Amelia Mary Earhart, the first women to fly solo across the Atlantic, was born July 24, 1897 at her grandparents' home in Atchison, Kansas. Despite her many pioneering achievements, she is best known for her tragic disappearance over the Pacific on July 2, 1937, halfway to her goal of circling the globe. Like many today, Earhart believed that technology would open new worlds for women. [Editor's Note: An updated version of this topic can be found here: Amelia Earhart]
In 1920, Earhart flew in an open cockpit biplane at an aerial meet in Long Beach, California. "As soon as we had left the ground I knew I myself had to fly." She soon began lessons with another woman pilot, Anita "Neta" Snook, in a restored Canadian training plane. "On April 27, 1926, her life was to change forever . . . a phone call from Captain H.H. Railey asked, 'How would you like to be the first woman to fly across the Atlantic?'" This detailed biography, neatly organized into Early Years, Celebrity and Last Flight, is a terrific resource for school reports.
Created on behalf of Earhart's family, this official site is excellent in content, design, and navigation, earning my pick of the day accolade. Of course there is an Earhart biography, but don't stop there. Other highlights include a nice collection of quotes ("Courage is the price that Life exacts for granting peace." ), a photo gallery, and screensavers and wallpaper (listed under Downloads.)
This year marks the seventy-seventh anniversary of Charles Lindbergh's solo flight across the Atlantic and the sixty-seventh anniversary of Earhart's disappearance over the Pacific ocean during her attempt to fly around the world. This World Book special feature includes biographies of Lindbergh and Earhart from the current encyclopedia, along with "articles of the day concerning the fliers' exploits."
The Ninety-Nines organization was "founded in 1929 by ninety-nine licensed women pilots for the mutual support and advancement of aviation." Along with biographical notes on thirteen aviatrixes, you find this account of the first women's air race of 1929, written by Earhart: "Sunday afternoon August 18, nineteen planes with propellers turning, lined up at Clover Field, Santa Monica, California. Will Rogers was on the loud speaker to point out the humorous aspects of such an event. Taking their cue from him, newspaper men coined descriptive names for the affair before contestants reached their first stop. It was generally called the 'powder puff derby' and those who flew in it variously as 'Ladybirds,' 'Angels' or 'Sweethearts of the Air.'"
Discovering the obscure is one of the joys of mining the Internet. Take look at this: "While the mystery surrounding Earhart's disappearance has yet to unfold, one piece of evidence remains to give insight into Earhart's adventurous nature. This 1933 palm print of Earhart taken by palmist Nellie Simmons Meier demonstrates the aviator's determined demeanor. As a palmist, Meier analyzed her subjects' character by examining the size, shape, and lines of their hands."