This Day in History – July 24th, 1897

Happy birthday Ms. Earhart! This day in 1897 saw the birth of the world’s most famous aviatrix, Amelia Mary Earhart.

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Earhart is best known as the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean for which she received the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross. Her books on her piloting experiences were best-sellers and she was helped form an organization for fellow aviatrixes called The Ninety-Nines.

In 1935 Earhart joined the Purdue University aviation department faculty as a visiting faculty member. She was there to counsel women on careers and help inspire others female pilots. Not surprisingly, Earhart was strong supporter of gender equity and was a member of the National Woman’s Party.

In 1937, Purdue sponsored Earhart’s attempt to fly around the world in a Lockheed Model 10 Electra. The venture did not succeed, but her disappearance near Howland Island in the central Pacific Ocean, and her many achievements, propelled Amelia Earhart into that of a truly legendary woman.

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