History in Pics

Jimmy Carter and Olusegun Obasanjo

President Jimmy Carter with the then-leader of Nigeria, General Olusegun Obasanjo (1977). Two years later, Obasanjo became the first military head of state to transfer power peacefully to a civilian regime in Nigeria.

The country fell into the hands of other dictatorships after 1979. He was imprisoned between 1993–1998 because he “spoke out against the human rights abuses of the regime, and was imprisoned for alleged participation in an aborted coup based on testimony obtained via torture.” only to be released following the dictator’s unexpected death.

He was democratically elected as the president 20 years later in 1999 and went on to serve 8 years (two terms).

Priceless Reaction

Reactions of the wives of Apollo 8 mission astronauts (Bill Anders and Frank Borman) the moment they heard their husband’s voices from orbit in 1968. The two women are Valerie Anders and Susan Borman.

Apollo 8 took three days to travel to the Moon. It orbited 10 times over the course of 20 hours, during which the crew made a Christmas Eve television broadcast where they read the first 10 verses from the Book of Genesis. At that time, this broadcast was the most watched TV program ever.

Chinese Hostess Ruth Lee

Ruth Lee, a hostess at a Chinese restaurant, flies a Chinese flag so she isn’t mistaken for Japanese when she sunbathes on her days off in Miami, in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 15, 1941.

The US government issued a pamphlet at one point on how to tell the difference between Chinese and Japanese people to Americans serving in China in WW2. The flag on the cover is the same as the one on the picture.

In 1941, average Americans recognized the Japanese flag as Chinese flag. The above-shown flag was the official “Republic of China” flag. Most people don’t see it today because it is currently the flag of Taiwan and the Chinese flag was changed when the democratic government fled in 1949 after the communists won the civil war in China, giving birth to the current yellow/red flag that everyone knows of.


Richard Nixon waves goodbye as he boards a helicopter after resigning the presidency earlier that day. August 9, 1974).

Perhaps he is happy that he only lost his job. After the Watergate scandal had he not been pardoned, he was potentially looking at years in prison. Maybe he’s relieved just to be going home in this picture. Nixon was definitely one of the most interesting Presidents we’ve had. He was viciously competitive and paranoid, which is a large part of what led to Watergate, but he did some pretty cool stuff too. He made civil rights advances and helped defuse Cold War tensions with Russia and China.

Jerry Stiller

Jerry Stiller takes his son Ben to a play, 1978.

The play they went to see was The Gin Game, directed by Mike Nichols and starring Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy.


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