Eerie Photos We Never Knew Were Taken

By | February 22, 2023

This 18-foot by 20-foot hole in the side of the Empire State Building, at about the 79th floor, was caused by a disoriented pilot who crashed his B-25 bomber into the skyscraper in heavy fog in 1945. 

Things aren’t always as they seem. This collection of photographs will show you a view of history – its people, places, and events – that offers a different perspective than what we see in our history books. You will see famous people before they were stars, the final moments of some people’s lives, fads and trends of the past, and some intriguing slices of life in days gone by. History is full of fascinating little tidbits that make for wonderful stories. All we need to do to find them is to change our perspective.

This article originally appeared on our sister site: groovyhistory.com

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Officials surveying the damage caused when a bomber crashed into the side of the Empire State Building. (Wikipedia)

Decades before the September 11 attacks another plane struck a New York City skyscraper. This incident, which occurred on July 28, 1945, was no terrorist attack, however. It was a tragic accident. It was a foggy morning as Lieutenant Colonel William F. Smith piloted his B-25 bomber from Massachusetts to New Jersey. With near zero visibility, Smith became disoriented. At 9:40 a.m., he crashed into the side of the Empire State Building. Smith, the three people aboard his plane, and eleven people in the building were all killed. The building itself sustained heavy damage, as you can see in this picture, but the structural integrity of the Empire State Building was not compromised. 

Singer Dolly Parton and her husband Carl Dean, a man who stays out of the spotlight, have been happily married since 1966.


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When Carl Dean met an 18-year-old Dolly Parton he immediately knew that was the woman he was going to marry. (Twitter)

For more than 55 years, the husband of country music superstar Dolly Parton has managed to avoid the spotlight and according to Dolly, that’s just how he likes it. His name is Carl Dean. He and Dolly wed back in 1966 when she was still trying to reach her singing goals. In fact, the couple met on Dolly’s first day in Nashville and it was love at first sight for both of them. A successful businessman, Dean is proud of his wife’s accomplishments but has rarely seen her perform in concert. As Dolly explains, Dean is prone to second-hand stage fright and becomes so anxious when his wife performs that he prefers to stay away.