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On This Day in History: Amelia Earhart Journeyed Across the U.S.

On August 24, 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the United States, starting in Los Angeles and ending up in Newark, New Jersey. The next year, she flew across North America even faster.

But Earhart had achieved celebrity for her pioneering aviation before this flight, with her solo journey across the Atlantic Ocean in May of 1932. She departed from Newfoundland and landed in a field in Northern Ireland. At that time, she was also serving as the president of The Ninety-Nines, the first organization for women aviators. 

From her friendship with Eleanor Roosevelt to her insistence on a marriage with "dual control," Earhart was a woman who valued sincerity, adventure, and independence. Hear more of her thoughts by clicking through the gallery above.