Epic Unearthed Historical Photos That Defy Belief

By Sarah Norman | February 10, 2024

After the celebration, 1934. Man in top hat and tails clinging to a lamp post in the early morning mist, London.

These photographs of pop culture and historic events of the past will give you a wave of nostalgia and a look into our history. Our present is built on a foundation of the past, therefore understanding what life was like a decade or a millennium ago is vital to learning what was considered important to people of the past. Knowing our past and how it has impacted our present provides us with a way to anticipate the future. 

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The November 29, 1934, marriage of Prince George, Duke of Kent, to Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark, was cause for celebration among the citizens of England. This royal wedding was the first one to be broadcast live on the radio and people all across London gathered to listen to the momentous event. Perhaps the dapper gentleman in this photo joined in the celebration of the Prince and Princess’s wedding by enjoying a few pints at a local tavern before staggering home in the early morning mist. Good thing London has plenty of light post to help him stay upright until he reached his bed. 

Rosa Parks with Martin Luther King Jr. in background, 1955.

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Mild-mannered and kind, Rosa Parks hardly seemed like the activist type when she refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger on December 1, 1955, and indeed, Parks was an unlikely social reformer. Yet we know her today as “the first lady of the civil rights movement”. She was willing to fight for injustice and inspire others to follow her lead. Her act of defiance sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped to galvanize the Civil Rights Era. Together with Martin Luther King, Parks served as an icon of equality. She is shown here with Dr. King in 1955.