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25 Interesting Historical Photos – Part 80

Here are this week’s interesting historical photos. For part 79, click here.

1. American “doughboy” laughing during a gas mask drill, 1917.

american doughboy

2. Jackie Robinson.

Jackie robinson

Jackie Robinson enters the Brooklyn Dodgers clubhouse as the first black man admitted to the majors. (April 10th, 1947)

3. Māori soldiers of New Zealand’s 28th (Māori) Battalion performing the traditional haka war cry Egypt, 1941.

Maori soldiers

4. The colossal fireball.

the colossal fireball

The colossal fireball caused by the US Defense Nuclear Agency’s “Minor scale” test, sometimes called the “the largest planned conventional explosion in the history of the free world”, 1985.

5. April 12th, 1961 Communist Yuriy Gagarin became the first man in space.

communist Yuriy

6. Parking lot 1/4 of a mile away from the explosion, Texas City disaster, 1947.

parking lot

7. Photojournalists Sean Flynn (Errol’s son) & Dana Stone in Cambodia on April 6 (1970).


The day they were captured by Communist guerrillas. They were never seen again.

8. Grand Central Station during World War II.

grand central station

9. Yugoslav partisan Marshal and future President Josip Broz Tito in 1943. (colorized)


10. The battle of Los Angeles UFO sighting, 1942.


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  • About 5#… you know, it wasn’t really necessary to call Gagarin a ‘communist’. With the same logic, you could show a picture of Neil Armstrong on the moon and go with the title “Capitalist Neil Armstrong…”. Call Gagarin a Russian or Soviet, or whatever. I don’t think the first cosmonauts and arstronauts really gave two sh*ts about political affiliation…


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