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These 42 Past and Recent Photos Of Famous Events Show Just How Much The World Has Changed

These past and present photos of famous events give us a clear, fascinating picture of human progress. Enjoy!

The first World Series held in Pittsburgh, 1903

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The 2014 World Series final which was slightly more organized.

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The first ever Rockefeller Christmas tree, 1931

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Rockefeller Christmas tree, 2013

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The first International match at Wimbledon, 1883

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The Wimbledon Championships in 2014

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The first Glastonbury festival in 1970 attended by over 1,500 people who paid £1 each for a ticket and free milk.

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The 2014 Glastonbury festival attracting 135,000 people who paid £225 for a ticket and beer.

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The first official gay pride march in London accompanied by the police for the marchers' protection.

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LGBT London pride parade in 2014 flanked by supporters.

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The first photo ever taken from space, in 1946. A camera was strapped onto a V2 rocket fired straight up to capture the shot.

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The Aurora Australis as seen from the International Space Station in 2013.

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The first official Paralympic Games in Rome in 1960. Around 400 athletes from 23 countries participated.

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2012 Paralympic Games in London. Over 4,300 athletes from 164 nations participated.

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The first climber, Sir Edmund Hillary, reached the summit of Mt. Everest, 1953.

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With far better equipment, a traffic jam like this one in 2013 is becoming all too common on Everest.

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Aerial view of the 1930 World Cup final in Montevideo, Uruguay. Only 13 teams participated because of the difficulty of getting to South America at the time.

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2014 World Cup held in Brazil with 209 countries eligible to participate.

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The first photograph of the moon, shot taken in 1839.

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The first photograph of Earth taken from the moon, taken in 1969.

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Photograph of both the Earth and moon from China's Chang'e 5-TI satellite in 2014.

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Three men racing in the marathon at the first modern Olympics in 1896. Only 16 nations were allowed to compete at the time.

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2012 marathon in London participated by athletes from 206 nations.

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The very first neon sign on the Las Vegas strip getting installed in 1941.

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Las Vegas strip today.

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The first modern Olympic Games held in Athens, 1896

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2012 Olympics held in London

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New York's first subway in 1904. This was the first choice of transportation of New York's upper class to escape the busy streets.

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New York's subway today

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Western Berliners look on as Easterners work on the Berlin wall in 1961.

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United Berliners celebrating the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, marking its former path with illuminated balloons, 2014.

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Bill Murray as the very first guest on The David Letterman Show in 1983.

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Bill Murray as a guest again of David Letterman, along with Lady Gaga, 2014.

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Boston Marathon organizers try to stop Kathrine Switzer from participating in the race in 1967. The marathon was supposed to be exclusive for men.

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Boston Marathon in 2014

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The Wright brothers's successful flight in 1903. Their plane was able to fly for 59 seconds over 852 feet.

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The Philae probe had traveled 4 billion miles, landing on a comet in 2014

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A French soldier getting his prosthetic mask in 1918.

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In 2011, the first full face transplant was successfully accomplished on Dallas Wiens who lost almost all of his face in an accident.

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Otto Lilienthal made the very first glider flight in 1894.

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In 1901, Annie Edson Taylor became the first person ever to survive a trip over Niagara Falls inside a barrel.

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In 2012, Felix Baumgartner took a plunge from the stratosphere, 24 miles above Earth.

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