Lindy hops the Atlantic ~ Swing, jazz and blues - Dance to the music

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Lindy hops the Atlantic

Exactly 80 years ago today at May 20th in 1927 Charles Lindbergh started his historic solo flight across the Atlantic ocean from New York to Paris which took 33.5 hours. When he landed some newspaper exclaimed "Lindy hops the Atlantic".

A while after (according to the stories I've heard) there was a reporter visiting a ballroom in New York, and he asked the dancer "Shorty" George Snowden what he was doing. "I'm doing the Lindy hop" Snowden answered. Thus the name of the dance was born.

You can see a replica of Charles Lindberghs plane "Sprit of St. Louis" in Balboa park in San Diego.

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