Sarla Thakral was first Indian woman to fly. Born in 1914, she earned an aviation pilot license in 1936 at the age of 21. After obtaining the initial license, she completed one thousand hours of flying. While she was working towards a commercial pilot license, World War II broke out and civil training was suspended. Later, her husband, the first Indian to earn an airmail pilot’s license, died in a crash. She abandoned her plans to become a commercial pilot and joined the Mayo School of Art in Lahore, where she trained in the Bengal school of painting and obtained a diploma in fine arts. (Wiki)
Photograph of an unidentified African American soldier in a Union uniform, wife in dress and hat, and two daughters wearing matching coats and hats. Some 180,000 African Americans fought in the war, almost exclusively for the Union. Nearly 40,000 of them died. In May 1863, U.S. Secretary of War Edwin Stanton issued General Order No. 143 creating the Bureau of U. S. Colored Troops. This image was found in Cecil County, Maryland, making it likely that this soldier belonged to one of the seven U.S.C.T. regiments raised in Maryland. [x][x]
Despite the number of people of colour that helped fight in the Civil War, this is said to be one of the only photographs that would admit Black soldiers existed.
A Bacterium on a Diatom on an Amphipod
I see a lot of science stuff, and it’s pretty hard to get me to say “wow” … Just kidding, I say it all the time!
Definitely said it when I saw this wonderful representation of the scale differences between the domains of life. In one picture! Just remember, there’s about a trillion of those little bacteria on and in you all the time, just that tiny.
Kashmiri, c1937 (Erwin Blumenfeld)
Best Satellite Pictures: Winning “Earth as Art” Shots From NASA
Image courtesy EROS/USGS/NASA