Known as "the Blond Knight Of Germany," Erich Hartmann was the World War II Luftwaffe pilot now recognized as the most successful fighter ace in the history of aerial combat. A master of stalk-and-ambush tactics, Hartmann scored 352 victories in 1,404 combat missions and was never shot down or forced to land due to enemy fire. During the war, Russians nicknamed him “Black Devil" due to the black tulip design he had added to his plane. Why was his plane sometimes lent to novice pilots?
Back in the day
Mickey Mouse's first incarnation of sorts was as Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, created by Walt Disney for Universal Studios. After Universal threatened to cut Disney's budget, Disney reorganized his studio and created Mickey to keep his company afloat. Mickey was rather mischievous in early cartoons but later evolved into a well-meaning everyman. Today, he is one of the most recognized symbols of American culture. What group used a Mickey Mouse lookalike to teach Islamic radicalism to children?
Born on a day like today
German physicist Wilhelm Wien was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1911 for his work on heat radiation. In 1893, he used theories about heat and electromagnetism to compose Wien's Displacement Law, which relates the maximum emission of a black body to its temperature. Max von Laue, a physicist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics three years after Wien, praised Wien for having "led us to the very gates of quantum physics." A crater on what planet is named in his honor?