Early aviatrix Harriet Quimby (1875-1912), was inspired to learn to fly when she covered the October 1910 Belmont international aviation meet for Leslie's Illustrated Weekly newspaper in New York. She authored drama reviews, travel pieces and eventually wrote about her own adventures as a pilot. On August 1, 1911, Quimby received the first aviation license granted to an American woman. With this success came immense popularity. On April 16, 1912, seeking additional recognition, she became the first woman to fly solo over the English Channel. Her achievement was overshadowed in the press, however, by reports of the sinking of Titanic. On July 1, 1912, Quimby and a passenger died when her plane plunged into Dorchester Bay during a meet at Squantam, Massachusetts.