#561 Tamara de Lempicka / Leon D. Cuddeback – 16 May 1898

Tamara de Lempicka

Tamara de Lempicka (Łempicka) (16 May 1898 – 18 March 1980), born Maria Górska in Warsaw, Poland, was a Polish Art Deco painter and “the first woman artist to be a glamour star”.

  Young Lady with Gloves, 1930

Leon D. Cuddeback

Leon Dewey Cuddeback (May 16, 1898 – July 6, 1984) flew the first scheduled, civilian Air Mail (Contract Air Mail) flight in the United States on April 6, 1926. Because the start of the contract air mail system is considered the beginning of airline service, Cuddeback’s flight is cited as the first U.S. airline flight, and is also celebrated as the “birthday” of United Airlines.

Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamara_de_Lempicka
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leon_D._Cuddeback

Also born on this day:
Jean Fautrier was a French painter and sculptor.
Gerard Wallop, 9th Earl of Portsmouth was a British landowner and politician.
Kenji Mizoguchi was a Japanese film director and screenwriter.
Gordon Hickman Garland was a conservative Democratic California state legislator.
Desanka Maksimović was a Serbian poet and professor of literature.
Gordon McGregor Sloan was a lawyer, judge and political figure in British Columbia.
Louis Hudson was a Canadian ice hockey player.

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