President John F. Kennedy shakes hands with teenage Bill Clinton
June, 1969 -- The flow over Niagara Falls is stopped for
Charlie Chaplin and Gandhi in 1931.
Lenin looks creepy in the last known photo of him in 1923. He
had three strokes by this point and was mute.
Ida Fuller of Vermont, the first recipient of monthly payment
under Social Security, receiving her first check on January 31,
1940. Before Social Security, many elderly citizens lived
in deplorable poverty.
Harry Houdini in 1912 in chains, about to be lowered into the
1942 elementary school classroom in Seattle before and during
the Japanese Internment.
Marilyn Monroe meets Queen Elizabeth in 1956.
The raising of the American Flag over Hawaii in 1898 following
its annexation as a US territory.
George Orwell holds a puppy during the Spanish Civil War in
1937. Ernest Hemmingway can be seen in the background.
The USS Nebraska sports an amazing experimental camouflage
scheme in 1918.
Journalist Raymond Walker risks his life under a hail of bullets
dashing across the International bridge from Hendaye, France, to
Irun, Spain to save a baby, during the Spanish Civil War, 1936.
A colorized portrait of German soldiers as they appeared in
1873: Two years after the Great Chicago Fire, the city is
Steve McQueen and James Coburn serve as pallbearers at Bruce
Lee's funeral in 1973.
Taken sometime between 1863 and 1865, this is the only known
photo of an African American Union Soldier with his family.
Miss New Zealand faints during the 1957 Miss Universe Pageant.
The White House in 1865.
last known photo of a Bali tiger taken in 1937.
Coca Cola delivery truck in 1909.
An areal shot taken a few moments after the bombing of Hiroshima
Teddy Roosevelt in 1900 on the
election trail, riding a moose through water.
Hitler in the mid-1930's feeding a deer.
The Beatles preparing to cross Abby Road in 1969.
baby walker from 1905.
sign in a Massachusetts business warning away German customers
Damage from the 1964 Alaskan Earthquake and the tsunami that
Searchlights during an air raid drill in Gibraltar in 1942.
The only known photo of Albert Einstein's original E=MC2 formula
on his chalkboard.
The only known photo of Fredric Chopin.
Taken in 1840, the woman in this picture is Constanze Mozart,
the wife of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Earliest known, surviving heliographic engraving in existence,
made by Nicéphore Niépce in 1825 by the heliography process. His
illustration is of an etching printed from a metal plate that
was etched following alteration of the ground by sunlight; the
image is of a 17th Century Flemish engraving showing a man
leading a horse.
The first color photograph taken in 1861.
Lincoln, without his hat, a few minutes before he gave The
Gettysburg Address in 1863.
The exhumation of President Lincoln in 1900. Lincoln’s
tomb in Springfield, Ill. was falling apart and, during
refurbishment, the caskets of the president and his wife were
opened to make sure thieves had not stolen anything.
According to eyewitnesses, Lincoln's body was perfectly
Emily Dickenson as a teenager in 1847.
Russian peasants get electricity for the first time in 1920.
Execution by cannon in Iran sometime in the mid to late 19th
The last picture taken of the inside of Titanic as the crew
prepare to close the gangplank in 1912.
A 1985 picture of a Alaotra Grebe from Madagascar. It is
the only photo ever taken of this species that may or may not be
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