– Amelia Earhart
It’s no secret that we value a sense of adventure and a love of travel—and pioneering American pilot Amelia Earhart was the epitome of those ideals. Today, on what has been dubbed “Amelia Earhart Day,” the world-renowned pilot and women’s rights activist would turn 116 years old.
Earhart held numerous aviation records, including the first person to fly solo across the Pacific from Honolulu to Oakland, California and the first person to fly from Mexico City up to Newark. These were both training flights for the big flight across the pond, of course.
In 1937, at the age of 41, Earhart took off for her around-the-world journey (her second attempt at an around-the-world journey to be precise). With just 7,000 miles to go, her plane went down somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. While the exact events still remain somewhat of a mystery, Earhart’s legacy has lived on and continues to inspire people today.
Happy Birthday, Amelia!