1915          Bessie moves to Chicago
1918          End of World War One
1920          Bessie moves to France
1921          Bessie earns her pilot's license from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (June)
1921          Bessie moves back to the US and starts her barnstorming career (September)
1922          Bessie performs the first public flight by an African American woman in the US
1923          Amelia Earhart earns her pilot's license from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale
1926          Bessie dies in plane crash at age 34

AFTER BESSIE'S DEATH
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1931          The Five Blackbirds (first all-black aerobatic troupe) is formed
1932          The Flying Hobos (James Herman Banning and Thomas C. Allen) perform the first transcontinental flight (from Los Angeles to New York) by black airmen
1937          Amelia Earhart disappears at age 39
1941          All-black 99th Pursuit Squadron of the U.S. Army Air Corps (Tuskegee Airmen) is formed
1975          Bessie Coleman Aviators Club is founded
1995          U.S. Postal Service issues Bessie Coleman stamp
2006         Bessie Coleman is enshrined in the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF), 40 years after its founding