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Five interesting facts about Amelia Earhart

May 21, 2019

Historic anniversary

On May 21, 1932, or 87 years ago today, pioneer aviator Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean as she landed in Northern Ireland, about 15 hours after leaving Newfoundland.

She visited here

Earhart visited Kankakee in 1935 and stayed at the elegant Lafayette Hotel downtown. The accompanying photo shows her at a meeting of the Kankakee Business and Professional Women’s Club.

A detailed documentary

As part of its acclaimed American Experience series, PBS recently aired a 52-minute documentary film chronicling the life and times of Earhart.

Time spent in Chicago

Earhart endured a turbulent childhood where her family moved often. Some time was spent living in Chicago, where Earhart graduated from Hyde Park High School in 1916.

Disappearance remains a mystery

While attempting a round-the-world flight in 1937, the plane containing Earhart and flight mate Fred Noonan disappeared while destined for Howland Island in the Pacific Ocean. The wreckage and bodies never were recovered. Noonan was declared dead in 1938, Earhart in 1939.

Sources: Kankakee County Museum, pbs.org

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