Amelia Earthart became the first person to complete a solo
On this day in 1935, Amelia Earthart (1897-1937) became the first person to complete a solo flight between Honolulu, Hawaii and Oakland, California, successfully completing an 18-hour, 2,400-mile (3,862 km) flight.
During her childhood and adolescence, Amelia aspired to become a working woman. She was particularly intent on entering male-dominated industries, like film, engineering, law, and advertisement.
In 1920, Earhart and her father visited an airfield where aviator Frank Hawks took her on a plane ride. This life-changing event convinced Earhart of her need to fly. She obtained her pilot's license two and a half years later.
Earhart went on to earn much acclaim for setting several records in her inaugural voyages and for her achievements as a female pilot. She contributed to the popularity of aviation as a safe option for American travel, and broke gender norms doing it.
On May 21st, 1932, Amelia Earhart entered the annals of history as the first woman to complete a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. This wasn't her first time across however, as she had also claimed the title of first woman passenger across the Atlantic 4 years prior.
In this image, Amelia Earhart readies her plane ahead of her trip from Hawaii / Photograph by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images.