Howard Hughes Biography

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Howard Hughes, according to some biography accounts, was born on December 24, 1905 in Houston, Texas, USA. There is some controversy to his exact date of birth. Howard Hughes, Jr. parents were Allene Stone and Howard R. Hughes, Sr., who founded the Hughes Tool Company in 1909. The Hughes Tool company was a thriving business founded on the patented the two-cone roller bit, which allowed rotary drilling for petroleum in previously inaccessible places. Hughes has a great aptitude for mechanical things and engineering at a young age.

Howard Hughes was a non-standout student with a liking for mathematics, flying, and things mechanical. He started flying airplanes at 14 and later taking aeronautical engineering courses at Caltech.

Howard Hughes Sr. died of a heart attack in 1924. Howard Hughes, Jr. inherited 75 per cent of the family fortune. On his 19th birthday, Hughes was declared an emancipated minor, enabling him to take full control of his legacy. Starting in 1926 Hughes used some of his fortune to finance films. He produced the World War I epic Hell's Angels (1930), featuring aerial fight sequences and actress Jean Harlow. Some of his other significant films were Scarface (1932) and The Outlaw (1941). Hughes developed a reputation for being a playboy, dating actresses as Katherine Hepburn, Ava Gardner, and Ginger Rogers

Hughes developed his own aircraft company in the early 1930s. Besides designing and building planes, he risked his own life several times testing planes and setting new world air speed records in the mid- to late 1930s. Hughes is credited with creating the retractable gear.

After a terrible plane crash in 1946, Hughes had terrible pain. He treated the pain with drugs and soon became addicted. He began to retreat from the world and eventually became a unkempt recluse. In the 1960s, he lived on the top floor of the Desert Inn in Las Vegas, Nevada, and conducted all of his business from his hotel suite. Hughes eventually left Las Vegas and began living abroad. Hughes died on April 5, 1976.