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Life Is Amazing: The 31 Most Powerful Images From The Last Hundred Years

1. 1939 DC-4 Passenger Plane Flying Over Manhattan.

A helicopter had to hover over the planes flight pattern as it was landing to capture this picture. Not an easy task in the 30’s.

2. 1942 The Women’s Army Corps

The Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps assisted in operations during World War II. Here you see them wearing gas masks for a training drill at Iowa’s Fort Des Moines.

3. 1944 The Omaha Beach Invasion

34,250 American troops landed on this infamous beach. Within 24 hours the allies took back Omaga beach.

4. 1949 Pablo Picasso and a “lighter pen” in Southeast France.

This picture was taken by LIFE magazine. Pablo Picasso uses a lighter to draw a centaur in mid-air.

5.1951 The Days Of Segregation

From 1876 to 1965 there was an enforced mandatory segregation in all public places called “Jim Crow Law”s. During these horrible times in history blacks were technically free. These laws were eventually abolished in 1965.

6. 1980 Bob Marley, the Legend

Bob playing ping-pong between shows in Europe.

7. 1953 The Wedding of Senator John Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy

The reception took place in Newport, Rhode Island. People refer to this time period as the Camelot era.

8. 1963 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Lincoln Memorial During The March on Washington

9. 1951 The Hydrogen Bomb Tests

image-9_hydro-bomb This 14 kiloton nuclear test took place on the Nevada Proving Grounds. Named “Charlie”, this test was part of “Operation Buster-Jangle”. Many soldiers who were part of the test later died from cancers because so little was known about the effects of radiation.

10. 1947 UFO’s, Roswell New Mexico

Newspapers and the military told they found a UFO, but one day later the military changed its story and no one really knew what actually happened at the crash site. After the Roswell incident great advances in aircraft, technology and computers became common.

11. 2011 The Japanese Tsunami

This 9.0 earthquake was the fourth largest earthquake ever recorded. It is the worst nuclear disaster in the history of the world. It hit the Oshika Peninsula and destroyed a nuclear power plant that is still leaking radioactive fluids into the sea.

12. 1965 Muhammad Ali

Ali knocks out Sonny Liston while shouting. The fight only a minute into the first round.

13. 1915 Babe Ruth

Babe Ruth in a rare photo at 20 yrs old when playing for the Red Sox. This image was found in 1988 in an old forgotten an attic.

14. 1977 Fonzie From Happy Days

15. 1981 The Reagan Assassination Attempt

Ron Hinckley Jr shot President Ronald Reagan once in the mid section and shot James Brady in the head. Ron later admitted he had done it to gain the attention of actress Jodie Foster.

16. 1955 James Dean

James Dean with his Porsche 550 Spyder as seen in this photograph. Not long after, Dean died from injuries as he was speeding down a California road and lost control of his car.

17. 1962 The Kennedy Brothers

John F. Kennedy confers with his brother Robert F. Kennedy at the White House. Robert was then Attorney General. This was during the Cuban missile crisis between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.

18. 1964 The Beatles on Ed Sullivan

The Beatles get introduced for the first time to the American audience on the Ed Sullivan show. This image was during rehearsal for the Beatles first American appearance. There were 70 million viewers recorded.

19. 2004 Tsunami

This was the most deadly tsunami to occur in recorded history. An earthquake overtook The Indian Ocean and killed 250,000 people in one afternoon.

20. 1971 The Rolling Stones At Their Prime

21. Prohibition

image-21 On January 16, 1920 prohibition was about to hit. Millions of Americans lined up to buy their last legal drinks. The 18th Amendment outlawed “the manufacture, sale or transportation of intoxicating liquors” and took reign for the following 12 years till it was repealed. Organized crime prevailed at this time.

22. July 4, 1976 USA Turns 200

23. 1946 Nuclear Bomb Test

Over 216 nuclear tests were done around the world in the 1940’s in different environments like the atmosphere, underwater, and space. One of the most well known tests was at Bikini Atoll. From 1946-1958, 23 nuclear bombs were detonated at seven sites on the atoll. The one seen above was detonated in just 90 feet of water and caused massive damage and contamination to the atoll.

24. 1911 Machu Picchu

This is the very first photo taken of Machu Pichu. At almost 7,500 feet above sea level, Machu Picchu was inhabited from 1450-1550, before being abandoned for hundreds of years. Since then over 30% of the structures have been rebuilt or escavated. It is a UNESCo world heritage site.

25. 1956 Elvis Getting A Trim

The “King of Rock N Roll” was born in Tupelo, Mississippi in 1935. Elvis died at 42 years old from prescription pills.

26. 1938. Surfers Ride Together Before Surfing Became Popular.

Surfer Tom Blake introduced surfing to California. In 1931, Tom received a patent for his hollow surfboard design which revolutionized surfing.

27. 1952 A Soldier Saves A Kitten

Marine Sergeant Frank Praytor holds a kitten named “Miss Hap” because it was born at the wrong place at the wrong time. The kitten was an orphan. A soldier had killed its mother for making too much noise.

28. 1903 Monster Sea Bass

Black Sea Bass hide on the bottom of the sea in caves and crevices and can live for 100 years. This image is of Edward Llewellen and his world record black sea bass which weighed in at 425 lbs. It was caught off of Catalina Island on August 26th and shook the fishing world.

29. 1967 Vietnam War Demonstration

Here you see Jan Rose Kasmir peacefully standing up to the military at a Washington, D.C. demonstration. Protests occured in every major city against the war. Demonstrators clashed with soldiers and violence broke out. The group surrounded a line of military soldiers for two days and over 680 people were arrested.

30. Nixon and Elvis

What an image! Rumor is that Elvis wrote Nixon a letter and hand delivered it to the White House.

31. 1957 Nuclear Test Takes Down U.S. Navy Blimp

The blimp was blown from the sky from the shock wave blast during one of the hundreds of nuclear test bombs the US military detonated.


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