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Amelia Earhart

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Birthday
24, 1897
Birthplace
Atchison, KS
Death Date
Jan 5, 1939 (41)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
24, 1897
Birthplace
Atchison, KS
Death Date
Jan 5, 1939 (41)

About

Legendary aviation pioneer who earned the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for becoming the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. She also helped to form a group of female pilots known as The Ninety-Nines.

Before Fame

She grew up as a tomboy, frequently playing on trees and hunting animals such as rats. In her early 20s, she delivered medication and meals to wounded World War I soldiers at Spadina Military Hospital.

Trivia

In 1935, She joined Purdue's aviation department. She was close friends with Eleanor Roosevelt during the 1930s.

Family Life

She turned down six proposals before accepting George P. Putnam's hand in marriage. They married on February 7, 1931.

Associated With

Hilary Swank portrayed her in the 2009 film Amelia.