Here is part 44 of 25 Interesting Historical Photos.
01. Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali talks suicidal man off ledge, 1981.
Ali happened to be nearby in Los Angeles when he was made aware that a suicidal war veteran was threatening to jump from the ninth floor of a building. Rushing to help, the legendary boxer eventually managed to talk the man down. He was sent to a psychiatric hospital, with Ali promising to pay him a visit later in the week.
02. Filipino Infant
U.S. soldiers care for a Filipino infant who had suffered from bayonet wounds to the face by retreating Japanese forces during the Battle of Leyte. Southern Leyte Province, Leyte island, Philippines. November 1944.
During the Rape of Nanking Japanese soldiers used Chinese babies for bayonet practice. As in, toss the baby in the air and catch it on the tip of your bayonet.
03. German Armor
An American soldier posing in captured German armor during WWI, 1918.
04. Olympic Flame
The Olympic flame arriving in Berlin (1936).
A lot of the modern day ceremonial stuff that is done at the Olympics actually came from the Nazi’s. Germany was the first country to really treat it as an over the top media event like how it is now. The Olympic Torch relay event was actually first done by Germany.
05. Army Nurses
U.S. Army nurses ride through the streets of Manila in February 1945 on their way to take over for army nurse POWs recently liberated at Santo Tomas Internment Camp.
The Japanese imprisoned 78 military nurses and thousands of U.S. civilian women and children in the Philippines during World War II.
The priest intervenes and stops the beating of the solidarity protesters by the paramilitary police, Warsaw, People’s Republic of Poland, 1982.
This photograph was taken secretly by reporter of state owned newspaper. He risked his job and could have ended up being arrested as a political prisoner. During that time most of the businesses belonged to the state. The Church was certainly anti-Communist but much of the Church regarded the Communists as reds and the liberal Solidarity movement as pinks. The Church were for human rights but definitely weren’t always with the opposition. The Church in Poland was it’s own actor but definitely helped pave the way with its resistance to the Communist government.
Almost immediately after the legal Solidarity leadership had been arrested, underground structures began to arise. On April 12, 1982, Radio Solidarity began broadcasting. On April 22, Zbigniew Bujak, Bogdan Lis, Władysław Frasyniuk and Władysław Hardek created an Interim Coordinating Commission to serve as an underground leadership for Solidarity. On May 6 another underground Solidarity organization, an NSSZ “S” Regional Coordinating Commission (Regionalna Komisja Koordynacyjna NSZZ “S”), was created by Bogdan Borusewicz, Aleksander Hall, Stanisław Jarosz, Bogdan Lis and Marian Świtek. June 1982 saw the creation of a Fighting Solidarity organization.
07. Sitting Crow
Sitting Crow, a Blackfoot Sioux man, 1872.
Blackfoot and Sioux were (and still are) both derogatory terms applied to indigenous people generally because the European settlers couldn’t pronounce the actual names. Sioux is a translation that means devil or serpent, Blackfoot was in reference to their “uncivilized, dirty ways”.
08. Woman Carried Out
A woman is carried out of the raided apartment of an abortion doctor. Detectives surprised Dr. Louis Solomon in the midst of the operation. When apprehended, he said, calmly, “I’ll be with you in a moment, gentlemen.” Brooklyn, 1944.
Fetuses spontaneously aborted by pregnant women while escaping from the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster, preserved by a Government forensic expert to establish the exact cause of death.
10. Personal Stereo
Personal Stereo – Eighteen year old inventor, H. Day wearing headphones attached to a wireless radio under his top hat on May 1922 in UK.
What makes this photo unique to me is that portable radios weren’t manufactured until the 1950s – after the transistor was invented.