After attending an air show with her father, Earhart, who had previously worked as an army nurse and social worker, decided she wanted to become a pilot. â€œLady Lindy,â€ as she was dubbed by the press, became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic as a passenger and as a solo pilot. In 1937, Earhart and her copilot, Frederick Noonan, attempted to fly around the world, but their plane vanished over the Pacific. What are a few of the theories surrounding the circumstances of her disappearance?
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A tsunami is a series of waves generated when a body of water is rapidly displaced on a massive scale. The deadliest tsunami in recorded history, the Indian Ocean tsunami, killed more than 200,000 people. It was triggered by an earthquake in the Indian Ocean that registered between a 9.1 and a 9.3 on the Richter scale. The disaster prompted a huge worldwide effort to help victims of the tragedy. How far down the shores of the African continent did the tsunami extend?
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Chairman Mao established the People's Republic of China in 1949. His Great Leap Forward was an initially successful effort to establish a system of collective farms and small industry, but it eventually led to the starvation of millions of people. Mao also launched a massive purge to eliminate counterrevolutionary elements in the country's institutions. The movement led to the destruction of much of China's cultural heritage and the imprisonment of many Chinese intellectuals; what was it called?