45 Facts About Howard Hughes

1. Howard Hughes was not Mormon and had no reason to leave his estate to that church.

FactSnippet No. 364,162 - en.wikipedia.org

2. Howard Hughes had no desire to leave any money to family, aides or churches, including William Gay and Frank Morse.

FactSnippet No. 364,161 - en.wikipedia.org

3. Howard Hughes is buried next to his parents at Glenwood Cemetery in Houston.

FactSnippet No. 364,160 - en.wikipedia.org

4. Howard Hughes was en route from his penthouse at the Acapulco Fairmont Princess Hotel in Mexico to the Methodist Hospital in Houston.

FactSnippet No. 364,159 - en.wikipedia.org

5. Howard Hughes was so reclusive that he did not immediately publicly refute Irving's statement, leading many to believe the Irving book was genuine.

FactSnippet No. 364,158 - en.wikipedia.org

6. Howard Hughes was living in the Intercontinental Hotel near Lake Managua in Nicaragua, seeking privacy and security, when a magnitude 6.5 earthquake damaged Managua in December 1972.

FactSnippet No. 364,157 - en.wikipedia.org

7. Howard Hughes offered her a settlement of over a million dollars, but she declined it.

FactSnippet No. 364,155 - en.wikipedia.org

8. Howard Hughes wanted to change the image of Las Vegas to something more glamorous.

FactSnippet No. 364,153 - en.wikipedia.org

9. Howard Hughes nodded in compliance, before the hotel's entertainment director arrived and introduced Hughes to Liberace.

FactSnippet No. 364,152 - en.wikipedia.org

10. Howard Hughes bought the small Silver Slipper casino for the sole purpose of moving its trademark neon silver slipper; visible from Hughes' bedroom, it had apparently kept him awake at night.

FactSnippet No. 364,151 - en.wikipedia.org

11. On November 24, 1966, Howard Hughes arrived in Las Vegas by railroad car and moved into the Desert Inn.

FactSnippet No. 364,150 - en.wikipedia.org

12. Howard Hughes was reported to be terminally ill, mentally unstable, or even dead.

FactSnippet No. 364,148 - en.wikipedia.org

13. Howard Hughes insisted on using tissues to pick up objects to insulate himself from germs.

FactSnippet No. 364,146 - en.wikipedia.org

14. Howard Hughes placed ownership of the restaurants with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and all licenses were resold shortly after.

FactSnippet No. 364,145 - en.wikipedia.org

15. In 1958, Howard Hughes told his aides that he wanted to screen some movies at a film studio near his home.

FactSnippet No. 364,141 - en.wikipedia.org

16. Howard Hughes revealed that Hughes' unpredictable mood swings made him wonder if the film would ever be completed.

FactSnippet No. 364,140 - en.wikipedia.org

17. Howard Hughes wrote a detailed memorandum to the crew on how to fix the problem.

FactSnippet No. 364,139 - en.wikipedia.org

18. Howard Hughes was eccentric, and suffered from a severe obsessive-compulsive disorder.

FactSnippet No. 364,137 - en.wikipedia.org

19. Howard Hughes told reporters outside the inquiry, "I was driving slowly and a man stepped out of the darkness in front of me.

FactSnippet No. 364,136 - en.wikipedia.org

20. In 1933, Howard Hughes made a purchase of an unseen luxury steam yacht named the Rover, which was previously owned by British shipping magnate Lord Inchcape.

FactSnippet No. 364,135 - en.wikipedia.org

21. Howard Hughes proposed to Joan Fontaine several times, according to her autobiography No Bed of Roses.

FactSnippet No. 364,134 - en.wikipedia.org

22. Howard Hughes had made numerous business partnerships through industrialist and producer, David Charnay.

FactSnippet No. 364,132 - en.wikipedia.org

23. Howard Hughes believed that Dietrich wished to have Hughes committed as mentally incompetent, although the evidence of this is inconclusive.

FactSnippet No. 364,130 - en.wikipedia.org

24. In 1953, Howard Hughes gave all his stock in the Hughes Aircraft Company to the newly formed Howard Hughes Medical Institute, thereby turning the aerospace and defense contractor into a tax-exempt charitable organization.

FactSnippet No. 364,129 - en.wikipedia.org

25. In 1948, Howard Hughes created a new division of the company: the Hughes Aerospace Group.

FactSnippet No. 364,128 - en.wikipedia.org

26. Howard Hughes attempted to save the aircraft by landing it at the Los Angeles Country Club golf course, but just seconds before reaching the course, the XF-11 started to drop dramatically and crashed in the Beverly Hills neighborhood surrounding the country club.

FactSnippet No. 364,122 - en.wikipedia.org

27. Howard Hughes was involved in another near-fatal aircraft accident on July 7, 1946, while performing the first flight of the prototype US Army Air Forces reconnaissance aircraft, the XF-11, near Hughes airfield at Culver City, California.

FactSnippet No. 364,121 - en.wikipedia.org

28. Howard Hughes dropped Gardner off in Las Vegas and proceeded to Lake Mead to conduct qualifying tests in the S-43.

FactSnippet No. 364,120 - en.wikipedia.org

29. Howard Hughes had a role in the design and financing of both the Boeing 307 Stratoliner and Lockheed L-049 Constellation.

FactSnippet No. 364,118 - en.wikipedia.org

30. Howard Hughes wanted the flight to be a triumph of American aviation technology, illustrating that safe, long-distance air travel was possible.

FactSnippet No. 364,117 - en.wikipedia.org

31. On July 14, 1938, Howard Hughes set another record by completing a flight around the world in just 91 hours, beating the previous record set in 1933 by Wiley Post in a single engine Lockheed Vega by almost four days.

FactSnippet No. 364,116 - en.wikipedia.org

32. Howard Hughes was instrumental in changing the image of Las Vegas from its Wild West roots into a more refined cosmopolitan city.

FactSnippet No. 364,114 - en.wikipedia.org

33. Howard Hughes quickly became one of the most powerful men in Las Vegas.

FactSnippet No. 364,113 - en.wikipedia.org

34. Howard Hughes was deeply involved in the American real estate industry where he amassed vast holdings of undeveloped land both in Las Vegas and in the desert surrounding the city that had gone unused during his lifetime.

FactSnippet No. 364,111 - en.wikipedia.org

35. Howard Hughes designed a special bra for his leading lady, although Russell said it was uncomfortable and decided against wearing it.

FactSnippet No. 364,109 - en.wikipedia.org

36. From a young age, Howard Hughes was a proficient and enthusiastic golfer.

FactSnippet No. 364,107 - en.wikipedia.org

37. On his 19th birthday, Howard Hughes was declared an emancipated minor, enabling him to take full control of his life.

FactSnippet No. 364,106 - en.wikipedia.org

38. The red brick house where Howard Hughes lived as a teenager at 3921 Yoakum St, Houston today serves as the headquarters of the Theology Department of the University of St Thomas.

FactSnippet No. 364,105 - en.wikipedia.org

39. Howard Hughes took his first flying lesson at 14, and attended Fessenden School in Massachusetts in 1921.

FactSnippet No. 364,104 - en.wikipedia.org

40. Howard Hughes was an indifferent student, with a liking for mathematics, flying, and mechanics.

FactSnippet No. 364,103 - en.wikipedia.org

41. Howard Hughes went on to be one of the first licensed ham radio operators in Houston, having the assigned callsign W5CY.

FactSnippet No. 364,101 - en.wikipedia.org

42. At a young age, Howard Hughes demonstrated an interest in science and technology.

FactSnippet No. 364,100 - en.wikipedia.org

43. Howard Hughes was of English, Welsh and some French Huguenot, ancestry, and was a descendant of John Gano, the minister who baptized George Washington.

FactSnippet No. 364,098 - en.wikipedia.org

44. Howard Hughes was included in Flying Magazine's list of the 51 Heroes of Aviation, ranked at No 25.

FactSnippet No. 364,096 - en.wikipedia.org

45. Howard Hughes formed the Howard Hughes Aircraft Company in 1932, hiring numerous engineers and designers.

FactSnippet No. 364,095 - en.wikipedia.org