When you're planning to be the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean solo, you want to simplify the task as much as you honestly can. So Amelia Earhart chose the easternmost part of North America -- Newfoundland -- to begin her flight. From an aerodrome above Harbour Grace, she flew into history.
It's only human to fixate on the mystery of her tragic death. But, really, this is what we should remember her for -- a very real and difficult accomplishment.
Above: The Amelia Earhart monument in Harbour Grace. Below: The strip from which she (and other pioneers of aviation) took off, now maintained by the Canadian government as a national monument.