20 Historical Photos That Will Leave You Breathless

This photograph, taken in 1928, is of Christopher Robin Milne, the only child of author A. A. Milne. He was the inspiration of the character Christopher Robin in his father’s Winnie-the-Pooh stories and in two books of poems.

On his first birthday, Milne received an Alpha Farnell teddy bear, which he later named Edward. This bear, along with a real Canadian bear named Winnipeg that Milne saw at London Zoo, eventually became the inspiration for the Winnie-the-Pooh character.

The Prague Spring was a brief period of liberalization in Czechoslovakia under Alexander Dubcek in 1968. Russian leader Brezhnev demanded that he re-impose strict communist control, but Dubcek did nothing.

Fearing Czechoslovakian independence, Brezhnev sent half a million Soviet troops and 2,000 tanks to quell this more relaxed version of communism. This photograph captures a Soviet soldier chases a young Czech man who was throwing rocks at a tank.

Shooting in Tunisia, Steven Spielberg decides shot composition with miniatures on the set of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981.

Although Spielberg stated that he thought he would just be making a ‘B-movie’, Raiders earned $389.9 million worldwide and went on to become the highest-grossing film of that year.

This photograph, taken on 13 June 1936, is believed to be August Landmesser, a worker at the Blohm+Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany.

Another family claims it is Gustav Wegert, a metalworker at Blohm+Voss who habitually refused to salute on religious grounds. They have presented documentation of Wegert’s employment at Blohm+Voss at that time, and family photos which resemble the man in the famous photo, as evidence of their claim.

Regardless of which man it is, this one picture encapsulates the spirit of defiance as he refuses to perform the Nazi salute with the other workers.

This photo, taken by Alberto Korda, shows Fidel Castro and Che Guevara fishing at the Hemingway Marlin Fishing Tournament on May 15, 1960, Havana, Cuba.

Korda was one of the few Cuban photojournalists responsible for capturing the world’s attention with the Cuban Revolution Propaganda. He followed the Cuban leaders around and became Fidel Castro’s personal photographer for more than a decade.


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