"In July, Blériot had flown from Calais to Dover "

French aviator Louis Blériot, (1872-1936) became an instant celebrity when he crossed the English Channel in 37 minutes in July 1909. His crossing was the first by a man over a large body of water in a heavier-than-air craft,  and Blériot beat two others for the £1000 prize offered by London's Daily Mail newspaper.