About Amelia Earhart
Born: 24th July 1897, Atchison, Kansas, United States
Died: 2nd July 1937, location unknown
Throughout her life, Amelia Earhart was determined to overcome all prejudicial and financial obstacles that faced her as a woman. As a result, she achieved a string of 'firsts' despite all odds.
Amelia Earhart was the first woman to cross the Atlantic in a plane. Firstly, she achieved this as part of a crew of three and she then became the first woman and second person ever to fly across the Atlantic on their own. Amelia was the first woman to be awarded the 'Distinguished Flying Cross' by Congress. She also set an altitude record and was the first person to fly across the Pacific from Honolulu to Canada, and from Mexico City to Newark.
On 29th June1937, just before her 40th birthday, Amelia Earhart embarked upon her final challenge - to be the first woman to fly around the world. It took her a month to achieve all but the final 7,000 of this epic journey but then on July 2nd 1937, all radio contact with her was lost. A rescue attempt immediately commenced and became the most extensive air and sea search in naval history. On July 19th, after spending $4 million and scouring 250,000 square miles of ocean, the United States government reluctantly called off the operation. In 1938, a lighthouse was constructed on Howland Island in her memory, and across the United States, streets, schools, and airports are named after Earhart. Her birthplace, Atchison, Kansas, became a virtual shrine to her memory. Amelia Earhart awards and scholarships are given out every year.