54 Chilling Images With Unknown Stories From History

By Sophia Maddox | December 24, 2023

These two photos both feature the same Aldabra giant tortoise named Jonathan. The photo on the left was taken in 1902 and the photo on the right was taken in 2017. Jonathan was born in 1832 and today he is 186 years old.

When you look back at history there are moments that you can't help but feel like you've lived. Big, sweeping, epic moments that are etched in stone. But even more fascinating are the stories that exist between the bullet points. These jaw-dropping photos that tell the unknown stories are sure to amaze. Click ahead with fervor and plow through pictures and anecdotes about everything from World War II to Madonna, and even the early years of Walt Disney.

That's not all we have. There are eye-opening looks at Mother Nature, natural disasters, and indigenous people that you'd never see in your normal life. Keep some eye drops handy because there's a lot to learn and photos that will astound you. Onward! 

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Jonathan, the oldest known living terrestrial animal in the world, lives on the land of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean. Born in 1832, Jonathan has seen the invention of the electric guitar, the Ferris wheel, and the moving picture. He lives with a few other tortoises, although he’s yet to produce and offspring.

The life expectancy of a giant tortoise is around 150 years, and even though Jonathan is definitely beating the average he’s still not the oldest living reptile, a tortoise that lived to be 188 years old. You can do it Jonathan! We believe in you!

Barbara Walters, 1949.

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In the modern era Barbara Walters is considered one of the most foremost journalists of the 20th century. However in 1949 she was studying English at Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, New York. She attended college until 1951 when she earned her B.A. and moved to New York City where she worked for an advertising agency until she was able to get a job at a local NBC affiliate.

By 1953 Walters was producing a children’s program called Ask the Camera. She continued to produce at NBC for a couple of years until moving to CBS in 1955 to write for The Morning Show. It would only take six more years for Walters to take a job at The Today Show.