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June 1, 2016

Happy Birthday, Amelia Earhart!

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.” —Amelia Earhart

Amelia Mary Earhart, the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, as well as the first person to fly solo over both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, was a tenacious explorer and an inspirational figure for women defying the boundaries of domesticity. She earned the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross (as well as many other awards and commendations), wrote several bestselling books about aviation, and was instrumental in the creation of the Ninety-Nines, a prestigious society for woman pilots.

Today we wish her a very happy birthday.

Earhart was born on July 24, 1897, in Atchison, Kansas, and disappeared on July 2, 1937, over the Pacific Ocean near Howland Island during her attempt to circumnavigate the globe, which would have been a record-breaking flight at 29,000 miles.

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