This week in travel: Nov. 5-11, 2012

Deborah Hopewell

Nov. 5, 1911

Calbraith P. Rodgers completes the first U.S. transcontinental flight—49 days from Sheepshead Bay, N.Y., to Pasadena, Calif. Rodgers was attempting to claim the $50,000 prize offered by William Randolph Hearst to the first person to fly coast to coast in fewer than 30 days. Though he missed taking the prize by 19 days, the following year he became a different kind of footnote in aviation history: While making an exhibition flight over Long Beach, Calif., he flew into a flock of birds, causing his plane to crash into the Pacific and making Rodgers the first pilot to fatally crash because of a bird strike.

Nov. 7, 2001

Normal commercial flights on the Concorde resumed after a 16-month hiatus. On 25 July 2000, a Concorde crashed in Gonesse, France, after leaving Paris Charles de Gaulle en route to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, killing all 100 passengers and nine crew members on board the flight, and four people on the ground. It was the only fatal incident involving Concorde. In the wake of the accident, the airline made safety modifications and began flying again shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York.

Nov. 8, 1793

After two centuries as a royal palace, the Louvre opens as a public museum courtesy of the French revolutionary government in Paris. When it opened, the museum displayed 537 paintings and 184 objects of art. Today, the world's most-visited museum - with more than 8 million people a year - showcases  380,000 objects and 35,000 works of art, perhaps most famously, Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa.

Nov. 9, 1906

President Theodore Roosevelt leaves Washington, D.C., for a 17-day trip to Panama and Puerto Rico, becoming the first president to make an official visit outside of the United States.

Nov. 11, 1935

Albert Anderson and Orvil Anderson set a new altitude record, when they float to 74,000 feet in a helium-balloon outside of Rapid City, S.D.