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Mushroom cloud from the atomic explosion over Nagasaki at 11:02 a.m, August 9, 1945

August 6, 1945. Mushroom cloud from the atomic explosion over Hiroshima.

August 1945 - Before and after photographs of Nagasaki, Japan. The United States called for a surrender of Japan in the Potsdam Declaration on July 26, 1945, threatening Japan with "prompt and utter destruction." The Japanese government ignored this ultimatum, and the United States deployed two nuclear weapons developed by the Manhattan Project.

Lift off for the space shuttle Challenger. January 28, 1986, at 11:38 a.m., EST, Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Only 73 seconds into the launch an explosion killed the seven member crew.

The man who saved the world... 50 years ago, at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, second-in-command Vasilli Arkhipov of the Soviet submarine B-59 refused to agree with his Captain's order to launch nuclear torpedos against US warships and setting off what might well have been a terminal superpower nuclear war. His story is finally being told - the BBC is airing a documentary on it.

King said in an interview that this photograph was taken as he tried to explain to his daughter Yolanda why she could not go to Funtown, a whites-only amusement park in Atlanta. King claims to have been tongue-tied when speaking to her. “One of the most painful experiences I have ever faced was to see her tears when I told her Funtown was closed to colored children, for I realized the first dark cloud of inferiority had floated into her little mental sky.”

Hindenburg disaster took place on Thursday, May 6, 1937, as the German passenger airship LZ 129 Hindenburg caught fire and was destroyed during its attempt to dock with its mooring mast at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station, which is located adjacent to the borough of Lakehurst, New Jersey. Of the 97 people on board (36 passengers, 61 crew), there were 35 fatalities; there was also one death among the ground crew.

The "shadow" of a Hiroshima victim, permanently etched into stone steps, after the 1945 atomic bomb

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Once You See These Rare Historical Photos, You’ll Never Forget Them, Especially #14. Wow.

An estimated 95% or more of the original old-growth redwood forest has been cut. In 1850, old-growth redwood forest covered more than 2,000,000 acres...down to 8,100 acres by 1968, by which time nearly 90% of the original redwood trees had been logged

A devastating fire and series of chain-reaction explosions on 29 July 1967 that killed 134 sailors and injured 161 took place on the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal (CV-59), after an unusual electrical anomaly discharged a Zune rocket on the flight deck.