Amelia Mary Earhart was born on July 24, 1897 in Atchison, Kansas; the daughter of a railroad attorney. “Doesn’t drink, doesn’t smoke … but enjoys an occasional game of poker. … Dances anywhere a band plays. In 1929, she and a group of other women pilots (a total of 99) formed the Ninety-Nines; she served at its first president. She flew for ‘fun.’
She was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic (1932,) the first woman to fly solo, nonstop, across the US from Los Angeles to Newark (1932,) and the first person to fly solo between Los Angeles and Mexico City and between Mexico City and Newark (1935.) She was the first person, man or woman, to fly solo between Hawaiʻi and the American continent. She had a planned flight around-the-world and disappeared July 2, 1937.