Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Let's Have a Moment of Silence

On this day in 1937, one of the coolest people to ever walk the face of the planet disappeared somewhere near Howland Island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Amelia Earhart had been the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, and in 1937, she was attempting to circle the globe. As we all know, she didn't make it.

When looking back on Amelia Earhart's achievements, it's important to realize what a pioneer she was. Although there were other female pilots in the early 20th century, most women worked in the home--and not necessarily out of choice. As you may recall, women in the US weren't even allowed to vote until the 19th Amendment was ratified in 1920. (When Earhart was 23 years old.) So Amelia's solo flights--which were extremely dangerous--sent a powerful message to the entire world.

These days, though, people are often far more fascinated by Amelia's disappearance than they are by her achievements. Despite a massive search, neither the pilot nor her plane were ever discovered. (My grandfather was part of the search effort!) Some believe the plane crashed and sank. Others say Amelia made it to nearby Gardner Island--where she perished. Discoveries on the island (improvised tools, an old fashioned shoe heel, and even the skeleton of a tall European female) seem to support this theory. The skeleton, of course, would have offered definitive proof, but the bones were misplaced long before modern forensics could confirm their owner's identity.

And, as you might expect, there were also those who claimed that the disappearance was merely a ruse. They said Amelia faked her own death, moved to New Jersey, and assumed the name of Irene Craigmile Bolam. (Interesting theory, but perhaps someone should have asked Irene before they started making a fuss about her.)

Check out Amelia Earhart's Wikipedia entry.
Read about the most recent developments in her disappearance here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Huh. I forgot today was jer dissappearance day. I did a biography on her in fourth grade (it took me two months) and I believe she's a mystery not meant to be solved.

10:16 AM  
Blogger Spring said...

I love her!

10:33 AM  
Blogger Kitty said...

I really wonder what happened... But she was really brave, flying alone circling the world! [espically when she's a girl during that time!]

12:36 PM  
Anonymous Patsee said...

"...but the bones were misplaced long before modern forensics could confirm their owner's identity."

Convenient. But really, Amelia Earhart was amazing.

12:38 PM  
Anonymous sekrit7 said...

I love her, she is one of my heros!

12:50 PM  
Anonymous phoenix said...

So tragic. It figures that, if a well-known girl had to go missing, it'd be someone amazing. Oh well, my anti-celeb bias is showing again.

5:19 PM  
Blogger International Mastermind said...

Yeah, I really feel for Amelia. I remember dressing up as her and giving an oral report on her in ffth grade. (We could pick any historical figure---Ms. Earhart was a must of course!)

Unlike the first anonymous, I think that her mystery is totally meant to be solved. Maybe if the CIA won't accept me...

5:50 PM  
Anonymous Book Girl said...

That is really cool!!!! She was really brave.

6:22 PM  
Anonymous Konakona said...

The best people always go...


6:32 PM  
Blogger Random Irregular said...

Amelia was and is a great role model.
I saw an episode of the Time Warp Tro, where they meet Amelia Earhart and discover that her disapperance was caused by one of the members of her team or something. I can't remember exactly, but it was a good episode.

*moment of silence*

3:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

she was awesome. my mom wanted me to dress up as her for halloween, but the aviator pants were 3 sizes to HUGE! i would have if it fit me.


10:22 AM  
Blogger CPanda said...

Wow... she is a hero. :)

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3:29 PM  
Anonymous Max said...

i LOVE her!!!

6:33 PM  

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