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Charles Augustus Lindbergh was born February 4 1902 in Detroit He attended the University of Wisconsin for two years but left to attend a flying school in Lincoln Nebraska He began flying in 1922 and four years later he flew a mail plane between St Louis Missouri and Chicago He decided to compete for a prize of 25000 offered in 1919 by Raymond B Orteig of New York City for the first nonstop transatlantic solo flight between New York City and Paris In his single-engine airplane Spirit of St Louis Lindbergh left Roosevelt Field at 752 AM on May 20 1927 After a flight of 33 hours 32 minutes he landed at Le Bourget Airport near Paris He was popular all over the world and was greeted as a hero in Europe and the US He later became a colonel in the US Air Service Reserve and was a technical adviser to commercial airlines He made goodwill tours of Mexico Central America and the West Indies A federal law which became known as Lindbergh Act which was enforced in 1932 after the kidnapping of Lindberghs child makes it a federal crime punishable by life imprisonment to kidnap a person and transport that person to another state This law was amended in 1934 making it a crime to commit a kidnapping In 1968 the US Supreme Court invalidated that section of the Lindbergh Act that gave the jury the power to recommend the death penalty for kidnapping In 1932 the kidnapping and murder of Lindberghs first child 19-month-old Charles A Lindbergh Jr attracted nationwide attention The baby was kidnapped anywhere from 730 to 10pm out of his nursery in the Lindberghs home A ransom note was found on the window sill A search ended very sadly when the child was found murdered A German-born carpenter Bruno Hauptmann was later found guilty of the crime and executed The babys autopsy report said he died from a
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