The International Civil Aeronautics Conference
On December 12, 1928, the International Civil Aeronautics Conference opened in Washington, DC.
President Calvin Coolidge is credited with the idea for the conference. A year earlier he had written a note to the Conference of the Aeronautical Industry that was meeting in Washington, DC. He suggested that they hold an international conference in the nation’s capital the following year to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Wright brothers’ first powered flight. He also thought the conference could help establish America as a world leader in aviation.