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Wiping Out Polio: How The U.S. Snuffed Out A Killer

Children in an iron ling, before the advent of the polio vaccination. Many children lived for months in these machines, though not all survived. c. 1937

Amazing photograph of a very historical day with Troops marching in Gettysburg from the town towards the Memorial Cemetery for Mr. Lincoln to make history by giving his Gettysburg Address speech. He would perhaps be somewhere in the photograph or very near in the procession.

Called "the darkest deed of the nineteenth century," the brutal 1857 murder of 120 men, women, and children at Mountain Meadows remains one of the most controversial events in the history of the American West. Although only one man, John D. Lee, ever faced prosecution, many other Mormons ordered, planned, or participated in the massacre of Arkansas emigrants as they headed through southwest Utah on their way to California

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Bavarian Prince Otto and Insanity in the 1800s

Insane Asylum Patients in 1800

YMCA Cigarette Dog delivery service during WW1. 'Mutt' a "trench runner' Frenchie delivered cigarettes and comfort to the soldiers. He was wounded twice and spent most of WW1 boosting moral of the 11th Engineers, shown here carrying cartons of cigarettes for the troops. @Dana Curtis Curtis Armstrong Hee Kettler There is an actual history of this frenchie.

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Nurse contraptions!

Eek! This is a mouth gag from the late 1800s, used to keep the airway open in anesthesized patients.

The most notorious and the best documented of these massacres took place on September 29–30, 1941, where in 33,771 Jews were killed in a single operation. The decision to kill all the Jews in Kiev was made by the military governor, Major-General Kurt Eberhard, the Police Commander for Army Group South. It is estimated that between 100,000 and 150,000 more lives were taken at Babi Yar.

The Loving family. Just 45 years ago, 16 states deemed marriages between two people of different races illegal. But in 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court considered the case of Richard Perry Loving, who was white, and his wife, Mildred Loving, of African American and Native American descent. The case changed history.

Confederate Veteran ... at least 85,000 blacks served in the Confederate Army as soldiers. The South was their country too. Most served with honor, remained active in veteran's groups and many were buried under the flag of the Confederacy. The inconvenient truth is that there are always differing views of what America is and should be...

General Patton was so incensed by what he saw when his forces reached the Buchenwald Concentration Camp, that he ordered that a thousand civilians be collected and made to see what their leaders had done. The MPs were so enraged that they brought back 2,000.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks -- A poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951 and now called HeLa cells—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance.

One of the greatest heroes of WW2, selfless and fearless . Audie Murphy is still one of the most decorated soldiers in history.