Even if you consider yourself a history buff, when you see these rare photos from history you may realize you know less than you think. These unique historic photos show a completely different side to stories you may already know. World War II, the Taliban, John F. Kennedy, Tiananmen Square and other historic events and figures may feel completely different to you once you scroll through these pictures.
In 1972, as part of the Apollo 16 mission to the moon, astronaut Charles Duke left a photo of himself, his wife, and his two sons which was enclosed in plastic on the moon’s surface. He took a picture. That photo remains on the moon’s surface today.
This is The Statue of Liberty under construction in Paris in 1884.
Drug kingpin Pablo Escobar and his son stand in front of The White House in the early 1980s.
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. This picture was from pre-Taliban days, when Afghan women had access to professional careers, university-level education, shops selling non-traditional clothing, public transportation, and freedom.
Helen Keller meets Charlie Chaplin in Hollywood in 1919.
This is a completely different view of the Tank Man of Tiananmen Square.
A Russian spy is laughing through his execution in Finland in 1939 during the Winter War.
These are survivors from the Titanic boarding the Carpathia in 1912.
Tsar Nicholas II allows his daughter, the Grand Duchess Anastasia, to smoke.
Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is returned to the Louvre after WWII.
Lincoln assassination co-conspirator Lewis Payne was 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.
This is Queen Elizabeth during her WWII service.
Here are cameramen shooting and recording the lion roar for the MGM logo.
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.
There are always more than one side to every story, and that’s proven with these incredible pictures. They give us a chance to look at history differently (or maybe learn something we weren’t previously aware of). So cool. Source: Imgur Share these awesome facts and photos with others by clicking the button below.