50 Must-See Moments In History

Last updated on December 7th, 2022 at 09:19 pm

No one can predict the future, but we can better understand the present by looking back at history. 

Here are 100 must-see historical moments – significant events that have shaped our world. From wars and revolutions to scientific discoveries and technological innovations, these are some of the most important moments in human progress. 

Whether you’re a history buff or want to learn more about our fascinating past, check out this list!

A protestant husband and his catholic wife were not allowed to be buried together. Here are their headstones reaching across the two cemeteries in 1888.

Demonstrating how bulletproof vests work, 1923.

A family poses with their covered wagon in Kansas, 1908.

Building the hand and torch of the Statue of Liberty, Paris, 1876.

The tallest man to ever live, Robert Wadlow, poses with his family in 1935.

Workers building the Empire State building, c. 1930s

Two women, minutes after voting, London, 1929.

Mother and son pose for a photo, Ireland, 1890.

Henry Ford in the first car he ever built, 1896.

Two newsies, New York, 1896.

The absolutely massive chain for the Titanic’s anchor, c. 1909.

A woman plays a piano designed for people undergoing bedrest, 1935.

A photo by Berenice Abbot of a woman wiring an IBM computer, 1948.

A man repairs the antenna on the World Trade Center, NYC, 1979. Photo by Peter Kaplan.

Bottling ketchup at the Heinz factory, Pittsburgh, 1897

A meeting of the Mickey Mouse Club, California, c. 1930.

The Great Blizzard of 1888, New York City

A WWI-era German submarine washed ashore in Hasting, England, in 1919.

The intact seal on Tutankhamun’s Tomb, 1922. It went untouched for 3,424 years.

Lumberjacks take a photo with a Douglas fir tree, Washington, 1899.

A woman is ticketed for wearing a bikini, 1957.

The employee cafeteria at Disneyland, 1961.

An unknown soldier, Vietnam, 1965

An Austrian child gets new shoes during WWI

Painting the Eiffel tower, 1932.

A girl tries to get a reaction from a royal guard. Stockholm, Sweden, 1970s.

Audrey Hepburn with her pet deer, 1958.

A hippie sells flowers on the road, Oklahoma, 1973.

An East German soldier sneaks a little boy across the Berlin Wall, 1961.

Wojtek the bear, who fought in WW2.

“No dog biscuits today,” London, 1940s

Mom contains her baby with a trashcan while she crochets, 1969.

Mobsters hide from the camera during Al Capone’s trial, 1931.

Protesting against low pay for teachers, 1930

People stop to watch the “Seinfeld” finale in Times Square in 1998. Photo by Ken Murray.

Samurai pose in front of the Sphinx, 1864.

Monet with his wife Alice, 1908

Protesting in Miami Beach, Florida, 1980s.

Archaeologists dine in the tomb of Pharaoh Ramses XI, 1923

Selling lemonade with a portable dispenser, Berlin, 1931.

A young Elvis with his parents, 1937.

Louis Armstrong plays for his wife in front of the Great Sphinx, 1961.

Loggers pose with a massive redwood, 1892.

Blackfoot tribe in Glacier National Park, 1913

The Titanic docked at Southampton, 1912.

Collecting golf balls, 1920s

Teaching the physics of surfing, California, 1970s.

Young German soldier after being captured, 1945. Getty Images

Lenin giving a speech in Moscow, 1920

Samurai in full armor and sword, c. 1860.

Photo of an ironworker during construction of the Columbia Tower, Seattle, 1984.
After Randall Champion touched a high-voltage line, electrocuting himself and stopping his heart, J.D. Thompson gave him CPR until help arrived, allowing Champion to survive. “The Kiss of Life.” (1967) by Rocco Morabito.

Three-year-old Robert Quigley smoking a cigar, 1928. Photo by Henry Miller

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