41 Rarely Seen Photos From History That Will Send Chills Through You
A Young Patient at Normansfield Mental Hospital, 1979
The Normanfield Mental Hospital was founded in 1868 by John Langdon Down, a British doctor. The hospital was created for patients with learning disabilities. The institution has since been renamed The Langdon Down Centre and was closed down back in 1997.
This young child was put in a crib, where he would typically spend much of his day. The hospital was the headquarters of the Down's Syndrome Association.
The Faces of Eight of the Boston Strangler Victims, 1960s
The Boston Strangler became renowned in the early 1960s. He walked around the Boston area over the course of a few years strangling women to death. He ended up taking the lives of 13 women - these are the faces of eight of the women.
The Boston Strangler's name was Albert De Salvo. The women in the photos were named as follows - from the upper left to the lower right corner: Rachel Lazarus, Helen E. Blake, Ida Irga, Mrs. J. Delaney, Patricia Bissette, Daniela M. Saunders, Mary A. Sullivan, Mrs. Israel Goldberg.
A Chimpanzee Named Ham, 1961
Ham was the first Chimpanzee to be sent into space. He was "an employee" of NASA's and was sent to test if they could send a living creature into space in 1961. Thankfully, his mission to make sure that the environmental control system of the Mercury spacecraft was good to go was a success.
After his 420-mile ride in the Mercury capsule, Ham reached for the apple that was offered to him by a crewman of the U.S.S. Donner. This was his first piece of food since the mission, and he without a doubt earned it.
John McCain Being Taken by Viet Cong, 1967
Many years prior to becoming a United States Senator, John McCain served as a US Navy officer. At the time of the Vietnam War in 1967, he was captured by North Vietnamese soldiers after he parachuted from his damaged aircraft, which was hit by a Communist ground attack.
The North Vietnamese soldiers pulled McCain out of Truc Bach Lake, which was near Hanoi. He was released in 1973, along with 108 other prisoners of war. Years later, he would return to the site with his family to commemorate the events.
While this looks creepy, there is no need to fear. This may actually be funny to some of you, and that's fine, too. This is a photo of the “Schnabelperchten,” a pre-Christian Alpine tradition, taken in 1963. The people performing here are fake-attacking a woman with a pair of scissors.
This is one of the last customary rituals in the Alpine country. Usually performed on the evening before "Three Kings Day," people would dress up as ghosts. They would walk around to different houses to perform this ritual for each resident.
The End of Prohibition, 1933
Okay, most of us thought the same thing - the end of prohibition must have been one crazy party. After all, not being allowed to drink alcohol for 13 years can make anyone go crazy. It finally took the ratification of the 21st amendment to repeal the 18th amendment.
Alcohol prohibition had become increasingly disliked over time. Americans wanted to drink again. Marking the end of Prohibition, in 1933, New Yorkers headed straight to their local bars to celebrate with a drink.
Animal Therapy, 1950s
It has been scientifically seen that therapy animals assist in improving the condition of patients. That is the reason why back in the mid-20th century, the concept was widely adopted in clinics and hospitals. Seen here is young Peggy Kennedy, who was a polio patient.
She was lying in her bed with a plastic chest respirator at the University of Michigan hospital. The three-year-old was surrounded by a small pool of paddling duckling as her therapy animals. Peggy seemed to enjoy their company a lot, which distracted her from her treatment.
A Qilakitsoq Mummy Child, Found In 1972
This one may creep you out and we could not really blame you. The hollow eyes are enough to make anyone uneasy. The national museum in Nuuk, Greenland, houses these mummified little beings. What makes these finds so amazing is the fact that they are around 500 years old.
These mummies are astoundingly well-preserved considering how old they are. The reason for this is because they were kept under rocks, stones, and other debris. The remains of the mummies were found by two little boys back in 1972. It was probably a traumatic event for them.
Experiments On Voluntary Patients, 1862
This concept is derived from the book, Mecanisme de la Physiology (Mechanism of Physiology). Here, the doctor has attached electrodes to the face of the man next to him. Do not worry, because the man actually volunteered for this task.
These volunteers were inmates at the Salpetriere Asylum in Paris. Doctor Duchenne de Boulogne used several experimental methods because he personally believed that the muscles in our faces represented "movements of the soul." According to his theory, the experiment would help classify a man's emotions through muscle actions.
Jim Jones and His Family, 1976
This is a family photo of American religious leader Jim Jones along with his family back in 1976. Jones would later be known and synonymous with the People's Temple and the infamous events at Jonestown, Guyana. Jonestown is one of the most horrifically recorded acts of cult-related mass murder-suicides in history.
Jones asked his followers to drink a powdered drink mix laced with cyanide. About 900 of them died as a result. Within the 900 was his own family. He, too, died on that day in Jonestown.
George S. Patton's Dog, 1945
Dogs have shown us over and over again that they are indeed a man's best friend. They dedicate their entire lives to serving a purpose to their owners. While most of the time they pass away before their owner does, there are unfortunate instances when it goes the other way.
When American hero General George S. Patton passed away in 1945 due to a car accident, millions of citizens mourned his death. Apart from these people though, Patton's dog Willie was also devastated to lose his master. He then chose to lie among the military man's things.
The Last American Public Execution, 1936
In 1936, more than 15,000 people gathered around a scaffold to witness the public hanging of 26-year old Rainey Bethea in Owensboro, Kentucky. The 26-year-old man was convicted of the rape of a 70-year-old woman named Lischia Edwards.
He confessed to the rape and murder. There were a few mistakes when the state performed the hanging. The public was outraged by the manner, as well. It was followed by a media frenzy. This public execution ended up being the last one on American grounds.
White Deer Skin Dance, 1896
No, this is not a scene out of a horror movie. This is actually a pretty rare picture. Here you can see the native Hupa tribe in Humboldt County, California. They are performing a dance that is known as the traditional "White Deerskin Dance."
This ceremony is performed yearly in the fall. What makes it eerie though is the reason behind the ritual. It was believed that if the dance was not performed, the tribe would suffer immensely. Nature would not replenish crops and, worse, they could all die.
Muhammad Ali Convincing Jumper, 1981
Some fans of former Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali would claim that the legendary boxer changed their lives. In the case of this unidentified man who threatened to jump, he could very well say that Ali literally saved his life.
Leaning out of the window on the ninth floor of a high-rise structure in 1981, Muhammad Ali convinced the man to take his arm and walk back together into the building. He was actually just driving by the building when he asked officers if he could be of any assistance.
Seven Sutherland Sisters, 1880
Okay, please resist the urge to get creeped out by this photo from 1880. These ladies were some of the most talented entertainers of the 19th century. They were known as the "Seven Sutherland Sisters Singing Group."
This group appeared with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus from the early 1880s to the early 1900s. Distinguished by their long and textured hair, the sisters went on to create a successful line of patented medicine hair and scalp care products.
The First Subway System in New York City, 1904
New York City officials, financiers, and policemen are seen here riding New York City's first subway system back on October 27th, 1904 at City Hall station. The city's mayor, George McClellan, opened the now-famed New York City subway system at 2:35 PM.
He also happened to drive the first passengers, who paid ¢5 to ride the city’s underground transit system. The system covered 9.1 miles of track through 28 stations. The New York City Subway is now the busiest rapid transit system in the Western world.
One of the First Skin Transplant Patients, 1917
Walter Ernest O'Neil Yeo was severely wounded during the Battle of Jutland on May 31, 1916. He sustained gruesome facial injuries, including the loss of his upper and lower eyelids. This led him to Sir Harold Gillies, who is the first man to transfer skin from undamaged areas on the body.
Yeo is said to be one of the first patients to be treated with the techniques of Gillies. Gillies eventually opened a specialized ward at Queen Mary's Hospital for the treatment of the facially-wounded. Yeo lived to be 70 years old.
Wounded Dog, 1940s
It's no secret that wars always involve a huge number of innocent lives. What is often overlooked is how animals are also often affected by these horrifying events. In the case of this poor dog, it was wounded during the World War II action on Orote Peninsula.
Thankfully, these American soldiers took the time to tend to the injured dog. They gave their full attention to it as it tried to recover. Still, it does not erase the fact that animals get involved in dangerous situations that they never asked to be a part of.
Boxing On the U.S.S. New York, 1899
Thanks to technology and other inventions, there are a number of things that one can do to pass the time when they are at sea. Of course, back then, there were only a few activities that people did to entertain themselves while still on their voyage.
In the case of these naval seamen aboard the U.S.S. New York, they decided to hold a boxing match in 1899. Coincidentally, it was the anniversary of the Battle of Santiago de Cuba.
Ronald Reagan and Family
Do you recognize the president in this picture? Of course, you do! This is Ronald Reagan, the film star before he became a governor and a president. We can sit around and argue about President Ronal Reagan's policies all we want. But we won't.
Instead, we are here to look at this old photo of him and his wife, Jane Wyman, playing with little Maureen Elizabeth Reagan. This was Maureen's first appearance before a camera. Well, at least they were preparing her for the spotlight early.
A Patient Undergoing Electroconvulsive Therapy, 1956
Electroconvulsive Therapy, or ECT, is not done as often as it used to be and is quite a controversial treatment method. Here, a patient at a mental facility is undergoing treatment in 1956.
The patient is mildly sedated and held down as the therapy takes place. A piece of wood or leather is placed in his mouth to prevent him from chewing or swallowing his tongue.
American Solider Playing with Afghan Girls, 2010
For your daily dose of wholesome content, seen here is an American soldier playing with local Afghan kids in 2010. Photographed in Boldon, Corporal Catherine Broussard looks like she is having a good time during a village medical outreach program.
She was part of the 48 soldiers who were deployed specifically for the event. Whatever it was that she was saying, she must have gotten through the kids. After all, they seem like they are having fun playing hide and seek. Kudos to her!
Maradona's First Year, 1977
Arguably Argentina's best footballer before Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona served as an inspiration to Latin-American footballers. Here is a photo of the man himself in action for Argentine during a match for Argentinos Juniors back in 1977.
This was Maradona's first year of professional football, playing at the age of 16. His career is defined by his 11 titles as a player, including two with Argentina, as well as his five trophies with Italy's Napoli. Maradona is most famous for the "Hand of God" at the quarterfinal match against England in the 1986 World Cup.
Freshman Michael Jordan's Winning Basket, 1982
These days, Michael Jordan is a cultural icon. To even say anyone is better than him can spark an immediate backlash. It was never just about his shoes. His game and the way he played resonated with fans and ballplayers all over the world.
He is credited as the player who ultimately globalized basketball. But before all that, he was already destined for greatness. Seen above is a photo of Jordan taking the game-winning shot for the 1982 NCAA championship in his freshman year of college.
The Aftermath of the Rwandan Genocide
For the Tutsi people, as well as the Twa and the modern Hutu, they must have seen evil on earth when the Rwandan genocide ensued. The genocide happened during the Rwandan Civil War, as a byproduct of President Juvenal Habyarimana's anti-Tutsi rhetoric.
This war lasted for four years before culminating in the atrocious act. Here is a photo of a Hutu refugee boy bearing the scars of a machete that hit him two years prior. An estimated 600,000 Tutsi people died as a result.
Nine Mental Patients Died In A Fire While Chained To Concrete Slab, 1950
The tragedy that struck the Bella Vista Sanitorium on March 29, 1950, took the lives of nine mental health patients. Their deaths were caused by smoke inhalation as the mental hospital caught fire. The men were chained to concrete slabs like you see here, and could not get to safety.
Needless to say, conditions in mental health facilities are not the same as they used to be, although not ideal still. Out of the nine men who passed away, five were chained up to the slab above.
Before And After the War
These two photos of Evgeny Stepanovich Kobytev are just four years apart. The one on the left was taken in 1941 right before World War II, while the one on the right was captured in 1945. Apparently, a person's life during a war is not only affected emotionally but also physically.
Kobytev used to be a painter before joining the military in World War II. He was a captive in one of the most brutal German POW camps. Fortunately, he found a way to escape and spent the final years of the war, fighting to liberate Ukraine.
A Journalist Carrying a Baby Amidst the Spanish Civil War
Among the worst casualties of war are always the children. The Fall of Irún was a critical battle of the Campaign of Gipuzkoa prior to the War in the North, during the Spanish Civil War. Seen here is a photo of French Journalist Raymond Vankers in an act of heroism.
With an infant in his arms, Vankers dashes across the International bridge from Irún, over the Bidasoa river, on his way to France. We can only hope that the two crossed the bridge safe and sound.
Cave of the Hands
Located in Patagonia, in the province of Santa Cruz, Argentina, the Cueva de las Manos, or "The Cave of Hands," can stir up some unnecessary feelings of fear. You can see thousands of handprints painted on the walls and ceilings of these caves.
Nobody really knows who painted them or what they were for. The only thing we are sure of is that these hands date back as far as 13,000 years ago. Safe to say, the people behind this got a little bit handsy.
Evacuation from Mount Vesuvius, 1906
The eruption of Mount Vesuvius is one of the most devastating events that Europe has ever seen. It is the eruption that recorded the most lava in history. There were about 100 people who lost their lives. The city of Naples and its surrounding communes were hit hard the most.
These people might be smiling, but this 1906 picture will definitely send some chills up your spine once you realize that they are evacuating. We can only imagine the sense of urgency they must have felt at the time.
View of Manson's Spahn Ranch, 1968
Spahn Movie Ranch was once one of the most used sets for Hollywood television and film. Usually reserved for family-friendly productions, the property would soon become infamous for its association with the Manson family.
Charles Manson and his followers lived in the isolated location from 1968 to 1969. The Tate–LaBianca murders occurred during August 1969. Sharon Tate and four of her friends were brutally murdered on the night of August 8th to 9th. Two more lives were taken away the day after.
An Arctic Explorer And A Polar Bear, 1980
It's not every day that polar bears are photographed interacting with human beings. In 1980, some Russian soldiers got the rare opportunity to help the hyper carnivorous animals in need. They were on patrol in -40 degrees Fahrenheit weather when they spotted a nursing momma bear and her cubs.
One of the men on a routine military expedition in the Chukchi Peninsula then offered his condensed milk to the polar bear parent. Apparently, they were already used to doing this act of kindness to the starving bears.
Inter-Korean Temporary Family Reunion
You got to feel for these brothers. The tensions between North and South Korea are still relatively high to this day. South Korean Kwon Oh-Kyun is photographed here crying as he hugs his North Korean brother Kwon Oh-Kil during a family reunion at a North Korean resort hotel back in 2003.
They have been separated since the Korean War. This event was a byproduct of an inter-Korean accord, which allowed the two Koreas to reunite 100 Koreans from each side to have temporary reunions.
Mike Tyson with His White Tiger
Okay, let's not take anything away from Mike Tyson's boxing career. The guy was one of the most dominant heavyweights the world has ever seen. He was a knockout juggernaut. You don't just get 44 knockouts without putting in the work.
Tyson was quite the public figure outside the ring, as well. Some people thought he was crazy while others thought the antics were just for publicity. Well, having a pet white tiger can really get people talking. Here is Tyson with his beloved little friend back in 1989.
A French Boy Introduces Himself To Indian Soldiers, 1914
There were roughly 1.3-million Indian soldiers who fought in World War I. At the time, the Indian Army was fighting against the German Empire on the Western Front. There were also 130,000 Indians who served in France and Belgium.
That is why you can see Indian soldiers here at their rest camp at Marseilles, France. While the troops are taking a break, a French boy introduces himself to them. Now, that is how you show respect and courtesy. Good job, little one.
The Endurance Crew
Here is a shot of the crew from the Endurance ship back in 1914. This ship was the three-masted barquentine in which Sir Ernest Shackleton sailed for the Antarctic on the 1914 to 1917 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition.
He also brought 27 crew members and a cat with him. Endurance was first launched in 1912. Three years later, the ship was crushed by pack ice and sank in the Weddell Sea off Antarctica. Fortunately, every member of the crew lived to tell the tale.
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Applying for a Marriage License
Painter Frida Kahlo and Mexican muralist Diego Rivera were two of the most celebrated artists of the 20th century. They traveled around the world together, creating art while maintaining an intense and tumultuous romance.
Above is a photo of the couple applying for a marriage license in San Francisco, California. They lived in the area in 1930 and 1940. The couple divorced in 1939 only to remarry a year later. It was an unconventional relationship, as both had various extra-marital affairs and had messy arguments. The duo painted each other for 25 years.
Footwear from Auschwitz, 1945
We should never forget the atrocities of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, especially to the families who lost friends and family all in the name of Aryan nationalism. The occupation committed some of the vilest and most sinister acts known to man.
The mass of footwear you see above was removed from the men, women, and children of Auschwitz. Those concentration camps stripped them of their dignity. This photo might have been taken in 2004, but the stories behind it should always be commemorated.
Martian Sunset, 1976
Viking 1 was the first of two spacecraft to be sent to Mars as part of NASA's Viking program. The program's primary objective was to obtain high-resolution images of the Martian surface. This was to characterize the structure of the composition of the atmosphere and surface, as well as search for evidence of life.
Photographed here is a Mars skyline at sunset by the Viking lander. The images were then sent back to earth. The program eventually achieved all of its targets.
Ethnologist Recording Native-American Music, 1895
Here we have American anthropologist and ethnographer Frances Theresa Densmore making a recording of Native-American music. The man is a Blackfoot chief while the device she is using is a phonograph. In today's modern times, she may be described as an ethnomusicologist.
Densmore was a pioneer in the study of Native Americans. She is credited for her findings on their music and culture. Densmore was once considered the foremost American authority on the songs of American-Indian tribes. She has also published several books on Indian culture and lifestyles.
Babies In Cages
Believe it or not, people using "baby cages" in the early 20th century was an acceptable situation. Some parents and guardians would put the infants inside them to get them enough sunlight. Since not everybody had gardens in the house, they thought it would be sufficient to hang baby cages instead.
In the modern-day, this would obviously not sit well with most people. Just by the mere sight of it, a spectator would most likely call the Child Protective Services. On how the parents managed that era managed to stay calm remains a mystery.
A Teenage Plane Crash Survivor
At merely 17 years old, Juliane Koepcke already had a brush with death after she was sucked out of an airplane. The plane was struck by a bolt of lightning at the time. Koepcke, who was still strapped to her seat, then fell somewhere in the Amazon Jungle and survived.
Koepcke wasn't entirely lucky though, as she had to endure a 10-day walk through the Amazon Jungle before being rescued by a logging team. She also survived thanks to a bag of candy she found.
Floral Tribute For Princess Diana
When Princess Diana passed away in 1997 after a tragic automobile accident in Paris, millions of people around the world mourned her. One of the ways they showed their grief and sympathy is by leaving bouquets of flowers at Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace, and St. James's Palace.
They also left stuffed animals and bottles of champagne, which were later collected and distributed to the sick and elderly in hospitals and homes. This aerial shot shows the world's immense love for the "People's Princess."
Helen Keller Meets President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1954
The iconic human rights icon Helen Keller is seen here touching President Dwight D. Eisenhower's face in 1954. During Eisenhower's time in office, in the middle of World War II, Keller made a habit of visiting wounded veterans who returned from the war.
Eisenhower ended up inviting her to the White House because of this. It was there that Keller asked to "see" him. He obliged, and the president ended up letting her hands run across his face.
A Grieving Father, 2011
In 2011, New York City commemorated the 19th anniversary of the 9-11 terror attacks. The city did so at the site of the World Trade Center. Back in 2001, there were an estimated 2,753 deaths that were a direct result of the infamous act.
Security in both New York City and Washington D.C. heightened ever since. Here is a photo of a grieving father named Robert Peraza crying beside the name of his son, Robert David, who died on that faithful day.
Construction Workers at Golden Gate Bridge, 1935
In 1935, the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge was halfway finished. We have the brave construction workers of the times to thank for this one. They worked above a net that was suspended over the water to catch them if they fell.
The net saved 19 workers, which were members of the “Halfway to Hell” club. The workers also built catwalks that connected the towers on both sides of the strait. They did this so that they could attach the cables. The bridge was completed in 1937.
Prosthetic Devices from 1890 to 1910
Photographed in the United Kingdom, this glass cabinet contains some of the first prosthetic devices in history. The cabinet contains artificial arms, legs, hands, and orthopedic corsets. These items were made by boot- and shoemaker James Gillingham in Chard, Somerset.
He first started creating artificial limbs after a local man lost an arm firing a cannon back in 1863. Gillingham ended up making prostheses on a permanent basis. The town also became a major center of the British artificial limb industry.
Last Days of Lenin
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, or simply known as Lenin, was a Russian revolutionary who served as the head of government of Soviet Russia and subsequently the Soviet Union. He was also the leader of the Bolshevik party and of the October Revolution.
This was reportedly the last photo taken of him in 1923. By this point, he already had three strokes and was completely mute. As his illness advanced, he was constantly attended by doctors at the Moscow suburban palace, and nursed by his favorite younger sister Maria Ulyanova.
Young Adolf Hitler
A few years before becoming the leader of the Nazi Party, Adolf Hitler was just among the huge crowd listening to the announcement of the beginning of World War I in 1914. They were outside Field Marshals' Hall in Munich just a day after Germany declared war on Russia.
As it turned out, he would rise through the ranks and initiate the second world war in Europe. He became the leader of the dictatorship and central to the perpetuation of the Holocaust.
Russian Babies During Winter
If there is an image on this list that might literally give you the chills, it's this 1958 photo showing infants napping in the open air at a maternity hospital in Moscow. People today would definitely raise their eyebrows at this practice but this used to be an odd tradition for Russians.
Apparently, the cold-weather routine in Russia was followed before to prepare the babies for the country's harsh conditions. The Russian mums would dress them in a hat and a pair of stockings before letting them sleep in -10 degrees Celsius weather.
Fragments From King Tut's Tomb
For those who are not familiar with King Tutankhamun, he was an ancient Egyptian pharaoh and the last of his royal family to rule during the end of the 18th Dynasty. Just like many historic leaders in this nation, his body was buried in a tomb.
It was British archaeologist Howard Carter who discovered King Tut's tomb in 1922. Fortunately, it had remained undisturbed by grave robbers all this time. Some workers were captured removing a tray of chariot parts that were also discovered inside.
Little Boy Passing Through a Barbed Wire Fence, 1999
Captured in 1999, this photo has sparked heavy debates on its ethicality since it was first published. Nevertheless, the photo is a powerful statement about the victims of political instability. Seen here is the boy passing through the barbed wire fence at an Arab camp in Albania.
Their family had been finally reunited after fleeing Kosovo. On the other side of the fence are the child's relatives. They are situated outside the camp and are awaiting extra room for shelter.
Tacoma Narrows Bridge
Just four months after the Tacoma Narrows Bridge was completed in 1940, tragedy struck as it was destroyed by an “aeroelastic flutter. " Here in this photo, a man named Howard Clifford could be seen running away from the suspension bridge in Washington.
Leonard Coatsworth, another crash survivor, shared his horrifying experience in the Tacoma News Tribune. "Around me, I could hear concrete cracking... The car itself began to slide from side to side on the roadway. I decided the bridge was breaking up and my only hope was to get back to shore," he said.
Princess Diana Dancing with Clint Eastwood at the White House
The late Princess Diana attended a gala at the White House in November of 1985. At the gala, she danced with actors John Travolta and Clint Eastwood. Diana was just 24 years old at the time and attended the event with Prince Charles.
What was most notable about the dance that Diana shared with Eastwood, was just how close the two of them were dancing. It was not common for the royal to be in such close proximity to another gentleman, especially one as famous as Clint Eastwood - there is no space between the two at all.
First Known People to be Photographed
This shoe shiner and customer on Boulevard Du Temple are forever etched in history as the first known people to be photographed in 1839. At the time, they did not even think it was going to be a memorable day since French artist Louis Daguerre was just also trying his hand at the first mirror-image photograph.
The line of photography changed the world of art since people used to only appear in paintings. For Daguerre's groundbreaking contribution, he was then regarded as one of the fathers of photography.
Graveyard for Telephone Booths
One of the things that represent the United Kingdom is its iconic red telephone boxes. Every corner of the city seems to have one. As it turns out, these phone booths eventually retire, too. They are transferred to storage spaces in small villages when they are no longer functional.
By storage spaces, they do not only mean dumpsites. There is actually a phone booth cemetery in Carlton Miniott that holds hundreds of them in various states of disrepair. Some artists pick some and recycle them.
Menu From the Titanic
Many people around the world are familiar with the tragic sinking of the RSS Titanic in 1912, thanks to the 1997 film loosely based on the horrific event. Days before the famous ship plunged into the Atlantic though, the passengers and crew had enjoyable moments such as sharing their meals.
This fascinating menu recovered is proof that there was a class disparity aboard the oceanic liner. The third class passengers were served some "rice soup," oatmeal, and roast beef, while the ones on top of the ship's hierarchy were served roast beef, mutton chops, and Chicken a la Maryland.
Hippos In the Ocean
No, this is not an edited photo. It is indeed a hippopotamus taking a dip into the midnight blue Atlantic Ocean. Its kind is fond of bodies of water, so they usually stay on inland rivers or swamps. This amazing photo was captured by American journalist Michael Nichols in 2000.
Upon seeing the striking picture, then-Gabon President Omar Bongo was inspired to create a special space for the wild animals. The government then built a system of national parks for the hippos and other creatures to inhabit.
The Hindenburg Disaster
Considered to be "one of the worst catastrophes in the world," the Hindenburg Disaster took place in 1937 in New Jersey, United States. During its attempt to dock at the Naval Air Station, the German passenger airship LZ 129 caught fire and got destroyed.
Unfortunately, there were 36 people who lost their lives in the accident. The members of the media were supposedly there to highlight the 804-foot-long Hindenburg, but they ended up witnessing the horrible event. This became one of the top reasons why airships never boomed in history.
A Massive Wave Surrounds A Lighthouse
It looks like a scene from a thriller film but a gigantic wave really hit a lighthouse off the coast of France in 1989. Taken by Jean Guichard, the stakes were high since there were other people in the Phares dans la Tempete, la Jument, aside from the lighthouse keeper named Theodore Malgorne.
Malgorne may have seemed calm in this photograph but he was actually y awaiting rescue. Miraculously, the team survived the wall of water. Not to mention, the lighthouse still stands strong in the present.
President Richard Nixon In China
There's no doubt that President Richard Nixon is one of the most controversial leaders that the United States has ever had. It is forever written in history how he was involved in the Watergate scandal, which led to him resigning from the highest position in the country.
While he was still president though, Nixon had his other notable moments. Among those was his diplomatic visit to China in 1972, where he was caught looking confused on how to use chopsticks at dinner with Chinese diplomat Zhou En-lai.
Princess Diana On A Private Yacht
Hailed as the "People's Princess," Princess Diana remained a prominent figure even after her divorce from Prince Charles of Wales. Here, she was photographed sitting on the diving board of Mohammed Al Fayed's private yacht in Italy just a few days before her death in 1997.
During the last weeks of her life, Princess Diana divided her time between living her personal life and helping the ones in need. She went to the Mediterranean on the luxury yacht before flying to Paris where she tragically passed away.
Maria the Ape Girl From Brazil
Mary de Jesus was born in 1964 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The young girl's photo became an international sensation as her features were more similar to that of an ape than of a human. Scientists were baffled by her condition, as they were not able to explain why she looked the way she did.
While she may have looked different from the rest of her family, she was a happy girl who liked to have her photo taken and people wonder about her. No other known photos of her have been found as of yet, but she is still a remarkable tale for the scientific community.
The 1997 film Titanic gave people an idea of what the real passengers of the British passenger liner went through when it hit an iceberg and eventually sank into the ocean in 1912. As it turned out, there were actually photos taken when the survivors were taken in by the Cunard Line transatlantic passenger steamship called Carpathia.
Carpathia was sailing from New York City to Rijeka when it received Titanic's distress signal. Led by Captain Arthur Henry Rostron, the steamship was able to save 705 people. In this image, a rope step ladder was being fixed from one of Titanic's lifeboats.
The Great Pyramid of Giza
A photograph of the Great Pyramid of Giza is nothing new to the eyes of many, but only a few have seen it up close. This picture provides a different perspective on just how enormous the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World is. Not to mention, it is the only one that remains largely intact.
Commissioned by Pharaoh Khufu, this 481 feet high pyramid was made by human hands. This astonishing structure then has made some spectators theorize that the Ancient Egyptians had extraterrestrial help.
Here is a man measuring the bathing suit length of a woman back in the 1920s. This was to ensure that these outfits conformed with regulations introduced by the beach censors. It may unthinkable now, but there was a time when wearing a swimsuit that was too revealing could land you in a lot of trouble.
Two-piece bathing suits eventually became popular as early as the 1930s. Still, the bikini we know today is dated back to July 5th, 1946. The design for the modern bikini was introduced by French engineer Louis Réard.
A Death Row Prisoner Tests A Safety Net
While this historic image from 1958 looks like a normal day at an amusement park, it is anything but. For starters, they were not at a theme park. The man perched on the thing that looks like a detached roller coaster was actually a prisoner.
The horrifying story goes that back then, the authorities decided to exploit this death row prisoner to see if the safety nets were ready to be mass-produced. Since capital punishment was prevalent in the United States at the time, they wanted to utilize the inmates before they hit the chair.
Claude Monet In His Garden
The picturesque village of Giverny in France caught the eye of Claude Monet while he was on a train passing through Normandy. It did not take long before he bought a house and some land there in 1890. He then began to grow his gardens with lily pads, which would eventually inspire him and other impressionist painters.
This colorized photograph of the French artist was taken at Giverny in 1905. Judging by the lily pads behind him, it is not surprising that he felt most inspired at the spectacular spot.
The Eltz Castle
This medieval castle may not look like the stuff of dreams for some but it is a fairytale home for the same family who has lived there for over 850 years already. Located in Wierschem, Germany, the Eltz Castle was initially constructed back in the 11th century and was ultimately completed in 1540.
The Eltz family continues to maintain the medieval beauty of their abode. They open the doors to two-thirds of the estate from April to October. Visitors just have to make sure not to wander around their personal space.
The Pillars of Creation
In 1995, the Hubble Space Telescope took everyone's breaths away after they released this awe-inspiring image of the Universe. Called the Pillars of Creation, the equipment that photographed this winder almost did not make it aboard the space shuttle Atlantis.
Thankfully, the Hubble was able to deliver the goods in the end. The pillars are bathed in the scorching ultraviolet light from a cluster of young stars. In particular, the one on this photo was the Eagle Nebula, a star-forming patch of space 6,500 light-years from Earth.
The Crazy Horse Memorial
Dubbed the world's largest mountain carving, this memorial has been under construction since 1948 in the Black Hills of South Dakota. A Lakota elder named Henry Standing Bear commissioned it in the mid-20th century but it has yet to be finished.
The Crazy Horse Memorial shows the face of the Oglala Lakota warrior, Crazy Horse, looking towards his tribal land. It is meant to be the centerpiece of a Native educational and cultural center when the project is completed.
The Tank Man
This captivating photo featuring a Chinese man in front of a column of tanks was taken in 1989, only a day after the massacre that took place in Tiananmen Square. During the tragic incident, the Chinese troops targeted thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators.
After stepping in front of the column of tanks, the Chinese man refused to be moved. He was fortunately unharmed at the end. Still, no one knows his identity. What was for sure was he turned into a face of resistance to undeserving authority.
Inuit Teenager In Her Family's Igloo
For a very long time, the Inuit people have lived in the chilly region of the American Northwest. They lived as nomadic hunters, setting up their ice homes where they could hunt. However, their situation changed one year after this photo of a teenage Inuit girl walking into her family’s igloo was taken in 1949.
As the Soviet Union and Canada started fighting over who owned the arctic home of the Inuits in 1950, the Canadian government forcibly relocated many Inuits to reservation-like communities and took away their ability to hunt.
Mushroom Cloud Over Nagasaki
This mushroom-like cloud was one of the subsequent effects of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. In 1945, the United States dropped the nuclear weapon Fat Man on Japan. An officer named Lieutenant Charles Levy was actually the man behind this photo, which widely circulated after the event.
In an interview, the military man recounted what he had witnessed. "We saw this big plume climbing up, up into the sky... It was purple, red, white, all colors—something like boiling coffee. It looked alive," Levy said.
A Male Gharial And His Babies
A freshwater crocodile from India was pictured carrying his offspring on his back. While he may look like a potential "dad of the year," this wild-looking, endangered alligator happens to be a carnivorous reptile.
The gharial weighs more than 2,000 pounds at a length of over 12 feet. It uses its long, thin snouts to detect vibrations in the water instead of chasing after its prey. It only leaves the water to warm themselves in the sun or make their nests.
Tallest Man In The World
Born in 1918 in Alton, Illinois, Robert Wadlow was recorded as the tallest person in the history of humans. He practically gave "legs for days" a whole new meaning, looking as long as ever even when he was laying sideways. He then earned the nicknames "The Alton Giant" and "Giant of Illinois."
The man sitting beside Wadlow may have looked like he was extremely short, but he surprisingly had an average height. The Alton Giant stood 8 feet and 11 inches tall and lived until 1940.
Cave of the Crystals
As much as the Cave of the Crystals is a feast for the eyes, it is also nothing short of dangerous. This attraction located in Chihuahua, Mexico is buried 984 feet below the Earth's surface, containing giant selenite crystals.
Though existing for a very long period of time already, the cave was only discovered in the year 2000. It can reach temperatures of 113 degrees Fahrenheit, and its humidity is often at 100 percent. This means that being down in this crystal cave long enough can run the risk of fluid condensing inside the lungs.
The Bailong Elevator
Considered as the highest outdoor elevator in the world, the Bailong Elevator is a 1,070-foot tall elevator that stretches out in Zhangjiajie, China. It stands above the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, making it one of the most breathtaking visuals of the eastern world.
The construction started in 1999, but the elevator only opened in 2002. Each car can hold up to 50 passengers and can carry a capacity of 4,900 kilograms. Reminder for future visitors though, this incredible elevator stands in an earthquake-prone area.
The Doughnut Hole
If there is a specific food that the people in past prioritized, it would be doughnuts. Apparently, its production was so important that the changes in the size of the doughnut hole throughout the years had to be documented.
Those who worked in the production of doughnuts had nothing to worry about since it was the machines that caused the shrinkage of holes. The machines began punching smaller because unlike earlier donuts, they don't need as much space to dry.
Mask of Elite Roman Cavalry
Tracing back to the 1st century CE, this ancient mask was worn by the cavalry of the Roman Empire during ritual tournaments known as hippika gymnasia or horse exercises. These events had soldiers practicing the handling of javelins and spears. They also saw the riding and mounting of horses.
Later to be found in the Netherlands, the mask only covered the face with apertures for eyes. It was decorated with brightly colored tunics as well as some sharp-looking metal masks.
Overhead Cradle On A Plane
Nowadays, many airplanes around the world have state-of-the-art features that one could only imagine in the past. What one may not find in the present, however, is the overhead cradle for babies, similar to the one on the photo. This was captured in the 1950s, so the people obviously had different rules when it comes to flying.
These "sky cots" do not exist anymore most probably due to the issues caused by overhead luggage and turbulence. If they were still available, the air pocket would have also caused stress.
New York Central Railroad Streamliner Mercury
It is quite hard to imagine now but back in the early 20th century, the New York Central Railroad railroad streamliners were a common sight in major cities like New York and Chicago. These Art Deco trains were designed by Henry Dreyfuss.
The one in the picture is the Mercury, which passed by Syracuse City Hall in 1936. It was built to show riders and viewers speed and efficiency. The Mercury trains were the one-quarter size of the original.
Captured in Mamaroneck, New York in 1904, this magnificent work of art by Edward Steichen is both a photograph and a painting. It was called The Pond—Moonlight or simply Moonlight, which is a combination of hand color and black-and-white prints.
There is actually a term for this technique of combining the two mediums— it was referred to as "Pictorialism." Though more than a century has already gone by since the renowned artist created the image, many people are still fascinated by its ethereal beauty.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Lion Mascot
Part of watching movies and television shows produced by Hollywood film studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is seeing their iconic mascot of a lion appearing on the screen. Well, this photo should confirm that the MGM indeed used real lions for their production.
This photo taken in 1928 features Jackie, a lion brought from Sudan. He was being recorded for the beginning of MGM talking movies. The studio actually had to build a sound stage around his cage in order to record his roar.
A 14th Century Renaissance Doorway
The wonderful city of Úbeda in Spain is surrounded by Renaissance architecture thanks to the extensive patronage of Castillian aristocratic families. Still, no one expects to find one in their homes especially when they have just moved. This happened to a man who found a 14th century Renaissance doorway during the renovation of his new house.
The beautiful Renaissance facade hidden beneath a wall turned out to be the facade of the Hospital de San Jorge. At present, there are 48 monuments in Úbeda. Another hundred interesting buildings are of Renaissance style.
The Luray Caverns
Another fascinating underground spectacle that was immortalized with the click of a shutter is the breathtaking Luray Caverns in Virginia. Discovered in 1878 by five men who noticed an outcrop of limestone near a sinkhole, this hidden cave is composed of a variety of formations, columns, and mirrored pools.
Another significant feature inside is the Great Stalacpipe Organ, which is an electrically actuated lithophone that produces musical tones. The men who initially found this majestic spot found traces of previous human occupation.
The Elephant Tower
Built by architect Vilhelm Dahlerup in 1901, the Elephant Tower at the Carlsberg Brewery in Copenhagen, Denmark stayed true to its theme with its elephant-shaped figures at gates. The massive granite figures stand guard outside the building.
The huge swastikas were carved into their bodies, way before the symbol had a much darker meaning. Though beer no longer flows from the facility behind the gates, the city still holds on to this strange piece of history.
One of the greatest salvation in America during the Great Depression, the Hoover Dam provided employment for 5,251 laborers in 1934. This project gave many unemployed Americans a way to earn during a challenging time. It had been pegged as a place for a dam since the beginning of the 20th century, but it only started after Congress gave the green light;
The five-year construction of the dam cost $49 million— about $639 million in 2016. The Hoover Dam was made in time for its dedication.
The Beatles Getting Kicked Out of Manila
There is a reason why John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and the rest of the Beatles vowed to never return to the Philippines. On July 4th, 1966, the band played two shows Rizal Memorial Football Stadium, Manila. More than 80,000 fans went to see them perform.
But the trip ended in misery when the band stood up Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos for lunch. An angry mob ended up chasing the Beatles out of Manila International Airport. To this day, the last remaining Beatles, McCartney and Starr, have never returned to the country.
Leo Tolstoy And His Grandchildren
Hailed as one of the greatest authors of all time, Leo Tolstoy was a Russian writer who was behind the two famous novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina. He also made waves for being nominated numerous times for the Nobel Prize in Literature as well as Nobel Peace Prize yet not winning any one of those.
This photo taken in 1909 shows that when Tolstoy was not busy being an iconic author, he was a devoted grandfather to his grandchildren Leo and Sofia. Just imagine how extraordinary their story-telling moments were.
Jim Henson With His Fictional Creatures
This 1982 image of Jim Henson would send chills down the spine of those who are not familiar with his film, The Dark Crystal. Though it was marketed as a family movie, the audience knows that it turned out to be extremely dark and lonely.
As usual, Henson did a great job incorporating a rollercoaster of emotions in this supposed children's film. He took inspiration from the art of Leonard B. Lubin, creating a story that touched hearts and blew everyone's minds.
The Russian Imperial Family
Speaking of prominent figures in Russia, the Imperial family led by Tsar Nicholas II also has an entry on this list. Pictured here were his children from Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna to Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich playing with their pony. They were also watched on by his wife Tsarina Alexandra.
As many people may know, the former emperor of All Russia and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks in 1918. This subsequently brought an end to the 300-year Romanov dynasty.
The Dark Hedges
A famous haunting spot in Northern Island, the Dark Hedges consists of ghostly trees that have twisted branches extending through the grim road. It is also surrounded by fields, which make it all the more spooky.
After being featured on the popular TV show Game of Thrones, these beech trees have gained more visitors. There is no need to worry about being alone when visiting near the town of Ballymoney since it has become one of the most photographed places in the Irish countryside.
Coca-Cola In France
It was back in 1950 when the Coca-Cola company decided to finally introduce their product to the people of France. At the time, they wanted to capitalize on the proliferation of refrigerators in French homes. Through salesmen touring the streets, kids and adults got their first taste of Coke.
Soon enough, other establishments also got ahold of Coca-Cola. Even bar patrons in Paris took a break from their preferred alcoholic drinks and took awe in as a bartender pours Coca-Cola into a glass.
Aircraft Crash In Front of A Farmer
There are a number of things that happen daily at the farm but an aircraft crashing on it is definitely not one of them. That said, it becomes even more phenomenal when someone captures the unusual event through the lens. This was an extraordinary case of being at the right time and at the right place.
As seen in the image, an aircraft is falling off the sky while the pilot is able to descend in a parachute. This head-turning event certainly caught the attention of the farmer.
At first glance, it looks like these people are just having a run-of-the-mill assembly outdoors. Well, we'll have you know that this photograph actually dates back to 1909 when around 100 Jewish families participated in a lottery to divide a 12-acre plot of sand dunes on the outskirts of the ancient port city of Jaffa.
This gathering would later turn out to be the foundation of the city of Tel Aviv in Israel. It's worth noting how they used seashells during the lottery.
Even though this image has multiple exposures, it does not negate the fact that what was happening was powerful and mind-blowing. Despite the intensity of his "magnifying transmitter" though, Serbian-American physicist Nikola Tesla casually sat in his Colorado Springs laboratory.
An alternate version of a Tesla Coil, the magnifying transmitter is a high power harmonic oscillator that Nikola Tesla proposed for the wireless transmission of electrical energy. The physicist referred to it as his greatest invention in his book My Inventions.
No, this is not an edited photo of a zebra and a horse combined. This is actually a Quagga, a South African mammal that became extinct in the late 19th century. The mare was photographed in 1870 in London Zoo.
Early genetic studies have concluded the Quagga was a subspecies of plains zebra. Later on, though, it was stated that it was the southernmost cline or ecotype of the species. Its name was derived from the Khoekhoe language.
Baseball World Series
At present, baseball is one of the most popular sports in the United States. In spite of this, it might be shocking to see how many Americans have already been fans of it as early as the year 1912. Just take a look at the right field grandstand at Polo Grounds during the Baseball World Series.
As true blue baseball fans may already be aware, the World Series is an annual championship series of Major League Baseball (MLB) in the country as well as Canada. The champion team is determined through a best-of-seven playoff.
In a sea of people who were more than willing to perform the Nazi salute in 1936, this lone man refused to be among them. Judging by his facial expression and gesture, it seemed like he could not care less about being different. That said, there is a high chance that he did not survive very long as someone who resisted Hitler's regime.
Also known as the Hitler Salute, the Nazi salute was adopted in the 1930s by the Nazi Party. Today, it is illegal in modern Germany and Austria.
The Rolling Stones
One of the best-selling music artists of all time, The Rolling Stones are an English rock and roll group formed in London in 1962. They have an estimated record sales of 240 million and a slew of awards including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Before they took the world by storm though, Brian Jones, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, and Mick Jagger would casually have liquid lunch outside a London pub. This was a time when die-hard fans still wouldn't swarm around them wherever they went.
Arguably the biggest fast-food chain in the world, McDonald's has around 34,000 restaurants in 118 countries in 2020. These stores serve more than 69 million people every day worldwide. With all these huge figures, it could be easy to forget that there was a time when there was only one location.
Complete with its iconic neon arches that are illuminated at night, the exterior view of the first McDonald's fast-food restaurant was photographed in 1995 in Des Plaines, Illinois.
Another now-extinct animal to be photographed in the early 20th century was the Thylacine. Also known as the Tasmanian Tiger or Tasmanian Wolf, this large marsupial was native to the island state of Tasmania, New Guinea, and the Australian mainland.
Photographed here was the last Thylacine to be captured. It passed away in 1936 in the old Hobart Zoo, an establishment that had also since then closed. Thanks to the power of the camera, we get an idea of how extinct animals look even if we were not able to live in the same era as them.
Driving In Sweden
What happens when a country switches its traffic laws and driving direction? It's pretty much what this image shows. In 1967, Sweden decided to change from driving on the left-hand side of the road to driving on the right-hand side of the road.
On its first day of implementation called Dagen H, some citizens had a hard time adjusting to their new normal. This chaotic photo is already stressful enough, what more if you were there to live it. Eventually, drivers go the hang of it.
Fiat Factory's Test Track
Meanwhile, in the Fiat factory building in Turin, Italy, workers were pictured trying out their new car products. The test track was located on the roof, and the workers did not seem to mind. If anything, they looked like they were enjoying their race since there was no traffic to worry about.
The test track was designed by the engineer Giacomo Matte Trucco in 1923. At the time, the Fiat factory was the largest car factory in the world.
A River Between the Tulip Fields of Lisse
Lisse, a town in the Netherlands, has its own piece of beauty in this world. Known as the center of the country's bulb-growing district, it boasts of stunning flowers, especially tulips. Lisse even hosts the annual flower exhibition from March to May every year.
There is actually a catch to this wonderful flower field near Haarlem and Leiden— there is a river running that divides the field into two! People actually used to live exactly where the flowers were until the town had to pump up flower cultivation.
Audrey Hepburn And Her Pet
Audrey Hepburn was a woman of many things. She was an award-winning actress, a film and fashion icon, and a devoted humanitarian. In addition to that, she was also a certified animal lover hence it is not surprising that she had a fawn for a pet.
The deer named "Ip" even appeared in her 1959 movie The Green Mansions. When the cameras were not rolling, she could be spotted shopping with it in Beverly Hills. Ip even slept in a custom-made bathtub.
First Woman In Boston Marathon
Just like Audrey Hepburn, Kathy Switzer serves as an inspiration to many women. She was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as an officially registered competitor back in 1967. As memory may recall, the race manager named Jock Semple tried to stop her.
Since then, Switzer has achieved other great things such as being named "Female Runner of the Decade" by Runner's World Magazine and winning an Emmy award as a television commentator for marathons. In 2017, 50 years after the attack, Switzer ran again the Boston Marathon at age 70.
Elvis Presley In the U.S. Army
Everyone who adores Elvis Presley knows that he was not only a talented singer, musician, and actor, but also a devoted patriot. At the height of his entertainment career, he was drafted into the U.S. Army as a private at Fort Chaffee in Arkansas.
The King of Rock and Roll obliged to the call, serving the army while still looking like a heartthrob in fatigue uniforms. His fellow military men were even fortunate enough to witness his talents and skills in entertaining the crowd.
Construction of the Berlin Wall
Many people have heard about the fall of the Berlin Wall but here in this photo, the concrete barrier was still being constructed in 1961. This Wall was created to physically and ideologically divide the city, and to minimize the flow of Eastern inhabitants moving to the West.
The Berlin Wall featured guard towers along large concrete walls, as well as the "death strip" which contained anti-vehicle trenches, beds of nails, and other defenses. Its demise resulted in German reunification in 1990.
Here's an adorable photo of Walt Disney that you most likely have not yet seen before. The legendary producer of animated cartoons received an honorary degree of Bachelor of Arts at Harvard University Commencement in 1938.
Led by President James Bryant Conant, the university event was attended by about 5,800 special guests, alumni, students, faculty, and members of the graduating class. Most importantly, doll replicas of his most famous characters that were responsible for his success were also in attendance.
St. Colman's Cathedral
Sitting over the Irish coastline in Cobh at County Cork is the majestic St. Colman's Cathedral. Though it may look grim and haunted behind a row of colorful houses, there is nothing that churchgoers should fear when visiting. If anything, it even offers a breathtaking view of the Atlantic and the Cork Harbor.
The construction of this Neo-gothic cathedral actually started in 1868 but it was only finished in 1915. It features a 47-bell carillon, which happens to be the largest in Ireland.
Acrobats On the Empire State Building
By now, some of us have already come across pictures of painters and construction workers braving the heights of the Empire State Building in Manhattan, New York. It is now time to put the spotlight on other brave souls that happen to be acrobats.
These three men— Jarley Smith, Jewell Waddek, and Jimmy Kerrigan —performed a delicate balancing act on a ledge of the infamous skyscraper. It is one thing to stand on the highest level of the Empire State Building, and it is definitely another to be showcasing tricks.
Woodstock Music and Art Festival
Still on the state of New York, who could ever forget the iconic music and art festival in 1969 that was the Woodstock? It took place from August 15 to 18 on Max Yasgur's dairy farm in Bethel, New York. The event would have not gone down in history without its legendary lineup and a staggering audience of more than 400,000.
At a time when the country was deep into the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War, Woodstock served as an opportunity for people to escape into music and spread a message of unity and peace.
Mount Rushmore Memorial
Both residents and tourists would agree that the Mount Rushmore Memorial is one of the must-see landmarks when traveling to the United States. After all, it boasts of a colossal sculpture featuring the granite faces of U.S. presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.
In this vintage photo, sculptor Gutzon Borglum can be seen working on the eye of Lincoln when the memorial was still being constructed. Borglum also oversaw other workers who helped turned his vision into a magnificent reality.
Lech Wałęsa Becomes Polish President
For the first time in 63 years, a non-communist leader was finally named president on 22nd December 1990. The Soviet Union's grip was also loosening at the time. President Lech Wałęsa and his wife, Danuta, were sworn in front of the National Assembly at the Polish parliament in Warsaw, Poland.
Wałęsa was the leader of the Solidarity Movement and a 1983 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. He defeated Prime Minister Mazowiecki and other candidates to become Poland's first freely elected head of state.
Army First Sgt. Joseph E. Gannt is Laid to Rest
Clara Gantt had long given up on ever seeing her husband, Army First Sgt. Joseph E. Gannt, again. In 2013, at the age of 94, she finally got to see his body again after finally being returned from North Korea.
Here she is mourning the loss at the Dwelling Place Foursquare Church in Inglewood back in 2013. He passed away after getting captured by members of the Chinese Red Army during the Korean War. This is one of the more heartbreaking photos on the list.
The Little Goblin Bat
The little goblin bat is a species of bat that comes from the family Molossidae. Native to Cuba, their entire body is only 2.8 inches in length and they have about 28 teeth. They also like to spend their time hunting insects as well as stay in coconut trees for days.
The population of these free-tailed bats remains threatened because of the lacking quality of their habitat. Luckily, there is a small group of bat-friendly locals that are making an effort to preserve these creepy little animals.
Here we have British Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin signing the North Atlantic Treaty in Washington on April 4th, 1949. After intervening twice in the previous 32 years to restore peace in Europe, the U.S. was finally committed to an international alliance.
The alliance focused on preventing war and shaped the future of foreign policy, politics, military spending, and military structure, among others. NATO was established to keep peace in Europe. It currently has 30 members, mainly in Europe and North America.
Statue of Liberty In Paris
Meanwhile, in Paris, the construction of the Statue of Liberty at the Rue de Chazelles, Paris was also documented back in 1884. This colossal neoclassical sculpture was a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States.
This copper statue of Roman liberty goddess Libertas can now be found on Liberty Island in New York Harbor. It was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi but the metal framework is widely credited to Gustave Eiffel.
President Harding With His Guests
Despite their busy schedules, President Warren G. Harding was able to have an outing in 1922 with honorable guests that included the likes of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Harvey Samuel Firestone (founder of Firestone Tire and Rubber Co.). One can only imagine the kind of intellectual conversation that these men had.
In between their outdoor event, they also stopped in the woods to read some newspapers. In today's setting, that is quite equivalent to checking their phones and social media.
James Dean in His Porsche Spyder, 1955
American actor James Dean was one of the biggest stars of his day. He was projected to be a Hollywood icon for decades to come. However, he tragically passed away in a car crash back in 1955. Here we see Dean giving us a thumbs-up sign from his Porsche 550 Spyder, parked on Vine Street.
He only owned this car for nine days. Dean had taken up racing just a year before. Nobody thought that the world would lose him at such an early age.
It is not certain whether these men assembling the first atomic bomb had an idea of how vast the impact of it could be. Called the Gadget, this implosion plutonium device detonated in the Trinity Test in Nevada back in 1945.
As expected the scientists behind the Gadget had to face scientific and engineering challenges in order to successfully design and build them. As for the workers, there was a chance that they did not know the entire picture as they were probably not allowed to ask too many questions.
The Oldest Minoan Olive Tree
Situated in Crete, Greece, this ancient European olive tree is believed to have been planted in the period between 1350-1100BC. The approximately 3,370-year-old tree can also be found in the center of four ancient archaeological settlements.
This Minoan tree is a significant piece of life on the island, mostly because of the olives. It brings a huge amount of income from imports as well as ties the people directly to their way of life. It basically connects them to their ancestors.
Fidel Castro At Lincoln Monument
In this never-before-seen photo, Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro can be seen offering a wreath at the Lincoln Memorial. He was looking up at the statue of American President Abraham Lincoln.
Castro served as Prime Minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976 and President from 1976 to 2008. He played a vital role in the Cuban Revolution by leading the movement in a guerrilla war against then Cuban President Fulgencio Batista's forces, eventually ascending the highest position in his country.
Albert Einstein At Philharmonie
Best known for developing his theory of relativity, Albert Einstein was a theoretical physicist and a certified genius. He was also recognized for teaching various subjects and sharing his knowledge with other people. Here, he was photographed doing a lecture at the Philharmonie in Berlin, Germany.
If Einstein were alive today, millions of people would definitely flock to his classes. Though he had the intelligence that very few could match, the idea of hearing his thoughts and seeing him in person would be more than enough.
Rainbow With A Rain Shaft
As if a rainbow is not enough, the skies were generous enough to also provide a rain shaft when this photo was taken in Carr, Colorado in 2014. Basically, a rain shaft is a localized column of precipitation. According to NASA's George Huffman, this meteorological miracle does not happen that much.
"The rain shaft... is any rain event, no matter how modest or foreboding, that can be seen stretching from the cloud to the ground... Just as you don’t have a microburst with every rain shaft, you don’t necessarily have an identifiable rain shaft with every microburst. The really interesting dynamics of microbursts are a bit rare, and frequently not present in flooding rains," Huffman said.
The Return of the Mona Lisa
It does not take an art enthusiast to be aware of the Mona Lisa. This infamous painting became well-known all over the world not only because it was created by Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci but also because it was notoriously stolen in 1911.
Fortunately, in 1913, the painting was recovered and was exhibited all over Italy with banner headlines rejoicing its return. Here. a tank carried a picture of the Mona Lisa as it passed by the City Hall. The following year, the majestic artwork was returned to the Louvre.
First Electronic Computer
Before there were laptops and smartphones, there was the ENIAC. The Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer was the first programmable, electronic, general-purpose digital computer. It also solved "a large class of numerical problems."
Pictured here were investors, John Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert. Together with a hardworking team, they were able to complete the ENIAC in 1945 and first put to work for practical purposes that same year. It was so promising that it was even nicknamed "Giant Brain" by the press.
Beginning of Google
In this digital age, Google is almost everyone's go-to site when it comes to their questions. From looking for the simplest answers to the more complex information, the search engine seems to have all the answers. This multinational technology company was founded in 1998 by two Stanford drop-outs, Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
In an effort to strengthen the internal management in 2001, Google's Investors brought Eric Schmidt, formerly of Novell and Sun, on board as its Chairman and CEO. The three key figures were all smiles in this photo.
When the Soviet Union occupied the area of Germany at the end of World War II in 1945, they made sure to let their presence be known. One of the ways the troops did that was by scrawling graffiti in the Reichstag in the city of Berlin.
A Soviet soldier even put his signature on a column of the historic building. Meanwhile, the words at the bottom part indicated that a Major Iakovlev supposedly fought all his way from Moscow to Berlin. The full restoration of the Reichstag was only put into motion after the German reunification in 1990.
Family Picture On The Moon
Though it might not seem ideal to leave something behind on the surface of the moon, it is still heartwarming how the item that astronaut Charles Moss Duke left during the Apollo 16 lunar landing mission in 1972 was a photograph of his family.
For us who have never been into space, we can only imagine how much they missed their loved ones especially since the mission could be quite dangerous as it was. Perhaps this was also Duke's way of telling his family that they never left his mind throughout the entire mission.
Painter On Eiffel Tower
While Paris is already a historic city in itself, it is undeniable that the Eiffel Tower draws more and more tourists to visit the capital of France. Completed in 1889, it took a village to create one of the most wonderful landmarks in the world.
Among those who have contributed to the beauty of the Eiffel Tower were brave workers who added some color to it. This one painter in 1932 is enough proof of their dedication to the job. So if you find the wrought-iron lattice tower an Instagrammable sight, that's thanks to everyone who risked their lives for it.
Olympic Figure Skaters
When it comes to the world of figure skating, no one will ever forget Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan. Though they never asked to be pitted against each other, fans and critics created a rivalry between them. That's not always the case for female athletes though, just take a look at these women during the awarding at the 1976 Winter Olympics.
Gold medalist Dorothy Hamill from the US emerged as the winner of the Ladies Program at Olympic Eisstadion in Austria. Meanwhile, Netherlands' Dianne de Leeuw won silver and East Germany's Christine Errath won bronze. During the picture taking, they were full smiles while holding one another.
The Print Of American Indians, 1900
For context, unrest still persisted long after the end of the American Revolutionary War. The U.S. Army, and the various militia outfits at the time, were looking to achieve peace in a country that was fighting for independence since 1776.
One sad reality of the wars was that Native Americans would often fight on behalf of British forces, which would strengthen the conflict. Many of them were eventually captured by Americans. The natives would be imprisoned in camps, waiting to either be executed or released. These Native Americans in the photo have yet to learn their sentence.
The Queen as a Toddler
For most of us, it seems like Queen Elizabeth II has become an omnipotent presence in our lives. She is one of Britain's lasting cultural symbols, almost mythical to a fault. We usually picture her with gray hair, waving and not smiling, like a true old-school monarch.
That is why seeing her as a toddler can be a breath of fresh air. Just like the photo we have here, taken in 1927. Here is Queen Elizabeth riding a carriage. She seems pretty grumpy here though. Let's just hope she got a good nap.
First Woman Elected as President, 1980
Do you recognize this woman? She is Iceland President Vigdís Finnbogadóttir. This lady made history as the first woman to be democratically elected as president of any nation. She was quite good at it, too.
Finnbogadóttir remains the longest-serving elected female head of state of any country to date. She was president for a whopping 16 years. These days, she is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, and a member of the Club of Madrid. She still is Iceland's only female president. More power to you, ma'am!
One of the biggest horses in history, Brooklyn Supreme was a magnificent horse that stood 6 feet and 6 inches tall and weighed 3200 pounds. People from all over the world back in the 1930s naturally wanted to catch a glimpse of the gigantic creature.
Brooklyn Supreme lived for 20 good years, meeting his visitors, especially kids, and then stealing their snacks. He specifically took pleasure in stealing ice cream cones and goodies from unsuspecting little boys and girls.
Early Arab Tombs of Bhavani
This picture is one of the more disturbing and mysterious ones on this list. Taken near Las Bela, Balochistan in Pakistan back in 1911, this is a shot of a young man and his dog sitting at the base of a giant tomb.
Nobody is sure whether the man in the photo is related to those who are buried or if he is seeking shelter from the harsh rays of the desert sun. The Arab tombs of Bhavani also somehow blended both sorrow and beauty in their designs.
Live Aid Concert
These days, the younger generation might have gotten a glimpse of the Live Aid Concert from photos and videos on YouTube. Some of them might have only found about it when they watched the 2019 Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody.
Nevertheless, it was one of the most important concerts of the 20th century. Live Aid raised roughly $127 million in famine relief for African nations. The publicity also encouraged Western nations to help end the hunger crisis in Africa. Rockstars for a cause, you got to love it.
The First Commercial Flight, 1952
This was the flight that started it all. The first commercial flight traveled between London and Johannesburg back in 1952. The de Havilland Comet was the world's first commercial jet airliner. It flew under the British Overseas Airways Corporation.
The early Comet was a four-engine aircraft that was roughly the size of a small Boeing 737. It could carry about 36 to 44 passengers. Safe to say, early commercial jets had plenty of room. Passenger comfort was also a much higher priority.
First Cloned Mammal
In 1996, the world saw the first mammal ever to be cloned. It was a Scottish sheep named "Dolly." The experiment marked a significant leap in our understanding of genes, cells, and cloning. Dolly was cloned from a mere adult cell.
The cell was taken from the mammary gland of a six-year-old Finn Dorset sheep and an egg cell from a Scottish Blackface sheep. So why the name? Well, she was actually named after country singer Dolly Parton because, well, why not?
Nelson Mandela Released from Prison, 1990
South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and political leader Nelson Mandela was finally released in 1990 after serving 27 years in prison. At the time, President F. W. de Klerk was facing international scrutiny and pressure.
He decided to lift the ban on the African National Congress and suspend executions. Subsequently, Mandela led the ANC in its negotiations with the minority government, finally ending the apartheid. A multiracial government was established soon after. Above is a photo of the icon raising his fist in triumph after his release.
Today, Bill Gates is one of the wealthiest people on the planet. There was even a time when he was the world's richest man himself. Like every success story though, he also had to start somewhere. So before focusing his energy on philanthropy, his full attention was on Microsoft.
Here, he was photographed at the Inside Track event in 1995 at the Northeast Conference. The Microsoft co-founder was there to promote the Windows 95 operating system. Since then, both Gates and his multinational technology company have come a long way.
Daredevil Philippe Petit, 1974
Seriously, what is it about heights that get daredevils going? Dangerous is an understatement. But for a guy like French high-wire artist Philippe Petit, this was just another day at the office. Petit first gained popularity with his stunts at Notre Dame Cathedral and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
He would later be worldwide recognition because of his high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City back in 1974. This photo was taken when he was 1,250 feet above the ground.
The Montparnasse Derailment in Paris
Another traffic event in the past that involved a mode of transportation was the Montparnasse Derailment in Paris in 1895. Quite similar to the Hindenburg, the Granville–Paris Express faced some technical problems while passengers were on board.
Since they were already running late, the driver gunned it entering the station. The air brake, however, failed to stop so the train ended up crashing through a wall. There was one casualty, while six of the 131 passengers were injured. The driver was fined 50 francs.
German Surrender, 1945
In this photo from May 7th, 1945 at Reims in northeastern France, the German High Command is about to officially surrender. German officers Major Wilhelm Oxenius, Admiral Hans Georg Von Friedeburg, Army Chief of Staff General Alfred Jodl are seen here waiting to sign the papers.
The "German Instrument of Surrender," as it would later be called, would ratify the agreement of unconditional surrender of all German forces, East and West. This effectively ended the war in Europe. It was truly a monumental occasion.
Only rivaled by Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton is arguably the greatest silent-film and comic actor ever. “The King of Deadpan” is often forgotten when people think of Hollywood. Most of his work was also cast into near obscurity for years.
Still, there was a reason why he is one of the best there was. Here is a photo of Keaton holding onto the front of a moving train. This was for the 1926 film, The General. You can almost see the fear in his eyes.
French Woman Accused of Sleeping with Nazi Soldiers
During the Nazi occupation of the early 1940s, the German forces seemed unbeatable. Their power and influence only grew when they invaded France. Less than a year after invading Poland, Germany became allied with a large portion of Europe.
There was a strong anti-Nazi sentiment in France and Europe as a whole. So even in 1944, these vindictive villagers near Marseilles thought that shaving this poor woman's head was justified. The woman had been accused of sleeping with German soldiers during the occupation.
The Beatles Before Ringo, 1961
The Beatles first burst into the scene at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England. Here is a photo of the band performing at the gig back in 1961. Do you notice anything different? Well, you might observe that there is one Beatle missing.
Before Ringo Starr joined the band as their drummer, Pete Best played with the Beatles for two years. He was eventually booted out of the group and you know the rest. The band went on to become one of the most iconic groups of all time.
Even though this iconic image looks like a still from an upcoming war film starring a Hollywood actor, it is actually the 1960 image called Guerrillero Heroico or Heroic Guerrilla Fighter, which features the Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara.
After the beret-clad fighter passed away in Bolivia, the Cuban regime finally realized his worth. His face was then turned into an enduring symbol of martyrdom for the movement, as it was plastered in print, soft drinks, and other forms of protest art.
The First African-American Girl to Attend Harding High School
Dorothy Counts was only 15 years old when she made history as one of the first African-Americans to attend an all-white school. She enrolled at Harding High School after successfully applying for a transfer to a white school in light of the passing of the Pearsall Plan.
Above is a photo of Counts being followed by a crowd of jeering teenagers as she leaves the school. Her parents ended up withdrawing her application because of the verbal assault she experienced at the hands of her white classmates.
The Berlin Wall was one of the lasting symbols of the Cold War era. From 1961 to 1989, the wall divided the modern capital of Germany. But that never stopped German families from seeing each other. Just look at the photo here.
This was taken on December 18th, 1963. Inhabitants of West Berlin can be seen lining up for Christmas permits to visit family and friends at East Berlin. Nothing can beat the spirit of the holiday season, after all.
Animals Therapy, 1956
We do not deserve animals, do we? They are too good for us. Just look at these cute ducklings trying to cheer Peggy Kennedy up. Peggy was a polio victim with a plastic chest respirator who was staying at the University of Michigan hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1956.
Surrounding her is a tub of paddling ducklings just doing their thing. These were her therapy animals at the time. By the looks of things, these little guys are doing their job!
While it is very much typical for towns and cities around the world to keep up with the changing times and modernize their places, the historic town of Bradford-On-Avon in England maintained most of its look even at the turn of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Bradford-On-Avon, which has Roman origins, boasts of cozy cafes, river walks, hidden stairways, and unexpected alleyways. It also housed 30 wool mills in the 17th century, making it home to England's 17th-century textile industry.
Young Brando in the Theater
Marlon Brando was the quintessential Hollywood icon. He was a legendary screen presence who pioneered method acting in its earliest form. Two of his most famous pictures, The Godfather and A Streetcar Named Desire, still rank among the best Hollywood movies of the 20th century.
Before he took Hollywood by storm, he was performing at theaters in New York City. Above is a photo of Brando getting held back in a scene from the stage play of A Streetcar Named Desire in 1947.
Muhammad Ali with His Daughters, 1978
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. We all know Muhammad Ali, the boxer, in the ring. He is arguably the greatest fighter of all time. From his kooky antics and fast hands, his in-ring persona became larger than life.
His impact outside of the ring was even bigger. But he was so much more than that. He was a father, too–a great one at that. Photographed above is the legendary boxer with his daughters. Yes, boxers can be family men, too, you know?
Pablo Picasso at 90
Pablo Picasso is one of the most recognizable figures in modern art. He is the artist credited for creating the Cubism movement and promoting the Avante-Garde. A lot of people know his paintings more than the man himself.
This is not necessarily a bad thing, of course. But few remember Picasso in his last years. He lived a very long life. Above is one of Picasso's last photos. This was taken in 1971, at the age of 90. He passed away just two years later.
Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla
Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla formed quite the friendship back in the day. Twain had met Tesla when he was visiting New York and the two just hit it off. Tesla, from the start, already had an interest in Mark Twain.
This was because Tesla read Twain's books while he was recovering from a life-threatening illness in the 1870s. He explained this to the writer 25 years later. Seen here are the two just hanging out at Tesla's laboratory in New York City.
English Suffragist Arrested
The suffragette movement was one of the key components of the counterculture era that soon followed. Of course, the movement did not just start in the 1960s. Women since the 1910s have fought for their right to vote.
Seen in this photo is an English suffragist about to be arrested by policemen back in 1912. The movement finally got women their right to suffrage in 1918. That is why it is only fitting that we acknowledge this woman's bravery, as well as those who fought alongside her.
Mick Jagger and Princess Margaret
A royal and a rocker sit together at a party in December 1976. What do you think happened? They had a great time, of course. Princess Margaret and Mick Jagger developed quite the friendship back in the '70s. The Princess always had a soft spot for artists and musicians.
While Jagger was despised by the Queen, Princess Margaret loved having the Rolling Stones frontman around. This photo was taken in a restaurant in Pointe-du-Bout, French West Indies just a few months after Princess Margaret announced her separation from the Earl of Snowdon.
De Niro, Scorsese, Minnelli, and Pacino Walk into a Bar...
Okay, what would you do if you walk into a bar and these guys were seating in the corner? The amount of star power might just overwhelm you. This is a photo taken in New York City back in 1981 of some stars you probably know.
Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Liza Minnelli, and Al Pacino are all seen here hanging out together and having a swell time. It is still baffling that Pacino only made a movie with Scorsese in 2019. They have literally been friends for four decades!
Tank and Bible in Stuttgart, 1962
This is the epitome of the moral strain of war. Seeing tanks and guns every day, as well as the regular devastation, can take a toll on even the strongest of minds. Photographed here at the headquarters of the 7th U.S. Army in Stuttgart, Germany is a statue of an open bible.
What is behind the statue? Well, that is a Patton tank barreling through. This photo touches on wartime symbolism–peace, harmony, nationalism, and brutality. That just makes it even more haunting.
Ernest Hemingway and Fidel Castro, 1959
To this day, Ernest Hemingway's works have had a lasting influence on both American culture and modernism. He was a titan of literature who changed how we perceive the craft and the American genre. Hemingway understandably gained a lot of fans, too.
Whether it is in the United States or somewhere else in the world, millions everywhere wanted to become writers because of him. The American author also caught the attention of Cuba's Fidel Castro, as seen in the photo above. Castro described Hemingway as his favorite writer.
Do not let this photo "shock" you all that much. Puns aside, these machines, which were used for Electroconvulsive Therapy, were known as "Pulsators." Seen in this photo are units designed by Dr. Harry Bailey in his Sydney home.
Suffice to say, these things were not very popular with the general public. Today, even after 60 years of use, ECT is still the most controversial and polarizing psychiatric treatment around. These exact machines also got Dr. Bailey into a lot of trouble with the Chelmsford Royal Commission after finding out that he had performed ECT at his private residence.
Young Winston Churchill
As the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Winston Churchill is no stranger to students learning history for the first time. He is best remembered for successfully leading Britain through World War II as well as for delivering inspiring speeches throughout his nation.
That said, most people tend to forget that he was once young too. In fact, he was only a Cornet or Second Lieutenant in the 4th Queen's Own Hussars in this photo taken in 1895.
Dr. Walter Freeman Studying X-Rays
These are not just some random mad scientists. They actually had medical degrees and were considered leaders in psychosurgery. Dr. Walter Freeman and Dr. James W. Watts are photographed here analyzing x-rays before a psychosurgical operation.
These surgeries were practically medical barbarism. Freeman was actually a specialist in lobotomy, a neurosurgical treatment of a mental disorder that involves severing connections in the brain's prefrontal cortex. Lobotomy has now been condemned by the profession for decades. We should never forget the horrors of the procedure.
The First Talkie Picture
When you think of the 1920s film industry, you think of black-and-white pictures without sound. Starring Al Jolson and Warner Oland, 1927's The Jazz Singer became a landmark movie for many reasons. The most important one is that it was the first of its kind.
It was the first feature-length movie with synchronized dialogue. The film was also the first picture to employ a realistic and seemingly natural way of talking on screen. This marked the start of "talkies," and the end of the silent-film era.
You might not recognize him without his signature stache. We will give you a hint: he is one of the film industry's earliest superstars of the 20th century. This is English comic actor and filmmaker Charlie Chaplin at the age of 86. Chaplin was once the face of the silent-film era.
His on-screen persona, "The Tramp," made him a global icon. He is seen here meeting with some fans from his car near Kennington Road, London. Chaplin passed away two years after this picture was taken.
Hawa Mahal Palace
Constructed in 1799 for Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, the Hawa Mahal Palace is a jaw-dropping structure that is perched in Jaipur, India. Its more than 900 windows were actually just not built to marvel at the view but were also used by the ladies of the royal court to eavesdrop on the latest drama.
Throughout the centuries, the astounding structure earned the nickname, "Palace of Winds." Its red and pink sandstone goes perfectly with the rest of “The Pink City," Jaipur.
A Young Marilyn Monroe
Norma Jeane Baker was a sweet young girl before she turned into Hollywood's premier blonde bombshell. We know her today as legendary film star Marilyn Monroe. Here she is with a hornbill on her arm back in 1941.
For most of the 1950s and 1960s, she was part of the reason why the Western world has evolved views towards sexuality. Sadly, we all know how she went. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Monroe the sixth greatest female screen legend of the Golden Age of Hollywood.
10,000 Novice Monks
No, this is not a glitch in the matrix moment. You see, this sea of orange is brought to us by the novice monks of Thailand. The ceremony occurred during a nationwide gathering of various novice monks from different villages all over the country.
There were an estimated 10,000 novice monks who took part in the Dhammadayada Ordination Ceremony at the Dhammakaya temple. The said monks gathered to mark the beginning of the Buddhist Lent. You can definitely feel the solemnity of the occasion.
Barber Shaving a Man's Face During the Influenza Pandemic
If there is one thing we have learned from COVID-19, it is that pandemics will change the way you act, think, and get a haircut. Just look at the barber and the man in this photo. The man is getting a clean shave in a local Chicago barbershop amidst the Influenza pandemic.
Well, what can you do? After all, you really cannot blame the man for wanting to get a fresh cut, right? Still, props to the barber for trying to maintain some level of protection.
The Piper of Loos
Who would have thought that a musical instrument can actually be used as a weapon of war? Well, this Scottish soldier named Daniel Laidlaw did. During the Battle of Loos, he played his bagpipes to uplift the spirits of his fellow army men who were badly shaken from the effects of the gas.
Thanks to his brave efforts, Laidlaw's inspired the 7th King's Own Scottish Borderers to fight back from the assault. He was then awarded the Victoria Cross in 1915.
Double-Decker Bus by Blackpool Bus Driver
Do you still remember the last toy your father got you? In all likelihood, you don't. Well, for this London boy back in 1951, he got one gift he probably won't ever forget. Barry Clegg was three years old when his father decided to surprise him with something near and dear to his heart: a mini-double-decker pedal bus.
Here he is playing with his sister. Clegg's father was a Blackpool bus driver, as well. He built the little bus in his spare time. Now, that is fatherhood done right.
A Soldier at the Battle of Stalingrad, 1943
The Battle of Stalingrad is one of the most brutal and bloodiest battles in the history of warfare. An estimated two million people lost their lives during the war. In this photo, a German soldier is seen holding his head.
He is sitting on a damaged artillery piece in the Kursk region of the Soviet Union. The man was taken prisoner during battle while the German army suffered massive losses. We can only imagine the things that were going through his mind in the middle of it all.
Romani Boys Boxing
While some kids play tag, Romani boys go out there and box. We wish we could say they were play-fighting. But by the looks of things, those punches got to hurt. Still, oddly enough, their friends look like they're having a grand time.
This is a photo in 1951 at the Corke's Meadow encampment in Kent, England. These days, the Romani people are still one of the largest ethnic minorities in Europe. There are about 12 to 15 million Romani citizens in different regions. Most of them live in Eastern Europe.
British Army in India
Even in times of war, people sure do know how to pass the time. Photographed in Bombay, India back in 1919, the passengers are seen hosting "blindfold boxing" matches aboard a naval ship returning to Britain.
Whether it was a way to blow off steam or just some good, old-fashioned rowdy fun, the match seems like a good outlet for the troops. Of course, this does not make it any less barbaric. Well, we just hope the matches were all in good faith.
Helmet of Miltiades
This photo of Miltiades' helmet is relatively new, but the protected hat itself that was discovered in the ruins of the temple of Zeus is way older than anyone in this world. It was a long lost symbol of the military might of Ancient Greece.
As history may recall, Miltiades was the Greek general who fought and defeated the Persians in the Battle of Marathon in 490 B.C. He then left his helmet as an offering to Zeus after his win.
The Hungry Mile
As you can see, the wharves in Miller’s Point, Sydney back in the 1920s were a busy place to be. During the early 20th century, in a time where countries were in a recession because of the war, the "Hungry Mile" was a way for Sydney residents to look for work.
They would often walk wharf to wharf in search of odd jobs. Most of the time, they returned home empty-handed. That is why you can observe some signs of hunger and malnutrition in the workers. Those were tough times indeed.
The service of African-Americans during the war can sometimes be overlooked. Take the Harlem Hellfighters, for example. They served as a special unit in World War I. They spent more time in combat than any other unit.
Yet, they do not get the recognition they deserve. Photographed here are the members of his 369th Infantry Regiment jazz band upon their return to the United States in 1919. In spite of their dedication and sacrifice, they still faced racism and segregation from their fellow countrymen back home.
The Start of World War II, 1939
One week after the signing of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact between Germany and the Soviet Union, Germany invaded Poland. The invasion happened on September 1st, 1939, a day after the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union had approved the pact.
At the time, England was not anticipating the German occupation. This invasion would force the allies to acknowledge that Hitler had greater intentions to occupy Europe. Great Britain eventually declared war on Nazi Germany just two days later. This marked the start of World War II.
The Beginning of World War I, 1914
The photo you see here was taken on June 28th, 1914. Police in Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina arrests a man who attempted to assassinate Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Yes, he was not Gavrilo Princip, the man who succeeded in killing the Archduke later that day, but he was one of his six co-conspirators Nedeljko Cabrinovic. The assassination would eventually trigger World War I. To think, both attempts happened on the same day.
Dhaka Garment Factory Collapse
This is the sight of the Dhaka Garment Factory in Bangladesh after collapsing in 2013. The eight-story building toppled and took the lives of an estimated 1,134 people. Its owners were well-aware of the cracks in the building's foundation.
Yet, they still ordered the workers to come in and work. The collapse sparked debates on workers' rights and sweatshops, especially those in the third-world countries. It led to a massive pushback to stop the fast-fashion movement, questioning the ethicality of retailers.
Portrait of the Morris family, 1915
Here is a portrait of the Morris family. Why is this significant? Well, the family was one of the first to move to major northern cities in light of the Great Migration of 1915. The mass movement led to about five million southern blacks to the north and west between 1915 and 1960.
This family was part of the initial wave of migrants who moved to Chicago. Some of the other northern cities that African Americans moved to were Detroit, Pittsburgh, and New York.
The KKK Marches Through Washington, 1925
At the height of its popularity, the insidious empire of the Ku Klux Klan organized a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue from the capitol to the treasury in Washington, D.C. The march happened on August 8th, 1925, with about 30,000 racist and anti-Semitic members joining in.
Worst of all, the Klan was actually welcomed by Washington. The Washington Post the next day published the headline, “White-robed Klan cheered on march in nation’s capital." This occurred only less than a century ago.
Birmingham Campaign, 1963
A large component of the civil rights movement of the '60s was the Birmingham campaign. In this photo, we can see young African Americans during a protest against segregation getting sprayed by a water cannon.
The protest was organized by Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth in 1963. Demonstrations ensued across the country for a month. This then led to the March on Washington that pushed President Kennedy to propose what became the Civil Rights Act.
The Ultimate Protest, 1963
On June 11th, 1963, a Buddhist monk sets himself alight in Saigon, Vietnam. The international newspaper and TV coverage of the event changed the course of the Vietnam War and of American life. At the time, this protest caused horror and a reassessment of policy.
It also sparked the distrust of the people in the United States government. The state was declaring that the country was winning the war in spite of the objective, critical media coverage saying otherwise elsewhere.
The Takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, 1979
Standing on the walls of the American Embassy in Tehran, Iran, students throw the United States flag into the crowd as they gathered outside the compound. The takeover of the embassy shaped the current influence of the U.S. in the Middle East.
Iranian militants held Americans hostage for about 444 days. They decried the U.S. and demanded the return of the Shah and his riches. This crisis is what led the country's former ally, Iran, to become one of its great foes in the region.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948
Here we have French President of the Council Vincent Auriol delivering the opening speech of the Third United Nations Assembly on September 22nd, 1948 in Paris, France. This assembly opened a day prior and ended on December 10th of that same year.
It was then that the countries, with the abstention from the Soviet bloc, unanimously adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The document led to many safeguards and laws that would shape the promotion and protection of human rights all over the world.
Pro-Democracy Fighters Oust Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, 1991
On August 19th, 1991, a coup ousted Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. Led by the members of the self-styled "committee for the state of emergency," the coup prompted thousands to gather in Moscow, Leningrad, and other cities.
Here is a photo of a pro-democracy demonstrator fighting with a Soviet soldier on top of a tank parked in front of the Russian Federation building. The collapse of the coup was signaled in the afternoon of August 21st after the defense ministry ordered all troops to withdraw from Moscow.
Deng Xiaoping and Kim Il-Sung
Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping and North Korean leader Kim Il-sung are photographed here having a conversation back in September 1978 during Xiaoping's visit to North Korea. Xiaoping is credited as the man who kickstarted the economic transformation of China with his "Open Door" policy.
China and North Korea have a mutual aid and co-operation treaty. This is currently the only defense treaty either country has with any nation. China even maintains an embassy in Pyongyang and a consulate general in Chongjin.
Flemings Penicillin Mould, 1935
What would society be now without penicillin? The cure saved millions of lives. In 1928, Alexander Fleming discovered that a strain of Penicillium mold exuded a substance that could kill bacteria. Here is a photo of the sample that marked penicillin's transition from an interesting phenomenon to a potential drug.
Fleming gave this sample of a producing mold to a colleague at St. Mary's Hospital in London. Penicillin was eventually isolated in 1940 and in 1942, it proved to be the miracle drug that changed the course of modern-day treatments.
2,500th Year of the Foundation of the Imperial State of Iran
This is not a colorized photo. What you are seeing is a period costume parade that honored the 2,500th Year of the Foundation of the Imperial State of Iran. Celebrated from October 12th to 16th, 1971, this was arguably the most expensive party ever hosted.
It is estimated that the state shelled out roughly $22 million for the four-day celebration. Many historians claim that the vast expense of the Shah of Iran and the Shahbanu triggered the beginning of the Islamic Revolution. The Pahlavi dynasty was eventually overthrown in 1979.
The End of the Korean War, 1953
The Korean War began on June 25th, 1950, and ended on July 27th, 1953. North Korean leader Kim Il-sung signs the Korean Armistice Agreement at Pyongyang, North Korea. This armistice formally ended the war in Korea.
The relationship between the two Koreas is still not on the best terms even to this day, as both sides still refuse to negotiate and unify. North and South Korea have remained separate and have occupied almost the same territory they had when the war began.
Scopes Monkey Trial, 1925
After teaching the theory of evolution in a Dayton, Tennessee high school, American teacher John Thomas Scopes is put on trial in 1925. At the time, the state prosecuted the teacher because state law prohibits such teaching as it runs counter to biblical beliefs.
The trial pitted Christian fundamentalist and former presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan against renowned attorney Clarence Darrow. Scopes was eventually found guilty and was forced to pay a $100 fine. Scopes's case came to be known nationwide as the "Scopes Monkey Trial."
Support of The Rosenbergs, 1953
This photo was taken at the "Place de la Nation" in Paris, France on June 6th, 1953. At the time, the Rosenberg couple was accused in 1950 of spying for the Soviet Union. Espionage was a major concern for the United States government.
They weren't charged with treason or even spying. The couple was accused of conspiracy to commit espionage. Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sentenced to death in 1951. They were both electrocuted on June 19th, 1953, in the United States. These two were the only spies executed during the Cold War.
Women in Budapest Honoring the Fallen, 1956
On November 4, 1956, Budapest Cold War tensions escalate when Hungarians take to the streets to demand democratic reforms. The revolt, mostly comprised of Hungarian men, fought off the Soviet-backed communist regime.
Three days later, Red Army troops invaded Hungary and killed thousands. Soviet troops eventually occupied Budapest in one of the most aggressive actions the Soviet Union undertook after the war. Photographed here are the women in Budapest honoring the lives of the men who fought for democracy and freedom.
The 'Pentagon Papers' Hearing
The Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham and executive editor Ben Bradlee are seen here leaving the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. The two were called up on June 21st, 1971 following a hearing on the newspaper's request to publish the "Pentagon papers."
These were secret documents detailing America's war in Vietnam. The documents exposed several missteps and how several administrations have misled the American public regarding the war in Vietnam. They also revealed the expanded campaign in Cambodia and Laos.
Reagan and Gorbachev Meet in Geneva, 1985
The historic "fireside chat" in a Geneva boat house hosted U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev. In 1985, after years of verbal jabs and criticisms from both sides, the two finally met at the Geneva Summit.
The two leaders met to discuss the Cold War-era arms race, primarily the possibility of reducing the number of nuclear weapons. It was a nearly successful attempt to agree on completely eliminating nuclear weapons altogether. As we have learned, this was not the case.
Matisse's Final Work, 1954
Henri Matisse is widely regarded as the leader of Fauvism. He, together with Pablo Picasso, is credited for revolutionizing the visual arts of the early 20th century. Matisse redefined modernism with his bold and bright colors and lively figures.
Photographed is one of Matisse's final work. This was the design for a stained-glass window installed at the Union Church of Pocantico Hills near the Rockefeller estate north of New York City. He passed away in the middle of creating the wall in his bedroom back in 1954.
Hiram R. Revels, 1865
On February 25th, 1870, Hiram Rhodes Revels became the first African-American to be seated in the United States Senate. On a party-line vote of 48 to 8 in his favor, he singlehandedly proved that African Americans belong in the political sphere.
Revels was a Republican who represented Mississippi in 1870 and 1871 during the Reconstruction era. Photographed here is Revels in 1865. During the American Civil War, he had helped organize two regiments of the United States Colored Troops, as well. Later in his life, he served again as a minister.
Bataan Death March Survivors, 1945
Here is a photo of allied survivors from the infamous Bataan Death March back in 1945. They were freed from Cabanatuan prison camp by a squad of U.S. Rangers and Filipino guerillas. The Bataan Death March covered at least 66 miles of land.
There were about 76,000 prisoners of war who were forced by the Japanese military to endure the brutal march in April 1942, during the early stages of World War II. 66,000 of them were Filipinos while 10,000 of the soldiers were Americans.
A Deadly Harvest
Above is a photo of a farmer from Laos standing behind a live mortar back in 2006. The mortar was found just behind his home. There was a branch of the Ho Chi Minh Trail that once ran through this valley.
The trail was bombed by the American military back in the day. Three million tons of explosives were dropped on the Laos portion of the trail alone. According to the man, the surrounding hillsides are still covered in unexploded bombs. That is why he fears for his life.
Owens Wins at Berlin, 1936
Alabama-born Olympian Jesse Owens is photographed here crossing the finishing line to win the 100-meter race at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany. In the middle of the Nazi era, African-American sprinter Jesse Owens won the race in front of Germany and Adolf Hitler himself.
At the time, the concept of racial purity and superiority dominated the entire country. Owens ended up winning four gold medals. These were for the 100-meter and 200-meter sprints, the long jump, and the 400-meter relay.
The Olympic Black Power Sign, 1968
At the height of the Civil Rights movement back home, Olympic medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos each lowered their heads and raised a black-gloved fist during the playing of the U.S. national anthem.
This happened during their medal ceremony at the Olympic Stadium in Mexico City back in 1968. It was a form of protest against the unjust treatment of African Americans in the country. The two were gold and bronze medalists in the 200-meter run. They were met with great backlash once they arrived back on U.S. soil.
A Cherokee Child with an Elder, 1945
In this photo, we can see a Native-American child observing Awigadaga, or more commonly known as Carl Standing Deer, making a bow in North Carolina. After decades of moving, Cherokee Indians at the time decided to open their doors to the tourist trade.
This meant that their lives would drastically change. They would offer living accommodations and trading posts for Indian crafts. These were part of the efforts to help the Cherokee people profit while promoting their heritage and traditions.
Jean Bugatti with a Bugatti
As the proud son of the founder, Jean Bugatti literally lived life in the fast lane. He wanted to pursue speed, power, and incredible capabilities for his cars, much like his father's creations. By the year 1936, Jean found himself as the director of his father's factory at the age of 27.
One of his best-known achievements was the legendary Bugatti 57SC Atlantic. Sadly, Jean passed away just three years later. He died in 1939 during a test-drive accident in France.
A Young Sigmund Freud, 1898
Do you recognize him? This is a young Sigmund Freud in what appears to be his study. Freud was an Austrian neurologist and is the founder of psychoanalysis. This technique became the basis for articulating the psychoanalytic theory of motivation, mental illness, and the structure of the subconscious.
Because of Freud, we have also reassessed the way we understand the conceptions of human nature versus nurture, as well as our behavior in relation to our childhood. Many of Freud's theories and concepts are still taught today. Freud went on to be nominated for a Nobel Prize a total of 13 times.
Concert for Bangladesh, 1971
On August 1st, 1971, the Concert for Bangladesh became the first-ever benefit for a cause. Led by George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, and Ringo Starr, the supergroup performed to raise international awareness about the Bangladesh Liberation War-related genocide.
The concert also raised fund relief for refugees from East Pakistan. Two shows were played that day, with a total of 40,000 attending at the Madison Square Garden in New York. The concerts were followed by a best-selling live album and a boxed three-record set.
Sinatra and President Kennedy, 1961
Politics and entertainment have always found a way to converge. This case is no different. Here we have legendary singer Frank Sinatra chatting with U.S. President John F. Kennedy at the president's inaugural ball back in January 1961.
The two were very good friends and there was mutual admiration between them. Sinatra even used his star power to help JFK get some votes. It has also been said that the Kennedy patriarch, Joseph, wanted Sinatra to use his organized crime ties to influence the union vote.
James Baldwin and Marlon Brando, 1963
Here we have American writer James Baldwin smiling with Marlon Brand during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 29th, 1963. The two were titans in their respective crafts. They were both civil rights activists, as well.
The two were said to have been friends for most of the 1960s. While Baldwin was in Instanbul, Turkey, he and Brando would dine together in Urcan Balık Lokantası, a renowned fish restaurant in Kireçburnu, which has since been closed.
African-American Athletes Supporting Ali, 1967
Here we have one of the greatest collections of talent and influence in one photo. You can see Bill Russell, Jim Brown, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and more all showing solidarity with Muhammad Ali. Ali, who at the time faced widespread criticism for his decision to reject the draft during the Vietnam War, held the meeting in Cleveland, Ohio back in 1967.
It is one of the many times fellow African-American athletes from different sports showed support. They were there to hear Ali's reasons, which were all rooted in the "conscientious objector classification."
Babe Ruth's 60th Homer
Babe Ruth has too many records to count. Nobody can really emphasize one over the other. Still, this is probably one of his most memorable ones to date. Taken on September 30th, 1927, here is a photo of the American baseball legend moments after hitting his 60th home run of the season against Washington Senators' pitcher Tom Zachary.
Babe Ruth's record would stand for another 34 years. Babe Ruth did so within the first 154 games of his career. The record was broken on October 1, 1961, by fellow New York Yankee Roger Maris.
Journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling are Free, 2009
Here we can see journalist Euna Lee embracing her husband, Michael Saldate, and their daughter, Hana after being released from North Korea. Laura Ling does the same with her husband, Iain Clayton. On August 5th, 2009, the two were finally set free after spending about six months in Pyongyang.
North Korean soldiers had captured them while they were shooting a documentary on the border with China. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton was the man who initiated the talks. North Korean leader Kim Jong Il pardoned both of them, who were both sentenced to hard labor for entering the country illegally.
This was actually the story that inspired the film, Casino, by Martin Scorsese. In 1966, Governor Grant Sawyer ordered Las Vegas Hotel-Casino Officials to testify on the second day of the probe. Stardust and Desert Inn President Morris "Moe" Dalitz and Executive Vice President and legal counsel for the casino, Jack Donnelly, both appeared in court.
They were being investigated for taking money off the top of their gross to avoid paying taxes and to pay members of the underworld.