In the late 1990s of the past century and well into the beginning of the 2000s, Osama Bin Laden was the number one wanted man by the American government. Bin Laden was known for his extreme and terrorized ways, threatening the entire free and democratic world. In May 2011, he was finally caught and killed; however, his life was not always to the extreme.
In this photo, you can see a young Osama Bin Laden, who appears to be like any other normal kid his age. This photo was taken during a trip to Sweden with his family in the 1970s. He is second from the right with no worries to his name and no clue as to what the future was about to bring.
Testing a Bulletproof Vest
In this photo, we see the testing of a bulletproof vest dated back to 1923. This demonstration was shot live at Washington City police headquarters. The two men in the photo are WH Murphy and his assistant at the Protective Garment Corporation of New York. The vest weighed about 11lb, which was considered comfortable and efficient because it fit perfectly on the body.
Soon after this vest was tested, the Protective Garment Corporation of New York started to manufacture a lightweight vest for the police to use. Of course, these men were inventors and salesmen, and their main goal was to convince the police that their vests worked and that they would save hundreds of lives.
India’s First Satellite
India's first experimental satellite was all solid; it weighed more than 17 tons, was over 20 meters high, and had the ability to place 40 kg of class payloads in LEO ( Low Earth Orbit). It was launched in July of 1980, making India the sixth of the prestige space-faring nation club. This is a rare photo of the satellite, which looks nothing like it would have done today.
The SLV-3 (Satellite Launch Vehicle-3) project paved the way for many future satellite projects, such as the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and the Augmented Satellite Launch Vehicle (ASLV), which were both successful.
The Last Chopper
In an attempt to prevent the spread of the regime, the U.S. found itself at was in Vietnam and involved in foreign policy, national feer, and economic interests, which didn't completely end until late 1975. A place that was a completely foreign land was soon to become a clear definition of an era.
In this photo, the horrors and most devastating hours are presented as an American Evacuee tries to get a spot on the last chopper out of the US embassy. This was in 1975 when people were being evacuated from Saigon. This man knew that if he missed this ride home, there might not be another.
The Atomic Bomb Testing
The Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) was once known as the Nevada Test Site (NTS), where nuclear tests were conducted. Between 1951 and 1992, more than 1000 tests were accomplished, 900 of them being performed underground. This rare photo shows o testing site in the mid-50s of the last century.
Mannequins were used regularly on these sites and were dressed in different clothing and accessories. It was important to evaluate the impact and effect of nuclear weapons, and at the time, this was the most efficient way. The 1990s saw the last of these tests, as they didn't simulate reality anymore.