Historical photographs are often as important as the events they depict. For instance, an image of the raising of the flag over Iwo Jima is as iconic and important as the moment it happened.
What most people don’t know is that there are many important photographs that were left out of the history books. Luckily, these 25 rare photos recently resurfaced… and they show the real truth.
1. Bill Gates, 1994: “This CD-ROM can hold more information than all the paper that’s here below me.”
2. F-1 pilot is forced to eject. He survived with only minor injuries.
3. London’s Wormwood Street after an IRA bomb was detonated in 1993.
4. Bill Clinton poses for a picture with White House intern Monica Lewinsky in 1995.
5. Robert Wadlow, then 17, sits on a bed with a friend after he made an appearance at a charity event. He was 8 feet 7 inches at the time, but grew another 4 before his death three years later.
6. A truck drives away from the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines. It was the second largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century.
7. A British guard passes out during a a colour parade in 1970.
8. Published in LIFE magazine’s November 1990 issue, this photo depicts a mother and father at their son’s bedside as he loses his battle with AIDS.
9. Photographer Charles Ebbets gets into position to take his famous “Lunch Atop A Skyscraper” photo on the 69th floor of the GE Building, 1932.
10. Ann Hodges was the only known person to be struck by a meteor. She had a serious bruise but lived to tell the tale.
11. Albert Einstein’s Princeton, New Jersey, office on the day of his death in 1955.
12. Following the fall of Berlin in 1945, a Soviet soldier carries the head of a Hitler statue.
13. A British photographer captures the horrors of trench warfare in World War I with this 1917 image of mortar fire.
14. Jimmy Nicol, who filled in for Ringo Starr for 10 days when The Beatles drummer had tonsillitis, is seen here in the airport as he prepares to return to the normal life.
15. Sean Connery signs a coconut for a young Jamaican girl on the set of Dr. No in 1962.
16. Veterans of the Union and Confederacy reunite 50 years after the Battle of Gettysburg to shake hands in 1913.
17. Gay men smash windows of the San Francisco City Hall in 1979 in protest of the “involuntary manslaughter” charge handed down to Dan White, the man who shot Harvey Milk.
18. George H.W. Bush throws out the first pitch at the 1991 Texas Ranger game on Opening Night.
19. The pilot of a B-17 bombardier heads toward Germany during World War II.
20. These men enjoy their first automobile in 1924. It went a blazing 25 miles per hour.
21. Hitler comforts a frostbitten German soldier. The soldier is attempting to salute him, but Hitler tells him to rest.
22. Marilyn Monroe shakes hands with Queen Elizabeth at a movie premiere in London. Both women were 30 years old.
23. A 16-year-old Arnold Schwarzenegger poses at his first body-building competition in 1963.
24. Dick Winters and Easy Company, known for the book and television series Band of Brothers, sit at Hitler’s residence, The Eagle’s Nest.
25. Atari’s National Space Invaders Competition is held in 1980.
There’s nothing like a historical photo to color your perception of how things really took place.
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