Following Amelia Earhart’s trans-Atlantic flight in May 1932 that made her the first woman and second person ever to complete the journey, Philadelphia honored the internationally renowned pilot with a massive celebration, writes Patrick Glennon for PhillyVoice.
Earhart, who had already received awards from President Herbert Hoover and the French government, was presented with the Gimbel medal by Philadelphia Mayor Joseph Hampton Moore. The laurel was emblazoned with the city’s coat of arms and a tribute to Earhart. Moore also named Earhart “Outstanding Woman of the Year.”
Philadelphia threw a massive parade for the pilot, with many residents hoping to catch a glimpse of the legendary aviator.
In the ensuing years, Earhart accomplished even more, including becoming the first woman to fly nonstop across the U.S. and becoming the first person to fly from California to Honolulu.
Read more about how Philadelphia honored Amelia Earhart from PhillyVoice here.