Here is part 28 of 25 Interesting Historical Photos series.
Building the Atomium for the World Expo in Brussels, Belgium. 1957. Here is the finished product. It’s a bit surreal but easily visible from a lot of Brussels. Did you know that Atomium’s wikipedia page only has a photo of a model because of absolutely retarded copyright claims by Belgian copyright collecting mafia, SABAM.
Air pollution in Pittsburgh, 1940. Here is the exact same intersection today. The Mellon Institute keeps the soot on one side of its columns to show what the city used to look like.
03. HMS Invincible
HMS Invincible returns to massive celebrations following the Falklands Conflict in 1982, Portsmouth, England.
04. First Graders
Three black first graders on their way to school on the first day of integration in Memphis (Oct. 3, 1961). On that day, 13 black students entered four of Memphis’ previously all-white schools, seven years after the Supreme Court ruled “separate but equal” unconstitutional.
05. Returning from a Fight
Three German soldiers returning from a recent fight. The officer in the middle has been wounded (note the blood stains and the very agitated look in their eyes). They don’t seem to like being photographed at this very moment. Definitely not a staged photograph. Location unknown.
06. Public Execution
Last public execution in USA, 1936. Rainey Bethea, who was a black man, confessed to the rape and murder of a 70-year-old white woman named Lischia Edwards, and after being convicted of her rape, he was publicly hanged in Owensboro, Kentucky. Mistakes in performing the hanging and the surrounding media circus contributed to the end of public executions in the United States.
07. Vietnamese Soldiers
Two North Vietnamese soldiers holding hands, circa 1975. In Asia it’s a cultural thing for good friends to hold hands.
08. Kissing Goodbye
Soldiers kissing their sweethearts goodbye as troops leave for Egypt from Feltham Station, London, September 1935. The soldiers were probably going to Egypt to defend it against a possible invasion by a fascist Italy, under Mussolini. By 1935 Italy had already invaded large parts of North Africa including Libya. In 1935 Italy invaded Ethiopia.
09. Graf Zeppelin
Maintenance crewmen repairing the Graf Zeppelin in mid-air over the South Atlantic after it was damaged during a storm. By Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1934.
Benjamin, the last Tasmanian Tiger, at Beaumaris Zoo in 1933. Despite looking and acting like a dog (with a big mouth), its most recent common ancestor with a modern dog is 160 million years ago. That ancestor is believed to be a kind of opossum. In that 160 million years they evolved in parallel with completely different reproductive methodology but otherwise remarkably similar characteristics, because they had the same evolutionary pressures.
11. Special Bus
Bus specially designed to fit through the North Bar Gate of Beverley, East Yorkshire, UK. 1950s.
12. Death Car
Part of the arsenal of weapons and ammo discovered in the “death car” of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow on May 23, 1934. There were more weapons not shown here. Here is another photo of the weapons as they were pulled out of the car, and before they were arranged and sorted.
“Absolutely retarded” in fact #1? I’m not particularly sensitive to this kind of speech, but I’m looking for facts that at least give the appearance of being fact-based and not simply the author’s opinion. Has the staff hired a new writer(s) that do not uphold the same standard or are they getting lazy? And please note, I am not asking to be a pain in the a**, but the decrease in quality is difficult to overlook.
Oh good grief Samuel – suck it up and act like you have a pair. Quit being a girly man and allowing yourself to look retarded with your pseudo shock that somebody actually had the gall to utilize a word you don’t like.
I’d like to invite you to read my comment again. Maybe the second time, you will notice that my grievance had less to do with the word “retarded” and more to do with the author’s incorporation of his opinion in what is supposed to be a fact. I understand that it may be difficult for the writers to always refrain from including their opinion, but to do so in the manner in which it was done here just seems to lack a certain level of professionalism. That being said, I am on a website titled Kickass Facts so maybe I should curtail my expectations a bit. Anyway, I’ll get back to my reading and I suggest you do the same, Mike. Your reading comprehension skills are lacking, my friend.
I am gonna have to agree with Mike here, Samuel. As to your other point, he gave the date built, a link to the finish product and a little known fact. Sounds like they did their job. If you want hard facts and the like maybe us an encyclopedia?