Here are this week’s interesting historical photos. For part 79, click here.
1. American “doughboy” laughing during a gas mask drill, 1917.
2. 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.
4. 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.
6. Parking lot 1/4 of a mile away from the explosion, Texas City disaster, 1947.
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.
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…