Sunday, July 24, 2011
Today is Amelia Earhart Day! As you know, Amelia was a record-breaking female aviator of the early 1900's. She was born on this day in 1897. Amelia is probably one of my favorite historical figures for reasons that actually have surprisingly little to do with the fact Amy Adams played her in a movie. Although that did get ol' Amelia some bonus points. She was and is one of my favorite people to learn about because of several, more respectable reasons.
For one, she lived in the era that I would have loved to live in, and one that I constantly try to learn more about. For two, there's a lot of mystery surrounding her disappearance overseas, and if there is one thing I can't resist it's a mystery. For three, she broke walls and shattered expectations, and there isn't anything more inspiring than seeing someone overcome the low ceilings that people try to trap them under. The great part is, she didn't just break through the ceiling and walk away, she kept aiming higher.
Obviously the best way to celebrate today is to study up on Earhart. You could probably find a plethora of books that have to deal with her, as many people are inspired by her. There have been songs dedicated to her since her disappearance all the way up until just two years ago. If you want a jump-start on fun facts about her, then her first name means "work" when traced back to it's roots. So there you go! Now your brain is already on the subject, so you might as well go all out and read about her. If you are in school or college, she's a great person to write a report or thesis on.
Thanks for reading!