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Amelia Earhart was an American aviation pioneer who was born in 1897. She was the first woman to receive the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross, a prize awarded to those who had extraordinary achievement in aerial flight. At the age of 20, Amelia travelled to Toronto to study medicine, and worked there at a military hospital during the First World War. Yet, she never enjoyed studying medicine. Therefore, she never performed well either. Then, Amelia found her passion for flying. However, since the society looked down upon women and considered them incapable at that time, Amelia had to fight against a lot of negative opinions before she started to be a pilot. After rising to fame from winning flying competitions, Amelia also became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. A few years later, Amelia tried to fly around the globe. But again, she faced many problems before she could finally set off. During her first attempt, the plane had a tire blow, which caused severe damage to the aircraft. The journey was postponed. During her second attempt, Amelia encountered unexpected weather patterns, which forced her to make numerous stops along the way in Africa and New Guinea. Finally, Amelia set off her journey circum-navigating the globe on 2nd July, 1937. Unfortunately, she disappeared after a series of unsuccessful radio navigations. Amelia was never heard of ever since, and her disappearance still remains a mystery till today. Although Amelia suffered from a tragic ending, what amazed me was that she succeeded in living a meaningful life with no regrets. After all, she had believed in herself, held onto her passion, and done what she had wanted to do.
References: http://womenshistory.about.com/od/earhartamelia/p/amelia_earhart.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amelia_Earhart#First_attempt