See the past from a different viewpoint in these 20 lesser-known photos of historic events.
In 1972, as part of the Apollo 16 mission to the moon, astronaut Charles Duke embarked on a mission to the explore the moon’s surface in a lunar roving vehicle. While there, he shot a picture of a photo of himself, his wife, and his two sons which was enclosed in plastic on the moon’s surface, where it remains to this day.
During the initial construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961, an East Germany soldier ignores his orders, under penalty of death, to let no one pass and helps a young child sneak across the barbed wire into the Western zone so that he could reunite with his family. Thank goodness, for great humans.
This is The Statue of Liberty under construction in Paris in 1884.
Carrie Fisher smoking at the bar with Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford in between takes.
In November 1949, Eleanor Roosevelt examines a copy of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which had been adopted less than one year prior. Mrs. Roosevelt had been the chair of the drafting committee, and perhaps the most influential of the political voices that made it possible.
Drug kingpin Pablo Escobar and his son stand in front of The White House in the early 1980s.
On December 24, 1914 German and British soldiers mingle and exchange cigarettes during the Christmas Truce of World War I. According to personal letters and other records, the ceasefire started spontaneously and became widespread despite the fire orders given by officials on both sides of the front. Humanity above war in a terrible skirmish is always good to see.
In 1947, 23-year-old Evelyn McHale jumped from the observation deck of the Empire State Building onto a limousine which was parked below. Photography student Robert Wiles heard the explosive crash and shot this photo soon afterward. Years later, pop artist Andy Warhol appropriated the shot for an art print.
Prior to the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the country was moving towards democracy, with the Afghan constitution providing equal rights for women. In pre-Taliban days, Afghan women had access to professional careers, university-level education, shops selling non-traditional clothing, public transportation, and public spaces, all of which they happily navigated freely and without supervision. By the mid-90s, employment and education of women over the age of eight was outlawed by the Taliban.
Helen Keller meets Charlie Chaplin in Hollywood in 1919.
This photograph is called “Loyalist Militiaman at the Moment of Death”, and was taken during the Spanish Civil War in 1936. The image captures the very moment of the killing of a Republican soldier by Franco troops near the city of Cordoba, Spain. It is painfully sad, and real insight into the sick, horrible thing that is war.
Here is a different viewpoint of the Tank Man of Tiananmen Square. Gives you a different perspective of this sad episode in history.
On July 21, 1969 America beats the U.S.S.R. as the first Man on the Moon! Definitely, one small step for a man (Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin), and one giant leap for mankind. We win!
A Russian spy is laughing through his execution in Finland in 1939 during the Winter War.
On December 17, 1903, the Wright Brothers achieve (and photographed) the first human flight ever. It lasted merely 12 seconds and covered 120 feet. Amazing photo!
These are boatloads of Titanic survivors boarding the Carpathia in 1912.
Russian Tsar Nicholas II allows his daughter, the Grand Duchess Anastasia, to smoke. I bet her mother did NOT approve.
Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is returned to The Louvre in Paris after World War II.
Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is returned to the Louvre after WWII.
This is the Lincoln assassination co-conspirator Lewis Payne being held in federal custody prior to his execution in 1865. As Lincoln was being killed at the Ford Theater, Payne, an Alabama native and Confederate veteran, entered the bedroom of Secretary of State William H. Seward and began to attack him with a large knife.
John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and staffers tour Cape Canaveral Missile Test Annex, Sept 1962.
Allied forces mock Hitler from atop his balcony at the Reich Chancellery at the end of WWII.
This is a manninquin from an atomic bomb test site in Nevada during the mid-50s.
An American evacuee punches a South Vietnamese man for a place on the last chopper out of the US embassy during the evacuation of Saigon in 1975.
The Beatles walking in the opposite direction during the Abbey Road album cover photoshoot. Can you believe this picture sold for over $25k recently?
Here are cameramen shooting and recording the lion, named Jackie roar for the MGM logo. Jackie (born in 1915), a full-time cast member in the Tarzan movies, also bore the nickname “The Lucky”, as the animal survived multiple accidents, including a plane crash and a studio explosion.
This is a young Osama Bin Laden with his family in Sweden during the 1970s. Bin Laden is second from the right in a green shirt and blue pants.
Rail biking in the late 19th Century. Very cool (if not dangerous) way to travel.
The one-dollar bill has the oldest design of all U.S. currency currently being produced. The design seen today debuted in 1963. The inclusion of the motto, “In God we Trust,” on all currency was required by law in 1955, and first appeared on paper money in 1957. Though the Federal Reserve says the average life of a $1 bill in circulation is 5.9 years before it is replaced because of wear, this one has made it over 150 years!
On December 8, 1980, John Lennon was returning home at New York’s Dakota, a massive Victorian apartment block on Central Park West, when shortly after 11 p.m. Yoko Ono and John were arriving after a long day of work in the recording studio, Mark David Chapman, shot The Beatles legend in the back and he died hours later.
William S. Harley co-founded Harley-Davidson with Arthur Davidson in 1903 and served as chief engineer until his death in 1943. Glad these two met!