Solo Across the Pacific (and Other Aviation Firsts)

On January 11, 1935, Amelia Earhart took off from Hawaii and, 17 hours later, landed in California, becoming the first person to complete a solo flight of that route.
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The mystery surrounding Earhart’s disappearance has often overshadowed her significant accomplishments as an aviator.
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One of the lesser-known Founders was propelled to 21st-century celebrity status thanks to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s blockbuster hip-hop musical. Hamilton was born on January 11, 1755/57 (the year of his birth is uncertain), on the island of Nevis in the British West Indies. The young Hamilton made his way to the pre-Revolutionary American colonies, and once there, he became active in the growing independence movement. The ambitious Hamilton soon found himself at the right hand of George Washington, and as a part of Washington’s inner circle, he helped craft the guiding principles of the young United States.
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