"There was a demon that lived in the air. They said whoever challenged him would die. Their controls would freeze up, their planes would buffet wildly, and they would disintegrate. The demon lived at Mach 1 on the meter, seven hundred and fifty miles an hour, where the air could no longer move out of the way. He lived behind a barrier through which they said no man could ever pass. They called it the sound barrier."
From the movie "The Right Stuff"
On this date Captain Charles "Chuck" Yeager confronted the demon and bested it by becoming the first man to break the sound barrier in the X-1 rocket.
Prisoners in the Sobibor death camp in Poland rose up in revolt killing 11 members of German S.S. who ran the camp as well as a number of Ukrainian guards. There were 600 prisoners held in the camp of which over half escaped. Only 50 of the escapees survived the war. Once again, history shows us that it is better to die on your feet than live on your knees as a slave.
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