History in Pics


Richard Nixon at his wife’s funeral, June 26, 1993. He died 10 months later. Before they got married, Richard would drive her to her dates with other guys cause he was that into her and wanted to be around her.


When Ringo was ill with tonsillitis, Jimmie Nicol substituted on drums for 8 concerts and lived a superstar’s life for 10 days. But with Ringo’s return, Jimmie Nicol sits alone at the Melbourne airport, waiting for the plane that will take him back to obscurity, 15 June 1964.


In 1989, wanting to see how the American’s lived, Boris Yeltsin made an unscheduled visit to Randall’s supermarket in Houston. Between trying free samples of cheese and produce and staring at the meat selections, Yeltsin roamed the aisles of Randall’s nodding his head in amazement.

Leon Aron wrote in his biography, “Yeltsin, A Revolutionary Life”: For a long time, on the plane to Miami, he sat motionless, his head in his hands. ‘What have they done to our poor people?’ he said after a long silence.” He added, “On his return to Moscow, Yeltsin would confess the pain he had felt after the Houston excursion: the ‘pain for all of us, for our country so rich, so talented and so exhausted by incessant experiments.’ ”

He wrote that Mr. Yeltsin added, “I think we have committed a crime against our people by making their standard of living so incomparably lower than that of the Americans.” An aide, Lev Sukhanov was reported to have said that it was at that moment that “the last vestige of Bolshevism collapsed” inside his boss.

In the 70’s and 80’s, the Finnish supermarket K-Kauppa ran ads about meat and how to prepare it. Estonians, then part of the USSR, would frequently tune into Finnish TV and many thought these commercials were propaganda since they had never seen supermarkets like these before.

Here is the video of a typical Soviet supermarket at the time.


Jewish couple wearing yellow stars, Berlin, Germany, 1941. Jews were forced to wear yellow star badges even when they weren’t in camps to allow people to discriminate against them.


Stalin, Roosevelt, and Churchill meet at the Tehran Conference, 1943.


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