10 Amazing Historical Images And The Stories Behind Them
Pictures are an excellent way to capture and preserve life's most memorable events. Some photographs conceal incredible stories that are only partially depicted. We've compiled a list of 10 stunning historical photographs and the tales behind them to help you learn more about the fascinating truths from history.
1. Lithuanian’s Basketball Team
In 1991, Lithuania, which had recently gained independence from the USSR after a 50-year reign, was seeking for funding to send its basketball players to the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
They had their independence at the time, but they lacked the financial means to send their soldiers to the Olympics. The Grateful Dead, on the other hand, aided them in this.
Not only that, but they also brought the players a large box of tie-dyed t-shirts and shorts. The costume was created by the band's design. The garment was entirely white with faint yellow, red, and green color stripes on the collar and sleeves — the Lithuanian colors.
2. The Building that was relocated
Engineers in Alba Lulia relocated a whole structure of 80 apartments that was 100 meters long on Wednesday, May 27, 1987, during the Romanian communist regime.
They did so to create room for a Transylvania Boulevard makeover. The engineers divided the 7,600-ton structure into two sections. One side of the structure was relocated to the right side of the boulevard, while the other was relocated to the left.
All of this was accomplished by excavating beneath the whole building. They used rails and wheels to relocate the structure 55 meters away from its current location. To sustain the structure's weight, they employed a network of hydraulic jacks installed under the framework and fixed to the structure.
It took less than six hours to complete the procedure. During the procedure, no people were injured or evicted. While relocating, no pipes or other cables (telephone, power, etc.) were cut.
The Swedish government set out on a quest to transform people's lives by forcing them to drive on the right side of the road. On September 3, 1967, a tragic catastrophe occurred. “Högertrafikomläggningen” (right-hand traffic diversion) or “Dagen H” was the name of the day (H-Day).
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The government intended to force their citizens to drive on the right side of the road like their European neighbors and other countries across the world do. Even though driving on the left was the norm in the country, many automobile owners already possessed vehicles with right-hand steering wheels.
Many consumers bought vehicles from other countries, and respected Swedish automakers like Volvo decided to follow suit. The H-Day, however, necessitated the replacement of every road sign, traffic light, and bus stop. Hundreds of new buses were acquired, and existing buses were redesigned to have doors on both sides. The project cost a total of 628 million kronor ($72 million).
4. Bolaji Badejo: An Alien
Balaji Badejo played the xenomorph in Alien when he was 22 years old. He was a Nigerian student in London at the time. In the summer of 1979, he decided to go out and drink in Soho. Even though he had never appeared in a film before, his height of 6 feet 10 inches drew the attention of a casting director.
Ridley Scott, the director, asked whether he wanted to work in the film industry, and he said yes. From there, he was known as the Alien. In one interview, Scott claimed that the kid resembled the Giacometti sculpture.
The xenomorph in the film featured a lethal whipping tail coming out of its groin and an enlarged mouth that aggressively jutted out of its neck.
5. When German and American technology was combined to launch the first two-stage rocket from the United States
It all started during World War II when Americans seized German rocket scientists and engineers along with numerous V-22 ballistic missiles. All of the specialists and their rockets were transported to Fort Bliss, Texas, near the newly created White Sands Proving Ground in New Mexico, as part of Operation Paperclip.
The US Army led them there, and they continued working on rockets and missiles. The “Bumper” was a V-2 with a WAC (Without Attitude Control) Corporal on top. The first six Bumpers were launched in May and August 1948 at White Sands.
The WAC higher levels were not present on the first two flights. However, the WAC's four Bumper flights all failed for various reasons. On February 24, 1949, engineers were successful on the fifth WAC Bumper flight. It flew at a top speed of 5,000 mph and a height of 244 miles. The previous V-2 record of 110 miles was more than doubled. As a result, it was the first item to travel into extraterrestrial space.
6. Ali Mahmud
Simon Perris, sometimes known as Ali Mahmud, is a Senegalese actor who was born in either the Congo or Senegal. He was born in Turkey and worked as a servant for a Turkish guy in Budapest when he was quite young. Ali Mahmud worked as a porter at a cinema in Nagyvarad after his master died. He spoke Hungarian fluently, was patriotic, and had a great sense of humor.
He then applied to join the Austro-Hungarian Army but was turned down since he was a foreigner. Ali Mahmud, on the other hand, did not give up and continued to attempt. Ali Mahmud was quoted in a news item as saying that he felt ashamed of staying at home after becoming Hungarian and that he wanted to fight for his motherland as well.
He was eventually admitted into the service and served on the Russian Front in 1915. He was even promoted to corporal after receiving several military medals. Several publications featured his portrait on the top page, identifying him as szerecsen (Saracen), which means "Black people."
7. British soldiers who were rehearsing for their Christmas charity performance, were ordered to cope with Bombers
When John Topham visited the Royal Artillery Coastal Defence Battery at Shornemead Fort in 1940, he took this photograph. This image shows British troops preparing for a charity play around Christmas.
They used to keep themselves occupied by doing things like this. Suddenly, the soldiers were told to cope with Luftwaffe aircraft flying across the English Channel, preparing to launch strikes on southern England.
They didn't have time to change out of their costumes and into their uniforms, so they arrived at the combat stations dressed as ladies and wearing their helmets.
8. Iconic photo of a five-year-old kid when his family was about to be separated by World War II
Warren Whitey Bernard, five, requested his father to wait for him in this touching shot taken by Claude Detloff in Vancouver, where his mother is attempting to hold the child with her outstretched arm.
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His father was a member of the Duke of Connaught's Rifles, and he was preparing to fight in World War II. At the Columbia Street junction in Canada, the entire regiment was marching along English Street.
When Dettloff was preparing to photograph the troops moving down the street, he noticed a young child running down the street. By moving his gun to his left hand, he caught this classic shot of Whitey racing to his father and his father's beaming smile and his arm extending to hug his kid for a minute.
9. When President Franklin D. Roosevelt repealed the 18th Amendment to the US Constitution
The 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution was passed in 1917 and approved in 1919, prohibiting the manufacturing and sale of alcohol in the United States. This was done in the hopes of reducing crime and drinking, but Prohibition had the exact opposite effect.
America's appetite for alcohol grew significantly, resulting in a major growth in organized crime. Smuggling and home-brewing, as well as illegal methods of alcohol manufacture and distribution, became increasingly popular.
The major goal of President Roosevelt's campaign in 1933 removed this provision. He felt that by returning alcohol to the American people, he would be able to improve the economy by generating taxes.
10. When the engine fire of the XG332 Lightning F1 weakened the tailplane actuator and the Lightning became uncontrollable.
Jim Meads, a professional photographer who lives near the Hatfield airfield, took this image on September 13, 1962. His next-door neighbor, Bob Sowray, informed him that he was scheduled to fly a Lightning that day. Meads brought his children there to observe the flight, as well as his camera. He intended to take a picture of his children against the backdrop of the Lightning returning to the land.
They obtained their desired perspective and awaited the return of the Lightning. Bob Sowray, on the other hand, did not fly his Lighting that day, but George Aird, another De Havilland test pilot, did. The tailplane actuator of the XG332 Lightning F1 was weakened by the engine fire, and the Lightning became unmanageable.
The pilot, George Aird, bailed from the Lightning when it was 61 meters from the ground. As soon as the pilot evacuated with his unopened parachute, Jim Mead snapped a shot. The lightning struck the Earth and came dangerously near to him.
When the ejection seat exploded, the tractor driver in the shot instantly turned to check what was going on. Mick Sutterby, then 15, was working on the airfield that summer. He wasn't posing for the photo; instead, he was informing Mead that he shouldn't be standing there.