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Today in Media History: Front pages and newsreels report on Amelia Earhart’s successful 1935 plane flight

Eighteen hours after she began her solo flight from Honolulu, Hawaii, aviator Amelia Earhart landed at Oakland Airport in California, on January 12, 1935.

As usual, the press was there to greet her.

The Oshkosh Northwestern, January 12, 1935

The Oshkosh Northwestern, January 12, 1935

Filmed images about Earhart’s Hawaii to California trip were soon included in newsreel reports.

“A pioneering aviator and inspirational figure, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and set many other records throughout her career. Her disappearance in 1937 during an attempt to circumnavigate the globe devastated admirers across the United States and around the world. Her public career lasted less than a decade (from 1928 to 1937), but she used her fame to promote two causes dear to her: the advancement of commercial aviation and the advancement of women.

Earhart symbolizes the fascination that aviation held for Americans in the 1920s and 1930s. Like Charles Lindbergh, she became a national celebrity because of her exploits in the air.

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from Poynter. http://ift.tt/1ybahKo

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