Happy birthday, Beryl Markham.
Aviator and successful thoroughbred trainer Beryl Markham, author of West with the Night (1942), which deals with her pioneering 1936 solo flight from England to a crash landing in Nova Scotia, was born today in England in 1902. She died in 1986.
It has been disputed that Markham wrote the book (ex-husband Raoul Schumacher claimed authorship), but this question remains unresolved.
At least two characters on screen have been based on Markham: Felicity, played by Australian Suzanna Hamilton in Out of Africa (1985), and aviator Emma Fitzgerald, played by Susannah Harker, in Mystery!'s Heat of the Sun (1998).