Awesome Historical Pictures

A young woman poses for a picture in Bombay, India in 1865.

Members of the South African Apartheid military chase and beat a young boy as they crack down on protests in a town sometime in the early 1970s. The ruling party was incredibly racist and brutal. During their 46 year rule of South Africa, they had numerous massacres, imprisoned many leaders of movements and opposition including future president Nelson Mandela for 27 years, would crack down on demonstrations with terrible brutality using attack dogs and batons, and fed a culture to their soldiers and supporters of how acceptable such behavior was. As you can see in this picture, the one soldier is actually smiling as he finds this activity fun. Thankfully, they were forced from power with overwhelming opposition starting in 1991 culminating in Nelson Mandela being elected president in 1994.

Emil Gallo shows his bare chest daring a Soviet tank to kill him during a protest against Soviet intervention during the Prague Spring in Czechoslovakia in 1968. Alexander Dubček, First Secretary of the regional Communist Party of Slovakia, was rising to power and wanted to reform Czechoslovakia for more citizen rights, despite the country being part of the Warsaw Pact and communist. He was gaining tons of support and could have succeeded if not for Soviet military intervention, which the supporting citizens did not even really challenge as they had no chance of defeating them. Control was reestablished and such notions were squashed for decades to come.

This is Giselda Blanco, posing for a picture sometime in NYC, US in 1974. This woman would become a major figure in the Colombian drug trade. In fact, she led the Medellin Cartel for years. She helped oversee the drug trade into the US, and is believed to be directly responsible for up to 200 murders. She was ruthless, and her return to Miami, US in the late 1970s started the infamous Miami drug wars. She even was credited with killing another kid after failing to ransom them at the ridiculously young age of 11. She started her drug empire after immigrating to the US with her husband in the mid 1970s and never looked back. In 1985 she would be arrested, and serve 10 years in jail. A wild sex scandal with a key witness prevented murder charges from sticking, and no additional charges could be brought against her. She effectively managed the business from prison, and upon her release, was deported to Colombia. After a life of debauchery, her health declined rapidly, and she retired sometime around 2002 leaving her 3 sons in charge. She snuck back into the US and lived in California, unknowingly to officials until she was murdered in 2012 at the age of 69.

A family shows the damage the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima did to them 2 years afterwards in Tokyo, Japan in 1947. This family was around 2 miles away from the blast. Although they survived, they would face a lifetime of health issues, difficulties, and possibly early death because of it. They were lucky though, as up to 30,000 soldiers and up to 200,000 civilians died in the 2 atomic blasts. Countless others like this family felt the effects for many years afterwards. It is unknown the fate of this family as many died from after effects of the bombs dropped, many related to radiation poisoning.

A German dispatch dog carries messages to the front line during a German offensive in France in 1918. During WWI especially, dogs were key to pass along communication during battle. They also brought supplies, sniffed out mines, helped lay cable over dangerous areas, and even helped identify wounded to medics.
Continuing on from the previous picture, many countries relied on dogs in both WWI and WWII. The Germans even fit them with their own gas masks (so did other countries) and dog hospitals right by the front in WWI and near battles in WWII. Here we see a propaganda picture in 1940 showing how the dogs wear gas masks and support 2 infantrymen during an operation in Poland.
Thousands of starving people wait for food at a distribution center in Somalia in 1992. The Somalian Civil War had raged for 5 long years up until 1991, but the fighting didn’t stop. Food became the weapon of the warlords who controlled areas of the country. They would seize all shipments of food, control all that was left of the agriculture in the country, and starve the people. Up to 500,000 people died just from starvation. The UN and US intervened, and eventually we are able to protect their supplies and feed the people. They took down key warlords and rebuilt the Somalian government and infrastructure. The US conducted many of the military operations in 1992, but for stability the UN was in the country for 3 years up until 1995. The fragile government of Somalia took over after that.

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1930 Henderson Motorcycle

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