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20 Interesting Historical Images

1. The iconic Hollywood sign in Los Angeles was originally an ad for the hill’s biggest real estate company, Hollywoodland. The sign lost the “LAND” in 1949, when the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce began a contract with the City of Los Angeles Parks Department to repair and rebuild the sign. The contract stipulated that “LAND” be removed to spell “Hollywood” and reflect the district, not the “Hollywoodland” housing development.


2. A baby sobs alone in the street after a Japanese airstrike on China, 1937.

3. Shanghai, 1995. The city would later become the largest city in China and the famed Liujiazui district (pictured) would witness the construction of some of the tallest skyscrapers on Earth, transforming it into a global financial center and cultural hub.

4. An iceberg with black and red paint on the side. It’s thought that this is what sunk the ill-fated Titanic. (1912)

5. Martin Luther King Jr ‘s “I Have A Dream” speech, witnessed from behind the Lincoln statue, 1963

6. “American Gothic” models (the man’s wife is absent) stand next to the famous Grant Wood painting. The lady to the left of the man his daughter.

7. A different angle of Tiananmen Square’s “Tank Man” standoff. “Tank Man” is on the left side of the bulldozer, between the two trees behind the running man. You can see the tanks behind the cyclist in the right background.

8. The London Eye under construction.

9. The Singapore Flyer under construction. These two wheels would later become the third and second largest observation wheels on the planet, at 441ft and 541ft respectively, with the latter just falling shortly behind the High Roller (550ft) in Las Vegas.

10. On the left, geophysicist and Manhattan Project participant Francis Birch marks the bomb unit that would become the “Little Boy” atomic bomb, while Norman Ramsey, who would later win the Nobel Prize in Physics, looks on. This is one of the few photographs where the inside of the atomic bomb can be seen.

11. The “Fat Man” atomic bomb is loaded onto a transport trailer and given a final once-over before being transported and loaded up onto the aircraft, that would eventually be dropped over Nagasaki, marking the second documented usage of nuclear weapons in warfare.

12. The mushroom cloud from the “Fat Man” atomic bomb dropped over Nagasaki on 9th August 1945, taken at ground level. The blast killed 35,000-40,000 instantly, and eventually a total of 60,000-80,000 fatalities will occur, mostly from the long-term health effects such as cancer and leukemia.

13. An eerie photo of the Golden Gate Bridge mid-construction, 1935.

14. Marina Bay Sands under construction, Singapore. The gigantic complex comprising of a posh 5-star hotel, casino, convention center, luxury shopping center, and rooftop pool would later become the world’s second most expensive building at USD$5.50 billion, behind the Abraj Al Bait in Mecca, Saudi Arabia at USD$15 billion.

15. The famous canals in Venice being drained and cleaned, 1956.

16. Seconds before Gandhi (clothed in white robes in the photo on the left) was assassinated, 1948. The assassin, Nathuram Godse, fired three bullets from a Beretta M1934 9mm Corto pistol into his chest at point-blank range.

17. A young Vladimir Putin in 1970.

18. The Burj Khalifa under construction in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The skyscraper would later become the tallest structure ever built on the planet, at 828m.

19. Aftermath of the failed assassination attempt on US President Ronald Reagan, 30th March 1981. Reagan and three others were shot and wounded by John Hinckley Jr. in Washington, D.C., as they were leaving a speaking engagement at the Washington Hilton Hotel. In the photograph, Reagan was in the presidential limo (right), while Washington D.C. police officer Thomas Delahanty (foreground) and Press Secretary James Brady (behind) lie wounded on the ground.

20. On the evening of July 7, 2017, at the conclusion of the regularly scheduled international passenger flight from Toronto to San Francisco, Air Canada Flight 759 (circled in red) nearly landed on a taxiway which already had four fully loaded and fueled airplanes (one of which is circled in blue) holding short for takeoff. The pilots had come close to causing the deadliest aviation disaster in all of history.

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