1912 - First woman pilot to cross the English Channel solo - Harriet Quimby (United States)

Born in Michigan, Harriet Quimby (1875 – 1912) became a successful journalist and screenwriter before she becamed interested in aviation in 1910.

On August 1, 1911, she was the first woman in the United States to receive a pilot license. Less than one year later, Quimby took off from Dover, England, en route to Calais, France and made the flight in 59 minutes, landing about 25 miles (40 km) from Calais on a beach in Hardelot-Plage, Pas-de-Calais. It was April 16, 1912, and she had become the first woman to fly the English Channel. However, her accomplishment received little media attention, as the sinking of the RMS Titanic on April 15 (the day before) upstaged her feat.