54 Chilling Images With Unknown Stories From History

By Sophia Maddox | May 9, 2023

17 year-old Juliane Koepcke was sucked out of an airplane in 1971 after it was struck by a bolt of lightning. She fell 2 miles to the ground, strapped to her seat and survived after she endured 10 days in the Amazon Jungle

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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On December 24, 1971, Koepcke and her mother were traveling from Lima to Pucallpa, the city with an airport closest to Panguana, to visit their family. Things were going well on the flight until they flew into a thunderstorm. The plane was struck by lightning and started going down, Koepcke remembers the “quiet” free fall into the Peruvian jungle before she passed out as she entered into the trees.

Koepcke landed without her mother and with a broken collar bone. She managed to drag herself from her seat and find a bag of candy to eat for sustenance. She was discovered by forestry workers on January 3, 1972. She’d been in the rain forest for 11 days. 

An arctic explorer offers canned milk to a nursing polar bear, while a cub plays with his leg (Russia, 1980)

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In the 1950s Russian soldiers out on patrol had one thing in abundance, condensed milk. On a routine military expedition in the Chukchi Peninsula soldiers came across a vast amount of polar bears who weren’t doing well in the -40 Fahrenheit weather. The bears and their cubs were starving and freezing, so the soldiers did what they could to help the poor animals.

Soldiers tended to open the cans of condensed milk for the polar bears who would proceed to lick it clean and then feed their cubs. When the conditions are as harsh as they are in a Soviet winter then everyone and everything has to stick together.