Amelia Earhart was an American aviator who became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic ocean. Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas, on July 24, 1897. Her father was a railroad lawyer, and her mother came from an affluent family. While still a child, Earhart displayed an adventurous and independent nature for which she would later become known. After the death of her grandparents, the family struggled financially amid her father's alcoholism. The Earharts moved often, and she completed high school in Chicago in 1916. After her mother received her inheritance, Earhart could attend the Ogontz School in Rydal, Pennsylvania. However, Amelia became interested in caring for soldiers wounded in World War I during a visit to her sister in Canada. In 1918 she left junior college to become a nurse's aide in Toronto.