15 Milestone Historical Events That You Had No Idea Were Captured

Although some of the most epic historical events happened unexpectedly, they have amazingly been photographed. You probably have never seen the next thirty photographs, as many of them aren’t well known. But now you can travel back in time and see the events as if you were witnessing them first hand.

15. The Last Lifeboat of the Titanic

The tragedy of the Titanic ship is one of the most famous stories. On the morning of April 19th, 1912 the Titanic hit an iceberg, and the ship sank, killing 1500 innocent passengers.

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The ship had lifeboats for only half of the total amount of passengers and for that reason the crash was fatal. There are plenty of photos of the ship before, but pictures of the one last lifeboat to leave the ship like this one are incredibly unique.

14. The First Flight Ever

The Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, became universal heroes as they completed the first flight ever taken in 1903.

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Thanks to these brothers, our lives changed forever. Would you imagine what it would be like to witness this revolutionary technological advance?

Keep reading to find the extremely rare picture of President Lincoln from the battlefield.

13. President Lincoln on the Field

Lincoln was barely photographed, and most of the images we do have of him are mostly paintings and few studio shots, which is what makes this picture so rare.

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This photograph captured President Lincoln, as well as Allan Pinkerton, who went on to head the Secret Service (on the left) and Major General John A. McClernand (on the right), in the battlefield of Antietam, Maryland during the Civil war on October 3rd, 1862.

12. Samurai Fighter in Action

Samurai fighters were the warrior class that served the aristocrats and belonged to the medieval times in early-modern Japan. From the 1600s to the late 1800s, they became the highest-ranking military and social class.

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This picture captured a Samurai in action in 1860. Since the camera wasn’t invented during the peak of the Samurai, the culture ended up extending late into the 19th century, which is why there are a few captured in black and white.

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11. Making of the Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, is one of the most iconic buildings in the world but wasn’t always adored. A lot of fellow engineers turned their noses up against the shape of the structure.

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The building was named after Gustave Eiffel, the engineer who designed and built it and is made out of wrought iron. It was constructed in 1887-1889 and was initially created to be the entrance to the World Fair in 1889. The actual construction of the tower was photographed yet barely viewed.

10. Lincoln’s Assassinator’s Execution

Back to President Lincoln, his assassin by John Wilkes Booth and his ten associates were eventually tracked down and publically hung. Their brutal plan was inexcusable, but public execution is utterly shocking, and surprisingly, it was photographed.

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The goal of all the conspirators and the confederates was to take over the government by assassinating everyone in line to the presidency, but luckily they didn’t succeed.

The disturbing photos of the atomic bomb aftermath are a real shocker.

9. Nagasaki Atomic Bomb

The two times in history that atomic bombs were used was on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, on August sixth and ninth, 1945. The unimaginable damage and suffering lasted for generations as a result of these bombings.

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Within the first two months of the bombing of Nagasaki, over 80,000 people died. The majority of them passed away in the first day. It seems as though the two people engaged in conversation in the picture have no idea what’s about to happen.

8. Neil Armstrong’s First Picture Right After the Moon Landing

Neil Armstrong changed history on July 20th, 1969 when he completed the first human-crewed landing on the moon with fellow astronauts Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin Jr.

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The landing was an incredible accomplishment for humankind, and many photos of the event display the moon’s surface. However, this photo caught Armstrong right after returning to the spacecraft proves to be just as memorable as the look on his face.

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7. Tesla and the Transmitter

Nikola Tesla is probably one of the most significant names known to humankind because of his invention of the modern AC electrical supply system. His contribution to society was to make electricity available and will forever be remembered for his advancements in electrical engineering.

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The Serbian-American was raised in the Ottoman Empire. This picture is unique and captivating as it caught him with his advanced version of the Tesla Coil, spewing electrical bolts. This footage screams mad scientist in the best way possible.

6. Robert F. Kennedy’s Final Moments

Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination affected the entire country rather quickly. He was shot several times while giving a speech at the Ambassador hotel in Los Angeles, California on June 5th, 1968, by Sirhan Sirhan, a Palestinian/Jordanian immigrant who wasn’t happy with Kennedy’s support for Israel.

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This photograph was captured right after the shooting. The look on his face sends chills down your spine. Bobby’s dreams of becoming a president ended the following day when he died in the hospital from his wounds.

Next: authentic, unique photographs of the deadliest battle America has ever known.

5. Gettysburg Battlefield

There are very few actual photographs of the Civil War and the battle of Gettysburg in particular. Many paintings are depicting the battlefield of the deadliest American battle known to date, but few photographs like this have been circulated.

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Many people died in this battle, referred to as “A harvest of death” with a body count of nearly 8,000, but it shifted the war in favor of the Union and shaped America as we know it today.

4. Unboxing of the Statue of Liberty

The statue was a gift from France to the U.S. in 1884, and there was a very formal and festive ceremony in 1885, but only a lucky few got to see the assembly of the fantastic statue.

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The Famous designer of the Eiffel tower, Gustave Eiffel also designed the statue, and it was finished in France before it was shipped to the U.S. in 214 crates as it is 305 feet tall.

Next up: a unique photo of the intimate moments from the Pearl Harbor attack

3. Pearl Harbor from the field

Pearl Harbor was heavily attacked at 7:55 am on December 7th, 1941 and it happened in two waves almost 45 minutes apart. People with cameras documented the attack, but shots as this are rare because of how intimate the setting is.

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The photographer was right in the middle of the front-line, with two others who seem to be shocked. The attack lasted around 110 minutes, which seemed like an eternity to those who were there. Over 2,000 Americans were killed on that day, and pictures like this keep their memory alive.

2. The Earthquake in San Francisco 1906

San Francisco was hit with an enormous 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 18th, 1906 at 5:12 am. The quake had one of the highest possible ratings on the Mercalli intensity scale, and more than 3,000 people were killed during the unforeseen event.

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Fires continuously broke out for days making the area a living hell for those who resided there. Up until today, this is the worst natural disaster to hit the region, and the photo depicts a fraction of the damage that occurred that day.

The next photo is an anauthentic selfie of Van Gogh that you have never seen before.

1. Van Gogh’s Selfie

Van Gogh is one of the most influential artists in history and is best described as a post-impressionist. He painted over 2,100 artworks in just over ten years, and they include portraits and self-portraits, but his own photographed portrait is exceptionally unusual.

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Most of the pictures of the painter are crafted out of oil, and this photo gives the world a better view of what he looked like.