Today's Birthdays: July 24

July 24

Amelia Earhart

1897–1937, American aviator, born in Atchison, Kansas.

Amelia Earhart was the first woman to cross the Atlantic by airplane (1928) and the first woman to make a solo flight across the Atlantic (1932). She was the first person to fly alone from Honolulu to California (1935). In 1937 she attempted with a copilot, Frederick J. Noonan, to fly around the world, but her plane was lost on the flight between New Guinea and Howland Island; her fate remains a mystery. She was married to G.P. Putnam (1887-1950) in 1931.


See biographies by Richard O'Connor (1971) and A.H. Pellegreno (1971); T.C. Brennan and Ray Rosenbaum, Witness to the Execution: The Odyssey of Amelia Earhart (1989); Thomas E. Devine and Richard Daley, Eyewitness: The Amelia Earhart Incident (1987).

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