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Anjali DeSimone

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1. Audrey Hepburn Shopping

The photo of Audrey Hepburn shows her shopping at a grocery store with her pet deer. The photo was taken in 1958. The sight of someone casually shopping with their deer appears unusual.

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2. Alcohol Pouring Out of Windows

The photo shows a large amount of alcohol pouring out of the windows of a factory in Detroit Michigan. It was taken in 1929 at a time when alcohol was prohibited in the United States.

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3. Albert Einstein Summer Vacation

The photograph of Albert Einstein on vacation in Nassau Point, Long Island was taken in 1939. The photo is interesting because it reveals a relaxed side of Albert Einstein which is a lot different from how people would think of a physics genius.

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4. The Last Photo of the Titanic

The Titanic hit an iceberg and led to more than 1500 fatalities. On its last photo, the Titanic is in perfectly good condition and it is almost impossible to imagine the Titanic accident.

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5. Jimi Hendrix On His Last Days

The photo of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer on his last days shows him looking relaxed with his guitar on sight. Jimi Hendrix was a legendary musician who died at only 27 in 1970.

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6. POW Standing Up to Heinrich Himmler

The photo is a powerful depiction of courage. It shows POW, a soldier without a shirt confronting Heinrich Himmler who was a powerful member of the Nazi Party.

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7. The Head of The Statue of Liberty

The photo of the head of the Statue of Liberty was taken in France in 1885. On the photo, a woman and a child are standing to the statue as it is being assembled. It also shows how women in France dressed at that time.

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8. Elvis Presley in The Military

Most people only think about Elvis Presley as an artist. The photo was taken in 1958 when he was still young. He is in his uniform together with other soldiers.

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9. Young Charlie Chaplin

Most photos of Charlie Chaplin show him as an older man with a mustache and a hat. This rare photo of his younger days was taken in 1916 when he was only 27.

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10. Baby Cages

The photo was taken in 1937. It shows a baby inside a cage. The cage is a lot like an animal’s cage. Baby cages were used as an alternative to babysitting.

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11. Jacqueline Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson as He Takes Oath

The photo of Lyndon Johnson taking an oath is breathtaking. Mrs. Kennedy’s dress is covered in blood as she stands beside Lyndon Johnson. She appears calm and beautiful.

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12. Freed Jewish Prisoners

The photo was taken in 1945 when Jewish prisoners were released from their camp. The photo was taken immediately the first refugees learned about their liberation.

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13. Two Bullets

The photo of the two bullets that collided mid-air was taken after the Battle of Gallipoli during the First World War. The photo is a sad memory of the loss of 65, 000 troops by Turkey and 46, 000 troops by Britain, France, Australia, and New Zealand.

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14. The First Atomic Bomb

The atomic bomb was nicknamed The Gadget. It was the Manhattan Project’s first project. The photo of the bomb will always be an important part of history.

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15. Roller Skating in The 70s

The image of a happy woman skating along with some kids is a representation of the skating hype in the 70s.

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16. Nagasaki Before and After

The comparison photo of Nagasaki before and after the 1945 bombing is a sad one. The bomb killed at least 39, 000 people.

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17. Liverpool Kids Wearing Gas Masks

The photo of Liverpool school skids wearing masks was taken after the 1941 bombings. The environment was scary and all citizens wore gas masks during the war for fear of a gas attack.

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18. British Sailors Removing a Slave’s Iron Legs

Iron legs were used to restrain slaves. The photo, taken before Britain abolished slavery trade, shows a sad picture of how things were.

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19. Target Practice

The photo taken in 1935 shows German soldiers practicing with their horses. Horses were trained to stay calm during gunshots to prepare them for combat.

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20. Breaking News of The Titanic

In the photo, a young boy appears to be selling copies of a newspaper. He holds a piece of paper breaking the news of the accident.

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21. Milkman During London Attacks

The photo of a milkman delivering his milk during The Blitz is a true reflection of dedication to work. The conflict between Germany and England was rising and there is destroyed property all around the milkman.

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22. Cafeteria of Disneyland Workers

Most people do not think about where their favorite Disney workers go during their lunch break. The photo taken in 1961 might provide an answer. It shows a few Disney characters having lunch in a cafeteria.

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23. Andre The Giant

The photo shows a little boy who seems amazed with Andre. Andre, a wrestler and actor, was over seven feet tall. The little boy does not appear to be saying anything but the shock on his face is clear.

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24. Fixing a Plane Mid-Flight

The photo shows a pilot climbing out of an airplane to fix an issue. It is not clear what the issue was but it looks really dangerous. This photo is one of the most outrageous ones. It is not clear who took it and whether or not the pilot managed to fix the issue

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25. The Kiss of V-J Day

The V – J Day came after the US won against Japan in the Second World War The photo shows a sailor who grabbed an unknown woman and kissed her in Times Square in New York City.

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26. Snowball Fight

In the photo, three men appear to have been in a serious fist fight when they were in fact in a snowball fight. The photo of the Princeton University freshmen was taken in 1893.

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27. Swedish Driving Rules

When Sweden changed their traffic laws, there was a lot of confusion. The driving laws changed from left side to right side and most drivers were not prepared. The photo taken in 167 is a representation of the confusion.

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28. Kathrine Switzer at The Boston Marathon

The photo shows Kathrine Switzer attempting to complete the marathon amidst protests from the organizers. She, however, completed it and became the first woman to complete the Boston Marathon.

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29.  1890s Prosthetic Legs

The image of a little girl with prosthetic legs shows how they looked in the 1890s. The girl is able to stand without help but the prosthetics seem very uncomfortable.

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30. Measuring Length of Bathing Suits

The image of a man measuring the lengths of women’s bathing suits for decency. It was taken in the 1920s. While the idea may sound sexist and outrageous now, it was common practice in the early 90s.

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31. Early Spray Tan

The photo shows a woman using the older version of a spray tan. She is holding the nozzle of the spray tan which is connected to a tan machine and spraying it on her skin. The photo was taken in 1949.

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32. Constructing The Berlin Wall

The photo shows the Berlin Wall under construction. It was taken in 1961. On this image, the Eastern wing appears to be busy at work while the Western wing looks. They appear to be surprised.

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33. The Hindenburg Disaster

The sad photo was taken in 1937 when a German airship with many passengers caught fire A least 36 people died. The devastating event is still marked. Presence of photos, newsreels and recordings of eyewitness testimonies help to remember it.

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The Origins of Memorial Day in America: Rooted in a History of Former Slaves and Bravery

Cynthia Brooke

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Memorial Day is widely celebrated in the United States, as a way to remember the heroism and sacrifice of those fallen American soldiers. The day has become a time of celebration and community gatherings. With parades, food, and fireworks., it’s just like July 4th. But, while we all know the origins of other American holidays (including the 4th of July), Memorial Day is still shrouded in lost and misunderstood history. The full story is not known, and it’s quite a tale! 

Who Invented Memorial Day? 

The first acknowledged Memorial Day is linked with the tragic loss of life in Charleston, South Carolina that took place toward the end of the Civil War. Hundreds of Union soldiers were left for dead at the Washington Race Course, a makeshift prisoner-of-war camp by the Confederate side. With Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s abrupt surrender at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, on April 9, 1865. The war had taken a brutal toll on both sides, but the end of the war inspired a mass exodus of Charleston by soldiers and citizens alike. Former slaves stayed behind. Inspired by patriotic fervor, they called themselves the “Patriotic Association of Colored Men.” They took it upon themselves to bring honor and dignity to the fallen soldiers left in the race-course prison in unmarked graves when the Confederate soldiers fled. 

They excavated the unmarked mass graves and then dug 257 individual graves, surrounded by a fence to ensure a place of honor and security. Once their final memorial was complete, the community turned out for “Decoration Day,” which is now recognized by many as the first Memorial Day, in 1865.  The event included the march on the race track, singing by 2,800 black school children, preaching by black ministers, and the wide-spread decoration of the graves.  It was a way to honor the soldiers, who’d been viewed as martyrs by the Patriotic Association of Colored Men. 

The Rest is History 

Tragic loss and sacrifice are at the center of virtually every version of the first Memorial Day celebrations, but the scale is important. The Decoration Day tradition was later launched in Waterloo, New York (and yes, they claim to have invented the first Memorial Day). Memorial celebrations for Confederate soldiers took place in April 1866, and then Union Major General John A. Logan declared May 5, 1868, to be Decoration Day. There are a number of conflicting reports and claims for the events and meaning of the commemorations that took place following the cessation of hostilities at the end of the Civil War. But that last event took place at  Arlington National Cemetery. The formalization of the event at Arlington, with the mass decoration of graves with flowers and flags, is part of why the 1868 event is widely considered to be the first national Memorial Day event in US History. 

Memorial Day was then set as a May 30th national holiday, and it has continued to evolve. The true history of the day is complicated by historical bias and the fickle memories of the participants, but the role of these men and women who had once been slaves is important. After all, the Emancipation Proclamation, issued on January 1, 1863, was just a few years old when the war ended. Former slaves signed up to become Union soldiers en masse. An estimated 25,000 soldiers fought for the Union Army, but approximately 10% of their ranks were former slaves. They fought bravely and with distinction. In fact, 16 black soldiers were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for their heroism in battle. It’s about time that we recognized the hidden stories that have for so long gone untold. 

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You Will Not Believe These Classic Era Celebrities Who are Still Rocking Their Golden Years

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Have you ever watched a classic movie from Hollywood’s Golden Era and wondered where are they now, or just assumed that they were not here? Read on to see some of the biggest stars from days gone by who are ruing their own world in the new millennium.

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Brave Babysitter Steps Up, Saves Child From Dangerous Burglar

Brooke Hurbert

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Making the decision to hand your child over to a babysitter can be a hard one. Every parent has that nagging thought that runs through their head, “What if something goes wrong?”. Jonathan Lai and his wife called on Jenna Lee Baker in order to watch their three-year-old son for an afternoon. What seemed like a regular afternoon soon turned into a nightmare situation. Keep on reading to find out how Jenny turned into a modern-day superhero!

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Jonathan Lai and his family are based out of Irvine, CA. As a tightly-knit family, Irvine has plenty to offer. The metropolitan area is located in Orange County, CA. The area is known for being home to some truly amazing local attractions. In fact, Irvine is considered one of the best cities to live in the entire United States, at least according to Business Insider and WalletHub! Still, that doesn’t mean that tragedy cannot strike!

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