History in Pics

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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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

2 COMMENTS

  1. I find it amusing how people talk about the Nazi’s like the christians haven’t done the same thing during the Inquisition and the crusades. Nazi’s are still reviled, yet christians are popular? Make a choice, hypocrites, or shut the he!! up.

    • You clearly know nothing about the Crusades or the Inquisition.

      The Spanish Inquisition, though draconian by our standards, was actually more lenient, and ended in more not guilty verdicts, than the civil courts run by the King and his government. Most of the Inquisition’s horrors were played up by English Protestants as propaganda, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I when a Spanish invasion seemed imminent.

      And the Crusades were a response to several centuries of Islamic incursions into Christian lands. The First Crusade began because Seljuq Turks conquered half the Byzantine Empire and began slaughtering Christian pilgrims on the road to Jerusalem. Infamous battles, like the Massacre of Jerusalem, were indeed brutal, but were, in fact, entirely common in the warfare of the Middle Ages. Everyone acted the same way. Not two hundred years later, Muslim armies would commit atrocities in Georgia and Turkey that were far greater than the deaths at the hands of Crusaders, and razed the city of Jerusalem to the ground so no one would want it.

      Also, look at you, edgelord. You can say Hell, your mom’s not going to find out.

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