Happy Birthday Amelia Earhart!
Amelia Earhart Day is July 24, Amelia’s birthday and also a day to honor the famous aviation pioneer who broke many early aviation records. She was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. And Amelia also happens to be a NoHo gal. Did you know that our NoHo Library is actual the North Hollywood Amelia M Earhart Regional Branch?
In honor of Amelia Mary Earhart’s birthday on July 24, 1897, as well as in memoriam for when she was lost at sea on July 2, 1937, the North Hollywood Amelia M Earhart Regional Branch will have a display of memorabilia on show for the entire month of July. It will feature a scarf of Amelia’s, donated to the branch by Amelia’s sister, Muriel Morrissey, as well as some fascinating photos, fact cards, and a commemorative stamp. Look for the case at the reference desk. This display is curated by Basya Samuels.
July 1 – 31
North Hollywood Amelia M Earhart Regional Branch
5211 Tujunga Ave.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Amelia Earhart lived in North Hollywood from 1928 until 1937, when she left on her last flight and disappeared with Fred Noonan in the Pacific.
She lived in North Hollywood and worked at the Pacific Telephone Company on Magnolia Blvd. She bought her first airplane from Bert Kinner who built aircraft at the Grand Central airport in Glendale, CA. She moved to Toluca Lake with her husband George Putnam and her house still exists on Valley Spring Lane. She worked with Paul Mantz and honed her flying skills at Burbank Airport.
She made her home here because the best aircraft in the world were being designed and built at the Lockheed plant in Burbank, a tradition that includes Vega, Constellation, SR-71, F-117 Stealth Fighter and design of the F-22 Raptor.
Legend and mystery surrounds the final flight and disappearance of Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan on their on a record-setting attempt to fly around the world, when they became lost in the Pacific Ocean. On July 2, 1937, they headed on a difficult leg of the journey towards Howell Island in the Pacific with less than ideal weather conditions. Ultimately, radio communications died. And the plane was never heard from again.
“Please know I am quite aware of the hazards,” she said. “I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.”
Despite many theories, though, no proof of Earhart’s fate exists. There is no doubt, however, that the world will always remember Amelia Earhart for her courage, vision, and groundbreaking achievements, both in aviation and for women. In a letter to her husband, written in case a dangerous flight proved to be her last, her brave spirit was clear.
One of our favorite Amelia Earhart quotes:
“Never interrupt someone doing something you said couldn’t be done.”
Happy Birthday, Amelia!
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