What Really Happened to Amelia Earhart?

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It’s been more than 80 years since Amelia Earhart was declared dead in absentia by a court on January 5, 1939. While many years have passed since her disappearance, Earhart’s story still captivates the public imagination. The fate of the most famous woman pilot in aviation history is considered to be one of modern history’s greatest unsolved mysteries.

So what really happened to Amelia Earhart? In recognition of National Amelia Earhart Day on July 24 — the date of her birth in 1897 — we're taking a look at Earhart’s life, the circumstances surrounding her fateful last flight and the many theories about her disappearance.