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Photographs That Depict Epic Moments Throughout History

 Infamous French Commander Napoleon Bonaparte once said “History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.” The history of the human race, as it stands today, is a collection of stories riddled with conflict, war, heroics, deception, cruelty, and even romance, all the makings of incredible stories. Historians have, for eras, tracked these stories, compiling more and more evidence to determine fact from fiction, and more importantly, to document these stories in great detail.

Perhaps the greatest tool to any fan of humankind's history is the camera, which captures it in their truest essence moments and people that could have been forgotten with time. Here are some photos that anyone can enjoy, history buff or not, that make these moments from the past come alive! 

 

1. The world’s first nonstop solo transatlantic flight ends, as Charles Lindbergh makes his landing in Le Bourget Field, Paris on May 21, 1927

Incredible moments in historical captured on camera, important historical photographs, The world’s first nonstop solo transatlantic flight ends, as Charles Lindbergh makes his landing in Le Bourget Field, Paris on May 21, 1927


2. Allied troops being evacuated during the Dunkirk Evacuation (also known as the “Miracle of Dunkirk”), code-named "Operation Dynamo" in 1940

Incredible moments in historical captured on camera, important historical photographs, Allied troops being evacuated from Dunkirk, France during the Dunkirk Evacuation (also known as the “Miracle of Dunkirk”), code-named Operation Dynamo and carried out in 1940

 

3. Harry Houdini, an illusionist who despised the false antics of claimed mystics, exposes the trickery behind talking to spirits to a New York clergymen in 1925

Incredible moments in historical captured on camera, important historical photographs, Harry Houdini, an illusionist who despised the false antics of claimed mystics, exposes the trickery behind talking to spirits to a New York clergymen in 1925

 

4. Brennan House, the farmhouse (now located at the intersection of 84th Street and Broadway) in Manhattan, where Edgar Allen Poe moved to treat tuberculosis and wrote the famous piece “The Raven” 

Incredible moments in historical captured on camera, important historical photographs, Brennan House, the farmhouse (now located at the intersection of 84th Street and Broadway) in Manhattan, where Edgar Allen Poe moved to cure his tuberculosis (with fresh air) and wrote the famous piece “The Raven”.

 

5. The giant howitzer, named “Big Bertha”, with the Germans on the Western Front in 1915

Incredible moments in historical captured on camera, important historical photographs, The giant howitzer, named “Big Bertha”, with the Germans on the Western Front in 1915

 

6. A photo of the Pantheon in Rome, completed in 125 AD, one of the best-preserved Ancient Roman Buildings, taken in 1860

Incredible moments in historical captured on camera, important historical photographs, A photo of the Pantheon in Rome, completed in 125 AD, and one of the best preserved Ancient Roman Buildings, taken in 1860

7. Yoshiwara call girls kept on display during the Meiji period in 1882

Incredible moments in historical captured on camera, important historical photographs, Yoshiwara call girls kept on display during the Meiji period in 1882

 

8. Italian army logistics for lowering artillery to the ground forces in the Alps during World War I, between 1914 and 1918 

Incredible moments in historical captured on camera, important historical photographs, Italian troops logistics for lowering their artillery to the ground forces in the Alps during World War I, between 1914 and 1918

 

9. Players of a Chicago High school football team practicing in 1902 

Incredible moments in historical captured on camera, important historical photographs, Players of a Chicago High school football team practicing in 1902

 

10. Children crowd together in a New York City school, in 1888

Incredible moments in historical captured on camera, important historical photographs, Children sitting huddled together in a New York City school, in 1888

 

11. Members of the British Army’s Corps of Royal Engineers, also known as British Sappers, being trained to defuse mines blindly so they can do so in the dark when necessary, in 1943 

Incredible moments in historical captured on camera, important historical photographs, Members of the British Army’s Corps of Royal Engineers, also known as British Sappers, being trained to defuse mines blindly so they can do so in the dark when necessary, in 1943

 

12. Canadian troops arriving at Juno Beach in the town of Courseulles, in Normandy, France, in 1944

Incredible moments in historical captured on camera, important historical photographs, Canadian troops arriving at Juno Beach in the town of Courseulles, in Normandy, France, in 1944

 

13. At an elementary school in Berlin, students are made to pay tribute to the then Nazi-leader Adolf Hitler, in 1934

Incredible moments in historical captured on camera, important historical photographs, At an elementary school in Berlin, students are made to pay tribute to the then Nazi-leader Adolf Hitler, in 1934

 

14. Queen Genepil (1905-1938), the last queen of Mongolia, who along with a heavy portion of the Mongolian population, was executed as a part of the systematic destruction of their culture

Incredible moments in historical captured on camera, important historical photographs, Queen Genepil (1905-1938), the last queen of Mongolia, who along with a heavy portion of the Mongolian population, was executed as a part of the systematic destruction of their culture

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