This Day in Pop Culture for January 11

Amelia Earhart Flew Solo from Hawaii to California on January 11, 1935

Amelia Earhart is the First Person to Fly Solo from Hawaii to California

It was on this day in 1935 that Amelia Earhart became the first person to successfully fly from Honolulu, Hawaii to Oakland, California. It had been attempted numerous times before by other pilots who face mechanical trouble, Earhart had none. In fact, it is said that during the final hours, she felt relaxed and listened to the broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera from New York. Sadly is was just two year later when she went missing while attempting to fly from Lae Airfield in Papua New Guinea to Howland Island which is about 1,700 nautical miles southwest of Honolulu. She was never seen again.

First "Networked" Television Station Airs

WDTV ("W DuMont TeleVision") in Pittsburgh aired for the first time on January 11, 1949 making it the 51st television station in the U.S. and the 5th in Pennsylvania. It was owned and operated by the DuMont Television Network and was the first "network" of 14 stations bridging the gap between the East and Midwest networks. Until this time, Midwest stations could not carry live programs from New York City. The station was considered the “Golden Spike” of network television.

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