Famous moments in history are always best told through images. Quotes and stories are good, but when you get to see history with your own eyes? That’s priceless. There are images of famous moments (like Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech or Jimmy Hendrix at the first Woodstock Festival) that are forever etched in our minds a certain way. There are only a few pictures of it, and that’s how we visualize history.
However, in a lot of cases, those famous pictures weren’t the only ones taken during the event. Check out this list of 25 historic moments as seen from a different vantage point. They’ll make you think about history in a different way.
1. 1963 – Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech.
2. 1912 – The iceberg believed to have sunk the Titanic.
3. 1929 – Filming the MGM Lion.
4. 1989 – The Tank Man in Tiananmen Square, China. He’s to the left of the bulldozer.
5. 1909 – Wilbur Wright flies around the Statue of Liberty.
6. 1960 – Jackie Kennedy watching her husband debate Richard Nixon.
7. 1945 – Aftermath of the Victory over Japan Day celebrations in New York City.
8. 1990 – Iranian soldiers looks at the burning Iraqi oil fields.
9. 1923 – The Hollywood sign right after it was built.
10. 1936 – The other side of the Hoover Dam before it was flooded.
11. 1967 – The Beatles’ shoot for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
12. 1969 – Neil Armstrong right after he walked on the moon.
13. 1963 – JFK giving his famous “Ich bin ein berliner” speech in Berlin, Germany.
14. 1919 – Spectators watch the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.
15. 1905 – Norway’s first ever shipment of bananas.
16. 1914 – Young Adolf Hitler celebrating the announcement of World War One.
17. 1969 – Crowds at the original Woodstock Music Festival.
18. 1989 – East German soldier passing a flower through the Berlin Wall before it was torn down.
19. 1989 – Traffic jam in Berlin as the border between East and West Germany opens.
20. 1912 – The first World Series Game in New York.
21. 1868 – A Native American observers the completed Transcontinental railroad.
22. 1912 – The last photo of the Titanic before it sunk.
23. 1963 – JFK’s funeral in the Capitol Building.
24. The models of the “American Gothic” painting.
25. 1862 – Abraham Lincoln and General George McClellan.
History looks a little different than you probably imagined, right? Famous photos skew our perception of what really happened in the past, but the more you see, the more you know.