Famous people of the 20th century and death are somethings that are always the talk of the town. The amount of drugs, scandals, and controversy that the 20th century saw will always leave all the bloggers of today in awe. The deaths associated with this culture are also mind-boggling in story. The invention of the camera is one thing that allows us to relive those moments of the past, especially of those people we adored and loved and still do. The History Pictures brings to you 6 last known photographs of the greatest of the great of the 20th century.
1. James Dean
The first of the inspirations of the teenage generation of the late 1940’s and 50’s, James Dean will always be remembered with his cult classic, Rebel Without A Cause. His panache, way of talking, and his dressing sense are things that still inspire millions of kids around the world, either directly or indirectly. His love for racecars was something everyone knew, and that is what eventually led to his death. It is very similar to the fate Paul Walker met with in the last decade. Their love for cars eventually led to their deaths. The day was 30th September, 1955 when a 24-year old James took part in an autoracing events, like he had done in the past. But this time the end of the race would be tragic. He met with an accident on the California State Route 46 and the crash led to him losing his life. It was a huge shock for his fans and his peers as a young James Dean left the world too soon. This is his last photograph touching up the car he would soon drive and crash.
2. Freddie Mercury
Arguably one of the greatest vocalists to ever grace a stage, Freddie Mercury was the epitome of sass and swag on stage. His powerful vocals coupled with his magnetic presence of stage often threw the crowds into a state of frenzy when he sang. His band Queen was on the top of the charts in the 80s and the 90s, until the day Freddie received the news that he was suffering from HIV. This shocked the band as they knew they would lose him soon. The Live Aid performance by Queen is etched in the minds of all music lovers when Freddie got down on the stage wearing a vest a pair of denims and wrote history. We, his fans, can always claim that he was the best the world of music has offered up till now. Being an Indian by origin he ravaged the music charts around the world with panache. This is his last photo clicked in his garden in the UK during his last days. He died shortly after this due to bronchial pneumonia resulting from AIDS.
3. Mahatma Gandhi
The Father of the Nation of India, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi is immortal in his homeland. He is considered as the man that single-handedly shook the foundations of the British Empire. Wearing a loin and holding a stick this man walked through the expanse of the Indian landscape telling and convincing people to join the freedom struggle and help him in removing the British from the country. He formed a party and held its reigns till the day he was finally assassinated by a right wing extremist.
His ideals of non-violence and righteousness have been used and propagated in many revolutions after him. He also helped the South African Indians achieve equality during the Apartheid era. His ideals led to the development of Gandhian school of philosophy taught in many places in the world. His death cam as a shock to India and the world. He was shot by Nathuram Godse, a right wing extremist on 30th January, 1948. The photograph shoes Godse holding the gun while Gandhi standing right opposite him.
4. Steve Jobs
The most popular mobile phones on the planet were the brainchild of a man that was a dropout from college and dreamed of bringing a revolution in the world of technology. That man was Steve Jobs and his brainchild was Apple. One of the largest companies in the world today, Apple started out in a garage and went on to become on of the giants of the tech world. Steve had a vision to create one of the first multi-purpose smart phone that would help a person do everything he wanted on the palm of his hand. He was successful in doing so and that gave the world the iPhone. One of the most revolutionary pieces of technology in the world today. Every person in the world today dreams of having an iPhone but unfortunately not everyone can afford them. Steve went on to create other revolutionary devices as well such as the iPod the Macbook and many more such devices. But unfortunately we couldn’t keep him immortal and pancreatic cancer took the better of him. We lost this great tech mind in October 5, 2011. This photograph was taken in August 2011.
5. Steve Irwin
Not everyday does one see a man in a shorts get down in water infested with crocodiles and play around with them like a 7 year old. But this man, Steve Irwin was a class apart. A wildlifer, zookeeper, and conservationist, Steve was the man that came on TV with his show, The Crocodile Hunter, and familiarized a generation of youngsters with the real time of the wildlife. It was on his show that people could see men and women playing around with crocodiles and capturing them as if they were rabbits in the backyard. His zeal and enthusiasm towards wildlife was something everyone loved and many children aspired to be like him. But unfortunately his passion is what led him to his death. It was during the filming of his upcoming documentary title “ Ocean’s Deadliest”, where he met with an accident. The barb of a sting ray pierced his chest multiple times, puncturing his heart in the process. He bled to death after the accident. The news came as a shock to the world. This is his last photograph in which he poses with marine biologist Chris Jones on his boat, the Croc 1.
6. Adolf Hitler
The most hated man on the planet during the 20th century, Adolf Hitler is the man behind the World War II. It was his ambition to make Germany great again that led to the destruction of the Germans in the World War. It all began with Germany invading Poland and what followed next cost the lives of millions of soldiers around the world. But nothing stopped Hitler. The end of the World War also uncovered one of the greatest genocides in history, the Holocaust. Around 6 million Jews were killed in concentration camps across Germany. After the war, the Nazis and other troops were tried in the Nuremberg Trials for murder and genocide. Hitler survived the trials as he had already committed suicide in a bunker in Berlin. This is a photograph of him surveying the bomb damage in Berlin on April 28, 1945. He later committed suicide after confirming that the Axis powers had lost the war.