93 Disturbing Historical Photos Showing Some Of The Darkest Moments Of The Past

History is not all innovations and celebrations. In fact, a lot of it isn’t. There are countless instances of brutality, war, racism, genocide and other disturbing, shameful truths. And while tragedies do not exist only in the past, just take a look at the war Putin is cruelly waging in Ukraine, it is important for us to understand history to try to keep ourselves from repeating the darkest moments.

We’ve gathered a list of disturbing and painful historical photos down below, so we can all shine a light on some of the most unsettling parts of the world’s past. I will warn you, some of these photos are hard to see, but many of them capture important moments in history that we cannot allow ourselves to forget. 

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Although it is fascinating and informative, I understand that this list is a bit heavier than many of Bored Panda’s other publications. So after you have taken a moment to look back on these heartbreaking photos, we recommend checking out this article featuring some lighter moments from history that might bring a smile to your face and restore a bit of your faith in humanity.

#1 Anne Frank’s Father Otto, Revisiting The Attic Where They Hid From The Nazis. He Was The Only Surviving Family Member (1960)

Later the photographer Arnold Newman recalled taking of this photo: “The mood was depressing, and I immediately began photographing him. After a few moments, the Westertoren bells next door began to ring, and Frank turned to me and said: ‘Those were the bells that Anne wrote about.’ He suddenly broke down completely, weeping uncontrollably, and then so did I. We never met again. To this day when I lecture or tell this story to people, I find I choke up; I still can’t help myself.”

Image credits: Arnold Newman

History is the most exciting story ever told. It has infinite characters, the plots are true yet often unbelievable, and there is something for everyone: romance, intrigue, suspense, comedy, tragedy, and more. But the most exciting and cheerful moments are what many of us like to focus on, as to not feel guilt or shame for our ancestors’ actions. Sometimes, however, we need a reminder of some of the darkest moments to humble ourselves and be reminded that nothing is impossible. If these events took place once, they are likely to be repeated unless we collectively agree to stop them.

This list features some upsetting and disturbing photos, but they are parts of the past that cannot be forgotten. Of course, every country and group of people has their own unique history, so we are not all responsible for racism or genocide. But continuing to stay aware of these tragedies of the past can keep them in the past. Especially if your people were the victims in some of these horrific, photographed events, this list might not be for you. But for my fellow pandas who can handle these disturbing photos, strap in for your dark history lesson of the day.

#2 Motel Manager James Brock Pours Muriatic Acid In The Monson Motor Lodge Swimming Pool, To Get Black Swimmers Out Of The Pool. June 18, 1964

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#3 War In Ukraine

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Among the many terrible events humans have caused throughout history, the Holocaust is certainly one of the most famous. As 6 millions Jews were murdered at the hands of the Nazis, as well as countless other disabled people, gay people, Slavs, Romani people, and anyone who opposed Hitler openly, the Holocaust is an extremely dark time to look back on. However, it is very important that the history of World War II and the Holocaust are still taught, today and for generations to come. 

According to the Montreal Holocaust Museum, we must be educated on this horrific event to understand the impact of history on our society. It was a shocking atrocity that helped transform international politics and justice, as people did not know the warning signs to look out for until it was too late. It seems so blatantly obvious that what the Nazis were doing was wrong, but the fact that it ever happened in the first place cannot be overlooked. We have since used this event to study democracy, dictatorships, propaganda, genocide, intervention, resistance, to try to ensure that it never happens again.    

#4 Human Zoos Existed. These Photos Taken In 1904, Where Us Government Imported 1,300 Indigenous Filipinos From Different Tribes To Display At The St. Louis Exposition In 1904

Filipino Zoo Girl was displayed at the Coney Island Zoo in 1904. She was a zoo attraction among the monkeys and lizards to show off the new US possessions in the Philippines. She was bound by ropes. Visitors threw her peanuts.

Image credits: Library of Congress

#5 A Patient Undergoing Treatment For Mental Illness, Germany 1890

This 1890 photo depicts a woman forced into a crucifixion pose and facing a wall. The woman is a patient at a mental institution, undergoing treatment. Believe it or not, forced standing was considered a legitimate part of treatment for mental illness in 19th century Germany.

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#6 Dorothy Counts, The First Black Student To Attend An All-White School In The United States. Shown In This Photo Teased And Mocked By Her White Male Classmates

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The Montreal Holocaust Museum also notes on their website that even though this was a horrific time in history, the most important thing to focus on when discussing the Holocaust is the victims. The people who lost their lives, family members, and homes are important to talk about because it can be hard to relate to ridiculously large numbers and sterile statistics. The stories of individuals should be told, so we can relate and empathize with the experience they endured as human beings. Millions of people were subjected to unimaginable torture, pain and loss, and their stories cannot be forgotten. 

Lists like this help us empathize with those who have suffered immense trauma in the past. It is one thing to hear about atrocities, but it can be far more impactful to see the faces of the people who had limbs blown off in war, were enslaved due to the color of their skin, or were the perpetrators inflicting this pain on others. When we see these dark parts of history through photographs, we cannot deny the harsh reality that these events took place.  

#7 George McLaurin, First African-American Student Admitted To The University Of Oklahoma, Forced To Sit Apart From White Students. 1948

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#8 Runaway Slave Peter, Exposing His Severely Whipped Back

Peter had received a severe whipping for undisclosed reasons in the fall of 1862. Peter escaped in March 1863 from the 3,000 acre plantation of John & Bridget Lyons, who held him and 40 other people in slavery at the time of the 1860 census.

Baton Rouge, La., 2 April, 1863: “Overseer Artayou Carrier whipped me. I was two months in bed sore from the whipping. My master come after I was whipped; he discharged the overseer. The very words of poor Peter, taken as he sat for his picture.”

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#9 Blanche Monnier Was A Woman From Poitiers, France, Who Was Secretly Kept Locked In A Small Room By Her Aristocratic Mother And Brother For 26 Years

She was eventually found by police, then middle-aged and in an emaciated and filthy condition; according to officials, Monnier had not seen any sunlight for her entire captivity.

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It is important for us to be educated on the bleakest moments in history, so we can prevent them from being repeated. And while Germany has made an enormous effort to reconcile with the world following the events of World War II and to ensure their citizens are educated about the dangers of dictators and fascism, not every nation has learned to bring their darkest moments to light. In the United States, for example, everyone is taught about slavery in school, to an extent. But last year, Republican lawmakers in several US states filed bills attempting to cut funding to schools and colleges teaching lessons from the New York Times’ 1619 Project, curriculum which “aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of the United States’ national narrative”. Slavery is allowed to be taught in schools, but some lawmakers aim for it to be taught only through a specific and curated lens that paints the nation in the most flattering light.  

#10 Magdalene Asylums, Also Known As Magdalene Laundries. Places Of “Reform” For Women That Didn’t Fit The Idea Of A Good Upstanding Citizen

The most well known ones were in Ireland. The women and girls were treated badly by asylum staff, most of whom were nuns.

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#11 Martin Luther King Jr. With His Son, Pulling Up A Burnt Cross From The Front Lawn Of His Atlanta Home, April 1960

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#12 A Few Of The Thousands Of Wedding Rings The Germans Removed From Holocaust Victims To Salvage The Gold

The U.S. troops found rings, watches, precious stones, eyeglasses, and gold fillings, near Buchenwald concentration camp. 1945 May 5.

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The 1619 Project, which was created by Nikole Hannah-Jones and first published in 2019, won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. It is a comprehensive guide featuring audio, essays, poems, graphics and visual art pieces that many Americans were not taught or exposed to from their traditional history books. But as race relations continue to be an issue in the United States, as racism persists against Black citizens even today, students (and adults for that matter) can certainly benefit from a more in-depth history lesson on slavery. Yet some people still want to gloss over the more shameful details of the nation’s past as to not acknowledge its wrongdoings. “Do we want historical facts and details that are researched and published by experts taught? Or do we want nationalism taught?” asks T. Jameson Brewer, an assistant professor at the University of North Georgia. “That’s a very scary sort of suggestion, that schools would engage in ideological nationalism for political needs.”

#13 The Dog Tags Of 58,307 US Soldiers Killed During The Vietnam War At The Harold Washington Library Center, Chicago

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#14 A Ku Klux Klan Child And A Black State Trooper Meet Each Other, At A Klan Rally Protest In Gainesville, GA (1992)

Innocence is mixed with hate. The toddler approached the trooper, who was holding his riot shield on the ground. Seeing his reflection, the boy reached for the shield.

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#15 Instant Of Test Nuclear Detonation Captured By Harold Edgerton’s Rapatronic Camera With Shutter Speed Of One Hundred Millionth Of A Second. Circa 1950s

Automatic camera by Harold Edgerton situated 7 miles from blast with 10 foot lens. Shutter speed equaled 1/100,000,000 of a second exposure.

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Unfortunately, some states do push for patriotic education over the teaching of facts. In November 2020, Governor Reeves of Mississippi proposed spending $3 million on a ‘Patriotic Education Fund’ that would encourage schools and nonprofits to apply for funding to “educate the next generation on the incredible accomplishments of the American Way”. And if your impulse is to give Governor Reeves the benefit of the doubt, that maybe he just loves his country and did not mean that the way it sounds, you might be interested to know that one of the budget proposals stated, “Across the country, young children have suffered from indoctrination in far-left socialist teachings that emphasize America’s shortcomings over the exceptional achievements of this country.” Turning a blind eye to a nation’s past mistakes is a surefire way to guarantee that they are repeated in the future, yet Governor Reeves does not seem concerned about that.

#16 A Japanese Family Returning Home (Seattle, Washington) From A Relocation Center Camp In Hunt, Idaho On May 10, 1945

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#17 “A Watch Stopped At 08:15 AM Found In Hiroshima”. August 1945

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#18 WWII Gas Masks For Babies

Throughout World War II, the threat of chemical warfare frightened citizens and soldiers across Europe. To prepare for a possible gas attack, civilians could have protected themselves with gas masks. But what about children and infants who were too small to wear a conventional mask? This eerie 1940 photograph shows nurses testing out new “gas masks” for babies.

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We all know that sweeping issues under the rug does not make them disappear. Whether it’s an argument with our significant other that we’ve been avoiding out of fear of confrontation or the painful past of a nation, refusing to address a problem only exacerbates it. It may take time for history to repeat itself, but it naturally does, unless something is done to prevent it. “You cannot heal divisions by pretending they don’t exist,” says James Grossman, the executive director of the American Historical Association. “The way to address divisions is to understand the history of those divisions.” A great way to confront the most horrific parts of history is to see photos of them. It may feel like these events took place ages ago, but there is photographic evidence of them. We should not feel too far removed from any of these occurrences.

#19 Croatian Soldier In Front Of A Wall That Says “God If I Die Young Send Me To Heaven In Hell I Have Already Been”

#20 The Earliest Known Picture Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster, Taken Just Moments After The Meltdown And Explosion Of Unit 4 On April 26, 1986

This is believed to be the first photograph ever taken of the accident, and the only photo that survives from that morning. Igor Kostin was a photographer from Kiev who became world famous for his images of the the clean-up operation. Kostin claims the image is very noisy because radiation was destroying the film in his camera. Of all the shots he took on that flight, this is the only one that wasn’t ruined.

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#21 A Photo Of Zyta Sus, One Of Hundreds Of Thousands Of Children Who Were Kidnapped By The Nazi Regime

After being deemed “desirable”, she received a new identity and was given up for adoption. After the war, Zyta was taken to an orphanage. She never found her real family. 1942, Poland.

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Another reason photos like these are important for people to see is because they show the reality of a situation. Propaganda has run rampant in communities led by dictators like Hitler, but these photos tell the truth of what happened. Regardless of how many times Hitler used fear to create obedience or painted Jews as the enemy of the German people throughout propaganda, we know that he was the perpetrator of pure evil. Joseph Goebbels was also a key player in spreading Nazi propaganda and portraying Hitler as a strong, stable leader that Germany needed to become a powerful nation. He used a variety of media outlets, including newspapers, film, radio and posters to ensure his messages were spread. It is harrowing to hear that people were susceptible to such outlandish propaganda, but the evidence we can see today makes it abundantly clear that atrocities were taking place, regardless of what the leaders were saying.

#22 All Women And Girls Using Radium Paint With No Protection Or Warnings In 1922

The radium girls were female factory workers who contracted radiation poisoning from painting watch dials with self-luminous paint. After being told that the paint was harmless, the women in each facility ingested deadly amounts of radium after being instructed to “Point” their brushes on their lips in order to give them a fine tip. Some also painted their fingernails, face, and teeth with the glowing substance. 


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#23 Coal Miners In Belgium Crammed Into A Coal Mine Elevator, Coming Up After A Day Of Work, Circa 1900

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#24 Red Rebels Are Being Executed In Varkaus During The Insurrection In Finland In 1918

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Propaganda is still a tactic used around the world today. Vladimir Putin is one of the most blatant users of propaganda, as he claims that the war he is waging in Ukraine is a “special peacekeeping operation”. Materials being taught in Russian schools actually explicitly state that the operation is not a war. In fact, any websites mentioning the war as an invasion, attack or war will be blocked by Russia’s internet censor board. Russia is a frightening example of how propaganda and patriotism are being pushed to the citizens through propaganda, as 83% of the population reported in April 2022 that they support Putin. But those of us who have access to the facts of the situation cannot deny them. There are countless photos, videos and stories from civilians showing that this invasion was unprovoked and certainly not justified.

#25 Between 1932 To 1972, The US Public Health Department Had Conducted A Study That Deliberately Gave Untreated Syphilis To 399 African Americans

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#26 With Her Brother On Her Back, A War-Weary Korean Girl Tiredly Trudges By A Stalled M-26 Tank At Haengju, Korea. 1951-09-06

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#27 An Ambulance Driver From The Indian Army Clenches His Hands, Indicating The Intense Pain In His Leg Which Has Been Almost Completely Blown Off. Korean War (1951)

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We understand that this list is not as cheerful and fun as some of Bored Panda’s other posts, but it is certainly an important one. Keep upvoting the photos that bring up moments in history you’d like all of your fellow pandas to be reminded of, and then let us know in the comments what dark moments in history always stick with you. And if you need something a bit lighter after finishing this heavy piece, you can check out another list featuring historical photographs right here.

#28 A Rescue Dog Is Transported Out Of The Debris Of The World Trade Center. The Twin Towers Of The Center Were Destroyed In A September 11 Terrorist Attack

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#29 The Gadget, The First Atomic Bomb, 1945

Image credits: U.S. Department of Energy

#30 Ebensee Concentration Camp Prisoners. 1945

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#31 Nurses In Their Bomb Trenches Between Hospital Wards. France 1918

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#32 Hungarian Jews Being Selected By Nazis To Be Sent To The Gas Chamber At Auschwitz Concentration Camp, Auschwitz Album 1944

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#33 “Colored” Drinking Fountain From The Mid-20th Century With African-American Drinking

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#34 “Servants, Be Obedient To Your Masters” – The Bible Written For Caribbean Slaves. It Was Edited To Remove Any References To Freedom And To Send A Very Specific Message To Slaves

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#35 Two Armenian Counter-Militias Fighting The Armenian Genocide Perpetrated By The Turkish Ottomans. 1915

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#36 Adolf Hitler And His Entourage Walk Near The Eiffel Tower In Paris On June 23, 1940, Following The Occupation Of France By The Nazis

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#37 An Inmate At The Rab Concentration Camp

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#38 Father Luis Manuel Padilla Holds A Wounded Government Rifleman Shot Down In The Streets Of Puerto Cabello, Venezuela

During a bloody revolt against President Betancourt in June 1962.

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#39 Nagasaki, Japan, Under Atomic Bomb Attack

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#40 A Scene At A London Railway Station Showing Troops Arriving While Kiddies Who Are Being Evacuated From London Leave

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#41 The Ku Klux Klan On Parade Down Pennsylvania Avenue, 1928

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#42 Nazi Rally Attended By The 20,000 Americans. Madison Square Garden, 1939

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#43 In 1970 A Sniper Blew Up A Semi Truck Hauling 20 Tons Of Dynamite On Interstate 44 Near Springfield, MO. This Is The Resultant Crater

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#44 Ku Klux Klan Parade 9/13/26

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#45 Rear View Of Woman Standing At Berlin Wall, In The West Sector, With Hands Raised. After Waiting Three Hours To See Her East Berlin Friends And Relatives

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#46 Flash Burns On Steps Of Sumitomo Bank Company, Hiroshima Branch

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#47 Exterior View Of The Union Carbide Pesticide Factory Scene Of The World’s Worst Industrial Disaster In 1985

The Bhopal disaster, also referred to as the Bhopal gas tragedy, was a chemical accident on the night of 2–3 December 1984. The industrial disaster is considered the world’s worst in history. Over 500,000 people were exposed to methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas. The highly toxic substance made its way into and around the small towns located near the plant.

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#48 Captured Chinese Soldiers Beg For Their Lives Thinking That They Are Going To Be Executed, Korea 1951

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#49 The Imprint Of A Mitsubishi Kamikaze Along The Side Of HMS Sussex

The imprint of a Japanese kamikaze aircraft on the side of HMS Sussex. Incredibly, the aircraft hit the side of the HMS Sussex and fell into the ocean without damaging the ship. C. 1944.

Image credits: Australian war memorial

#50 Mugshots Of Two Men Imprisoned For Having Intercourse With Each Other. Stockholm, Sweden In 1897

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#51 Nazi Rally Being Held At The “Cathedral Of Light” In Nuremberg

Designed by Albert Speer, the “cathedral” actually consisted of 152 anti-aircraft searchlights, at intervals of 12 meters, aimed skyward to create a series of vertical bars surrounding the audience. 1937.

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#52 A “Red Train” Of Carts From The “Wave Of Proletarian Revolution” Collective Farm In The Village Of Oleksiyivka, Kharkiv Oblast In 1932

“Red Trains” took the first harvest of the season’s crop to the government depots. During the “Holodomor”, a man-made famine imposed by the Soviet Government, these brigades were part of the Government’s policy of deliberately taking away the food of the peasants so as to facilitate their starvation.

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#53 Young Boy In Sarajevo Using A Destroyed Tank’s Cannon As Makeshift Monkey Bars To Have Some Fun, During The Bosnian War (1990s)

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#54 12-Year-Old Dragoljub Jelačić Defending Belgrade In WWI

#55 The Irrepressible Australians At Anzac. An Australian Bringing A Wounded Comrade To The Hospital. Dardanelles Campaign, Circa 1915

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#56 Children Of An Eastern Suburb Of London, Who Have Been Made Homeless By German Bombings, Sit Outside The Wreckage Of What Was Their Home, September 1940

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#57 A Cafe Near The Tobacco Market, Durham, North Carolina. Separate Doors For “White” And For “Colored”

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#58 Pennsylvania Breaker Boys. The Dust Was So Dense At Times As To Obscure The View. This Dust Penetrates The Utmost Recess Of The Boy’s Lungs. South Pittston, Pennsylvania 1911

A breaker boy was a coal-mining worker in the US and the UK whose job was to separate impurities from coal by hand in a coal breaker. Although breaker boys were primarily children, elderly coal miners who could no longer work in the mines because of age, disease, or accident were also sometimes employed as breaker boys. The use of breaker boys began in the mid-1860s. Although public disapproval of the employment of children as breaker boys existed by the mid-1880s, the practice did not end until the early 1920s.

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#59 Crew Members Of B-29 Superfortress “Enola Gay”, That Dropped The Atomic Bomb On Hiroshima In 1945

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#60 Soviets Invasion Of Prague, 1968

A crowd of protesters surrounded soviet tanks during the first days of the invasion.

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#61 German Reichsmarschall, Commander Of The Luftwaffe Hermann Goering (1893 – 1946) During Cross Examination At His Trial For War Crimes, Nuremberg, Germany, 1946

Image credits: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

#62 Holocaust Jews In A Railway Car

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#63 Omagh Bombing

The red Vauxhall Cavalier contains the bomb. This photograph was taken shortly before the explosion; the camera was found afterward in the rubble. The man and child in the photo both survived.

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#64 The Bar Has A Sign That Reads “Positively No Beer Sold To Indians” Birney, Montana. August 1941

Image credits: Marion Post Wolcott

#65 May 25, 1979 – American Airlines Flight 191 Was Departing O’Hare International Airport When It Crashed Into The Ground After The Left Engine Detached From The Wing

All 258 passengers and 13 crew members aboard American Airlines Flight 191 perished. Along with two people on the ground. 

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#66 Prison Labor, Pitt County North Carolina, 1910. The Prisoners Were Transported In Caged Wagons To Road Work Projects

Chain gang of convicts engaged in road work. Pitt County, North Carolina. Autumn 1910. The inmates were quartered in the wagons shown in the picture. Wagons were equipped with bunks and move from place to place as labor is utilized. The central figure in the picture is J.Z. McLawhon, who was at that time county superintendent of chain gangs. The dogs are bloodhounds used for running down any attempted escapes.

Image credits: Library of Congress

#67 Unknown Man During The Depression, Circa 1932

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#68 Civil Rights Activists Dressed Up As Ku Klux Klan Members To Protest Racists Supporting The Presidential Campaign Of Barry Goldwater

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#69 A Soldier Preparing To Dispose Of A Bomb In Northern Ireland, Circa 1970s

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#70 Senator Robert F. Kennedy Delivers Remarks To His Supporters Around Midnight In The Ambassador Hotel Moments Before Being Assassinated By Sirhan Sirhan. 5 June 1968

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#71 This Is U.S. General Jacob Smith. During The Philippine-American War, He Ordered His Troops To Kill Everyone After Being Ambushed

He told his major “I wish you to kill and burn”. When the officer asked for an age limit, smith replied “10 years”. His troops would massacre at least 2000 civilians.

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#72 Korean War Refugees Aboard USS Weiss. 1952, September 16

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#73 Bruno Tesch (Left), A Chemist, Entrepreneur, And Co-Inventor Of Pesticide Zyklon B, Goes On Trial With Two Coworkers

He was trialed for selling his invention to the Nazis, knowing how it would be used. The men are accused of letting millions of people die so they could get rich (Hamburg, 1946).

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#74 A Rare Photograph Showing Both Stalin And Trotsky At Felix Dzierżyński’s Funeral In July 1926. Also Pictured Are Molotov, Kamenev And Zinoviev

Stalin would eventually execute or imprison almost everyone in this photo.

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#75 Some Shell Cases On The Roadside In The Front Area, The Contents Of Which Have Been Dispatched Over Into The German Lines

Image credits: National Library of Scotland

#76 February 24, 1970 – 14-Year-Old Keith Sapsford, From Australia, Died When He Fell 200 Ft Out Of The Wheel-Well Of A Plane, As It Took Off From Sydney On A Flight To Tokyo

Australian photographer John Gilpin, inadvertently snapped a photo of Sapsford in mid-air as he was falling.

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#77 USS ESSEX-Based TBMs And SB2Cs Dropping Bombs On Hakodate, Japan

Image credits: National Archives Catalog

#78 Austrian Nazis And Local Residents Watch As Jews Are Forced To Scrub The Pavement After Nazi Annexation

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#79 USS SANTA FE Lays Alongside USS FRANKLIN Rendering Assistance After The Carrier Had Been Hit And Set Afire By A Japanese Dive Bomber

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#80 Auschwitz Camp Guards On A Day Trip (1944), It’s Just Astounding To Look At

Image credits: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

#81 Swimmers At A Las Vegas Hotel Watch The Mushroom Cloud From An Atomic Bomb Detonation 75 Miles Away In 1953

The Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce even issued a calendar marking the dates of nuclear explosions and the best places to see those explosions. The tests were marketed as a tourist attraction and Las Vegas was called “Atomic City”. People even had picnics to watch the explosions as close to the Ground Zero as the regulations allowed.

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#82 Sinking Of MS Estonia, 28 September 1994

The photographer used camera flash to signal for help, accidentally capturing another man sitting on the capsized hull. The sinking claimed 852 lives. The photographer and the person accidentally captured in these photos both survived.

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#83 In The 1950s It Wasn’t Uncommon For Los Angeles To Have Two Sunrises — Photographers And Reporters Observe Atomic Explosion In The Distance In Awe

Photographers captured an atomic blast at News Nob, the designated site for reporters to record images of the atmospheric tests, northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada, on June 24, 1957. In reaction to people’s interest, the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce promoted the dates and times for these tests. Calendars and community announcements would be published months in advance for tourists to plan and enjoy the spectacle of the mushroom cloud, and the Las Vegas News Bureau would capture the blasts from various perspectives and these images were published around the world.

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#84 Photo Of The Aviation Accident Known As “The Day The Music Died”, That Occurred On February 3, 1959, Near Clear Lake, Iowa

Rock&roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, as well as the pilot, Roger Peterson perished in this plane crash.

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#85 Aftermath Of An Early Car Bomb. The Intended Victim Was Blown To Pieces. Stockholm, Sweden In 1926

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#86 Burning Of 80 Ft. Cross, KKK, 8/9/1925

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#87 Pearl Harbor Attack. The Photograph Was Taken From A Japanese Plane During The Torpedo Attack On Ships Moored On Both Sides Of Ford Island, 7 December 1941

The view looks about east, with the supply depot, submarine base and fuel tank farm in the right center distance. A torpedo has just hit USS West Virginia on the far side of Ford Island (center). Other battleships moored nearby are (from left): Nevada, Arizona, Tennessee (inboard of West Virginia), Oklahoma (torpedoed and listing) alongside Maryland, and California. On the near side of Ford Island, to the left, are light cruisers Detroit and Raleigh, target and training ship Utah and seaplane tender Tangier. Raleigh and Utah have been torpedoed, and Utah is listing sharply to port. Japanese planes are visible in the right center (over Ford Island) and over the Navy Yard at the right. Japanese writing in the lower right states that the photograph was reproduced by authorization of the Navy Ministry. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Image credits: Imperial Japanese Navy

#88 This Japanese Photograph Was Taken In A Japanese Carrier Before The Attack On Pearl Harbor. 1941, December 7

Image credits: National Archives Catalog

#89 The Dust Bowl Dust Storm Approaches Stratford, Texas In 1935

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#90 The Automobile Crash That Resulted In James Dean’s Death On Sept. 30, 1955 In Cholame, California

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#91 Aerial Photo Of A French Gas Attack On The Somme, Ca. 1917

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#92 Germans Burning Village In Bosnia

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#93 Hitler Jugend Soldiers Of The 12th SS Panzer Division Captured During The Battle Of The Bulge. December, 1944

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