40 Rare Historical Photos That Will Blow Your Mind

Even if you think you are a history buff, you've probably never seen these 40 photos. This collection of extremely rare photos gives you an entirely different perspective of history. We bet you won't believe where Facebook was founded and who created comic book character Captain America and the Black Panther.

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1. 14 years after World War II, the Vietnam War took place. This picture shows the sacrifices the soldiers made for their country and their loved ones.

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2. This juxtaposition of Hawker Hurricanes bombing a hillside in Russia whilst a shell-shocked reindeer looks on, reminds us the impact war has on both nature and human.

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3. The 1960s was a big time for popular culture with "The Beatles" taking the world by storm and the boxer Muhammed Ali fast becoming one of the world's greatest sporting personalities.

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4. A model was posing for a photo in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris in 1961.

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5. Hendrix and Jagger were in what many would call the golden age of their careers backstage at a gig in New York, 1969.

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6. This photo was captured in 1981 for Fortune Magazine. At that time, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were reportedly close friends and even went on double dates together.

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7. Little photographs of the rescuing of passengers onboard the ill-fated Titanic were captured and this one shows part of the courageous rescue.

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8. American astronaut Buzz Aldrin took the first space selfie, tweeting: "Did you know I took the first space selfie during Gemini 12 Mission in 1966 BEST SELFIE EVER."

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9. This bunker captured shortly after the end of WWII was believed to be the place where Nazi leader Adolf Hitler spent his final moments before committing suicide.

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10. Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook from the confines of his small dormitory during his sophomore year at Havard.

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11. Germany was split into two countries for years and visits to opposite territories were strictly forbidden. But would-be visitors managed to overcome such obstacles with a spark of creativity.

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12. A 1939 lie detector machine measured the emotional reaction of kisses.

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13. When navy soldier Alfred returned from battle to celebrate V-J day, he took it upon himself to kiss a nearby nurse. Interestingly, his wife was in the background when he kissed the nurse.

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14. Modesty laws in early 1900's America limited female as well as male bathers to only wearing traditional swimwear garments. Males weren't allowed to go topless on a beach until 1937.

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15. This beautiful photo was taken when Audrey Hepburn was out with her pet deer "Lp" in Beverley Hills, 1958.

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16. This photo of the Beatles was taken on August 22, 1969, and it is the last known photo of all four members together. 

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17. This is an iconic photo of the well-known English director and producer Alfred Hitchcock. He was at the Cannes Film Festival in France in 1972. In this photo, he is riding a bike by the dock.

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18. Ham the Chimp was the first humanoid ever to be launched into space. Take a look at this happy face!

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19. Bill Gates is demonstrating how much data could be stored in a single CD-ROM.

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20. Hippos are incredibly dangerous animals, so we don't know how this man made the hippo to cooperate. However, it seemed that the hippo carriage was less harmful to the environment than real cars.

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21. The KKK left burning crosses outside Marthin Luther King, Jr.'s house. This photo shows that he was calmly removing the scorched remains left outside his house in April of 1960.

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22. George Herman "Babe" Ruth was seen hitting his 700th home run, on Friday the 13th, 1934.

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23. This photo captured the "Rebel Without a Cause" actor, James Dean, at a gas station in 1955. Hours later, he had a fatal car accident and died.

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24. This is a young activist, named Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, who had participated in many demonstrations and sit-ins for civil rights and integration. 

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25. In this photo, this little boy's father died on duty in Iraq, and he is receiving his father's flag.

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26. The legendary Jazz trumpeter, Louis Armstrong, was playing a song for his wife Lucille while visiting the Pyramids in 1961.

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27. This clever soldier figured out the best way to peel an onion without crying. Even in the hardest times, a sense of humor is important.

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28. The man in this image is the famous blues artist and saxophonist, Big Jay McNeely, from Los Angeles. He was performing in public which blew the female audience's mind.

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29. This photo shows when Mt. Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines in 1991, the pyroclastic flow was released into the air.

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30. This picture captured the tallest person in all of history, Robert Wadlow, nicknamed "The Alton Giant" and "Giant of Illinois." He was talking to an average Joe who looked extremely short sitting next to Wadlow.

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31. This was the National Space Invaders Championship which took place in 1980. There were over 10,000 participants!

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32. These gorgeous ladies wearing stylish outfits were flight attendants in the 1960s. They were young, bright and bubbly and their career was every girl's dream at that time.

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33. When David Bowie was 14, 6 girls asked him out on Valentine's Day, 1961.

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34. In 1984, a dinosaur replica was delivered to the Museum of Science.

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35. In 1958, before Elvis was on leave for the first time since joining the Army, he took this photo with his parents Vernon and Gladys Presley.

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36. This is a fashion catalog in the 1970s.

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37. This is Jack Kirby, the co-creator of Captain America, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, the Black Panther and many more comic book characters. He was a WW II veteran in 1945.

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38. This is a photo of McDonald's menu in the early 1970s. In the '70s, McDonald's was the largest fast-food chain.

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39. This vehicle is like a quack-a-dile: half duck, half crocodile. Actually, this is the first BMW R11 series which was first made in 1929 and produced until 1935.

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40. This is the grooviness of Gilligan's Island star, Dawn Wells, in 1970.

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