History Uncovered: 54 Stories Behind the Images

By Sophia Maddox | March 12, 2024

A rare photo showing a 19-year-old Jimi Hendrix during his time in the US Army, where he trained as a paratrooper, 1961.

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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Before he was a guitar god with a head full of acid and fingers full of music, Jimi Hendrix was serving in the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army where he trained as a paratrooper. He trained at Fort Campbell, Kentucky after being joining the military in lieu of serving time in prison for car theft. Hendrix wasn’t a fan of the military, and he really hated training. He wrote to his father:

There’s nothing but physical training and harassment here for two weeks, then when you go to jump school, that’s when you get hell. They work you to DEATH, fussing and fighting.

Luckily, he received a discharge and ended up getting back to his guitar. 

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.