Hitler declares war on the United States – December 11, 1941
Anti-Apartheid protesters sprayed with a water cannon shooting purple dye to mark the demonstrators for arrest. South Africa, 1989
American soldier standing in the ruined Monument to the Battle of Nations in Leipzig, Germany, 1945
A U.S. soldier stands in the middle of rubble in the Monument of the Battle of the Nations in Leipzig after they attacked the city on April 18, 1945. The huge monument commemorating the defeat of Napoleon in 1813 was one of the last strongholds in the city to surrender. One hundred and fifty SS fanatics with ammunition and foodstuffs stored in the structure to last three months dug themselves in and were determined to hold out as long as their supplies. American First Army artillery eventually blasted the SS troops into surrender.
Russian Imperial family – circa 1914
When Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, George’s first cousin, was overthrown in the Russian Revolution of 1917, the British government offered political asylum to the Tsar and his family, but worsening conditions for the British people, and fears that revolution might come to the British Isles, led George to think that the presence of the Russian royals would be seen as inappropriate. Despite the later claims of Lord Mountbatten of Burma that Prime Minister Lloyd George was opposed to the rescue of the Russian imperial family, the letters of Lord Stamfordham suggest that it was George V who opposed the rescue against the advice of the government. The Tsar and his immediate family remained in Russia, where they were killed by Bolsheviks in 1918. King George V essentially signing his owns cousin’s death certificate.
28 years ago, more than 10 million people attended Khomeini [late Iranian leader]’s funeral, lined in a 20 mile route to the cemetery in scorching summer heat, at least 10 dead and 400 badly hurt
Richard and Mildred Loving. The Supreme Court ruled interracial marriage bans unconstitutional in the case of Loving vs Virginia – June 12, 1967
Marriage is one of the “basic civil rights of man,” fundamental to our very existence and survival…. To deny this fundamental freedom on so unsupportable a basis as the racial classifications embodied in these statutes, classifications so directly subversive of the principle of equality at the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment, is surely to deprive all the State’s citizens of liberty without due process of law. The Fourteenth Amendment requires that the freedom of choice to marry not be restricted by invidious racial discrimination. Under our Constitution, the freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of another race resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the State.
The Beasts of Bergen-Belsen: Women SS guards
The only known photo of Albert Einstein with his E=MC^2 equation – 1934
SS Officer Initiation – 1938
A 3-4 second exposure from a Royal Air Force bomber reveals the massive amount of flak and anti-aircraft fire they were going through in a night raid on Brest, France. January 31, 1941. ( looking down, right out of the bottom of an aircraft)
Papier-mâché dummy head used by John Anglin to fool prison guards, Alcatraz. 1962
While John and Clarence Anglin, 2 of the 3 men who ever escaped from Alcatraz, were officially reported to have drowned in the bay, their mother received flowers anonymously every Mother’s Day until she died, and two very tall unknown women were reported to have attended her funeral.
According to Unsolved Mysteries, a day after the escape a man claiming to be John Anglin had called a lawyer in San Francisco and wanted the lawyer to arrange a meeting with the US Marshals’ Office. When the lawyer refused to do this, the person hung up. The sister of the brothers, Marie Anglin Widner, has told the media she believes that the brothers attented their mother’s funeral in 1973, disguised as women. On October 12, 2015, the History Channel premiered a documentary about the 1962 Alcatraz escape, focusing on John and Clarence Anglin and the possibility that their escape was successful. The program, Alcatraz: Search for the Truth provided viewers with evidence kept by the brothers’ family that included: Christmas cards signed by “John” and “Clarence”; an audio tape of a childhood family friend, Fred Brizzi, telling the family in the early 1990s about a chance encounter in 1975 with the brothers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; a photograph taken by the same family friend in 1975 of two men resembling John and Clarence Anglin.
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Japanese ammunition being dumped into the sea on September 21, 1945. During the U.S. occupation, almost all of the Japanese war industry and existing armament was dismantled
Cow shoes used by moonshiners to hide their footprints from prohibition agents, 1924
During the Third Reich, there was a programme called Lebensborn, where ‘racially pure’ women slept with SS officers in the hopes of producing Aryan children. An estimated 20,000 children were born during 12 years.
Men of Easy Company (Band Of Brothers) after capturing Hitler’s Eagles Nest – 1945
After spending five days with five men cutting down a single sequoia, Walter Fry counted the growth rings on the fallen giant. The answer shocked him into changing careers. In just a few days they had ended 3266 years of growth. Fry later became a Park Ranger and, in 1912, Sequoia National Parks’ Superintendent.
Belgium coal miners crammed into a coal mine elevator, coming up after a day of work, circa 1900.
Loading passengers onto an airship from a mooring mast in the early 1930’s
The U.S. Army destroys the Nazi Swastika over the Nuremberg parade grounds, 1945
Migrant Mother by Dorothea Lange 1936
The image of a worn, weather-beaten woman, a look of desperation on her face, two children leaning on her shoulders, an infant in her lap; has become a photographic icon of the Great Depression in America. The photo was taken in March 1936 at a camp for seasonal agricultural workers 175 miles north of Los Angeles
"I saw and approached the hungry and desperate mother, as if drawn by a magnet. I do not remember how I explained my presence or my camera to her but I do remember she asked me no questions. I made five exposures, working closer and closer from the same direction. I did not ask her name or her history. She told me her age, that she was 32. She said that they had been living on frozen vegetables from the surrounding fields, and birds that the children killed. She had just sold the tires from her car to buy food. There she sat in that lean-to tent with her children huddled around her, and seemed to know that my pictures might help her, and so she helped me. There was a sort of equality about it.
The pea crop at Nipomo had frozen and there was no work for anybody. But I did not approach the tents and shelters of other stranded pea-pickers. It was not necessary; I knew I had recorded the essence of my assignment.”"
General William T. Sherman during the Atlanta Campaign, 1864
After capturing Atlanta, General Sherman decided to march to Savannah, Georgia, a city on the Atlantic coast.
Before leaving, his men set fire to Atlanta. Almost the entire city was destroyed.
Sherman’s army continued to burn towns all the way to Savannah, 350 kilometers away. The army cut a path of destruction more than 100 kilometers wide.
This campaign became known as Sherman’s March to the Sea.
African girl in human zoo at the 1958 Expo in Brussels had a ‘Congo Village’ (Congo was a Belgian colony) where Congolese people were ‘displayed’. Belgium 1958
A sailor gets a tattoo on his arm in Norfolk, Virginia. 1938
A soldier poses with a Hythe Mk III Gun Camera during training activities at Ellington Field, Houston, Texas in April of 1918.
The Mk III, built to match the size, handling, and weight of a Lewis Gun, was used to train aerial gunners, recording a photograph when the trigger was pulled, for later review, when an instructor could coach trainees on better aiming strategies.
Chinese Americans labeling themselves to avoid being confused with the hated Japanese Americans, 1941
Helen Chan pins Sun Lum with lapel badge identifying him as “Chinese,” to avoid being rounded up with Japanese Americans who were being interred following Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor.
Residents of West Berlin showing their children to their grandparents who reside on the Eastern side, May 9th, 1961
Prostitutes on display in Yoshiwara during the Meiji period, 1882
Laika, the first dog in space. No provisions were made for her return, and she died there 1957
One of the sceintist had regrets about sending Laika into space. Oleg Gazenko:
“Work with animals is a source of suffering to all of us. We treat them like babies who cannot speak. The more time passes, the more I’m sorry about it. We shouldn’t have done it. We did not learn enough from the mission to justify the death of the dog.”
New Bond Street, London, 1964.
Tied for first prize in the 2500 cubic centimeter class was this Alfa Romeo Grand Prix touring car, June 1, 1949, which weighs 2,645 pounds (1199 kg).
The rock group Molly Hatchet performs for 2,500 Pittsburgh rock fans at a benefit concert for steelworkers' food bank in Pittsburgh, Pa., June 2, 1983. Playing the bass guitar is Riff West, and behind him is Danny Joe Brown. Officials say $16,000 was raised to help feed jobless members of the United Steelworkers Local 1397 in Homestead, Pennsylvania.
Japanese chorus girls appear to be drilling in military tactics atop their theater building as they perform salutes, June 30, 1937. The officer is from the Japanese regular army and says the girls display more rhythm in their drills than do the regular troops.