54 Chilling Images With Unknown Stories From History

By Sophia Maddox | October 2, 2023

The Duke of York (later to be King George VI) looks thrilled to be on a slide at the Wembley Exhibition in 1925.

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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The Duke of York had it pretty tough for a member of the monarchy, not only did he have a terrible stammer, but he really didn’t fair well with going down slides. Just look at this face of dissatisfaction. His stern demeanor likely stems from the fact that the speech he gave at the Wembley Exhibition took him hours to get through because of his speech impediment.

Even though many of his speeches from the war survive, his pre-reign speeches have either been destroyed or hidden. They’re legendarily bad, but the guy couldn’t help it. Once he hired speech therapist Lionel Logue he made it through his impediment and began giving grand speeches to all who’d listen. 

The Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington collapsed due to high winds only 4 months after completion in 1940.

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In 1940 the Tacoma Narrows Bridge that spanned the Tacoma Narrows strait of Puget Sound between Tacoma and Kitsap completely fell apart at 11am on November 7. The destruction of the suspension bridge was caused by something called “aeroelastic flutter.” Basically, Mother Nature got the best of the bridge when it least expected it.

A survivor of the crash, Leonard Coatsworth, wrote in the Tacoma News Tribune:

Around me I could hear concrete cracking. I started back to the car to get the dog, but was thrown before I could reach it. The car itself began to slide from side to side on the roadway. I decided the bridge was breaking up and my only hope was to get back to shore.
On hands and knees most of the time, I crawled 500 yards [1,500 ft; 460 m] or more to the towers… My breath was coming in gasps; my knees were raw and bleeding, my hands bruised and swollen from gripping the concrete curb… Toward the last, I risked rising to my feet and running a few yards at a time… Safely back at the toll plaza, I saw the bridge in its final collapse and saw my car plunge into the Narrows.