Today is National Amelia Earhart Day, which is also her birthday. To celebrate, I'm sharing The real reason Amelia Earhart is so famous from Vox.
A carefully executed publicity campaign turned a pretty average pilot into an aviation legend.National Day Calendar told its readers to observe the day "by researching and reading more about this famous female aviator, her achievements, career, and disappearance." Watching this video counts.
Amelia Earhart is often thought of as the first or greatest female pilot of her time. But the real reason she is seen as an aviation legend comes from a carefully executed publicity campaign starting with her transatlantic passenger flight in 1928, which launched her out of obscurity and into celebrity status. From there, she pursued an ambitious career of record-breaking and stunts in order to stay in the headlines and fund her aviation career.
Today is also National Tequila Day, but I save my celebration of that drink for Cinco De Mayo. Instead, stay tuned for another entry about John Oliver followed by the coverage of the Teen Choice Awards I promised, then a celebration of National Waterpark Day. I have a special video from Defunctland for the occasion.