48 Unexpected Views Of Famous Historic Moments

By taking a look at iconic moments in human history from a different perspective, we can learn so much more.

A view from behind the Lincoln statue during Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech. [28 August, 1963]

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The traffic jam at the Brandenburg Gate as East and West Germans cross freely on the first Saturday after the fall of the Berlin Wall. [November, 1989]

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The iceberg that is thought to have sunk the Titanic. Black and red paint is smeared along the side. [1912]

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Wilbur Wright circles the Statue of Liberty in the Model A. [29 September, 1909]

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The “Tank Man” stand off in Tiananmen Square. “Tank Man” is to the left of the digger. [1989]

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A young Adolf Hitler cheering at the announcement that World War One had begun. [1914]

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Fidel Castro enjoying ice cream during a visit to a US military camp. [1959]

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The aftermath of Victory over Japan Day in New York. [14 August, 1945]

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The recording of the MGM Lion. [1929]

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The last few prisoners of Alcatraz leave as the prison is shut down for good. [1963]

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Massive crowds gather for the first Woodstock. [1969]

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German prisoners react to footage of concentration camps. [1945]

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Neil Armstrong photographed by Buzz Aldrin, shortly after walking on the moon. [1969]

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An injured survivor of the Hindenburg smokes as he is carried to safety. [6 May, 1937]

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The models of “American Gothic” stand next to the painting

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An over the shoulder view of JFK’s “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech. [1963]

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The only known photograph of Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg, before giving his famous address. [November 19, 1863]

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Howard Carter Looking through the open doors of Tutankhamun’s Shrine. [January, 1924]

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A photograph taken by Scott’s British Antarctic Expedition to the South Pole, before they perished on their return journey. [1910]

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An East German guard pases a flower through a gap in the Berlin Wall on the morning it was torn down. [1989]

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African Americans protest against the war in Vietnam during the Harlem Peace March. [1967]

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Three men run in the marathon at the first modern Olympic Games. [1896]

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Norway receive their first ever shipment of bananas. [1905]

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The Beatles during their shoot for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. [1967]

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Mourners climb telephone poles to get a view of Gandhi’s funeral procession. [1948]

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A Native American overlooks the newly completed Transcontinental railroad. [1868]

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Enlisted men aboard an American ship hear the news of Japan’s surrender. [1945]

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Spectators standing upon couches, tables and chairs to to see the signing of the treaty of Versailles and the end of World War I. [1919]

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The first ever underground train journey. Edgware Road Station, London. [1862]

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The Hollywood sign, shortly after it was installed. It originally read “Holywoodland”. [1923]

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The last known photo of the Titanic above water. [1912]

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A photo taken in secret of the Supreme Court in session, one of only two ever taken. [1932]

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A large crowd, made up of many African Americans, mourn the death of Abraham Lincoln outside the Courthouse in Vicksburg, Mississippi. [1865]

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Salvador Dali kisses the hand of Raquel Welch after finishing his famous portrait of her. [1965]

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Crowds flock to the the first World Series Game in New York. [1912]

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The very first Rockefeller Christmas Tree is revealed to the public. [1931]

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View from the top on the opening day of the Empire State Building. [1931]

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Bird’s eye view of JFK’s funeral in the Capitol Building. [November, 1963]

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Iranian forces look out at the iconic view of burning oil fields set alight by Iraqi forces during the Gulf War. [1990]

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Abraham Lincoln and General George McClellan in the general’s tent at Antietam [3 October, 1862]

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Traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge moments after it opened seen from atop one of the arches. [1937]

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The back of the Hoover Dam just before it was submerged and never seen again. [1936]

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The unfinished Washington monument, abandoned after funds ran out and civil war broke out. [c. 1857 – 75]

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The photographs that inspired Norman Rockwell.

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Race organisers attempt to stop Kathrine Switzer from competing in the Boston Marathon. She became the first woman to finish the race. [1967]

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Jacqueline Kennedy backstage watching her husband during the first televised debate against Richard Nixon. [1960]

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