52 Historical Photos You Will Never Find In Your History Books Vol III
1.A U.S. Navy Loening OL-8 amphibian flying over the aircraft carrier USS Lexington (CV-2), circa late 1920s or early 1930s
When - circa 1930
Location - USA
Picture Description -A U.S. Navy Loening OL-8 amphibian flying over the aircraft carrier USS Lexington (CV-2), circa in the late 1920s or early 1930s. Note that the aircraft carries the two-star flag of a rear admiral.
2.Abandoned ISU-152 during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956
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When - 1956
Location - Budapest, Hungary
Picture Description -Two Soviet ISU-152 assault guns positioned in a street in Budapest 8th District.
3.American antiwar protestors splash around in the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool during a rally against the war in Vietnam, Washington, DC, May 9, 1970
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When - May 9, 1970
Location - Washington, DC
Picture Description-American antiwar protestors splash around in the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool during a rally against the war in Vietnam, Washington, DC.
4.B-17 Struck By Falling Bombs From Another Bomber Over Berlin. 1944
When - 19 May 1944.
Location - Berlin
Picture Description-USAAF B-17 damaged by mis-timed bomb release over Berlin,The Big Week (Sunday, 20–Friday, 25 February 1944) heavy bomber offensive began shortly after the Eighth Air Force commander, Maj. Gen. Jimmy Doolittle, had implemented a major change in fighter defense of USAAF strategic bomber formations that had bolstered the confidence of U.S. strategic bombing crews. Until that time, Allied bombers avoided contact with the Luftwaffe; now, the Americans used any method that would force the Luftwaffe into combat. Implementing this policy, the United States looked toward Berlin. Raiding the German capital, the USAAF reasoned, would force the Luftwaffe into battle. Consequently, on 4 March, the USSTAF launched the first of several attacks against Berlin.Fierce battles raged and resulted in heavy losses for both sides; 69 B-17s were lost on March 6 but the Luftwaffe lost 160 aircraft. The Allies replaced their losses; the Luftwaffe could not.
5.Beluga, 1224 kg, caught in the vicinity of the city of Tetyushi, 1921
When - 1921
Location - Tetyushi
Picture Description -Beluga, 1224 kg, caught in the vicinity of the city of Tetyushi, 1921
6.Berlin Palace Bridge with Palace in the Background 1885
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When - 1885
Location - Berlin, Germany
7.Biplane Flies Through Arc De Triomphe. Paris, 1919
When - 1919
Location - Arc De Triomphe. Paris
8.British cyclist Tom Simpson, shortly before collapsing and dying during the Tour de France - Mont Ventoux, France - July 13, 1967
When - July 13, 1967
Location -Mont Ventoux, France
Picture Description -The thirteenth stage (13 July) of the 1967 Tour de France measured 211.5 km (131.4 mi); it started in Marseille, crossing Mont Ventoux (the "Giant of Provence") before finishing in Carpentras.At dawn Tour doctor, Pierre Dumas, met journalist, Pierre Chany, near his hotel. Dumas noted the warm temperature, "If the boys stick their nose in a 'topette' [bag of drugs] today, we could have a death on our hands".At the start line, a journalist noticed Simpson looked tired and ask him if the heat was the problem. Simpson replied, "No, it's not the heat, it's the Tour."As the race reached the lower slopes of Ventoux, Simpson's team mechanic Harry Hall, witnessed Simpson, still ill, putting the lid back on his water bottle as he exited a building. Race commissaire (official), Jacques Lohmuller, later confirmed to Hall that he also saw the incident and that Simpson was putting brandy in his bottle.As the race closed in on the summit of Ventoux, the peloton began to fracture, and for a while, Simpson managed to stay in the front group of elite riders. He then slipped back to a group of chasers around one minute behind before he began to lose control of his bike and zig-zag across the road. His team manager, Alec Taylor, feared for Simpson less for the way he was going up the mountain than for the way he would go down the other side.One kilometre from the summit, Simpson fell off his bike. Taylor and Hall arrived in the team car to help him.
9.Civil rights preacher Will D. Campbell stares off of the balcony of the Lorraine Motel the night MLK was shot, 1968
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When - 1968
Location - Lorraine Motel
Picture Description - Photograph of Will Campbell at the Lorraine Motel in 1968 by Henry Groskinsky.On April 4, 1968, he stepped out of Room 306 and talked to friends in the parking lot below. He asked the saxophonist Ben Branch to play “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” at the rally that evening. As King turned to walk back into his room, a bullet struck him in the neck, taking his life instantly. Loree Bailey suffered a stroke when she heard the shot fired. She died on April 9th, the same day as King’s funeral.
10.Commissaryman First Class Joshua Paige holds sick call for children of Tam Toa village, Republic of Vietnam, November 1967
When - November 1967
Location - Tam Toa village
Picture Description-Holds "sick call" for children of Tam Toa village, Republic of Vietnam, November 1967.
Paige is a member of Team Six of the U.S. Naval Support Activity, Da Nang.
Photographed by JO1 Bob Young.Official U.S. Navy Photograph.
11.Construction photo of the building of the Bridge on the River Kwai by a prisoner in 1943
When - February 1943.
Location - western Thailand.
Picture Description-Allied prisoners of war (POWs) engaged in bridge building at Tamarkan, fifty five kilometres north of Nong Pladuk (also known as Non Pladuk) and five kilometres south of Kanchanaburi (Kanburi). The scaffolding, made from bamboo, is at the site of the eleven span steel bridge which was completed in April 1943. It, together with a wooden bridge approximately 100 kilometres downstream, spanned the Mae Klong river (renamed Kwai Yai river in 1960).
12. Depression-era squatters shacks being bulldozed, 1937
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When - 1937
Picture Description - The Great Depression lasted from 1929 to 1939, and was the worst economic downturn in the history of the industrialized world. It began after the stock market crash of October 1929, which sent Wall Street into a panic and wiped out millions of investors.
13. Completion of the second level.
When - August 21 1888:
Location - 7th arrondissement, Paris, France
Picture Description -At first the legs were constructed as cantilevers, but about halfway to the first level, construction was paused in order to create a substantial timber scaffold. This renewed concerns about the structural integrity of the tower, and sensational headlines such as "Eiffel Suicide!" and "Gustave Eiffel Has Gone Mad: He Has Been Confined in an Asylum" appeared in the tabloid press. At this stage, a small "creeper" crane designed to move up the tower was installed in each leg. They made use of the guides for the lifts which were to be fitted in the four legs. The critical stage of joining the legs at the first level was completed by the end of March 1888.Although the metalwork had been prepared with the utmost attention to detail, provision had been made to carry out small adjustments in order to precisely align the legs; hydraulic jacks were fitted to the shoes at the base of each leg, capable of exerting a force of 800 tonnes, and the legs were intentionally constructed at a slightly steeper angle than necessary, being supported by sandboxes on the scaffold. Although construction involved 300 on-site employees,only one person died thanks to Eiffel's stringent safety precautions and the use of movable gangways, guardrails and screens.
14.Face off between Soviet and American tanks at Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin,October 1961.
When -October 1961.
Location -Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin
Picture Description-Soon after the construction of the Berlin Wall, a standoff occurred between U.S. and Soviet tanks on either side of Checkpoint Charlie. It began on 22 October as a dispute over whether East German guards were authorized to examine the travel documents of a U.S. diplomat named Allan Lightner passing through to East Berlin to see the opera. By October 27, 10 Soviet and an equal number of American tanks stood 100 yards apart on either side of the checkpoint. The standoff ended peacefully on October 28 following a U.S.-Soviet understanding to withdraw tanks. Discussions between U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and KGB spy Georgi Bolshakov played a vital role in realizing this tacit agreement.
15.Fighter planes land on the Sable, WWII c.1945
When - 1945
Location - WWII
Picture Description - In May 1945, Australian troops landed in Borneo, overrunning the oilfields there. British, American, and Chinese forces defeated the Japanese in northern Burma in March, and the British pushed on to reach Rangoon by 3 May.Chinese forces started to counterattack in Battle of West Hunan that occurred between 6 April and 7 June 1945. American naval and amphibious forces also moved towards Japan, taking Iwo Jima by March, and Okinawa by the end of June. At the same time, American submarines cut off Japanese imports, drastically reducing Japan's ability to supply its overseas forces
16.French Navy and commercial ships in Casablanca harbour, Morocco, after Operation Torch on the 9 November 1942
When - November 9 1942
Location - Casablanca harbour, Morocco
Picture Description-Aerial view of Casablanca harbour, 9 November. Jean Bart is at the far left. Note the sunken ships in the center.Center group troopships USS William P. Biddle, Leonard Wood,[note 3] Joseph T. Dickman,[note 3] Tasker H. Bliss, Hugh L. Scott, Joseph Hewes, Edward Rutledge, Charles Carroll, Thomas Jefferson, Ancon, Elizabeth C. Stanton, Thurston, Arcturus, Procyon, and Oberon anchored 8 mi off Fedala at midnight. Loaded landing craft rendezvoused and left the line of departure at 06:00.[note 4] Point Blondin coast defense batteries were alerted by the noise of landing craft engines and illuminated the beach approaches with searchlights but the searchlights were extinguished when the landing craft support boats opened fire with machine guns. The destroyer Wilkes and a scout boat tasked with marking red beach 2 moved out of position while maneuvering to avoid an unidentified boat evaluated as potentially hostile; and landing craft ran onto rocks while running at full speed rather than reaching their intended beach. Twenty-one of the 32 landing craft from Leonard Wood were wrecked. Eight of the ship's surviving landing craft were wrecked in heavy surf landing later waves
17. Frozen firetrucks after a five alarm fire in zero degree weather
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When - 1920
Location - Boston, Massachusetts
Picture Description- Frozen firetrucks after a five alarm fire in zero degree weather in Boston. c.1920
18.German soldiers near the Stalingrad grain elevator, 1942
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When - September18,1942
Location - Stalingrad, Russian SFSR,
Picture Description-As Gruppe Edelsheim reaches the southern railway station around 1600 hours they pass close to what would become perhaps the most iconic building of the Battle of Stalingrad: the Grain Elevator, seen rising here in the background. It lay in the sector of the neighbouring 94. Division but they were held up and still a long way from it. However, realising its tactical importance, Gruppe Edelsheim sent a small force across the divisional boundary to take control of the building, which they found unoccupied.
In Stalingrad the fighting was as intense as ever as the Germans threw everything they had into the battle in a ‘last’ attempt to capture the whole city. Yet they faced some of of the most determined resistance they had ever encountered.The Russians clung on to a strip of land on the west back of the Volga. All reinforcements and all munitions and supplies had to cross the wide Volga, which was continuously under fire from the German guns. Men who crossed were immediately flung into the battle. Life expectancy was little more than a day for Soviet infantrymen who crossed at this time.
19.German soldiers pedal a generator powering a field wireless radio, May 1917
When - May 1917
Location - unknown
Picture Description-Pedal power: German soldiers generating electricity for communications and light.
20. A trampled star on Palace Square in Saint Petersburg during Russian Revolution, 1918.
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When - 1918.
Location - St. Petersburg is a Russian port city on the Baltic Sea.
Picture Description- A trampled star on Palace Square in Saint Petersburg during Russian Revolution, 1918.
21.Learning formation flying in the RAF WWII
Picture Description - Learning formation flying in the RAF WWII
22. Led Zeppelin performing in Sydney during their one and only tour of Australasia in front of 25 000 people, the 27th of February, 1972
When - February 27th , 1972
Location - Sydney
Picture Description -Led Zeppelin's 1972 Australasian Tour was the only concert tour of Australia and New Zealand by the English rock band. The tour commenced on 16 February and concluded on 29 February 1972. (Led Zeppelin's guitarist Jimmy Page had earlier toured Australia with The Yardbirds in January 1967).The original plan for this tour was for the group to stop off en route at Singapore for a concert on 14 February, but the local authorities refused their entry due to local laws banning males from wearing long hair.Led Zeppelin received generally good press coverage for this tour and black-and-white footage of some of their concert at Sydney on 27 February,along with a press party, were filmed by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and shown to a national audience.Some of this footage was later made available on the Led Zeppelin DVD, released in 2003.Part way through this tour, Jimmy Page shaved off his trademark beard, a look he adopted nearly two years before while recording Led Zeppelin III. He had the beard at Led Zeppelin's concert in Melbourne 20 February, but is clean shaven at the band's press party two days later. Page would remain clean shaven for the rest of the band's career.
Picture Description- Lovers at the Arc de Triomphe, 1964.
24.M-29 Tactical Nuclear Bazooka For Taking On Soviet Tanks And Troops. 1961
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When - 1961
Picture Description-Davy Crockett was a recoilless gun on a tripod for firing the M-388 atomic round. Technically a recoilless gun, the M-29 “Davy Crockett” was one of the smallest tactical nuclear weapons systems developed during the Cold War. It had an explosive yield equivalent to 20 tons of TNT, and would have generated a radiation kill zone eight football fields wide. Designed to combat Soviet tanks and troops, it was arguably excessive. 2,100 “Davy Crockett”s were built starting in 1956.The Davy Crockett recoilless spigot gun was developed in the late 1950s for use against Soviet and North Korean armor and troops in case war broke out in Europe or the Korean peninsula. Davy Crockett Sections were assigned to United States Army Europe and Eighth United States Army armor and mechanized and non-mechanized infantry battalions. During alerts to the Inner German border in the Fulda Gap the Davy Crocketts accompanied their battalions. All V Corps (including 3rd Armored Division) combat maneuver battalions had preassigned positions in the Fulda Gap. These were known as GDP (General Defense Plan) positions. The Davy Crockett sections were included in these defensive deployment plans. In addition to the Davy Crocketts (e.g., assigned to the 3rd Armored Division), V Corps had nuclear artillery rounds and Atomic Demolition Mines, and these were also targeted on the Fulda Gap. On the Korean peninsula, units assigned the Davy Crockett weapons primarily planned to use the passes that funneled armor as killing grounds, creating temporarily deadly radioactive zones roadblocked by destroyed tanks and other vehicles.
25.Marilyn Monroe sings Happy Birthday to President John F. Kennedy at a Democratic Party Fundraiser. New York City, May 19, 1962
When - May 19, 1962
Location - New York City
Picture Description-"Happy Birthday, Mr. President" is a song sung by actress and singer Marilyn Monroe on May 19, 1962, for President John F. Kennedy at a celebration of his 45th birthday, 10 days before the actual date (May 29).Monroe sang the traditional "Happy Birthday to You" lyrics in a sultry, intimate voice, with "Mr. President" inserted as Kennedy's name. She continued the song with a snippet from the classic song, "Thanks for the Memory", for which she had written new lyrics specifically aimed at Kennedy.
Thanks, Mr. President For all the things you've done
The battles that you've won The way you deal with U.S. Steel
And our problems by the ton We thank you so much.
26.Members of the 3rd Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade pause to read a book about themselves. Nov. 1917
When - November 20, 1917.
Location - Clapham Junction near Gheluvelt, Belgium
Picture Description-A New Zealand soldier of the 3rd Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade, reading a copy of 'New Zealand the Front' at Clapham Junction near Gheluvelt, Belgium, November 20, 1917. By Henry Armytage Sanders.
27.Members of the Leibstandarte Division experiencing the very best of Paris in the summer of 1940
Picture Description- Members of the Leibstandarte Division experiencing the very best of Paris in the summer of 1940
28.Memphis Municipal Airport, 1962
Location- Shelby County, Tennessee, U.S.
Picture Description-Memphis Municipal Airport, dedicated in 1929, opened on a 200-acre (81 ha) plot of farmland just over seven miles (11 km) from downtown Memphis. During its early years the airport had three hangars and an unpaved runway; passenger and air mail service was provided by American Airlines and Chicago and Southern Air Lines (acquired by Delta Air Lines in 1953). In 1939 Eastern Air Lines arrived; that March Eastern had one departure a day to Muscle Shoals and beyond, American had four east/west and C&S had four north/south.During World War II the United States Army Air Forces Air Transport Command 4th Ferrying Group used Memphis while sending new aircraft overseas. In April 1951 the runways were 6000-ft 2/20, 6530-ft 9/27, 4370-ft 14/32 and 4950-ft 17/35 (the airport was all north of Winchester Rd during the 1950s.
29.Mississippi River steamboat landing at Vicksburg 1906
Picture Description-A remarkably detailed image of Mississippi packet boats BELLE OF THE BENDS, and the BELLE OF CALHOUN, loading at Vicksburg Landing. The freight includes furniture, cedar shingles, lumber, cotton bales, barrels and bales of hay.The BELLE OF THE BENDS (right) was a sidewheel packet, built at Jeffersonville, Indiana in 1898, for the Vicksburg & Greenville Packet Company, running that trade for many years. At 451 gross tons, with 27 staterooms and 60 berths, she could carry 119 passengers including 30 in deck and steerage. She was the flagship of the parade at the opening of the canal at Vicksburg when the Yazoo River mouth was diverted on Jan. 27, 1903 (Vicksburg had been virtually isolated from the river since the Centennial Cut-Off on April 26, 1876. She sank in September 1909 at Peeler's Landing 40 miles above Vicksburg and was raised. In 1910, she sank again in a rainstorm 20 miles below Lake Providence and was raised again. She was converted into an excursion boat and renamed LIBERTY.
30.Mr & Mrs Winston Churchill, T.E.Lawrence and Gertrude Bell on camels in front of the Sphinx
When- 15th February 1921
Location- sphinx at Giza in Egypt
Picture Description-Mr & Mrs Winston Churchill, T.E.Lawrence and Gertrude Bell on camels in front of the Sphinx. A 1921 photograph shows some of her later influence, as well as personalities. Taken on 22 March, thelast day of the Cairo Conference and the final opportunity for the British to determine the postwar future of the Middle East. Like any tourist, the delegation makes the routine tour of the pyramids and have themselves photographed on camels in front of the Sphinx. Standing beneath its half-effaced head, two of the most famous Englishmen of the twentieth century confront the camel in some disarray: Colonial Secretary Winston Churchill, who has just, to the amusement of all, fallen off his camel, and T. E. Lawrence, tightly constrained in the pin-striped suit and trilby of a senior civil servant. Between then, at her ease, rides Gertrude Bell, the sole delegate possessing knowledge indispensable to the Conference. Her face, in so far as it can be seen beneath the brim of her rose-decorated straw hat, is transfigured with happiness. Her dream of an independent Arab nation is about to come true, the choice of a king endorsed: her Iraq is about to become a country. Just before leaving the hotel that morning, Churchill has cabled to London the vital message "Sharif's son Faisal offers hope of best and cheapest solution.
31.New York couple mount a machine gun on their car
When- July 13, 1917
Location- New York
Picture Description- New York couple mount a machine gun on their car to show how everyone can prepare for WW1 July 13, 1917
32. Old photo of a girl with flexible legs 1902
Location- Sumner County ,Tennessee U.S.
Picture Description-Ella Harper (5 January 1870 – 19 December 1921),known as "The Camel Girl",was born with a very rare orthopedic condition that caused her knees to bend backwards, called congenital genu recurvatum. Her preference to walk on all fours resulted in her nickname "Camel Girl". In 1886 she was featured as the star in W. H. Harris’s Nickel Plate Circus, appearing in newspapers wherever the circus visited. The back of her pitch card reads:
I am called the camel girl because my knees turn backward. I can walk best on my hands and feet as you see me in the picture. I have traveled considerably in the show business for the past four years and now, this is 1886 and I intend to quit the show business and go to school and fit myself for another occupation.
33.Opening ceremony of the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, 29th July
When- July 29th 1948
Picture Description-The Games opened on 29 July. Army bands began playing at 2 pm for the 85,000 spectators in Wembley Stadium at Wembley Park. The international and national organisers arrived at 2.35 pm and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, with Queen Mary and other members of the Royal Family, at 2.45 pm. Fifteen minutes later the competitors entered the stadium in a procession that took 50 minutes. The last team was that of the United Kingdom. When it had passed the saluting base, Lord Burghley began his welcome:Your Majesty: The hour has struck. A visionary dream has today become a glorious reality. At the end of the worldwide struggle in 1945, many institutions and associations were found to have withered and only the strongest had survived. How, many wondered, had the great Olympic Movement prospered?
After welcoming the athletes to two weeks of "keen but friendly rivalry", he said London represented a "warm flame of hope for a better understanding in the world which has burned so low."
34. A Soilder and his friend 'Fuzzy' Sharing a Meals together
When- March 12, 1951
Location- 35th Infantry Regiment,United States
Picture Description- Pvt. Dick L. Powell and his friend 'Fuzzy' share a meal near the front in 35th Reg, 25th Div area on March 12, 1951
35.Queen performing in front of 72,000 people at the Live Aid concert in Wembley Stadium July 13, 1985
When- July 13, 1985
Location- Wembley Stadium, London, England,
Picture Description -Queen's performance on the day has since been voted by more than 60 artists, journalists and music industry executives as the greatest live performance in the history of rock music.Queen's lead singer Freddie Mercury at times led the crowd in unison refrains,and his sustained note during the a cappella section came to be known as "The Note Heard Round the World".The band's 20-minute set opened with "Bohemian Rhapsody" and closed with "We Are the Champions".Mercury and fellow band member Brian May later sang the first song of the three-part Wembley event finale, "Is This The World We Created.
36.Russian pilot behind the wheel of BENZ 1915
Picture Description- Russian pilot behind the wheel of BENZ , 1915 .The photo of Russian pilots in a car taken somewhere between 1915 and Age of Diesel
37.Scottish gamekeeper with his dogs, 1919
When- 25 June 2014, 14:59:35
Location -Aberfoyle, Scotland
Picture Description-English: Dogs help a Scottish gamekeeper keep watch in Aberfoyle, Scotland, March 1919.Photograph by William Reid, National Geographic
38.Soviet Army soldiers of the Southwestern Front play with Ukrainian children in a small village prior to the Battle of Uman, July 1941
When- July 1941
Picture Description-Soviet Army soldiers of the Southwestern Front play with Ukrainian children in a small village prior to the Battle of Uman, July 1941.German helmet on a russian boy.The Great Patriotic War.Soviet Army soldiers of the Southwestern Front play with Ukrainian children in a small village prior to the Battle of Uman, shortly following Operation Barbarossa, the initial Axis invasion of the Soviet Union. Cherkasy Oblast, Ukraine, Soviet Union. July 1941.
39.Soviet ISU-122 in Czechoslovakia, May 1945
When- May 1945
Location- Czechoslovakia, Central Europe
Picture Description-The ISU-122 was a heavy self propelled gun, and de facto tank destroyer. The vehicle came to be because the Soviets were able to produce ISU-152 hulls faster than they could produce their 152 mm (6 in) ML-20S armament. Not wanting to slow down heavy tank production, it was realized that there was a surplus of 122 mm (4.8 in) A-19 guns, and thus the problem was solved – the two were mated. Much like its older brother, the ISU-152, the ISU-122 saw action as a multi-role vehicle, but it was used as a tank destroyer more than the ISU-152 because its 122 mm gun was much more accurate than the 152 mm ML-20S howitzer. However, postwar, the ISU-122 was deemed unsatisfactory, and many were later refitted for other military uses, such as armored recovery vehicle. Many were disarmed, and handed over for civilian purposes, such as working on railways.
40. Soviet officer standing next to graffiti
When- May of 1945
Picture Description- Soviet officer standing next to graffiti reading Berlin stays German, Germany, May of 1945
42.Soviet soldiers preparing to fire on German planes during the opening phase of the Battle of Kursk. 1943
When- July and August 1943.
Location- Kursk, Russia
Picture Description-The Battle of Kursk was a Second World War engagement between German and Soviet forces on the Eastern Front near Kursk (450 kilometres or 280 miles south-west of Moscow) in the Soviet Union during July and August 1943. The battle began with the launch of the German offensive, Operation Citadel , on 5 July, which had the objective of pinching off the Kursk salient with attacks on the base of the salient from north and south simultaneously. After the German offensive stalled on the northern side of the salient, on 12 July the Soviets commenced their Kursk Strategic Offensive Operation with the launch of Operation Kutuzov against the rear of the German forces in the northern side. On the southern side, the Soviets also launched powerful counterattacks the same day, one of which led to a large armoured clash, the Battle of Prokhorovka. On 3 August, the Soviets began the second phase of the Kursk Strategic Offensive Operation with the launch of Operation Polkovodets Rumyantsev against the German forces in the southern side of the Kursk salient.
43.Spar torpedo boat USS Casco on the James River, Virginia, 1865
Location- James River, Virginia
Picture Description-USS Casco on the James River, Virginia, 1865, while serving as a spar torpedo vessel. Note the torpedo gear mounted on her bow and the 11-inch (279 mm) Dahlgren smoothbore gun pivot-mounted on deck.
44.Start of the first Watkins Glen Grand Prix, New York, 1948
Location- New York,
Picture Description-Road Racing came to Watkins Glen in 1948; the project was initiated by Cameron Argetsinger, an Ohio resident (and law student at Cornell University in Ithaca) who often stayed at his father's summer house on Seneca Lake, the family having been in the area since the early 1800's. Argetsinger, an early member of the SCCA, proposed an amateur Road Race to be called the "Watkins Glen Grand Prix" to the Watkins Glen Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber was enthusiastic; Argetsinger selected a 6.6 mile course using mostly paved roads with a short dirt and gravel stretch, permissions were obtained to close a NYC railroad track and the roads needed, and SCCA sanction was obtained. The first race was held at 12 Noon on October 2nd, 1948, a 4 lap qualifying race with a standing start. Subsequently, 15 cars started the 8 lap, 52.8 mile Grand Prix, and 10 finished. The winner was Frank Griswold, of Wayne, Pennsylvania, in a pre-war Alfa Romeo 8C2900 coupe, closely followed by Briggs Cunningham in his famous Bu-Merc. Other prominent entrants included William Milliken, the noted Aircraft and Race Vehicle dynamics expert (who rolled his Bugatti 35 on the last lap of the qualifier, giving "Milliken's Corner" its name), Charles Addams, the cartoonist who created the Addams' Family, and Miles and Sam Collier, major figures in the history of US Road Racing either side of WWII.
45.Suffragette stand at The Women's Exhibition of 1909
Picture Description-Suffragette stand at The Women's Exhibition of 1909. The Women's Exhibition was held at Princes' Skating Rink, Knightsbridge, on 13-26 May 1909. Members of the Women's Social and Political Union donated items for sale on stalls. All the proceeds went towards the suffrage campaign fund. The exhibition was decorated throughout with the union's colours of purple, green and white, and featured designs and artworks by Sylvia Pankhurst.
Artist/Photographer/Maker -Christina Broom
46.The busy streets of Manhattan in the late 1930s
Location- Manhattan,New York
Picture Description- The era began with the formation of the consolidated city of the five boroughs in 1898, with a total population of 3.4 million. New transportation links, especially the New York City Subway, opened in 1904, bound together the new metropolis. Increased immigration of unskilled Catholic and Jewish workers from Southern and Eastern Europe expanded the labor force until the World War ended immigration in 1914.
47.The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II 1953
When- June 2 1953
Location- 20 Deans Yd, Westminster, London
Picture Description-The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II as monarch of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan and Ceylon took place on cat Westminster Abbey. Elizabeth ascended the throne at the age of 25, upon the death of her father, King George VI, on 6 February 1952, and was proclaimed queen by her various privy and executive councils shortly afterwards. The coronation took place more than a year later because of the tradition that holding such a festival is inappropriate during the period of mourning that follows the death of a monarch and also on account of the need to make preparations for the ceremony. During the service, she took and subscribed an oath to, among other things, govern the peoples according to their respective laws and customs, was anointed with holy oil, presented and invested with regalia, and crowned.
48.The Singing Revolution Baltic protest for independence against the Soviet Union rule, 1989
When- August 23, 1989
Location- Estonian SSR, Latvian SSR, Lithuanian SSR
Picture Description-The human chain connecting the three Baltic capitals – Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius.The Baltic Way or Baltic Chain (also Chain of Freedom;Estonian: Balti kett, Latvian: Baltijas ceļš, Lithuanian: Baltijos kelias, Russian: was a peaceful political demonstration that occurred on 23 August 1989. Approximately two million people joined their hands to form a human chain spanning 675.5 kilometres (419.7 mi) across the three Baltic states – Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, considered at the time to be constituent republics of the Soviet Union.The demonstration originated in "Black Ribbon Day" protests held in the western cities in the 1980s. It marked the 50th anniversary of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. The pact and its secret protocols divided Eastern Europe into spheres of influence and led to the occupation of the Baltic states in 1940. The event was organised by Baltic pro-independence movements: Rahvarinne of Estonia, the Tautas fronte of Latvia, and Sąjūdis of Lithuania. The protest was designed to draw global attention by demonstrating a popular desire for independence for each of the entities. It also illustrated solidarity among the three nations. It has been described as an effective publicity campaign, and an emotionally captivating and visually stunning scene.The event presented an opportunity for the Baltic activists to publicise the illegal Soviet occupation and position the question of Baltic independence not as a political matter, but as a moral issue. The Soviet authorities in Moscow responded to the event with intense rhetoric,but failed to take any constructive actions that could bridge the widening gap between the Baltic states and the Soviet Union. Within seven months of the protest, Lithuania became the first of the Soviet republics to declare independence.
49.The steamer Bailey Gatzert at the John J. Holland shipways, in Ballard, Washington, probably just prior to launching on November 22 1890
When-November 22 1890
Location- John J. Holland shipways, in Ballard,Washington.
Picture Description-Bailey Gatzert was launched on Saturday, November 22, 1890 at 1:00 p.m. in the afternoon before 1,500 spectators. The launch was originally scheduled to occur at noon, but was delayed for an hour to allow the tide to come in.
The steamer had been built on a cradle sideways to the water’s edge 100 yards away. With the ways 177 feet long to accommodate the steamer’s hull, this was the longest sideways launching ever attempted on the Pacific Coast of the United States.
Four hundred people were on board as the boat slid down into the water after the builder, Capt. J.J. Holland gave the word and the workman knocked away the restraining blocks.As the steamer entered the water, Captain Holland’s young son, Willie Holland, broke a bottle of champagne over its bow.
50.The war is over in Italy, April 25th 1945
When- April 25th 1945
Picture Description- Italy's Liberation Day (Festa della liberazione), also known as the Anniversary of the Liberation (Anniversario della liberazione d'Italia), Anniversary of the Resistance (anniversario della Resistenza), or simply 25 April is a national Italian holiday commemorating the end of the Italian Civil War and the end of Nazi occupation of the country during World War II.
51.Two wounded first world war soldiers - a Canadian and a German - light cigarettes on the muddy Passchendaele battlefield in Belgium in 1917
When- November 1917
Picture Description-A wounded Canadian and a wounded German in the mud on Passchendaele, light up. November 1917. Photo: Library and Archives Canada.On a muddy battlefield in northwest Belgium, Canadians overcame almost unimaginable hardships to win an impressive victory in the fall of 1917.
52.Watching the eruption of Mount Ngauruhoe in New Zealand 1926
Location- North Island, New Zealand
Picture Description- A group of people watching the eruption of Mount Ngauruhoe. Taken by an unidentified photogrpaher in 1926.
53.Women's Army Corps, Randolph Field, Texas, 1944
Location- Texas southern U.S.
Picture Description-Women's Army Corps, Randolph Field, Texas, 1944.The Women's Army Corps (WAC) was the women's branch of the United States Army. It was created as an auxiliary unit, the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) on 15 May 1942 by Public Law 554,and converted to full status as the WAC on 1 July 1943. Its first director was Oveta Culp Hobby, a prominent society woman in Texas.The WAC was disbanded in 1978, and all units were integrated with male units.