June 17, 1928: Amelia Earhart Takes Off on Landmark Flight
On this day in 1928, Amelia Earhart began her transatlantic flight, the first by a woman. Earhart and her team left from Trepassey Harbor in Newfoundland and landed in Burry Port, Wales, nearly twenty one hours later. The landmark flight made headlines around the world.
When the crew returned to the United States, they were greeted with a parade in New York and enjoyed a reception at the White House with President Calvin Coolidge. This monumental flight made “Lady Lindy” the best known female flier and one of America’s first celebrities.
Three weeks before her 40th birthday, Earhart disappeared over the Pacific Ocean and her story became legend.
A Geisha girl poses in her Kimono in Kyoto, June 1927.
Photograph by Franklin Price Knott, National Geographic