Rare Photos Reveal A Different Side To American History

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History is brimming with all sorts of stories and photographs of the past. Some are of political and military significance. Others may hold social importance where others have captured defining moments in American history as a whole

Pictured here is Kathrine Switzer competing in the 1967 Boston Marathon even though she wasn’t allowed to. Despite efforts to stop her, she was the first woman to finish the race.

Whether it be through acts of war, peace, or artistic expression there are people and events that have greatly impacted American history. Influential figures, important battles, social movements, and technological advances. Collected here are a series of snippets that have one way or another, altered the course of history.

The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy

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It was June 6, 1968, when Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in the Ambassador Hotel shortly after winning the California presidential primaries. He died twenty-six hours later at Good Samaritan Hospital. The shooter was 24-year old Sirhan Sirhan. He was convicted and sentenced to death in 1969, but in 1972 his sentence was dropped to life in prison. 

A casual Wonder Woman

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Lynda Carter portrayed the strongest female character on television from 1975 to 1979. She starred as Wonder Woman in the TV Series of the same name and stole the hearts of Americans. Wonder Woman wasn’t even Carter’s biggest claim to fame, she won the title of Miss World USA back in 1972.  

U.S. intelligence produced possible Hitler disguises 

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When you have a monster in the shape of a man such as Adolph Hitler it’s hard to imagine him finally being extinguished–especially by his own hand. Because of this, conspiracy theories about Hitler’s suicide being staged quickly flooded the world. In fact, there are those who still believe he escaped, after all, evil never dies. U.S. Intelligence even found his death hard to believe and did a mock up of all the possible disguises he could be used to escape.   

Remnants of the Battle of Gallipoli 

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The Battle of Gallipoli began in 1915 and didn’t end until 1916 during WWI. British, French, Australia and New Zealand allies fought against a Turkish Army. The Turkish lost 65,000 troops, whereas the allies lost 46,000 before retreating. These two bullets were found in the aftermath. The Turks still consider this battle to be a defining victory in their modern history. 

Hillary Clinton getting her face painted 

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The former first lady and presidential candidate was once just a fun-loving, carefree girl enjoying college life in the 1960s. Pictured here is Hillary getting her face painted at a Wellesley College event. By 1993 she would be married to President Bill Clinton and then go on to be the 67th Secretary of State to President Barack Obama.

The KKK at a carnival in Canon City

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The Ferris wheel, an international symbol for lighthearted fun on a summer’s day... full of the living embodiment of hate. This grotesque imagery of Klansmen out and in full hooded attire was not the rare spectacle one would assume. This was actually pretty common in Colorado during the 1920s. The Klan openly endorsed Senator Rice Means, the governor, Clarence Morley, was a Klansman. And Denver Mayor Benjamin Stapleton also had KKK connections.

A letter from Gandhi sent to Hitler in July of 1939, which reads:

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Friends have been urging me to write to you for the sake of humanity. But I have resisted their request, because of the feeling that any letter from me would be an impertinence. Something tells me that I must not calculate and that I must make my appeal for whatever it may be worth.

It is quite clear that you are today the one person in the world who can prevent a war which may reduce humanity to a savage state. Must you pay that price for an object however worthy it may appear to you to be? Will you listen to the appeal of one who has deliberately shunned the method of war not without considerable success? Anyway, I anticipate your forgiveness if I have erred in writing to you.

I remain,

Your sincere friend,

M. K. Gandhi

Jackie Mitchell struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig

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Jackie Mitchell was one of the first female pitchers to play professional baseball and the only female to strike out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. In 1931, a few days after striking out the greats, her contract was voided by baseball commissioner, Kenesaw Mountain Landis. He declared women unfit to play baseball and claimed the game was "too strenuous." Jackie Mitchell wasn’t having any of this nonsense and continued to play pro ball anyway. She joined the House of David, a men's team whose players all had long hair. Sometimes she’d even wear fake beards for publicity.

Baby Barack Obama with his Mother Ann Dunham, 1960's

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Pictured here is little baby Obama. Here sits a smiling future President of the United States in the arms of his mother, Ann Dunham back in the 1960’s. Not only did this adorable youngster grow up to be the 44th President, but he was also the first African-American in office.

It's an LRV, not a UFO

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Here we have just one of the many interesting experimental aircraft's created by the U.S. Air Force. The Lenticular Reentry Vehicle was a flying saucer shaped vessel (which no doubt led to quite a few UFO sightings and abduction claims), was originally developed during the Cold War as a means of nuclear warhead delivery.

Shell-shocked soldier in the trenches of war

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Pictured here is a soldier experiencing “shell shock” which is now referred to as PTSD. At the time, the severity of PTSD was not understood at the time. As can be seen here, soldiers fought in the trenches for the most part, and the British and French trenches were pretty harsh and often barren. As opposed to the German trenches which were actually kept well-stocked.

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s arrival to New York, 1968

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Schwarzenegger dreamed of leaving Austria and moving to the United States since he was ten years old. His dream came true at the age of twenty-one. He showed up to New York poor and barely able to speak English. But he was here, he was happy, and he made a name for himself as a professional bodybuilder throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Then he became a highly sought after action star in the 1990s. Finally, Schwarzenegger took up politics and became the Governor of California from 2003 to 2011.

JFK and Marilyn Monroe after her Madison Square Garden performance 

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This photograph of President John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe after her performance at JFK’s 45th birthday at Madison Square Garden almost never saw the light of day. Photographs of the two of them together are rare to come by and not because they weren’t photographed together, they were. Many times in fact, on this very night by White House photographer Cecil Stoughton. According to Stoughton, the Secret Service confiscated his negatives when he was developing them. This photograph here only survived because it was in the dryer.

The midnight swearing-in Nazi ritual

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This terrifying photograph has captured the formation of the Nazi's dark army. This is the annual midnight swearing in of Nazi SS troops (that looks an awful lot like some dark arts ceremony) took place in Feldherrnhalle, Munich. All SS officers and soldiers had to swear their loyalty and “absolute allegiance” to Hitler, the king of darkness.

Barack Obama with his mother Ann Dunham

Barack Obama was an only child to an American mother and Kenyan father. He grew up in Hawaii, with a culturally and ethnically diverse family. This photo of Barack and his mother Ann was taken in 1985. Sadly, his mother lost her battle with ovarian and uterine cancer in 1995.

Nixon had a secret bowling lane in the White House

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Richard Nixon may be best remembered for the Watergate scandal and as being the only President forced to resign from office, but apparently he also really loved bowling. He was so into it, that he added his own secret one-lane bowling alley in the White House basement back in 1969. Groovy wallpaper Nixon. 

Testing a Hydrogen bomb

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The Bikini Atoll program was a consisted of 23 nuclear devices that were detonated by the United States government between 1946 to 1958. The long-term effects of nuclear testing weren't fully understood at the time. The nukes rendered the entire island and its surrounding area radioactive and completely uninhabitable.

The "Woodstock Generation"

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Almost half a million people showed up to Woodstock in New York to be a part of music festival history. It was scheduled to run three days but ended up lasting four because the hippies simply weren’t finished yet. The festival was a landmark in rock in roll history and ended up defining a generation.

Hotel owner attacks protestors with acid 

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What you see here, is a hotel owner whose cruelty has been immortalized by a film camera. There was a time when segregation included swimming pools. There were ‘white pools’ and ‘black pools.’ On June 18, 1964, black and white protesters teamed up to co-swim in the whites-only pool at the Monson Motor Lodge in St. Augustine, Florida. The owner of the hotel retaliated by pouring acid into the pool.

Marilyn Monroe in the kitchen

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The kitchen is probably the last place anyone pictures the legendary blonde bombshell and mistress to President JFK. But here she is, looking quite at home in one back in the 1960s. As it turns out, Marilyn loved to cook and did so often. A handwritten, puzzlingly labor intensive recipe for stuffing was found after her death. It consisted of a whopping 20 ingredients, it seems Marilyn was quite the home chef.

The Cuban Missle Crisis 'Think Tank'

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Pictured here is a moment in time where nuclear war was averted, albeit by a very slim margin. Seated in this room are President John F. Kennedy and vice-president Lyndon Baines Johnson along with their senior staff members. The team assembled are engaging in deep thought and discussion over the Cuban Missile Crisis.

A fallen troop during WWI

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Pictured here is a fallen soldier during WWI that just so happened to die underneath a crucifix. His body ended up being found by a 16-year-old named Walter Kleinfeldt. Such a striking image, that almost seems to serve as an accusation against the war.

The bombing of Kobe, Japan claimed almost 900,000 lives

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The Bombing of Kobe in World War II was a strategic bombing implemented by the United States with both, military and civilian targets in mind. I began in the closing stages of World War II on March 16th and 17th of 1945. Months later it was bombed again.

Kobe targeted not only because of its massive population (of roughly one million) but also because it was structurally vulnerable, just about everything was made from wood. The extensive bombing accrued a death toll accrued of an estimated 8,841 people with another 473,000 wounded.

Liquor barrels ready to be set ablaze

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The insanity known as Prohibition, was a constitutional ban on alcoholic beverages throughout the United States, lasted from 1920 to 1933. During this dark period, liquor was outlawed and was destroyed. Pictured here is a tower of liquor barrels confiscated by authorities in 1924. They were stacked for the flames. Worst bonfire ever. 

December 5th 1933: The night Prohibition ended 

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While the intentions of prohibition were to help prevent crime and drunken-related tomfoolery, just the opposite happened. They merely gave people more laws to break. Speakeasies flourished, bootlegging became its own form of organized crime, and shady homemade moonshine was often dangerous. Needless to say, there was much to celebrate the night prohibition ended. 

Jimi Hendrix jamming out at Woodstock in 1969

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Two years before Rock n' Roll Hall of Famer, Jimi Hendrix began performing, he was enlisted in the United States Army. After a year he was honorably discharged and moved to Tennessee and shifted his focus on music. It was in 1966 when Jimi signed with his first manager and landed three songs on the UK top ten hits. Before he knew it, Jimi Hendrix was a household name, landing major events. In 1969 he headlined Woodstock and became the highest paid performer in the world.

Ruby Bridges was the first black child to attend an all-white school

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Little Ruby Bridges, was the first black child to attend an all-white school. She attended William Frantz Elementary in New Orleans and when first faced with all the people outside the school she thought it was Mardi Gras. Unfortunately, they were protestors who didn’t seem to have a problem with traumatizing an innocent child on a daily basis. She said she often prayed as she walked to school because it helped her endure the verbal abuse.   

Einstein at Nassau Point, Long Island, in the summer of 1939 

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In 1939 Einstein rented a cottage on Nassau Point in Cutchogue to get some much needed rest and relaxation. Strangely enough, one of the greatest minds in history never bothered to learn how to swim. That didn’t keep him away from the water though. He loved to sail and spent much of his time on Long Island sailing and playing the violin.

A teenage Bill Clinton shaking hands with President John F. Kennedy

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In 1963, a 16-year-old Bill Clinton met and shook hands with President (at the time) Kennedy. According to Bill Clinton’s autobiography, it was around this age that he decided to embark on a career in politics himself. Little did he realize, in 1993, he’d be the President of the United States.

A powder Monkey on the USS New Hampshire (1864)

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What exactly is a powder monkey? It was a term used to describe young boys who were tasked with carrying the sacks of gunpowder to and from cannons. Broken down, “powder” is from the gunpowder they carry around and “monkey” comes from their seemingly endless running and jumping around the cannons. 

 A bike-riding Bill Gates 

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It’s hard to imagine, but there was once a time when the man who revolutionized technology, was only concerned with things like bike riding. Bill Gates was raised in a wealthy family and given a private school education, and by the time he was thirteen, his love for programming emerged. Before dropping out of Harvard to embark on his own company, he created scheduling programs and software for the school. 

Louis Armstrong plays for his wife in Giza (1961)

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Music was pretty unique to America during the Cold War, so unique in fact, that the United States sent Jazz musicians abroad as ambassadors. Jazz was said to represent the harmonious fusion of African and American culture. It demonstrated what it meant to be in the ‘melting pot’ of the world. In 1961, as an act of cultural diplomacy, Louis Armstrong went to Egypt with his wife Lucille. From this trip was the birth of this iconic photo. Louis playing the trumpet for Lucille in Giza, at the foot of the Great Sphinx.

There’s no festival but there’s LSD for $1.00 

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Powder Ridge Festival was supposed to be held in August of 1970, but legalities prevented it from ever happening. However, a crowd of 30,000 people showed up to the in Middlefield, CT location and hung around anyway. No music, no food, no plumbing, but clearly there was plenty of cheap drugs.

Steve Jobs and the Woz in their garage, 1975

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In the beginning, there was Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak tinkering away in their garage. The two engineers pioneered the personal computers industry, co-founding Apple Computer Corporation in 1975. Jobs went on to raise the bar on all personal tech with the successful launch of iPods, iPhones, and the iPad series.

Mrs. Fields was an Oakland A's ball girl 

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Who doesn’t love munching on a bag of Mrs. Fields cookies? As history would reveal, before conquering the baked goods industry, Debbie Fields earned money as an Oakland A’s ball girl. Back in 1969, Debbie Fields ran around retrieving baseballs before her cookies made her famous (and rich).

Last Picture of Hitler

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This photograph was taken on April 30, 1945, and is believed to be the last snapshot of Adolf Hitler. He committed suicide by chewing a cyanide capsule and a gunshot to the head the same day this photo was taken. His wife Eva Braun took cyanide so she could die with him. 

That afternoon, as per Hitler’s instruction their remains were carried out of the bunker and set on fire. Many wonder if it was all staged and the two didn’t just flee and start over somewhere. The accounts of his suicide vary and a skull fragment in the rubble believed to be Hitler’s actually turned out to be a woman’s skull. 

Martin Luther King, Jr with his father and son, circa 1960s

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This photograph was taken in 1963, Atlanta, and features three generations of not just Kings, but Martin Luther King's. That’s right, three of them. The famed civil rights movement activist Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. His father, Martin Luther King senior and his son, named after the two great men before him, Martin Luther King III.

The Beatles during the photo shoot for Abbey Road, 1969

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Abbey Road was released September 26, 1969, was the last studio album all four of “The Beatles” participated in together. Many think Let it Be was the last album they made together before dissolving the band in 1970, but much of that album was actually recorded before beginning the sessions for Abbey Road.

Barack Obama freshman year of college, 1980

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Pictured here is a fresh-faced Barack Obama, his first year of college. After high school, he attended a private liberal arts college in L.A., Occidental College, before transferring to into the Ivy Leagues. He majored in political science and international relations at Columbia University and then went on to Harvard Law. 

Pope Francis being ordained to the priesthood, 1969

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A young, Argentine Pope Francis is pictured here. It was 1969 as he was just being ordained to the priesthood. From this day, he continued to flourish in his calling and would later go on to become the 266th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church.

Frank Sinatra lighting John F. Kennedy’s cigarette, 1961

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Frank Sinatra and President JFK were both very influential men for the era. So, it’s no real shock that the two had overlapping social circles and wound up becoming friends. Unfortunately, their “bromance” didn’t last. No one knows for sure what their falling out was over but many have speculated that each man was jealous of the other. 

Marilyn Monroe performing for American Troops 

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Sex icon of the 1950s, Marilyn Monroe, hopped a plane and flew to Korea in February of 1954 to entertain American troops. She had just returned from her honeymoon with new husband Joe DiMaggio. The newlyweds had been in Japan when Monroe detoured to the Daegu Air Force Base.

Woman and children escape battling forces in Vietnam

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The raging battle between communist and anti-communist forces in Vietnam during the 1960’s left many villagers displaced. Villagers were forced to flee their homes to escape the feuds as the fighting parties took over their settlements. Most took what they could carry and sought refuge deep in the uninhabited jungle.

Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham 

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Pictured here are Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham enjoying a little volleyball back in Summer 1975. Captured here is a refreshingly relaxed moment for the future political power-couple. The two met at Yale in 1971 and married in October, of 1975. This was a time before politics, before the pressure of the presidency in 1993, and subsequent sex-scandal between Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. 

Staged rumor fuel

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There are many who still believe this photograph captured a genuine intimate moment between President JFK and Marilyn Monroe. The artist, Alison Jackson, who is known for creating (fake) images of famous figures, has long since come forward confirmed these were just lookalikes and she staged the photograph.

Stephen Hawking with his wife Jane Wilde, 1965

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Stephen Hawking is one of the greatest scientific minds in history. So a lot is known of his work in mathematics, physics, and cosmology. But he was also a husband to Jane Wilde, a friend of one of his sisters. They were wed in 1965 and spent the first year of their marriage living apart to finish their educations. By 1979, the two had three children.

Muhammad Ali training underwater

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Pictured here is Muhammad Ali training away in the Sir John Hotel pool in Miami back in 1961. The greatest boxer of all time began training at just 12-years old. At 18-years old, he took home a gold medal from the 1960s Summer Olympics in Rome.

Ali was representative for African pride during the 60s Civil Rights Movement. He was against the Vietnam War, refused to be conscripted into the military, and was arrested for draft evasion. and stripped of the boxing titles he earned. 

Lieutenant Custer with Union Troops 

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Pictured here is the infamous Lieutenant Custer with Union Troops in 1862, just prior to the battle that would cost his life. Custer was known for his vicious tactics as a soldier during the American Indian Wars. In a battle that became known as “Custer’s last stand,” he was scalped by a Cheyenne warrior. 

Florida’s last Civil War veteran 

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Posing with this jet fighter is Bill Laundry, Florida’s last (alleged) Civil War Veteran. Lundy claimed to have enlisted in March 1864 and to have served with the 4th Alabama Infantry. He was honorably discharged in May 1865 and went on to raise ten children with his wife Mary Jane Lassiter.

He was granted a Confederate soldier's pension of $600 per annum in 1941, which was soon raised to $900 per annum, and by 1953 it was up to $150 per month ($1800 per annum). The problem lies in the 1860 Census records which suggest an age discrepancy. Lundy was born in 1859, which would make him about six years old by the end of the Civil War— which means he couldn’t have served.

A nuclear view

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This image this mother and son calmly gazing out their window at a nuclear test explosion is unsettling, to say the least. This was taken in Nevada, 1953. The effects of nuclear radiation from these tests were still not fully understood by the public. In fact, there is evidence that indicates what was know about side effects was purposefully withheld from the public.

The nuclear test was code-named Trinity

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The very first atomic bomb, nicknamed The Gadget, was tested near Alamogordo, New Mexico, on July 16, 1945, It was given code name “Trinity” and its detonation was part of the Manhattan Project. The code name "Trinity" is attributed to J. Robert Oppenheimer, who was inspired by the poetry of John Donne.

An assassination that was carried out during a televised debate

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Japanese politician, Inejiro Asanuma was infamous for his controversial advocacy of Socialism in Japan and his support of the Chinese Communist Party. During a televised debate It was on October 12, 1960, during a televised debate, that a seventeen-year-old attacked Asanuma with a sword and killed him. His underage assassin, Otoya Yamaguchi, ended up taking his own life a few weeks later. A mass of demonstrations spawned from the killing, causing the disintegration of the Japan Socialist Party.

There was more to Mount Rushmore 

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Believe it or not, Mount Rushmore was actually going to be even bigger than it already is. The plans were made, the design was perfected, and the model pictured here with designer Gutzon Borglum was build to scale. It was meant to be portraits from the waist up but only the heads were completed and the project ran out of money.

John F. Kennedy Jr. Salutes

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Pictured here is John F. Kennedy Jr. along with the honor guard, saluting his father’s coffin. Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States and it was while riding through Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas Texas, November 22, 1963, that he was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald.

When Doves Cry

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A young Donald Trump made photographic history long before his presidency. Trump often voiced concern for what he called “The Subject”—i.e., the nuclear-arms and the need for a deal-maker (such as himself) to save the world from annihilation.

In honor of world peace, Trump he posed with a dove in front of the same background photographer William Coupon used to shoot presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Richard Nixon.

Trump was enjoying the shoot until the little white peacekeeper pooped on him. According to the photographer “He was perplexed and pissed off." The photo was used for the November 1985 cover of Manhattan Magazine. 

Allied forces mock Hitler

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With his tiny mustache and all that madness, how could anyone pass up the opportunity to mock him from his own balcony at the Reich Chancellery. Pictured here are Allied forces at the end of WWII celebrating the final victory over Nazi Germany with a little mockery. The photo was taken on July 6, 1945.

Underground Christmas Parties 

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During the second World War, many changes were made to festive rituals. Christmas may have had to be scaled down significantly but it certainly wasn’t forgotten. Pictured here is an underground shelter that was transformed into a Christmas gathering to cheer up the children and boost morale all around. Despite the sorrow around them, they were able to smile and find a reason to celebrate for at least this one day. 

The corpses of frozen soldiers were used like scarecrows 

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Finnish soldiers were know to take the frozen bodies of fallen Soviet soldiers and prop them up like scarecrows. It was a form of psychological warfare, used to intimidate the other Soviet troops. During the Winter War, the majority of the soldiers had come from the south and didn’t know how to handle such harsh winter conditions and froze to death.

Human remains at a Nazi concentration camp

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Pictured here are Soviet soldiers standing over a large pile of what appears to be sand but horrifically enough, it’s human remains. These ashes were found at the Majdanek concentration and extermination camp on the outskirts of Lublin. Majdanek is the best preserved Nazi concentration camp from the Holocaust.

Checkpoint Charlie 

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Pictured here are US Tanks facing Soviet Union Tanks at the historic “Checkpoint Charlie” located in Berlin. Checkpoint Charlie was a crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin during the Cold War. After the reunification of Germany, the building at Checkpoint Charlie was turned into a historic tourist attraction.

Windmill Theatre dressing room in wartime London 

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There may have been a mass of bombs and sirens in the air but that didn’t stop the Windmill Theatre from carrying on music and dance performances for the people of wartime London. Pictured here is a behind the scenes peek at some of the beautiful artists who helped Londoners forget about the madness for a while. They’d eat, sleep, and for the most part, live on the premises. This photo was taken after a show on September 24, 1940.

German POWs

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After American troops captured Germans, they were forced to confront the consequences of their actions. They had to watch films about concentration camps and what was happening inside of them. It seems by the expressions on some of their faces, they weren’t all entirely aware of what they were a part of and what the Third Reich was up to. Some of them couldn't bear to watch. This was how the Allies were handling the rebuilding of a civil society in Germany. What they called “post-war de-Nazification.”

The “Governator” showing off his ‘big guns’

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Former Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger was once a bodybuilding action star who didn’t shy away from an opportunity to flex those big guns of his. Here he is, showing off to an elderly woman back in the 1970s. He went on to win the title of “Mr. Universe” and was “Mr. Olympia” seven times before taking on politics.  

American tank crews with Bernard Herzog

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Pictured here are American tank crews listening to the accounts of Bernard Herzog. During World War II, Herzog was a prisoner of war for several years before finally being liberated from the camp of Santo Tomas, in Manila, Philippines. After the war, he embraced a normal life, went back to Marysville and worked for a local taxi company.

The last photo that was taken of the RMS Titanic 

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Pictured here is the Titanic on her first and only voyage, taken just off the coast of Ireland. It’s entirely possible that this is the very last photograph ever taken of the vessel while still afloat. In the early morning hours of April 15th, 1912, the passenger liner collided with an iceberg and sank in the North Atlantic Ocean.

 An exceptionally angry Joseph Goebbels

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Joseph Goebbels, German politician and Reich Minister of Propaganda of Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945, sits here in a Geneva courtyard. The look of pure hatred in his eyes is a bit fiery than usual and clearly directed at the person photographing him. Why? He just found out the photographer before him, Alfred Eisenstaedt is Jewish.

German helmets were repurposed as victory-inspired art 

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This is just one of two pyramids, each consisting of 12,000 German helmets. Both pyramids were put on display at opposite ends of what was dubbed “Victory Way,” in New York. The path took up a stretch of Park Avenue and was adorned with trophies of German military items.

Rain of mortar 

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Captured using a long exposure is what appears to be a beautiful light show. What’s really here is a nightmare. There are mortar rounds firing through the night sky and was taken in 1917, during World War I. The injuries sustained by survivors who took a mortar shell hit were pretty horrific and left scarce treatment options. What little could be done wouldn’t happen until out of the trenches, which often took days of suffering.  

The last public execution in the United States

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Public executions were not only legal but also a form of entertainment for people across the globe. The United States decided to put a stop to these macabre gatherings in 1936, but not until after the hanging of Rainey Bethea. Bethea had confessed to the rape and murder of a 70-year old woman named Lischia Edwards and was put to death on August 14, 1936. 

Lady Liberty's head was on display in France

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Before The statute of Liberty made her way over to New York where she’d stand proudly for generations, she was made in France. She had to be constructed in stages which took over the course of 8 years to complete. They started with her head and then put it on full display at the World’s Fair in France.

Screaming Eagles 

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Pictured here are members of the 101st Airborne Division. Also known as the ‘Screaming Eagles,’ they are an elite U.S. Army modular light infantry division that is specialized in air assault operations. During World War II, the division became renowned for its role in “Operation Overlord” during the D-Day landings at Normandy.  

A gas mask education program was launched in 1941 

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The threat of inhaling airborne pollutants and toxic gases was so great after the outbreak of the First World War, that children were thoroughly trained and given drills at school. Most civilians were given the same education through the civil defense department, but schools implemented an entire gas mask education program in 1941.

Take Atabrine or else...

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If you think “big pharmaceutical” knows how to push their products nowadays, take a look at the old way of getting your point across. Atabrine was originally used to prevent and treat malaria. During the Cold War however, it was discovered these medications also effectively treated symptoms of lupus. As the ad implies, failure to take these medications results in death and being left out as an example to the others. 

Union Troops captured at Fort Sumter

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The American Civil War raged from 1861 and 1865, between the Union troops of the north and the Confederate soldiers, who were fighting on behalf of the seven southern slave states. This photograph was taken in 1864 and shows Union troops receiving their rations. They were captured and held at Fort Sumter, South Carolina.  

 King Tut uncovered 

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Pictured here is Howard Carter, the now-famous Egyptologist, who discovered King Tutankhamun’s tomb. News of his discovery spread like wildfire and he received world-acclaim in November of 1922. He was photographed while performing his careful examination of the golden sarcophagus’ interior. 

Woodstock was overwhelming 

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Woodstock took place in August of 1969, on a dairy farm in the Catskills near White Lake, New York. The turn out for what was meant to be a three-day art and music festival, so badly overwhelmed the neighboring communities, that the governor of New York considered calling the National Guard for help. 

Spock served in the United States Army 

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Pictured here is Fred Phillips giving Leonard Nimoy his classic Spock haircut and getting makeup before shooting. What many people don’t know about the television icon, is that he enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves in the early 1950's.  Nimoy spent 18 months in the reserves and put on entertaining shows for the Army Special Services during his tenor. He left the military with the rank of Sergeant and went on to become Spock.

The traffic for Woodstock was backed up for miles

Woodstock was jam packed with free loving folk who just wanted to party for three days straight. Apparently, it would have been even bigger than it was, but traffic was so bad people gave up and turned around. An estimated one million people went home. Not only was traffic too thick for partygoers, it was also impossible for medical responders to get through. This man was needed medical attention but was unable to get it.

He refused to join the Nazi salute in 1936 

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In a sea of Nazi madness stood a lone August Landmesser refusing to salute. Landmesser was engaged to a Jewish woman and thrown out of the Nazi party. They tried to register to be married in Hamburg, but the Nuremberg Laws prevented it. The couple was apprehended and Landmesser was found guilty of "dishonoring the race" under Nazi racial laws.

He was arrested again July 15, 1938, and was imprisoned and eventually drafted into penal military service, where he died in action. His fiance, Eckler was sent to a concentration camp where it is presumed she was killed.

A PanAm plane was needed to transport a 5 MB hard drive

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Once upon a time, in a not too distant past, 1956 to be exact, transporting a 5 MB hard drive required the assistance of a PanAm plane. That’s right, that big blocky monstrosity pictured here is a 2,000-pound hard drive with no storage space. To put this into perspective, even the cheapest iPhones available have a 16-gigabyte drive, which is about 3,200-times more storage than that tower and fits in the palm of your hand. It’s amazing to see how far technology has come, even in just the last 50-years.

 A navigation hotline in 1963 Pre-Google Maps era

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Before there were GPS and navigation apps there were paper maps. And if you were lost beyond your paper map reading abilities there was no OnStar or Google Maps to walk you through it, there were navigation hotlines. You’d have to call in for directions but cell phones weren't around yet either so you’d have to find a phone booth.

Young Hitler

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It’s pretty creepy to look at a childhood picture of someone who grew up to commit mass genocide. Pictured here is a young (and defiant looking) Adolf Hitler. The Austrian-born boy would go on to become one of the most evil dictators in history. 

Testing a bulletproof vest in Washington D.C. in 1923

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What we have here is Darwinism at its finest. These men one of whom clearly has no survival instincts are testing out bullet proof vest. By ignoring all logic, strapping a vest on, and taking a bullet to the chest they can test its effectiveness. There was probably a whole lot of finger crossing and praying going on here as well.

Why they didn’t use mannequins or watermelons is anyone’s guess. 

The meeting of two legends

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It was backstage at the Roxy in Los Angeles, Ca that music legends George Harrison and Bob Marley met for the first time. It was 1975 and the two icons of the era had massive international tours going on at the time. But each man was a fan of the other and they were happy to finally meet.

Female bootleggers

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During the Prohibition the illegal sales of liquor was a flourishing industry and women particularly took an interest in it. Not only were women making moonshine, but they were also active in smuggling efforts. One of the main reasons women were so successful, is because, at the time, police were not allowed to search women.

A meeting of great minds in the woods

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What’s been captured here is a meeting of some of the greatest minds in the United States. Founder of Ford Motors, Henry Ford, President Warren G. Harding, Thomas Edison, and Samuel Firestone of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company all on a camping trip.

As it turns out, Ford and Edison had camping adventures often and eventually brought Firestone and Harding in on what had the makings of the most intelligent 'Buddy Film' of all time.

Kathleen Cleaver and Bobby Seale in 1968

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Pictured here is Kathleen Cleaver with Black Panther co-founder Bobby Seale at the summer of 1968 rally to “Free Huey” in Oakland California. Huey Percy Newton was a political activist and co-founder of the Black Panther Party. The “Free Huey Movement” was born when Huey was accused of murdering John Frey, an Oakland Police Officer.

A dapper Winston Churchill 

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Winston Churchill was once quite the dapper young man. Handson, poised, well educated and went on to do great things. The British politician and statesman served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955.

He led Britain to victory over Nazi Germany during World War II and was a writer and non-academic historian who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953 for his entire body of works.

The Gettysburg Address

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This photograph was taken from the crowd gathered for Lincoln's Gettysburg Address which took place during the Civil War.  It is considered one of the greatest and most influential statements of national purpose in history. 

"Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal..."

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