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A different angle taken of Tank Man, the man who stood against a line of tanks in Tiananmen Square

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Albert Einstein

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Archduke Franz Ferdinand with his wife on the day they were assassinated in 1914, an event that helped spark World War I

 

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Arnold Schwarzenegger on the day he received his American citizenship

 

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The Beatles in 1957

 

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Bill and Hillary Clinton playing volleyball in 1975

 

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Che Guevara

 

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Construction of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

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Construction of the Statue of Liberty in 1884

 

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Elvis in the Army

 

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Fidel Castro lays a wreath at the Lincoln Memorial

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Fourteen year-old Osama bin Laden. He's second from the right

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Google begins

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Last known Tasmanian Tiger (Thylacene) photographed in 1933

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Leo Tolstoy tells a story to his grandchildren in 1909

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Martin Luther King, Jr removes a burned cross from his yard in 1960. The boy is his son

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Microsoft staff in 1978. (Bill Gates lower left, Paul Allen lower right)

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Steamboats on the Mississippi River in 1907

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The Beatles meet Muhammad Ali

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The first McDonalds

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The first photo following the discovery of Machu Pichu in 1912

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Winston Churchill out for a swim

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Niels Bohr and Albert Einstein at the Bohr-Einstein debates over quantum mechanics

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Boing 707 doing a barrel roll. When the test pilot Tex Johnson was questioned about the stunt, he simply replied by saying – “Just selling airplanes”

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Johnny Cash performing for prisoners at Folsom Prison. January 13, 1968

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Howard Hughes inside of the H-4 Hercules, more widely known as the “Spruce Goose”. At the time, it was the largest airplane ever created

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Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The North view of the missile launch pads, 1960

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Train Derailment at Gare Montparnasse, Paris, France. 1895

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Release of Windows 95

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Charles Godefroy taking his Nieuport 11 “Bébé” through the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on August 7th, 1919

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Construction of the Eiffel tower in July, 1888

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Che Guevara and Fidel Castro

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The US-built ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer) was the first computer ever made. It combined, for the first time, the high speed of electronics with the ability to be programmed for many complex problems. It could add or subtract 5000 times a second, a thousand times faster than any other machine

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The unbroken seal on King Tut's Tomb

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Henry Ford (the founder of Ford Motor Co.), Thomas Edison (inventor of the phonograph, motion picture camera and the practical light bulb), Warren G. Harding (29th president of USA) and Harvey Samuel Firestone (founder of Firestone Tire and Rubber Co.) lounging together

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Mathias Rust's Cessna 172 that landed illegally in the Red Square on May 28, 1987. A German amateur pilot that flew from Finland to Moscow (while being tracked by the Soviet air defense as well as Soviet Jet Interceptors - which never received permission to fire)

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One of the first photos that was taken inside of Hitler's bunker (Führerbunker) in 1945 by Allied soldiers

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The Quagga is an extinct subspecies of the plains zebra. The only Quagga to have been photographed alive was this mare at the Zoological Society of London's Zoo in Regent's Park in 1870

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An original boarding pass for RMS Titanic maiden voyage

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Steve Jobs and Bill Gates chatting in 1991

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During the Apollo 16 mission, Charles Duke left a family photo on the moon that was enclosed in a plastic bag

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Vought F4U Corsair crashes on the deck of a carrier when the arresting gear failed. Most likely sometime during WW2 in the Pacific Theater

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This is believed to be the last photo ever taken of the RMS Titanic before it sunk in April 1912

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This photo was taken in space right after World War II (1946). A team of soldiers and scientists used a German-made V-2 missile equipped with a camera to capture this shot. Making it the first photo in space

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Howard Carter, an English archaeologist, examining the opened sarcophagus of King Tut

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 London's Tower Bridge being built, 1892

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American soldiers discover Monet's “In the Conservatory” that was hidden (amongst other Nazi loot) in the salt mines of Merker, Germany. 1945

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A WW1 submarine with a hull number of U-118 was found washed ashore on the beach at Hastings, Sussex, England. After the surrender of Germany, its towing cable snapped as it was being towed to France for dismantling

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Sven-Ole Thorsen and Arnold Schwarzenegger on the set of Conan The Barbarian

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The headquarters of Benito Musolini and the Italian Fascist party. Rome, 1930

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Hindenburg flies over Manhattan in 1936

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Construction of Mount Rushmore, 1934-1939

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Folsom Street in San Francisco, USA after the great earthquake of 1906

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Hoover Dam penstocks and outlet pipes such as this one were fabricated from 45,000 tons of steel and welded into nearly three miles of pipe varying from 8.5-30ft (2.6-9m) in diameter

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John Lennon at Abbey Road Studios in London, 1963

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Einstein's office at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, photographed on the day of his death, April 18, 1955

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President Richard Nixon trying to figure out how to use chopsticks while visiting in China, 1972

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A very moving photograph. Passengers of a train to Stamford, Connecticut read the headlines about the Presidential Assassination (November 22, 1963)

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Notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar and his son in front of the White House, 1980s

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F1 pilot ejects at extremely low altitude. The pilot survived with multiple fractures, 1962

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In 1955 Marilyn Monroe left Twentieth Century Fox, to move onto bigger and better things. As Marilyn put it, she was no longer "just a dumb blonde". She was a real renegade in the world of Hollywood. In January, Marilyn formed a production company with photographer Milton Greene and moved to a room at the "Ambassador"

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Golden Gate Bridge construction, 1937

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Jimi Hendrix driving a dune buggy with an unidentified woman, October 6, 1968

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NASA before Powerpoint

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Niagara Falls during the freeze of 1911. You can see people walking right at the bottom of the frozen waterfall

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Grace Kelly and Alfred Hitchcock, 1954

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Charlie Chaplin and Albert Einstein

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Johnny Cash and Ray Charles

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Ian Fleming and Sean Connery

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Elvis Presley and Tom Jones

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A group of lumberjacks cutting down a giant California redwood tree, about 1900

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Bar clients celebrating the end of Prohibition in December 1933

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Construction of a Zeppelin in 1923

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Dirigible over the Capitol dome in Washington DC

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Dresden after the 1945 Allied Forces bombing

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A Russian physician in an Antarctic expedition removing his own appendix in 1961

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Construction of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, 1934

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Propellers of the Titanic in 1911

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Playing golf high up on the Empire State Building in New York City during its 1932 construction

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New York City's Grand Central Station in 1929. Currently skyscrapers around the site prevent this illuminating view

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Construction of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

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Marilyn Monroe entertains American soldiers during the war in Korea, 1954

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Nikola Tesla in his laboratory

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First publicity photo of the Rolling Stones, 1963

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A group of lumberjacks cutting down a giant California redwood tree, about 1900

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Samuel Reshevsky, only 8 years old, simultaneously playing against multiple chess masters in France, 1920

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Alfred Hitchcock serving tea to Leo the Lion of MGM Studios, 1957

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Actual photo of passengers abandoning the sinking Titanic, while a priest prays for the first victims lying to one side

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First ever flight by Orville Wright - 9 minutes and 45 seconds in 1911

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Mohamed Ali versus Cleveland Williams, 1966

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Woman condemned to die of humger, Mongolia, 1913

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Mark Twain in the laboratory of Nikola Tesla, 1894

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Nine kings of Europe at Windsor, 1910

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Slave market, 1868

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Last photo of Vladimir Lenin alive. By then he was totally dumb. 1923

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Salvador Dali and Racquel Welch, 1965

 

Military

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German Wehrmacht General Anton Dostler is tied to a stake before his execution by a firing squad in a stockade in Aversa, Italy, on December 1, 1945. The General, Commander of the 75th Army Corps, was sentenced to death by an United States Military Commission in Rome for having ordered the shooting of 15 unarmed American prisoners of war, in La Spezia, Italy, on March 26, 1944

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Soviet soldiers with lowered standards of the defeated Nazi forces during the Victory Day parade in Moscow, on June 24, 1945

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Gaunt and emaciated, but happy at their release from Japanese captivity, two Allied prisoners pack their meager belongings, after being freed near Yokohama, Japan, on September 11, 1945, by men of an American mercy squadron of the U.S. Navy

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The return of victorious Soviet soldiers at a railway station in Moscow in 1945

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Aerial view of Hiroshima, Japan, one year after the atomic bomb blast shows some small amount of reconstruction amid much ruin on July 20, 1946. The slow pace of rebuilding is attributed to a shortage of building equipment and materials

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A Japanese man amid the scorched wreckage and rubble that was once his home in Yokohama, Japan

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Red Army photographer Yevgeny Khaldei (center) in Berlin with Soviet forces, near the Brandenburg Gate in May of 1945

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A P-47 Thunderbolt of the U.S. Army 12th Air Force flies low over the crumbled ruins of what once was Hitler's retreat at Berchtesgaden, Germany, on May 26, 1945. Small and large bomb craters dot the grounds around the wreckage

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Hermann Goering, once the leader of the formidable Luftwaffe and second in command of the German Reich under Hitler, appears in a mugshot on file with the Central Registry of War Criminals and Security Suspects in Paris, France, on November 5, 1945. Goering surrendered to U.S. soldiers in Bavaria, on May 9, 1945, and was eventually taken to Nuremburg to face trial for War Crimes

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The interior of the courtroom of the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials in 1946 during the Trial of the Major War Criminals, prosecuting 24 government and civilian leaders of Nazi Germany. Visible here is Hermann Goering, former leader of the Luftwaffe, seated in the box at center right, wearing a gray jacket, headphones, and dark glasses. Next to him sits Rudolf Hess, former Deputy Fuhrer of Germany, then Joachim von Ribbentrop, former Nazi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilhelm Keitel, former leader of Germany's Supreme Command (blurry face), and Ernst Kaltenbrunner, the highest ranking surviving SS-leader. Goering, von Ribbentrop, Keitel, and Kaltenbrunner were sentenced to death by hanging along with 8 others -- Goering committed suicide the night before the execution. Hess was sentenced to life imprisonment, which he served at Spandau Prison, Berlin, where he died in 1987

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Many of Germany's captured new and experimental aircraft were displayed in an exhibition as part of London's Thanksgiving week on September 14, 1945. Among the aircraft are a number of jet and rocket propelled planes. Here, a side view of the Heinkel He-162 "Volksjaeger", propelled by a turbo-jet unit mounted above the fuselage, in Hyde park, in London

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One year after the D-Day landings in Normandy, German prisoners landscape the first U.S. cemetery at Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, France, near "Omaha" Beach, on May 28, 1945

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Sudeten Germans make their way to the railway station in Liberec, in former Czechoslovakia, to be transferred to Germany in this July, 1946 photo. After the end of the war, millions of German nationals and ethnic Germans were forcibly expelled from both territory Germany had annexed, and formerly German lands that were transferred to Poland and the Soviet Union. The estimated numbers of Germans involved ranges from 12 to 14 million, with a further estimate of between 500,000 and 2 million dying during the expulsion

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A survivor of the first atomic bomb ever used in warfare, Jinpe Teravama retains scars after the healing of burns from the bomb explosion, in Hiroshima, in June of 1947

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Disabled buses that have littered the streets of Tokyo are used to help relieve the acute housing shortage in the Japanese capital on October 2, 1946. Homeless Japanese who hauled the buses into a vacant lot are converting them into homes for their families

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An American G.I. places his arm around a Japanese girl as they view the surroundings of HibiyaPark, near the Tokyo palace of the emperor, on January 21, 1946

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This is an aerial view of the city of London around St. Paul's Cathedral showing bomb-damaged areas in April of 1945

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General Charles de Gaulle (center) shaking hands with children, two months after the German capitulation inLorient, France, in July of 1945. Lorient was the location of a German U-boat (submarine) base during World War II. Between January 14 and February 17, 1943, as many as 500 high-explosive aerial bombs and more than 60,000 incendiary bombs were dropped on Lorient. The city was almost completely destroyed, with nearly 90% of the city flattened

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The super transport ship, General W.P. Richardson, docked in New York, with veterans of the European war cheering on June 7, 1945. Many soldiers were veterans of the African campaign, Salerno, Anzio, Cassino and the winter warfare in Italy's mountains

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A Japanese fighter is shot down in the Battle of Saipan, 1944

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Nagasaki, 20 minutes after the atomic bombing in 1945

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A U.S. soldier examines a solid gold statue, part of Hermann Goering's private loot, found by the 7th U.S. Army in a mountainside cave near Schonau am Konigssee, Germany, on May 25, 1945. The secret cave, the second found to date, also contained stolen priceless paintings from all over Europe

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In Europe, some churches have been completely ruined, but others still stand amid utter devastation. Munchengladbach Cathedral stands here in the rubble, though still in need of repairs, seen in Germany, on November 20, 1945

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Contrails from a dogfight over the Houses of Parliament, 1944.

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World War II planes bomb a hillside near Murmansk, while a shell-shocked reindeer looks on.

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A general view of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East meeting in Tokyo in April, 1947. On May 3, 1946, the Allies began the trial of 28 Japanese civilian and military leaders for war crimes. Seven were hanged and others were sentenced to prison terms

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Soviet soldiers on the march in northern Korea in October of 1945. Japan had ruled the Korean peninsula for 35 years, until the end of World War II. At that time, Allied leaders decided to temporarily occupy the country until elections could be held and a government established. Soviet forces occupied the north, while U.S. forces occupied the south. The planned elections did not take place, as the Soviet Union established a communist state in North Korea, and the U.S. set up a pro-western state in South Korea - each state claiming to be sovereign over the entire peninsula. This standoff led to the Korean War in 1950, which ended in 1953 with the signing of an armistice -- but, to this day, the two countries are still technically at war with each other

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In this October 1945 photo from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency, communist leader Kim Il Sung chats with a farmer from Qingshanli, KangsoCounty, South Pyongyang in North Korea

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Soldiers of the Chinese communist Eighth Route Army on the drill field at Yanan, capital of a huge area in North China which is governed by the Chinese Communist Party, seen on March 26, 1946. These soldiers are members of the "Night Tiger" battalion. The Chinese Communist Party (CPC) had waged war against the ruling Kuomintang (KMT or Chinese Nationalist Party) since 1927, vying for control of China. Japanese invasions during World War II forced the two sides to put most of their struggles aside to fight a common foreign foe -- though they did still fight each other from time to time. After World War II ended, and the Soviet Union pulled out of Manchuria, full scale civil war erupted in China in June of 1946. The KMT eventually was defeated, with millions retreating to Taiwan, as CPC leader Mao Zedong established the People's Republic of China in 1949

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This 1946 photograph shows ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer), the first general purpose electronic computer - a 30-ton machine housed at the University of Pennsylvania. Developed in secret starting in 1943, ENIAC was designed to calculate artillery firing tables for the United States Army's Ballistic Research Laboratory. The completed machine was announced to the public on February 14, 1946. The inventors of ENIAC promoted the spread of the new technologies through a series of influential lectures on the construction of electronic digital computers at the University of Pennsylvania in 1946, known as the Moore School Lectures

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A test nuclear explosion codenamed "Baker", part of Operation Crossroads, at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands, on July 25, 1946. The 40 kiloton atomic bomb was detonated by the U.S. at a depth of 27 meters below the ocean surface, 3.5 miles from the atoll. The purpose of the tests was to study the effects of nuclear explosions on ships. 73 ships were gathered to the spot -- both obsolete American and captured ships, including the Japanese battleship "Nagato"

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Northrop's Flying Wing Bomber known as the XB-35 in flight in 1946. The XB-35 was an experimental heavy bomber developed for the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. The project was terminated shortly after the war, due to its technical difficulties

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Douglas MacArthur signing the official Japanese surrender instrument aboard the USS Missouri, 1945

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These unidentified German workers in decontamination clothing destroy toxic bombs on June 28, 1946, at the U.S. Army Chemical Warfare Service Depot, at St. Georgen, Germany. The destruction and disposal of 65,000 dead weight tons of German toxics, including mustard gas, was accomplished in one of two ways: Burning or dumping the empty shells and bombs into the North Sea

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U.S. military authorities prepare to hang Dr. Klaus Karl Schilling, 74, at Landsberg, Germany, on May 28, 1946. In a Dachau war crimes trial he was convicted of using 1,200 concentration camp prisoners for malaria experimentation. Thirty died directly from the inoculations and 300 to 400 died later from complications of the disease. His experiments, all with unwilling subjects, began in 1942

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The new cemetery at Belsen, Germany on March 28, 1946, where 13,000 people who died after Belsen Concentration Camp was liberated are buried

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Jewish survivors of the Buchenwald Nazi concentration camp, some still in their camp clothing, stand on the deck of the refugee immigration ship Mataroa, on July 15, 1945 at Haifa port, during the British Mandate of Palestine, in what would later become the State of Israel. During World War II, millions of Jews were fleeing Germany and its occupied territories, many attempting to enter the British Mandate of Palestine, despite tight restrictions on Jewish immigration established by the British in 1939. Many of these would-be immigrants were caught and rounded up into detention camps. In 1947, Britain announced plans to withdraw from the territory, and the United Nations approved the Partition Plan for Palestine, establishing a Jewish and a Palestinian state in the country. On May 14, 1948, Israel declared independence and was immediately attacked by neighboring Arab states, beginning the Arab-Israeli conflict which continues to this day

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Hitler inspecting the massive 800mm “Schwerer Gustav” railway gun from afar. It was the largest-calibre rifled weapon ever used in combat, and fired the heaviest shells of any artillery piece

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Joseph Goebbels on his wedding day. Hitler was his best man and can be seen behind him in a trench coat and top hat

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Adolf Hitler's pants after the assassination attempt at the Wolf's Lair. Rastenburg, East Prussia, 1944

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Ferdinand Porsche showcasing the Volkswagen Beetle to Adolf Hitler, 1935

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U.S. General George S. Patton acknowledges the cheers of thousands during a parade through downtown Los Angeles, California, on June 9, 1945. Shortly thereafter, Patton returned to Germany and controversy, as he advocated the employment of ex-Nazis in administrative positions in Bavaria; he was relieved of command of the 3rd Army and died of injuries from a traffic accident in December, after his return home. Joe Rosenthal's famous Iwo Jima flag-raising photograph is visible on the war bonds billboard

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This 1945 photo shows German women clearing up the debris on Berlin's Tauentzienstrasse, with the ruins of the Kaiser Wilhelm Church in the background. The absence of able bodied men meant that the responsibility for clearing the wreckage fell mainly to civilian women, which were called "Truemmerfrauen," or rubble ladies. The signs on the left mark the border between the British-occupied sector and the U.S. sector of the city

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The scene in Berlin's Republic Square, before the ruined Reichstag Building, on September 9, 1948, as Anti-Communists, estimated at a quarter of a million, scream their opposition to Communism. At the time, the Soviet Union was enforcing the Berlin Blockade, blocking Allied access to the parts of Berlin under Allied control. In response, Allies began the Berlin Airlift until the Soviets lifted the blockade in 1949, and East Germany and West Germany were established. When the meeting pictured here broke up, a series of incidents between Anti-Red Germans and Soviet troops brought tension to a fever pitch as shootings took place, resulting in the deaths of two Germans

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In March of 1974, some 29 years after the official end of World War II, Hiroo Onoda, a former Japanese Army intelligence officer, walks out of the jungle of Lubang Island in the Philippines, where he was finally relieved of duty. He handed over his sword (hanging from his hip in photo), his rifle, ammunition and several hand grenades. Onoda had been sent to Lubang Island in December of 1944 to join an existing group of soldiers and hamper any enemy attacks. Allied forces overtook the island just a few months later, capturing or killing all but Onoda and three other Japanese soldiers. The four ran into the hills and began a decades-long insurgency extending well past the end of the war. Several times they found or were handed leaflets notifying them that the war had ended, but they refused to believe it. In 1950, one of the soldiers turned himself in to Philippine authorities. By 1972, Onoda's two other compatriots were dead, killed during guerrilla activities, leaving Onoda alone. In 1974, Onoda met a Japanese college dropout, Norio Suzuki, who was traveling the world, and through their friendship, Onoda's former commanding officer was located and flew to Lubang Island to formally relieve Onoda of duty, and bring him home to Japan. Over the years, the small group had killed some 30 Filipinos in various attacks, but Onoda ended up going free, after he received a pardon from President Ferdinand Marcos

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Japanese Kawanishi H8K seaplane after strafing. Kwajalein

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Snow on deck. USS Philippine Sea North Pacific 1945

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HARVS on the way launched by a P-47. Rare shot

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Deck crew climbing up to get the pilot out. He did. That's a fuel tank his foot is on. Empty?

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Marines disembark LST at Tinian Island

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Bougainville

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Guam

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German 280mm K5 firing

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U.S. munitions ship goes up during the invasion of Sicily

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German V1

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Spitfire "tipping-off" a V1. If you've never heard of this insane tactic ....... At first V1's were shot down by gunfire. With the high risk of being blown up, some of the best pilots started tipping the V1's wing; because of damage to wing tips they later developed a tactic of disrupting the airflow by placing their wing very close to the V1's wing, causing it to topple. Not every pilot did this. At night this was not possible, the flame from the V1 blinded the pilot to everything else, though some Mossie pilots flew past closely in front of the V1, again causing it to topple

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Ju-88 loading a torpedo

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German "KARL" mortars. Sebastopol

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Reloading a KARL

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KARL. Boom!!!

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Macchi 202V

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Italian 303 Bombers over N Africa

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Photos taken of Pearl Harbour attack on 7th December 1941. These Pearl Harbour photos were found in an old Brownie stored in a foot locker and just recently taken to be developed. They are from a Sailor who was on the USS Quapaw

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Rotterdam after a bombing, 1940. Photo taken after debris clean up

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Searchlights n the Gibraltar peninsula, protecting against Nazi air attacks in 1947

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The atomic bomb of Nagasaki, which was dropped a few days later

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Dead Nazi soldiers after Stalingrad, 1943

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The marriage of Josef Goebbels, with the best man, Adolf Hitler, behind with the hat

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Pyramid of helmets taken from Germans during the First World War, 1918

 

 

 

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