54 Chilling Images With Unknown Stories From History

By Sophia Maddox | July 7, 2023

The 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens

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On May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted in Skamania County, Washington. For two months prior to the explosion, a series of earthquakes continually rocked Washington state while St. Helens spewed steam. It was obvious that the volcano was going to erupt, but it was just a question of when. At 8:32 a.m., a magnitude 5.1 earthquake that came from directly beneath the mountain triggered the largest rockslide in history. 

Following the landslide, a gas charged, partially molten rock and high pressure blast of steam exploded out of the mountain, following a series of smaller bursts that spewed ash and pumice as lava flowed freely from the mountain. The destruction cost nearly $1.1 billion.  

One of the stone carvings on top of Notre Dame, 1910

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. Onward! 

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Notre-Dame de Paris has been standing in one way or another since 1163. Even though it didn’t truly finish construction until 1345, it’s always under some kind of reconstruction, and following the fires of 2019 it’s likely to be under construction for another hundred years. This cathedral has some of the most breathtaking stone carvings in the world.

Known as gargoyles or grotesques, stone creatures intended to protect the church from malevolent spirits, these creatures were added as drainage systems to keep rain water from pooling on the roof and various levels. Art historian Michael Camille says that the cathedral’s gargoyles look alike because they fall apart so easily:

On medieval churches gargoyles rotted so quickly, if they did their job properly and carried off water, that only a century or so after they were made they had to be replaced.