What happened to Amelia Earhart? Almost every American knows Amelia Earhart as the first woman who flew across the Atlantic Ocean. However, a lot of Americans have no idea about the background or history of Earhart. The public knows nothing about her last departure and her final journey. Some still question her disappearance and her past history.
Amelia was born July 24th, 1897 in Atchison, Kansas. The history of Amelia Earhart and her passion with flying all started when she was only ten years old. Her dad took her to Iowa State Fair where he introduced his two “tomboy” daughters to see a plane there. Surprisingly, Amelia was uninterested and described the plane as, "a thing of rusty wire and wood and not at all interesting."
In 1909, Meeley (her nickname), and her sister went to her grandmothers to be homeschooled until she was twelve, and she joined public school in Des Moines when she was in seventh grade. Earhart graduated from Hyde Park High School in 1916; she also received a good amount of trust funds after her grandmother passed away and her dad became an alcoholic. Earhart kept a scrapbook of newspaper clippings about successful women in “male-oriented fields,” such as film direction/production, law, advertising, management and mechanical engineering. She eventually started college with an interest in biology at Ogontz School in Pennsylvania. She finished one year and then decided to help wounded soldiers of World War 1 in Toronto, Canada after Red Cross trained her in 1917.
In 1919, Amelia Earhart enrolled in Columbia University but quit later that year, later meeting with her parents in California. On December 28th, 1920, Earhart and her father took a $10 plane ride with Frank Hawks, (who later became a famous air racer), this would forever change her life. "By the time I had got two or three hundred feet off the ground," she said, "I knew I had to fly." She worked many jobs to earn $1,000 and get flying lessons at...