This powerful photo shows an East German soldier in 1961 helping a small child cross the Berlin Wall on the day it was completed, even though he could've faced death as a punishment. The child likely got left behind in the chaos of families fleeing out of East Germany. This photo just goes to show the amount of compassion that people can have.
This photo shows the filming of the iconic opening credits from MGM in 1928 that we all know. You’d think it’d be slightly terrifying sitting that close to a giant roaring lion, but these guys look pretty calm!
Jackie Mitchell was supposedly the first and only woman to strike out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig back-to-back.
The best part is that afterward, Babe Ruth was quoted in saying that women “will never make good in baseball” because “they are too delicate. It would kill them to play ball every day.” Salty much, Babe?
The quagga was a relative of the zebra that went extinct more than a century ago after European settlers in South Africa hunted them all. Luckily, a group of researchers in Cape Town are trying to bring the quagga back!
This is the only known photo of a live quagga in captivity at the London zoo in 1870.
This photo shows a PanAm airplane in 1956 transporting a 5 MB hard drive. It’s pretty crazy to think about how far we’ve come in technology since then, considering 5 MB would now fit into a device smaller than the palm of your hand!
This photo was taken in Afghanistan before the rise of the Taliban, when women were free to dress in Western clothes and travel throughout the country without supervision. Women and men also had equal access to education, including university.
This photo captured the first-ever sustained flight by humankind in 1903. Orville Wright is operating the plane and Wilbur Wright is running alongside it. The flight lasted 12 seconds and glided 120 feet.
Here we see Helen Chan pinning a button that says “Chinese” on Sun Lum. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Chinese-Americans tried to avoid being lumped in with the persecution of Japanese-Americans who were being sent to internment camps.
John Smith was a member of the Chippewa Indian tribe who reportedly lived to the age of 138 years old in 1922. There is some controversy about this, however, as some believe that he actually had a disease that made him appear older than he actually was.