This Day in History: 2007-03-23
Barrington Irving departs Miami, FL, beginning his successful solo flight around the world. After stopping in various countries in Europe and Asia, Irving returned to Miami on the 27th of June. In so doing, Irving became the first African American to fly solo around the world as well as the youngest person to complete the feat. He made his flight at the age of 23. Irving was born in Kingston, Jamaica on November 11th, 1983. He was the oldest of three brothers. When Irving was six years old, his family relocated to inner-city Miami, Florida. Learn more.