The 20 Most Mysterious Disappearances of the 20th Century

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Over the course of the 20th century countless people disappeared. Some, thankfully, returned safely – but not these 20. The circumstances surrounding their vanishings – which involved everything from kidnappings and murder to espionage and aliens – really captured the public’s imagination, but still no one could solve what happened to them.

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20. Amelia Earhart

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The first female pilot to fly across the Atlantic, Amelia Earhart was a true pioneer. In the summer of 1937 she endeavored to circumnavigate the globe in a Lockheed Model 10 Electra, but she never made it. The pilot vanished close to Howard Island in the Pacific Ocean, and while most historians agree that Earhart crashed into the sea, a few believe she made it to land – possibly Saipan, where some have suggested she was captured and executed by Japanese soldiers.

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