It was 71 years ago today that American aviator Amelia Earhart, along with navigator Fred Noonan, disappeared over the Pacific, never to be found. This was Earhart's second attempt at flying around the world.
The disappearance of the celebrated flier remains perhaps the most tantalizing unsolved mystery in aviation history. In the age of Charles Lindbergh and other daredevil fliers, Amelia Earhart became a household name in 1928, after becoming the first woman to fly across the Atlantic. True, it was as a passenger with a male pilot and copilot, but she soloed across the Atlantic in 1932.
Wired has the story on what happened on July 2, 1937.