Howard was romantically involved with many notable actresses of his day; including Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Ginger Rogers, and Ava Gardner. His eye for the ladies earned him the nickname "The World's Greatest Womanizer."
One of Howard's biggest heroes was pilot Wiley Post. He even once called Post's trans-global flight "the most remarkable flight in history".
Howard was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal on August 7, 1939 for making a world record flight from New York to Paris.
Howard founded the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a large non-profit medical research facility in 1953.
Although Howard produced many movies from the 1920s through the 1950s, he's only directed two: Hell's Angels (1930) and The Outlaw (1943).
Howard was a devout supporter of the Republican Party.
Howard's favorite movie was Ice Station Zebra (1968).
Howard stood 6'4" tall.
Howard bares a scar on his upper lip from a plane crash on July 7, 1946. He received a broken collarbone and ribs as well, as third-degree burns, after his XF-11 reconnaissance plane crashed during its test flight. Howard's moustache covers the scar.
His son's name is Howard Hughes III.
He invented the underwire Bra.
Hughes Space and Communications was founded in 1961.
The Houston Municipal Airport, was re-named "Howard Hughes Airport."
He set many world records
He married Ella Rice on June 1, 1925 in California, they divorced in 1929.
His parents died when he was a teenager.
He attended the Fessenden School in West Newton, Massachusetts.