20 Photos From The Past With Fascinating Backstories.
#6. Alexei Ananenko and soldiers Valeri Bezpalov and Boris Baranov risked it all in the Chernobyl incident.
After the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Pripyat, Ukraine, in 1986, the three men remained behind so they could drain the fluid near the reactor. Had they failed, the radioactive substance would have caused the reactor core to fall into the pool leading to a steam explosion and an even bigger disaster.
#7. The photo was taken in 1948 by photographer David Seymour and showed the girl’s disturbing scribbles.
The little girl was called Terezka. After growing up in a concentration camp, she found some peace at a home for emotionally disturbed children in Warsaw. But from the scribblings on the chalkboard and the look on her face, the little girl was still deeply troubled by the horrors she had witnessed.
#8. "Tragedy by the sea" is a now infamous photograph taken by John Gaunt after a couple's baby was swept out by the ocean.
At the time, photographer John Gaunt was hanging around his beach home, when all of a sudden, he heard the desperate please of one of his neighbors. “Something’s happening on the beach!” he shouted. As John approached the beach, he noticed a man and a woman in a panic state. Their 18-month-old child had wandered off and had been swept off by the ocean. Reactions at the time were mixed, with some people criticizing the photographer for taking a horrific private moment and making it last for eternity. In the end, the heartwrenching photo earned him a Pulitzer Prize.
#9. This might seem like an uneventful high school photo, but as you probably figured out already, it holds a deep and obscure secret.
The unsuspecting photo was taken in 1999. But you see those two kids on the left who are pretend-shooting at the photographer? They're none other than Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, the two high-school shooters who organized the Columbine massacre.
#10. This may seem like a pretty bird, but what you’re actually seeing is nothing more than a winged hero.
A trapped battalion of nearly 200 WW1 soldiers sent this pigeon to deliver a message to their allies. The brave bird suffered multiple gunshots and lost an eye and a leg along the way, but she completed her mission and the soldiers nicknamed her “Cher Ami,” which means “dear friend” in French.
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