For seventy-five years the world has been captivated and baffled by the mysterious disappearance of pioneer female pilot Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan, over the Pacific Ocean, in 1937, while attempting to fly around the world. Evidence has recently been discovered by The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, which may support the theory that the pair was on the island of Nikumaroro in the Republic of Kiribati after losing radio contact the day of the disappearance. Even more interesting is the suggestion by researchers that the two might have survived as castaways on this island, 400 miles from Howland Island, for weeks or even months. As reported by ABC News on August 18, researchers have found what appears to be wreckage from a plane off the coast of Nikumaroro Island. Other clues, such as freckle cream and hand lotion used by American women in the 1930s, have also turned up.
A special airing on the Discovery Channel, Sunday, August 19 at 10 EST documents an expedition that gives credence to the theories involving Nikumaroro Island.
Besides being celebrated in her lifetime for accomplishments like being the first woman to fly the Atlantic, Earhart was also a media darling, due in part to the efforts of her publicity agent husband, G.P. Putnam. Her career, as well as other important aspects of her life, namely being an early champion of women's rights, are often overshadowed by the puzzle of her disappearance.