You Need To See These 40 Unbelievable Historical Photos

History through 40 astonishing pictures.

Tiananmen Square

40 Unbelievable Historical Photos - Tiananmen Square

Probably the most famous image from the student uprising in China in 1989, this photograph shows a single person blocking the tanks that were emerging on the square. The man survived but shortly after the square was filled with innocent blood.

The Statue of Liberty surrounded by scaffolding as workers complete the final stages in Paris. Circa 1885.

40 Unbelievable Historical Photos - The Statue of Liberty surrounded by scaffolding as workers complete the final stages in Paris. Circa 1885

An Royal Air Force pilot getting a haircut during a break between missions, Britain, 1942

40 Unbelievable Historical Photos - An Royal Air Force pilot getting a haircut during a break between missions, Britain, 1942

Bob Marley on the beach with Miss World 1976 Cindy Breakspeare, mother of Damien Marley.

40 Unbelievable Historical Photos - Bob Marley on the beach with Miss World 1976 Cindy Breakspeare, mother of Damien Marley.

Ethnomusicologist Frances Densmore recording the music of a Blackfoot chief onto a phonograph, 1916.

40 Unbelievable Historical Photos - Ethnomusicologist Frances Densmore recording the music of a Blackfoot chief onto a phonograph, 1916.

A napalm attack near U.S. troops on patrol in South Vietnam, circa 1966.

40 Unbelievable Historical Photos - A napalm attack near U.S. troops on patrol in South Vietnam, circa 1966.

Fritz, a television celebrity bulldog, is shaved by a Californian barber. April, 1961.

40 Unbelievable Historical Photos - Fritz, a television celebrity bulldog, is shaved by a Californian barber. April, 1961.

A female Lebanese fighter, 1982.

40 Unbelievable Historical Photos - A female Lebanese fighter, 1982.

Woodstock – The Opening Ceremony. Bethel, New York, 14 August 1969.

40 Unbelievable Historical Photos - Woodstock – The Opening Ceremony. Bethel, New York, 14 August 1969.

Chester E. Macduffee next to his newly patented, 250 kilo diving suit, 1911.

40 Unbelievable Historical Photos - Chester E. Macduffee next to his newly patented, 250 kilo diving suit, 1911.

Beautiful color image of the German Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-5 fighters, of Fighter Squadron JG54, during flight, 1943.

40 Unbelievable Historical Photos - Beautiful color image of the German Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-5 fighters, of Fighter Squadron JG54, during flight, 1943.

Attorney at law, Mohandas Gandhi, 1893.

40 Unbelievable Historical Photos - Attorney at law, Mohandas Gandhi, 1893.

In the aftermath of the D-Day invasion, two boys watch from a hilltop as American soldiers drive through the town of St. Lo. France, 1944.

40 Unbelievable Historical Photos - In the aftermath of the D-Day invasion, two boys watch from a hilltop as American soldiers drive through the town of St. Lo. France, 1944.

Benjamin, the last Tasmanian Tiger, at Beaumaris Zoo, 1933.

40 Unbelievable Historical Photos - Benjamin, the last Tasmanian Tiger, at Beaumaris Zoo, 1933.

Corporal Luther E. Boger of US 82nd Airborne Division reading a warning sign, Cologne, Germany, 4th April 1945.

40 Unbelievable Historical Photos - Corporal Luther E. Boger of US 82nd Airborne Division reading a warning sign, Cologne, Germany, 4th April 1945.

The beginning of the Hollywood era: the filming of the MGM screen credits, 1928.

40 Unbelievable Historical Photos - The beginning of the Hollywood era: the filming of the MGM screen credits, 1928.

A US Marine prepares to enter a Vietcong tunnel, 1969.

40 Unbelievable Historical Photos - A US Marine prepares to enter a Vietcong tunnel, 1969.

This worker in a Van Nuys CA factory in 1944 soon started calling herself Marilyn Monroe.

40 Unbelievable Historical Photos - This worker in a Van Nuys CA factory in 1944 soon started calling herself Marilyn Monroe.

A Panzer III tank crewman surrenders to an advancing British soldier during the Battle of El Alamein, 1942.

40 Unbelievable Historical Photos - A Panzer III tank crewman surrenders to an advancing British soldier during the Battle of El Alamein, 1942.

One of the oldest photos of the Great Sphinx, from 1880.

40 Unbelievable Historical Photos - One of the oldest photos of the Great Sphinx, from 1880.

Jimmy Page performing live with Led Zeppelin. Circa 1972

40 Unbelievable Historical Photos - Jimmy Page performing live with Led Zeppelin. Circa 1972

A Matilda tank of the Australian 2/4th Armored Regiment on the Buin Road, Bougainville, 1945.

40 Unbelievable Historical Photos - A Matilda tank of the Australian 2/4th Armored Regiment on the Buin Road, Bougainville, 1945.

Charlie Chaplin without makeup.

40 Unbelievable Historical Photos - Charlie Chaplin without makeup.

German soldiers, 1942.

40 Unbelievable Historical Photos - German soldiers, 1942.

A baby cries at a bombed train station in Shanghai, 1937.

40 Unbelievable Historical Photos - A baby cries at a bombed train station in Shanghai, 1937.

Soviet 152 mm Howitzer battery fires during Belorussian Strategic Offensive Operation, 1944.

40 Unbelievable Historical Photos - Soviet 152 mm Howitzer battery fires during Belorussian Strategic Offensive Operation, 1944.

Evacuating Saigon, April 30, 1975. An American evacuee punches away a South Vietnamese man for a place on the last chopper out of the US embassy.

40 Unbelievable Historical Photos - Evacuating Saigon, April 30, 1975. An American evacuee punches away a South Vietnamese man for a place on the last chopper out of the US embassy.

Three German soldiers in body armor and gas masks demonstrate operating a 2cm Becker-Flugzeugkanone, an anti-aircraft gun, Western Front, circa 1918.

40 Unbelievable Historical Photos - Three German soldiers in body armor and gas masks demonstrate operating a 2cm Becker-Flugzeugkanone, an anti-aircraft gun, Western Front, circa 1918.

Wirths Circus arrives at platform 9, Spencer St. station in Melbourne, Australia. Alice the 102 year old elephant helps unload the trains, 1948.

40 Unbelievable Historical Photos - Wirths Circus arrives at platform 9, Spencer St. station in Melbourne, Australia. Alice the 102 year old elephant helps unload the trains, 1948.

The First Photograph Ever [France, 1826]

40 Unbelievable Historical Photos - The First Photograph Ever [France, 1826]

Taken by Nicéphore Niépce, this is the first photograph ever taken which still exists. He called his method heliography (sun writing) and this photograph took 8 hours of exposure time (hence sunlight on both sides of the building).

Looking Down Sacramento Street [San Francisco, 1906]

40 Unbelievable Historical Photos - Looking Down Sacramento Street [San Francisco, 1906]

This photo was taken on April 18th, 1906. It is the most famous photograph of the devastation caused by the great fire and earthquake. It was taken by Arnold Genthe on a borrowed camera.

Breaker Boys [Pennsylvania, 1910]

40 Unbelievable Historical Photos - Breaker Boys [Pennsylvania, 1910]

This is a photograph of breaker boys – child labour used to separate coal from slate. This image helped lead the nation to outlaw child labour. The photo was taken by Lewis Hine who travelled the United States taking photographs of child labourers.

The Lynching of Young Blacks [Indiana, 1930]

40 Unbelievable Historical Photos - The Lynching of Young Blacks [Indiana, 1930]

This photograph was taken after the lynching of two young black men accused of raping a white girl. They were hanged by a mob of 10,000. The faces of the crowd are very telling. A third man was saved by the girls uncle who said he was innocent.

Migrant Mother [Oklahoma, 1936]

40 Unbelievable Historical Photos - Migrant Mother [Oklahoma, 1936]

This photograph of Florence Owens Thompson (32 year old mother of 7) is one of the great representations of the Great Depression. The photograph was taken by Dorothea Lange after Florence had sold her tent to provide food for her children.

Hitler in Paris

40 Unbelievable Historical Photos - Hitler in Paris

This photograph was taken of Adolf Hitler visiting Paris with his architect Albert Speer, on June 23, 1940. Hitler’s army had captured Paris and Hitler went to admire his new City.

The Last Jew in Vinnitsa [Ukraine, 1941]

40 Unbelievable Historical Photos - The Last Jew in Vinnitsa [Ukraine, 1941]

This was found in the personal album of an Einsatzgruppen soldier. It was labelled on the back “The last Jew of Vinnitsa”. All 28,000 of the Jews living there were killed at the time.

V-J Day [New York, 1945]

40 Unbelievable Historical Photos - V-J Day [New York, 1945]

This is one of the most famous photographs from the Second World War. The soldier and the nurse are unknown but people have come forward to claim the fame. Apparently the nurse slapped the soldier immediately after. The event was the celebration of the end of the war and it was taken in Times Square by Alfred Eisenstaedt.

Soviet Flag raised above the Reichstag [Berlin, 1945]

40 Unbelievable Historical Photos - Soviet Flag raised above the Reichstag [Berlin, 1945]

Soviet Union soldiers Raqymzhan Qoshqarbaev, and Georgij Bulatov raising the flag on the roof of Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany in May, 1945. The photograph was taken by Yevgeny Khaldei.

Vatican II Begins [Vatican City, 1960]

40 Unbelievable Historical Photos - Vatican II Begins [Vatican City, 1960]

This is a photograph of Pope John XXIII signing the document that officially started the Second Vatican Council. After his death, Pope Paul VI continued the council which was to change the Catholic Church so much that has become barely a reflection of what it was before. On his deathbed, John XXIII is rumoured to have said “Stop the council!”

The Body of Che Guevara [Bolivia, 1967]

40 Unbelievable Historical Photos - The Body of Che Guevara [Bolivia, 1967]

After capturing and killing Guevara (Marxist revolutionary), the Bolivian army showed this photograph to prove that he was dead. His death dealt a death blow to the socialist revolutionary movement in Latin America and the Third World.

Execution of a Viet Cong Guerrilla

40 Unbelievable Historical Photos - Execution of a Viet Cong Guerrilla

Photographer Eddie Adams took this photograph of Nguyen Ngoc Loan, South Vietnam’s national police chief executing this Viet Cong captain. Adams later said that he regretted that the world did not see Loan as a hero for his actions in Vietnam.

Footprint on the Moon

40 Unbelievable Historical Photos - Footprint on the Moon

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong put his left foot on the rocky Moon. It was the first human footprint on the Moon. They had taken TV cameras with them. The first footprints on the Moon will be there for a million years. This photograph was taken by Buzz Aldrin.

Phan Thi Kim Phúc

40 Unbelievable Historical Photos - Phan Thi Kim Phúc

The girl in the centre of this photograph is 9 year olf Kim Phúc. She is running from a napalm attack which caused serious burns on her back. The boy is her older brother. Both survived. This photo (by Huynh Cong Ut) became one of the most published of the Vietnam war.

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