Welcome back funny names fans. After last week’s Norwegian Drummers taking over the air waves of Jazz, I thought this week we should go a completely different direction.
Celebrities with birthdays on July 24th: Happy birthday to you!
Jennifer Lopez (Pop Singer)
Tanner Braunhardt (YouTube Star)
Saffron Barker (YouTube Star)
Skylander Girl (YouTube Star)
Bindi Irwin (TV Show Host)
Amelia Earhart. 1897 to 1939 (Pilot)
Wait Amelia Earhart!?! How on earth have we at the BoFN missed Amelia Earhart, someone whose last name looks like “ear ♥” but is pronounced more like “air heart.” Her name is the epitome of Nominative Determinism. By her very name, Earhart was destined to fly and and loved doing it.
She was first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic. She received the United States Distinguished Flying Cross for this feat. She set many other records—including the first “Airster to reach an altitude of 14,000 feet (4,300 meters)”. She was the 17th woman to receive her pilot’s license. She wrote best-selling books about her flying experience, lectured around the country and was a key player in the forming the the 99’s—an organization for female pilots still in existence today.
We would be remiss not to mention that she married her publisher, George P. Putnam of Putnam Press.
She took a post at Cosmopolitan magazine where she turned her column into a campaign for greater public acceptance of flying, especially promoting the role of women in the field. She even received celebrity endorsements to finance her flying.
But she didn’t stop there, oh no. She was a visiting faculty member at Purdue University where she became an advisor to aeronautical engineering and a career counselor for the female students.
She donated $1,500 to Commander Richard Byrd’s South Pole expedition.
It was her solo journey around the world that captured the world’s attention and cemented her celebrity.
Her career ended when she disappeared on July 2nd, 1937, at the age of 39—22 days before her birthday. She disappeared somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, between Lae, Papua New Guinea, and Howland Island.
She was declared dead in absentia on January 5, 1939 at the age of 41.
Amelia Earhart, if you were alive today, you’d be 121-years-old and watching SpaceX launches on TV. Happy birthday to you.
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