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February 18, 2013 | 2 Comments » | Topics: History

In WWII the Mona Lisa was packed up and moved 5 times to protect it from looting during the German occupation of France

 

Albert Einstein’s matriculation certificate that he received at the age of 17, showing his final grades.

Albert Einstein's matriculation certificate that he received at the age of 17, showing his final grades.

 

Alan Shepard, America’s first man in space, puts on his Navy Mark IV spacesuit.

Alan Shepard, America's first man in space, puts on his Navy Mark IV spacesuit.

Charles Godefroy taking his Nieuport 11 “Bébé” through the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on August 7th, 1919.

Charles Godefroy taking his Nieuport 11 “Bébé” through the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on August 7th, 1919.

Construction of the Eiffel tower in July, 1888.

Construction of the Eiffel tower in July, 1888.

Construction of Brasilia city, which would later become the capital of Brazil. 1960.

Construction of Brasilia city, which would later become the capital of Brazil. 1960.

Famous album cover art for The Beatles album Abbey Road, correct? Not exactly, this is them walking back in the opposite direction

Famous album cover art for The Beatles album Abbey Road, correct? Not exactly, this is them walking back in the opposite directi

Che Guevara and Fidel Castro.

Che Guevara and Fidel Castro.

Filming Star Wars inside of the iconic “Millennium Falcon” spacecraft.

Filming Star Wars inside of the iconic “Millennium Falcon” spacecraft.

The US-built ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer) was the first computer ever made

The US-built ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer) was the first computer ever made

The unbroken seal on King Tut’s Tomb.

The unbroken seal on King Tut's Tomb.

The First Google Team in 1999.

The First Google Team in 1999.

The first Wal-Mart store was opened in 1962 by [a salesman] Sam Walton. It was called Walton’s Five and Dime.

The first Wal-Mart store was opened in 1962 by [a salesman] Sam Walton. It was called Walton's Five and Dime.

The moment George W. Bush was notified of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

The moment George W. Bush was notified of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Henry Ford, Thomas Edison , Warren G. Harding and Harvey Samuel Firestone lounging together.

Henry Ford, Thomas Edison , Warren G. Harding and Harvey Samuel Firestone lounging together.

Mathias Rust’s Cessna 172 that landed illegally in the Red Square on May 28, 1987.

Mathias Rust's Cessna 172 that landed illegally in the Red Square on May 28, 1987.

A German amateur pilot that flew from Finland to Moscow (while being tracked by the Soviet air defense as well as Soviet Jet Interceptors – which never received permission to fire).

One of the first photos that was taken inside of Hitler’s bunker (Führerbunker) in 1945 by Allied soldiers.

One of the first photos that was taken inside of Hitler's bunker (Führerbunker) in 1945 by Allied soldiers.

Winston Churchill in a swimsuit, 1922

Winston Churchill in a swimsuit, 1922

Madonna, Sting and Tupac hanging out.

Madonna, Sting and Tupac hanging out.

The Quagga is an extinct subspecies of the plains zebra.

The Quagga is an extinct subspecies of the plains zebra.

The real boarding pass for RMS Titanic

The real boarding pass for RMS Titanic

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates chatting in 1991.

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates chatting in 1991.

Elvis Presley during his service in the U.S. Army.

Elvis Presley during his service in the U.S. Army.

During the Apollo 16 mission, Charles Duke left a family photo on the moon that was enclosed in a plastic bag.

During the Apollo 16 mission, Charles Duke left a family photo on the moon that was enclosed in a plastic bag.

Vought F4U Corsair crashes on the deck of a carrier when the arresting gear failed

Vought F4U Corsair crashes on the deck of a carrier when the arresting gear failed

The following photo is believed to be the last photo ever taken of the RMS Titanic before it sunk in April 1912.

The following photo is believed to be the last photo ever taken of the RMS Titanic before it sunk in April 1912.

John F. Kennedy at NASA’s Cape Canaveral Missile Test Annex in 1962.

John F. Kennedy at NASA's Cape Canaveral Missile Test Annex in 1962.

1884 De Dion, Bouton et Trepardou Dos-à-Dos is the oldest running car on the planet.

1884 De Dion, Bouton et Trepardou Dos-à-Dos is the oldest running car on the planet.

Douglas MacArthur signing the official Japanese surrender instrument aboard the USS Missouri, 1945.

Douglas MacArthur signing the official Japanese surrender instrument aboard the USS Missouri, 1945.

Hitler inspecting the massive 800mm “Schwerer Gustav” railway gun from afar.

Hitler inspecting the massive 800mm “Schwerer Gustav” railway gun from afar.

George S. Patton’s Dog, Willie, mourning his best friend on the day of his death.

George S. Patton's Dog, Willie, mourning his best friend on the day of his death.

Joseph Goebbels on his wedding day. Hitler was his best man and can be seen behind him in a trench coat and top hat.

Joseph Goebbels on his wedding day. Hitler was his best man and can be seen behind him in a trench coat and top hat.

George Armstrong Custer and some of his fellow soldiers, during the American Civil War.

George Armstrong Custer and some of his fellow soldiers, during the American Civil War.

Howard Carter, an English archaeologist, examining the opened sarcophagus of King Tut.

Howard Carter, an English archaeologist, examining the opened sarcophagus of King Tut.

An RAF pilot getting a haircut while reading a book between missions.

An RAF pilot getting a haircut while reading a book between missions.

Manfred von Richthofen, aka “The Red Baron”, petting his dog on an airfield.

Manfred von Richthofen, aka “The Red Baron”, petting his dog on an airfield.

Samurai. ~ 1860 – 1880

Samurai. ~ 1860 – 1880

A team of SAS soldiers in North Africa, 1943.

A team of SAS soldiers in North Africa, 1943.

Soviet soldiers stop for a break in 1945 on the outskirts of Berlin.

Soviet soldiers stop for a break in 1945 on the outskirts of Berlin.

Tsar Nicholas II goofing around with his friend in 1899.

Tsar Nicholas II goofing around with his friend in 1899.

Walt and Roy O. Disney on the day that they opened the Disney studio. Beside them are their wives and mother.

Walt and Roy O. Disney on the day that they opened the Disney studio. Beside them are their wives and mother.

John Young and Charles Duke training for the Apollo 16 mission in the New Mexico desert.

John Young and Charles Duke training for the Apollo 16 mission in the New Mexico desert.

The Tunguska Meteor Impact, 1908.

The Tunguska Meteor Impact, 1908.

Spyros Louis, the first Marathon race winner, in a traditional clothing during the first Olympic Games. Greece 1896.

Spyros Louis, the first Marathon race winner, in a traditional clothing during the first Olympic Games. Greece 1896.

Auguste and Louis Lumière, the first filmmakers in history, 1914

Auguste and Louis Lumière, the first filmmakers in history, 1914



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  • TrentSC

    ENIAC was certainly an early computer, but not the first – Colossus was built in 1943 and was fully programmable.

  • The Annoyed Elephant

    The “Filming Star Wars” wasn’t actually filming Star Wars. The camera is a TV video camera, not a film camera, which means that the picture is of the filming of the Star Wars Holiday Special.




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