There are some historical events that are so memorable that a single picture is enough to point out what they entail. However, we often become familiar with one single angle of an event as shown through famous photographs. Here we take a look at different angles that offer give us a different historical perspective for moments frozen in time.
1. King Tut’s backside
The mask of Tutankhamen is one of the most recognizable burial masks of all time. However, we often don’t see the reverse of this mask. On the back of King Tut’s mask is a protective spell inscribed in Egyptian hieroglyphs.
2. The Sphinx’s ‘tail’
We never would have guessed that the Great Sphinx has a tail, probably because we typically see photographs of it from the front. If you look closely, you may notice the Sphinx’s tail wrapped closely to its body. This makes sense as the Sphinx is a mythical creature that has the body of a lion, and obviously, lions have tails.
3. A look at history being made
The Treaty of Versailles, arguably one of the most important documents of the twentieth century, was signed at the Palace of Versailles in June 1919. Here we see Hermann MÃ¼ller signing the Treaty of Versailles as foreign minister. Behind him stands Johannes Belle. The two represented Germany at the Paris Peace Conference. Their signature confirmed on the Treaty of Versailles that Germany was responsible for the First World War.
4. Reactions to 9/11
— Patrick Witty (@patrickwitty) September 10, 2021
This photograph taken by Patrick Witty shows the horror and disbelief on New Yorkers’ faces as they watch the events of 9/11 unfolding before their eyes. Witty captured the shocked faces of these New Yorkers rather than the Twin Towers because he “couldn’t bear to look at the towers any longer, so I turned and saw a crowd of shocked faces, looking upwards.” He captured this photo just as the South Tower started to collapse.
5. Challenger explosion
On January 28, 1968, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds into its flight, killing all seven astronauts on board. The launch was broadcast on live television. Social Studies teacher Christa McAuliffe had been selected to go on this voyage from 11,000 applicants. Students and teacher at Concord High School in New Hampshire where McAuliffe worked watched the launch and the explosion happen while they were at school, and couldn’t fully grasp what had happened to their teacher.
6. George Bush’s life is about to change
On September 11, 2001, President George W. Bush was reading at Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida. It was here while he was reading in front of a class of young children that Bush would come to learn about the planes hitting the Twin Towers in New York City.
Bush was informed about the attacks while the children were reading. However, rather than interrupt the children reading, Bush remained at the front of the classroom. Bill Sammon recalled in his book Fighting Back: The War on Terrorism from Inside the White House, that Ari Fleischer was in the back of the classroom holding a legal pad. On it, he had written the words “Don’t say anything yet” in hopes that Bush could read this from the front of the class. After learning about the second plane hitting the second tower, Bush remained in front of the school children for a total of seven minutes.
7. Aftermath of Hindenburg Disaster
The Hindenburg Disaster occurred on May 6, 1937 in New Jersey. The Hindenburg’s initial landing in America was being broadcasted over the radio and film cameras were taping the event. The Hindenburg was filled with hydrogen, and when it caught fire the entire ship was engulfed in flames. The disaster only lasted 40 seconds. 36 people of the 97 people on board died as a result of this disaster.
8. Lincoln memorial before the reflecting pool
It’s easy to forget that the reflecting pool associated with the Lincoln Memorial hasn’t always been around. The Lincoln Memorial was first completed in 1922, and the reflecting pool was completed a year later in 1923.
9. A different look at The Beatles’ last performance
On January 30, 1969, The Beatles gave their last-ever live performance on the rooftop of their Apple Corps headquarters. The concert was unannounced, and initially, it was planned as the climax to the documentary “Get Back,” which later became “Let It Be.” Their last rooftop concert is discussed in the Beatles documentary, The Beatles: Get Back, through the Disney+ streaming service.
10. Another angle of the Oscar selfie
Here we see an alternative angle from an event that happened in recent history. In 2014, Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscar selfie broke the internet when she posted it on her Twitter. The tweet garnered more than 3.3 million retweets after Ellen posted it. The selfie features Ellen DeGeneres, Bradley Cooper, Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence, Channing Tatum, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Lupin Nyong’o, Angelina Jolie, and Peter Nyong’o Jr.
11. Jackie Kennedy supporting her husband
The presidential debates between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon changed American politics forever. The first-ever televised presidential debate took place on September 26, 1960, in Chicago. This debate was broadcast on CBS to 66.4 million televisions across the US.
Jacqueline Kennedy was pregnant with her second child during the debates but still managed to support her husband from the sidelines. Here she is pictured arriving at a filming of a presidential debate on October 13, 1960. She also hosted Democratic leaders for viewing parties for each of the four debates.
12. Where’s Churchill?
Here we see U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin waiting for British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to take a photo at the Yalta Conference in February 1945. The conference was a meeting of the three World War II allies and gave the world many photographs of the ‘Big Three’ leaders.
13. ‘I Have A Dream’ at a different angle
On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream Speech” at the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington. Around 250,000 people gathered around the Washington Mall to hear Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech. In his speech, King references Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and discusses the Emancipation Proclamation.