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Richard Nixon's loyal secretary Rose Mary Woods takes one for the team as she demonstrates her implausible claim that she erased part of an incriminating White House audio tape when she answered the phone while transcribing the tape. 1974
Australian outlaw Ned Kelly in 1880, the day before his execution.
Frederick Douglass with his musician grandson Joseph Douglass, 1894.
Teddy Roosevelt's 1907 hunting guide Ben Lilly.
U.S. Admiral David Farragut. He began his naval career as a nine year old boy in 1810. He remained on active duty until his death in 1870. "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"
Later British Admiral Jacky Fisher as a Midshipman in the 1850s. His career spanned the Crimean War to World War I. He guided the Royal Navy from the era of wooden sailing ships with muzzle-loaded cannons to steel-hulled battlecruisers, submarines and early aircraft carriers.
Ernest Hemingway, Alec Guinness, and Noel Coward in Havana, 1959.
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Douglas MacArthur with Col. Dwight Eisenhower during the clearing of the Bonus Marchers, 1932. Eisenhower described his time under MacArthur as studying dramatics. Mac called Ike the best clerk he ever had.
Dolores Cacuango, known as Mamá Doloreyuk, at age 87 in 1969. She was a tireless Ecuadorian activist who fought for the rights of laborers, women, and indigenous people.
Alexander Kerensky, 1917. During that year, he was a key figure in the governing coalition from the February Revolution that saw the Tsar's abdication until the October Revolution by the Bolsheviks. Kerensky spent the next 50+ years in exile, dying in New York in 1970.
Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler performs his 1966 #1 hit Ballad of the Green Berets on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Italian/French explorer Pierre de Brazza, 1852-1905. Noted for the, at the time, rare humanity with which he treated Africans. In his honor, the Republic of Congo kept Brazzaville as its capital's name after gaining independence.
The deteriorated West Side Highway in lower Manhattan, 1973. Later that year, an overloaded dump truck fell through the elevated road, forcing its permanent closure.
FDR visits a Civilian Conservation Corps camp, 1933. In 9 years, 3 million poor young men joined the CCC. They were fed, housed, and paid a wage that was mostly sent to their families. Their efforts improved public land to this day.
Harper Lee and Truman Capote, 1960. The authors had been childhood friends in Monroeville, Alabama.
Mark Twain and his long-time friend John T. Lewis, main inspiration for the character Jim in Huckleberry Finn, 1903. Colorized, source in comments.
Alvin "Shipwreck" Kelly, who, in 1924, began a fad of pole sitting.
300K people thronged the streets of Milan for the burial procession of Giuseppe Verdi, 1901. Earlier, as the 87 year old composer had lain on his deathbed, Italians gathered nearby and spontaneously sang Va pensiero, the patriotic hymn from the Maestro's early opera Nabucco.
Ava Gardner with her three husbands: Mickey Rooney in 1942, Artie Shaw in 1945, and Frank Sinatra in 1951.
The only known photograph of South American liberator José de San Martín, 1848.
Long-distance swimmer Gertrude Ederle. In 1926, she became the first woman to swim the English Channel, beating the best time of previous men's crossings by two hours. She died at 98 in 2003, after a life teaching fellow deaf swimmers.
Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart lead a group of Hollywood figures who flew to Washington, D.C. in 1947 to protest the House Un-American Activities Committee and the emerging blacklist.
Richard Nixon walks on the beach during his 1969 - 1974 presidency.
Georgia State Sen. Jimmy Carter hugs his wife Rosalynn, 1966. The couple has been married for 75 years. According to family lore, the two met the week she was born in 1927. His mother was a midwife who helped deliver her.
Louis Armstrong with neighborhood kids on the steps of his house in Corona, Queens, 1970.
Waltz King Johann Strauss, Jr. with composer Johannes Brahms, 1894. Strauss autographed the picture for Boston art collector Isabella Stewart Gardner, sketching in the opening bars of his Blue Danube Waltz.
Oddly specific allegorical tableau in support of the Spanish-American War, 1898. Grizzled Confederate and Union veterans reconcile to liberate Cuba, represented as a blonde girl.
Military hero of Italian unification Giuseppe Garibaldi, 1866. Earlier, as a political exile in South America, he fought guerrilla wars in Brazil and Uruguay.
Pony Express riders Billy Richardson, Johnny Fry, Charles Cliff, and Gus Cliff. The service carried mail on horseback between Missouri and California. It operated only from April 1860 until October 1861.
Aftermath of the 1919 Great Molasses Flood in the North End of Boston. A tank filled with 2.3 million gallons of molasses burst. The resultant wave of molasses rushed through the streets at an estimated 35 mph, killing 21 and injuring 150. The sickly sweet smell lingered for decades.
Artists Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall, 1955
Bulldog fanciers in London, 1966
Cuban Marathoner Félix Carbajal, 1904. On his way to the Olympics he lost his money gambling in New Orleans. He walked and hitchhiked to St. Louis, arriving just before the race. A fellow runner trimmed his pants. Carbajal finished fourth.
Giuseppe Garibaldi, 1866. Historian A.J.P. Taylor called the Italian patriot and general “the only wholly admirable figure in modern history.”
John Wayne as Genghis Khan in The Conqueror, 1956. Controversy remains over whether nuclear weapons testing near the movie's Utah filming site caused the cancers that developed among many in the cast and crew.
Leo Tolstoy as a wealthy, dissolute 20 year old orphan, 1848.
Laborers in New York City's now mostly vanished Garment District, 1978.
Dwight Eisenhower waves goodbye to Columbia University before heading to his inauguration as POTUS, 1953. He had served as president of the Ivy League school, with a break to serve as the first NATO Supreme Commander, since 1948.
Buffalo Bill Cody as an 18 year old Union soldier, 1864. He tried to enlist at 15, but was too young. His father, Isaac Cody, had died of knife wounds sustained while giving an anti-slavery speech in pre-war Kansas.
Aboriginal Ainu couple, Hokkaido, Japan, circa 1890.
Bhumibol Adulyadej, the future King Rama IX of Thailand, as a baby, front and center, 1928. He was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where his father studied public health at Harvard. Rama IX reigned from 1946 to 2016.
British spy Sidney Reilly, 1918. A model for James Bond, Reilly, born Jewish in Odessa, Russia, was described as an "expert assassin by poisoning, stabbing, shooting and throttling, and possessed eleven passports and a wife to go with each."
Alfred Dreyfus, front right, at the 1906 ceremony restoring him to the French army, more than a decade after being falsely convicted and imprisoned as a German spy.
Modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan, 1910s.
Victoria Woodhull. First woman to run for president, in 1872, with an unconsenting Frederick Douglass as her running mate. Woodhull was at various times a spiritual healer, a stockbroker, a women's rights advocate, a free love proponent, an author, and an editor.
Dwight Eisenhower during the 1919 cross-country caravan the War Department sent to test military transportation over the nation's haphazard road system. The trip comprised 3,242 miles through 11 states in 62 days, an average of 52 miles per day.
Anti-alcohol crusader Carrie Nation, front, with supporters, 1901. She gained fame by busting up saloons with a hatchet, calling herself "a bulldog running along at the feet of Jesus, barking at what He doesn't like."
1993 protest at Iolani Palace in Honolulu, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the U.S. backed coup d'état that ended the Hawaiian monarchy.
British hairstylist Vidal Sassoon giving Mia Farrow the pixie cut that she would wear in Rosemary's Baby, 1967.
Manfred Gans with his parents and grandmother. As part of an elite group of Jewish German-speaking British commandos, he fought his way from D-Day to VE-Day. In May 1945, he personally liberated his parents from Theresienstadt concentration camp.
Future WW2 victor Georgy Zhukov, at right, during the short but fierce 1939 undeclared war between the Soviet Union and Japan. The two nations fought over the boundary between their proxies Mongolia and Manchuria.
David Kalākaua, King of Hawaii, 1881. Known as the Merrie Monarch for his affable personality, the largest annual hula festival is named in his honor.
Man purchasing herring, wrapped in newspaper, for a Shabbat meal, circa 1935. In the 1930s, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, a charity, hired photographer Roman Vishniac to chronicle the vibrant, doomed world of Jews in Eastern Europe.
Washington Roebling, circa 1864. A hero of Gettysburg, he rose from private to colonel. He took over as chief engineer of the Brooklyn Bridge when his father John died. When Washington was disabled by the bends, his wife Emily became de facto chief engineer.
FBI Associate Director Clyde Tolson and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover attending the Joe Louis-Jack Sharkey prizefight in New York, 1936.
The 1946 Diamond Jubilee of Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah, celebrating 60 years as Aga Khan, leader of the Ismāʿīli branch of Shia Islam. His followers in India gave him his weight in diamonds. He tipped the scales at 243 lbs. As part of the ceremony, he then graciously returned the gift.
Leo Frank, the Jewish factory superintendent lynched after being falsely convicted of the 1913 murder of a girl who worked for him. The probable killer testified against Frank. A mob hanged him after the Georgia governor commuted his death sentence.
Dutch art forger Han van Meegeren. In 1945, he faced trial for selling a purported Johannes Vermeer painting to Nazi leader Hermann Göring. He successfully defended himself against charges of aiding the enemy by revealing that he had created the artwork himself.
Winston Churchill, 1922, surveying one of the beaches on which he would vow to fight eighteen years later.
Maria and Georg von Trapp at their 1927 wedding. The story of the former postulant at a Benedictine nunnery and the former Austrian naval officer would become the basis of The Sound of Music.
P.T. Barnum with Charles Sherwood Stratton, whom he billed as General Tom Thumb, circa 1850. Stratton was the most popular entertainer of his day, socializing with Abraham Lincoln and Queen Victoria. He grew wealthy, later bailing Barnum out of financial trouble.
Emir Faisal's delegation at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference. T.E. Lawrence, Lawrence of Arabia, stands behind Faisal's left shoulder.
Louis Armstrong, left, standing next to his boss and mentor Joe "King" Oliver, 1923. Pianist Lil Hardin, who married Armstrong the next year, sits in front of them.
Future U.S. President Harry S. Truman, left, in the Kansas City haberdashery he owned with friend and Army colleague Eddie Jacobson, 1920.
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington in his mid 70s, 1844. Before defeating Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815, he led successful military campaigns in India, Spain, and the Netherlands. He went on to twice serve as the Prime Minister of the UK.
Members of Congress sing God Bless America on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, September 12, 2001.
German Field Marshal Alfred von Schlieffen, 1833-1913. He devised the strategic plan under which the Kaiser's army would quickly defeat the French with a sweep around their left flank before shifting to face the slow to deploy Russians.
Offenders punished with a period of imprisonment in a wooden cangue, China, 1890s. This uncomfortable and humiliating device was imposed on people convicted of minor crimes.
Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan at the 1925 trial of John Scopes. At issue was the legality of teaching Darwinian evolution in Tennessee.
Parade of Victors, Парад победителей, Moscow, June 24 1945.
Future Senator John S. McCain, III with his namesake father and grandfather, Panama Canal Zone, 1936. The two older men rose to the rank of Admiral in the U.S. Navy.
Middle-class provincial Russians Maria and Ilya Ulyanov with their children, 1879. The future Vladimir Lenin sits at lower right.
Ulysses S. Grant, left, as a young officer, 1845. With his slight build and affinity for horses, he was considered the best rider at West Point and in every unit to which he was assigned.
Bandleader Paul Whiteman, trainer Artie McGovern, bandleader John Philip Sousa, agent Christy Walsh, and Babe Ruth, circa 1927. McGovern specialized in helping the rich and famous recover from their excesses through diet and exercise.
Park Slope, Brooklyn after two airplanes collided in the fog, 1960.
Czech soprano Maria Jeritza as the title princess in the American premiere of Puccini's final opera Turandot, 1926.
Muhammad al Muqri, Moroccan Grand Vizier, 1950s. He served until a couple of years before his death in 1957. Depending on the source, he lived until somewhere between 103 and 116 years old.
Frederick Law Olmsted, lower right, and a bunch of Yale students, 1846. Olmsted would go on to design Brooklyn's Prospect Park, Manhattan's Central Park, and urban landscapes across the United States.
Eric Muenter, 1915. As a Harvard professor he poisoned his pregnant wife. He took a new identity and resumed college teaching. He became a spy for Germany, sabotaging ships, bombing the U.S. Capitol, and invading J.P. Morgan's home, where he shot Morgan's son.
French composer Claude Debussy avoiding harmful UV rays, 1911.
Jill St. John, Leonid Brezhnev, translator, Richard Nixon, 1973
William Howard Taft, 1909, the year he became President of the United States.
Lauren Bacall with Vice-President Harry Tuman, 1945.
Harpo Marx was the first American to perform in Russia after the US and USSR established diplomatic relations in 1933. Here he is doing shtick for a newsreel upon his return from the trip. He later claimed to have smuggled secret papers out in his socks.
John Brown's final written words, 1859: "I John Brown am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away, but with Blood. I had... vainly flattered myself that without very much bloodshed, it might be done."
Alma Schindler, 1909. A composer in her own right, she was most famous for the creative men she married in early 20th century Vienna: composer Gustav Mahler, architect Walter Gropius, and writer Franz Werfel.
Bandits' Roost on Mulberry Street in New York, photographed by journalist Jacob Riis, and published in How the Other Half Lives, his 1890 book about tenement living.
Paul Robeson and W.E.B. Du Bois, 1949.
Reporters phoning in their stories at the White House press room, 1937.
Stan Laurel and Charlie Chaplin, 2nd and 3rd from left, 1913. English impresario Fred Karno, far left, brought both men to America as part of his comedy troupe.
Kwame Nkrumah speaks in 1957 as Britain's Gold Coast becomes Ghana, the first African nation to achieve independence after European colonization. The U.S. delegation at the ceremony included Martin Luther King, Jr. And Vice President Richard Nixon.
Former heavyweight champ joined the U.S. Coast Guard in 1942, at age 47. During WW1 he took a dubious deferment, then posed as a defense worker in brand new coveralls and dress shoes.
Bonus Marchers, 1932. WW1 veterans hit hard by the Great Depression demanded payment of service bonuses enacted by Congress but not due to mature until 1945. At Herbert Hoover's order, Army Chief of Staff Douglas MacArthur used infantry, cavalry, and tanks to disperse the marchers.
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