These incredible photographs tell stories about history that in someway, books and documents will never be able to tell. Sometimes one simple picture can tell you more about what happened than any other tangible evidence.
Here are some unbelievable historical photos.
A napalm attack near US troops on patrol in South Vietnam, circa 1966.
Soviet 152 mm Howitzer battery fires during Belorussian Strategic Offensive Operation in 1944.
Fritz, a television celebrity bulldog, is shaved by a Californian barber. April, 1961.
Footprint on the Moon
This photo was taken by Buzz Aldrin on July 20, 1969. Neil Armstrong‘s left footprint is the first human footprint on the Moon’s surface. The footprint will be there for more than a million years.
Evacuating Saigon, April 30, 1975. An American evacuee punches away a South Vietnamese man for a place on the last chopper out of the US embassy.
Phan Thi Kim Phúc
The picture shows the nine-year-old Kim Phuc who was pictured running from a napalm attack on her village. The attack caused major burns on her back. The boy in front of her is her brother. Both children survived the war. The photo, which became one of the most published photos depicting the wrath of the Vietnam war, was taken by AP photographer Huynh Cong Ut.
Ethnomusicologist Frances Densmore recording the music of a Blackfoot chief onto a phonograph, 1916.
A baby cries at a bombed train station in Shanghai, 1937.
The Woodstock Opening Ceremony in Bethel, New York, August 14, 1969.
Wirths Circus arrives at platform 9, Spencer Street station in Melbourne, Australia. Alice, the 102-year-old elephant, helps unload the trains, 1948.
The Statue of Liberty surrounded by scaffolding as workers complete the final stages in Paris. Circa 1885.
A Matilda tank of the Australian 2/4th Armored Regiment on the Buin Road, Bougainville, 1945.
A female Lebanese fighter, 1982
Three German soldiers in body armor and gas masks demonstrate operating a 2 cm Becker-Flugzeugkanone, an anti-aircraft gun, Western Front, circa 1918.
Chester E. Macduffee next to his newly patented, 250-kilo diving suit, 1911.
The First Photograph Ever, France, 1826
The is the first photograph ever taken. The photo was taken by Nicéphore Niépce. The photographer called his method heliography or sun writing. The photograph took eight hours of exposure time.
Bob Marley on the beach with Miss World 1976, Cindy Breakspeare, mother of Damien Marley.
German soldiers, 1942
Beautiful colored image of the German Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-5 fighters, of Fighter Squadron JG54, during flight, 1943
Looking Down Sacramento Street, San Francisco, 1906
This photo was taken on April 18, 1906. The photo captured the devastation caused by the great fire and earthquake in the city. The photo was taken by Arnold Genthe with a borrowed camera.
A Royal Air Force pilot getting a haircut during a break between missions, Britain, 1942.
Charlie Chaplin without makeup
The beginning of the Hollywood era: the filming of the MGM screen credits, 1928.
The Last Jew in Vinnitsa, Ukraine, 1941
The photo which has labelled on the back “The last Jew of Vinnitsa” was found in the personal album of an Einsatzgruppen soldier. All 28,000 of the Jews living there were killed at the time.
A US Marine prepares to enter a Vietcong tunnel, 1969.
V-J Day, New York, 1945
Cpl. Luther E. Boger of US 82nd Airborne Division reads a warning sign, Cologne, Germany, April 4, 1945.
Hitler in Paris
Adolf Hitler with his architect, Albert Speer, on June 23, 1940. Hitler’s army had captured Paris, and Hitler went to admire his new city.
A Panzer III tank crewman surrenders to an advancing British soldier during the Battle of El Alamein, 1942.
Vatican II Begins, Vatican City, 1960
Pope John XXIII pictured signing the document that officially started the Second Vatican Council. After his death, Pope Paul VI continued the council that changed the Catholic Church so much that it barely became a reflection of what it was before. On his deathbed, John XXIII is rumoured to have said “Stop the council!”
Attorney-at-Law Mohandas Gandhi, 1893
Breaker Boys, Pennsylvania, 1910
This worker in a Van Nuys CA factory in 1944 soon started calling herself Marilyn Monroe.
Soviet Flag raised above the Reichstag, Berlin, 1945.
One of the oldest photos of the Great Sphinx, from 1880
The Body of Che Guevara, Bolivia, 1967
The Bolivian army photographed Che Guevara after being imprisoned and killed. His death dealt a heavy blow to the socialist revolutionary movement in Latin America and the Third World.
Benjamin, the last Tasmanian tiger, at Beaumaris Zoo, 1933
Migrant Mother, Oklahoma, 1936
Jimmy Page performing live with Led Zeppelin, circa 1972
Execution of a Viet Cong Guerrilla
In the aftermath of the D-Day invasion, two boys watch from a hilltop as American soldiers drive through the town of St. Lo. France, 1944.
The Lynching of Young Blacks, Indiana, 1930
After being accused of raping a white girl, two men were lynched and hanged by a mob of 10,000. A third was saved from the same fate after the girl’s uncle said he was innocent.
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