Ever wondered what an Atomic Bomb would look like when it blows up? In this photo, we see the nuclear testing at the Bikini Atoll program, which was a series of 23 nuclear devices detonated by the United States between the years 1946 to 1958. It seems a bit scary that it was detonated so close to neighboring islands, but these weapons were tested on the reef itself and in the air.
This all started in July of 1946 with Operation Crossroads. Don’t worry, though, because all the islands were uninhabitable because of all the radiation, which stemmed mostly from cesium-137. The island of Bikini Atoll is one of the 23 islands that consisted of the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean. Now, that’s a photo we don’t see every day.
Americans Leaving Vietnam
A lot happened in the 1970s. In fact, there were a lot of significant and dramatic moments in history. America’s departure from Vietnam was considered one of the saddest and most heart-wrenching moments of the 1970s, as you can see in the photo.
Seeing as a lot of people tried to fly out of the country and escape, they clung to the final chopper for dear life but unfortunately got punched and kicked for their efforts to board it.
Behind the Photo
Are you guys a fan of the Beatles? Do you remember their famous pedestrian crossing album cover? Well, here’s a little secret for you, when the Beatles shot their iconic Abbey Road cover in 1969, the primary album photo had to be retaken a number of times for it to be exactly perfect for the cover.
Wait for a second in this photo; they were going the wrong way! Check out the photo; here’s Paul, George, Ringo, and John making their way back across the street for another take. They must have had quite a number of bloopers in this shot before getting the right one.
America's Greatest Creation
Mount Rushmore was truly one of America’s greatest creations. In fact, it was even supposed to be much larger than it originally is. In this photo, we see the monument’s designer Gutzon Borglum is seen scrutinizing the scale model.
Sadly, this scale model was never continued because the project ran out of money.
This rare picture you see is the last known public execution in America. The last person to be hanged like this was Rainey Bethea on August 14. It was an item of personal interest and controversy because Bethea was to be hanged by Florence Thompson, who was at the time the sheriff of Davies County. The former policeman of Louisville, Arthur L. Hash, was offered to pull the trigger for her, and she willingly accepted her fate.
America was disappointed because, on the actual day of execution, hash showed up drunk and missed his shot. It was a sad day for everyone!