Photographs are an art form that bring about a plethora of emotions. Whether we are looking at old pictures of family and friends, or of times of the past, a photo can truly be worth a thousand words.
Another thing photos are great for? Remembering history. Check out some of the coolest pictures from the past that remind us of some of the biggest moments in history.
9/11 Memorial Brings Peace to Survivors, 2011
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum opened on September 11, 2011, exactly ten years after the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. The memorial site commemorates the lives lost from the attack and is a safe place for people to pay their respects and remember their loved ones.
Apollo 11 Lands on the Moon, 1969
On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 became the first spaceflight of humans to land on the moon. Neil Armstrong was commander of Apollo 11 and was the first person to set foot on the moon.
Mount Rushmore Stands Tall After 1927 Construction
One of the most popular monuments in the United State’s presidential history is Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. This man-made sculpture was constructed in 1927. The presidents in the sculpture are Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and Theodore Roosevelt. Mount Rushmore sits within a memorial park, covering 1,278 acres of land. The construction was complete in 1941, and ever since, millions of tourists visit the site to take pictures similar to the one above.
Rosa Parks Refuses to Move, 1955
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was asked to move after she sat down on a bus in Montgomery to go home. Parks even sat down in the designated “colored” section of the bus, a law of the time, which separated whites from blacks in public spaces. After her refusal to move, Parks was arrested.
Shortly after, on December 4, 1955, bus boycotts began in Montgomery to demand equal treatment among blacks and whites. Today, Parks is remembered for her tireless activism against racial inequality and her leadership roles in the Black Power movement.
JFK Is Assassinated, 1963
United States President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas. His wife, Jackie, was sitting right beside him in the car when he was shot. This event led to distrust, fear and conspiracy theories in America, as well as a political divide. Some of JFK’s opponents demonstrated happiness after the president’s death.
Anne Frank Keeps a Diary (1942-1944)
Anne Frank, along with her family, hid in her home in Holland during the Nazi occupation of the country. During her two years in hiding, she kept a diary, which was later published in 1947. She addressed her diary as “Kitty.” The book is called The Diary of Anne Frank, and many schools across the world include it in their required reading lists for students.
The Spanish Flu Pandemic Spreads (1918-1919)
The Spanish flu became a pandemic after it spread to an estimated 500 million people across the world over its two years of infection flurry. The H1N1 influenza A virus killed an estimated 50,000,000 people, marking it one of the deadliest pandemics in history.
The Covid-19 Pandemic Spreads (2019-Present)
In December of 2019, the first case of the deadly coronavirus, Covid-19, was discovered in Wuhan, China. The disease began to spread across the world shortly after, causing a worldwide outbreak and ultimately, a very deadly pandemic. Covid-19 has resulted in millions of deaths and is considerably the deadliest pandemic since the Spanish flu.
Ray Tomlinson Sends the First Email, 1971
In 1971, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) programmer, Ray Tomlinson, sent the first-ever electronic mail, or, email. Tomlinson also helped develop additional components of the email, including the From, Subject and Date fields, according to Guinness World Records.
Amelia Earhart Becomes First Woman to Fly Alone from Coast to Coast, 1932
At 34 years old, Amelia Earhart became the first female pilot to take a solo transatlantic flight. She started her solo journey in Newfoundland and landed in Ireland.
Pearl Harbor Attack Occurs, 1941
Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii on December 7, 1941 to the United States’ surprise. The Japanese Navy Air Service conducted the attack in attempt to prevent the U.S. from interfering with other military endeavors. According to the U.S. Census, 2,403 U.S. personnel died as a result of the attack.
Thomas Edison & William Dickson Create Motion Picture Camera, 1888-1890
Thomas Edison and his assistant, William Dickson, worked together to invent the Kinetograph, a special camera suited for motion picture. George Eastman, pictured on the right beside Edison on the left, founded the Eastman Kodak Company, which began the use of film. These men’s inventions were pivotal in the art and film industries and created a path forward to endless film creations.
Mother Teresa Is Beatified a Saint, 2003
On October 19, 2003, Mother Teresa was beatified a saint in the Roman Catholic Church. She was later canonized on September 4, 2016. Her life’s work of creating the Missionaries of Charity, traveling the world to help the poor and comfort children in orphanages paved the way to her sainthood. She also spent time helping people with HIV/AIDS during her travels.
Nelson Mandela Is Released from Prison, 1990
Nelson Mandela, former South Africa President and anti-apartheid leader, spent 27 years in prison for fighting against apartheid and leading antigovernmental campaigns. In 1990, he was released, and he later received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, among several other honorable awards.
The Beatles Come to the U.S.A., 1964
The Beatles made their very first trip to the United States on February 7, 1964, marking the expansion of Beatlemania. The musical group appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show during their visit.
Berlin Wall Comes Down, 1989
On November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall came down as a metaphor to the end of the Iron Curtain, which was a divide in Europe that began during World War II. The fall of the Berlin Wall also resembled the end of communism in Eastern and Central Europe. Many people gathered at this historical event.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Gives “I Have a Dream” Speech, 1963
On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his historical “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington in Washington, D.C. In his speech, Dr. King called for an end to racism in the U.S., often referencing slavery and the Emancipation Proclamation. Today, “I Have a Dream” is considered one of the most famous speeches of all time, and the U.S. celebrates Dr. King for his activism each third Monday of January, deemed a federal holiday.
Women Win the Right to Vote, 1920
The 19th Amendment of the United States Constitution allowed women to vote. Passed on June 4, 1919 and later ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment created more freedom for women to have a say in the voting process. Women’s suffrage in the U.S. began in the 1800s and were led by countless powerful women, including Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
Vietnam War Ends, 1975
On April 30, 1975, the Vietnam War officially came to an end. The war spanned over about 20 years, starting on November 1, 1955. It is one of the deadliest wars to-date, and many people opposed it because of that.
Steve Jobs Unveils the First iPhone, 2007
On January 9, 2007, Steve Jobs unveiled the first-ever iPhone, an invention he had been working on since 2005. The phone, he declared, would have a touch screen and work as a smartphone. The iPhone was one of many of Jobs’ inventions, including the iPad, the iPod, the iMac and the original Apple desktop computer.
Barack Obama Becomes First Black U.S. President, 2008
The 2008 United States presidential election marked a time in history: Barack Obama became the first-ever Black president of the United States of America. In 2012, President Obama won a second term.
Gay Marriage Becomes Legal in all 50 U.S. States, 2015
On June 26, 2015, gay marriage became legal in all 50 states in the United States of America. The U.S. Supreme Court declared the ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. This famous case was called Obergefell v. Hodges.
Kamala Harris Becomes First Female U.S. Vice President, 2021
After the 2020 United States Presidential election, Kamala Harris became the first female Vice President, alongside the presidential winner, Joe Biden. Harris’ win also marked the highest ranked elected official in the U.S. that a woman has ever held.