Photo Timeline

Here you will find historical photos in chronological order. Newest material is at the top. Older towards the bottom.


History of the United States


2017 – Goggles designed to help the blind see.


2016 – Self Tying Shoes


2015 – Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality headsets becoming common.


2014 - bionic hand at work

2014 – Bionic hands make a great leap forward in development.

2014 - all the planets we discovered this year, compared to the previous two decades

2014 – The amount of planets we have discovered this year is greater than all others combined.

2014- app that translates in real time

2014 – App created to translate languages in real time.

2014 -All this being done with a green screen

2014 – Green Screen technology makes serious advances.

2014 -Bathrooms with smart glass that obscures the bathroom when you lock it exist

2014 – Bathroom stalls with Smart Glass developed.

2014 - Chemicals like this exist to reject liquid

2014 – Chemicals developed to resist liquid.

2014 - Astronauts are taking dang selfies in SPACE

2014 – Astronaut took the first “selfie” in space.

2014 - spoon meant to help those with Parkinson’s eat

2014 – new technology

2014 - Shanghai between 1987 and now

2014 – Shanghai between 1987 and now


12-7-2013 - WW II bomb found under building in BelgradeDecember 6, 2013 (World War II) – More than 72 years after the Nazi bombing of Belgrade during WWII, this high explosive demolition bomb (1000kg/2200lb) was found under one old building located downtown.

Nelson Mandela memorial nightDecember 5, 2013 – Eiffel Tower lit up in the colors of the South African flag in honor of Nelson Mandela who had just passed away at the age of 95.

WWI U Boat Exposed due to extremely low tides. Not seen for 95 years (December 20, 2013)December 20, 2013World War I German U-boat found at low tide.


U.S. electricity network routes2012 – U.S. electricity network routes.

Visualization of internet distribution2012 – U.S. internet distribution routes

U.S. imports and exports of beef

2012 – U.S. import and export routes for beef


The pinpointed distribution of the unemployed2011 – The pinpointed distribution of the unemployed.


enhanced-buzz-wide-3795-1338493885-11October 31, 2010 (Korean War) -A North Korean man waves his hand as a South Korean relative weeps, following a luncheon meeting during inter-Korean temporary family reunions at Mount Kumgang resort October 31, 2010. Four hundred and thirty-six South Koreans were allowed to spend three days in North Korea to meet their 97 North Korean relatives, whom they had been separated from since the 1950-53 war.


Barack Obama becomes the first black PresidentNovember 4, 2008 – Barack Obama becomes the first black President of the United States of America.


June 28, 2007 - The first iPhone is releasedJune 28, 2007 – The first iPhone is released.


Photo Line - Russian Special Forces take a break during the first Chechen war

October 1, 1999 –  Russian troops began the campaign ended the de facto independence of  Chechen Republic of Ichkeria and restored Russian federal control over the territory.


April 6, 1991 - The Gulf War endsApril 6, 1991 – The Gulf War ends.


106 year old Armenian Woman defends home 19901990 – 106 year old Armenian woman defends her home.


Photo Line - Dismantling of the Berlin Wall in November 9 1989November 9, 1989 (Cold War)– The Berlin Wall being taken down.

Tank Man - Uncropped

tank-man-china-webJune 5, 1989 (Cold War) – The incident took place near Tiananmen on Chang’an Avenue , which runs east-west along the south end of the Forbidden City in Beijing, on June 5, 1989, one day after the Chinese government’s violent crackdown on the Tiananmen protests. The man stood in the middle of the wide avenue, directly in the path of a column of approaching Type 59 tanks to prevent them from reaching the large crowds of people protesting.


Abandoned Russian Space Shuttle Program Buran (1988)1988 (Cold War) – The U.S.S.R. launched an unmanned space shuttle named “Buran” and was successful. A 1993 flight was scheduled, but since the U.S.S.R. collapsed in 1991 the space program was mothballed. In 2001 Russia was thinking about reviving the program, but the hanger housing “Buran” collapsed inward and smashed the shuttle. Here is replica of that shuttle for tourists visiting Russia.

1995 - First X-GamesLate 1980’s – Skateboarding becomes very popular in the United States. No one would have predicted this in the 1950s.


M1 Abrams1980 (Cold War) – After 7 years in development the M1 Abrams makes its appearance on a world level.


June 20, 1969 - First moon landingJune 20, 1969 – First moon landing.


must-see-black-and-white-historic-moments-131965 (Vietnam War) – Unknown soldier in Vietnam

February 21, 1965 - Malcolm X's by any means necessary speechFebruary 21, 1965 – Malcolm X’s “by any means necessary” speech.


Photo Line - Malcom X and MLK March 26, 1964.March 26, 1964 (U.S. Civil Rights Movement) – The only known meeting of Malcolm X and MLK Jr outside of the Senate Caucus room.


lbj inaugurationNovember 22, 1963 – Jacqueline Kennedy wears her pink Chanel suit, still stained with the blood of her husband, as Lyndon Johnson takes the oath of office in Air Force One.

June 11, 1963 - JFK submits civil rights legislationJune 11, 1963 – JFK submits civil rights legislation.

Photo Line - 1963 March on Washington1963 (U.S. History) – March on Washington. Its primary purpose was to call for economic and civil rights for African Americans.

August 28, 1963 - Martin Luther King, Jr.'s I Have A Dream speechAugust 1963 (U.S. Civil Rights Movement) – Martin Luther King, Jr. raised his arms as he addressed the crowd in his “I Have a Dream” speech. His performance there, and the subsequent photos of the crowds and his address, were a turning point in the blossoming civil rights movement.

Harry Belafonte and Martin Luther King1963 (U.S. Civil Rights Movement) – Harry Belafonte and Martin Luther King Jr. Belafonte supported the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and was one of Martin Luther King Jr.‘s confidants. He provided for King’s family, since King made only $8,000 a year as a preacher. Like many other civil rights activists, Belafonte was blacklisted during the McCarthy era. He bailed King out of Birmingham City Jail and raised thousands of dollars to release other civil rights protesters. He financed the Freedom Rides, supportedvoter registration drives, and helped to organize the March on Washington in 1963. Harry Belafonte was also a singer and songwriter. Want to here him? Click HERE.


October 22 1962 JFK announces naval blockade of CubaOctober 22, 1962 (Cold War) – President John F. Kennedy announces a U.S. Naval blockade of Cuba.


Photo Line - Louis Armstrong plays for his wife and the Sphinx in 19611961 (U.S. History) – Louis Armstrong plays for his wife in front of the Great Sphinx

April 1961 - Failed invasion of CubaApril 1961 (Cold War) – A group of captured U.S.-backed Cuban exiles, known as Brigade 2506, being lined up by Fidel Castro’s soldiers at the Bahía de Cochinos (Bay of Pigs), Cuba, following an unsuccessful invasion of the island.

Berlin WallAugust 12, 1961 (Cold War) – Construction of the Berlin Wall begins.


Photo Line - Ruby Bridges (1960)November 14, 1960 (U.S. Civil Rights Movement) – Ruby Bridges first African American girl to be allowed into elementary school.

September 26, 1960 - Kennedy and Nixon face-off in the first televised presidential debateSeptember 26, 1960 – Kennedy and Nixon face-off in the first televised presidential debate

May 1 1960 - U2 Francis Gary PowersMay 1, 1960 (Cold War) – The Soviet Union shot down a U-2 reconnaissance plane flown by Francis Gary Powers. Powers parachuted to safety, but he was apprehended by Soviet authorities. Under questioning, Powers admitted that he worked for the Central Intelligence Agency, and that his mission was to gather intelligence on the Soviet Union. The ensuing diplomatic mess was an embarrassment to the United States, and it led to the scuttling of a long-planned conference between Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev and U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower.


October 4 1957 - Sputnik LaunchedOctober 4, 1957 (Cold War) – The U.S.S.R. begins the Space Race with the launching of Sputnik I. The first satellite in space.


Photo Line - Hungarian Revolution (1956)1956 (World History) – Hungarian revolution


Soldier Writing Letter Home 1951 - Korean War1951 (Korean War) – U.S. soldier writes a letter home to family.


selling children 19481948 – A mother hides her face in shame after putting her children up for sale in Chicago, United States.

Dewey defeats Truman 19481948 – Perhaps the most famous incorrect headline in history, the Chicago Tribune printed early editions of that day’s issue saying that Harry Truman had lost the presidential election in order to make their deadlines. Their Washington correspondent, as well as conventional wisdom, assumed Truman would lose. However, Truman pulled ahead and won, making the papers inaccurate and leading to this classic image of a newly minted president showing the dangers of sloppy journalism.

Gandhi reading on day he was assassinatedJanuary 30, 1948 – Not many realize this famous photograph of Gandhi was taken just a few hours before he was assassinated.


Thelonious Monk and Friends 1947September 1947 – From left, Thelonious Monk, Howard McGhee, Roy Eldridge, and Teddy Hill,Minton’s Playhouse, New York, N.Y. Thelonious Monk is the second-most recorded jazz composer afterDuke Ellington. Want to hear Monk’s work? Click Here


mugshot of Tokyo Rose, 1946.1946 – Mugshot of Tokyo Rose


Japanese surrender 19451945 (World War II) – Douglas MacArthur signing the official Japanese surrender aboard the U.S.S. Missouri.

Photo Line - Potsdam Conference July 1945July 1945 (World History) – Potsdam Conference


WWII defusing a beetle mini tankJune 11, 1944 (World War II) – American soldier tries to figure out how to defuse a German device ( a remote bomb). German military technology was way ahead of those of the Americans and Russians.


WWII - German Macine Guns (Moving Image)1942 (Word War II) – German soldiers firing a machine gun


Photo Line - Pearl Harbor day afterDecember 8, 1941 (U.S. History) – The day after the Pearl Harbor attack.

June 2, 1941 - Lou Gehrig's farewell speechJune 2, 1941 – Lou Gehrig’s farewell speech


WRNS (Royal Navy) radio mechanic test flight Fairley Barracuda Dive Bomber1940 (World War II) – WRNS (Royal Navy) female radio mechanic test flys a Fairley Barracuda Dive Bomber

mums army womens home defence corps Battle of Britain 19401940 (World War II) – Mum’s Army Womens Home Defense Corps – Battle of Britain

bombed out home 19401940 (World War II) – Little girl in London, England sits in her bombed out home.


Pram 19381938 (World War II) – Woman in England with a gas resistant baby carriage.


Hindenburg 1937May 6, 1937 (Science) – Hindenburg disaster.


Photo Line - Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge in 19371936 (U.S. History) – Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Photo Line - 1936 Model T Elevated Garage (kids stealing hand cranks)1936 (U.S. History) – Model T elevated garage in Chicago, Il. It was a space saver and also helped stop teenagers from stealing the hand cranks.


Prohibition1929 (American Government) – Illegal alcohol being poured onto the streets of Detroit during Prohibition


Bulletproof vests 19231923 (Science) – Testing of the new bulletproof vests.


August 26, 1920 - The 19th Amendment passes, women earn the right to voteAugust 26, 1920 – The 19th Amendment passes, women earn the right to vote.

Photo Line - 9 Kings in Windsor CastleMay 20, 1920 (World History)- The nine kings in Windsor Castle due to the funeral of Edward VII of the United Kingdom. From left to right is King Haakon VII of NorwayKing Ferdinand of BulgariaKing Manuel II of PortugalKaiser Wilhelm II of GermanyKing George I of Greece and King Albert I of Belgium. Seated, from left to right: King Alfonso XIII of SpainKing George V of Britain and King Frederick VIII of Denmark.


Photo Line - German WWI helmets displayed in New York (1918)1918 (U.S. History) – A pyramid of WWI German helmets put on display in New York City, New York.


RMS Olympic, the Titanic's sister ship, in wartime camouflage in 1915.

1915 (World War I) – RMS Olympic, the Titanic’s sister ship, in wartime camouflage.

World War I (Moving Image 2)

1915 (World War I) – Troops heading back through what was once their home city.

Photo Line - 1915 Brussels Bi Plan lost battle against Zepplin1915 (World War I) – This bi-plane lost a battle against a zeppelin (airship), but as you can see, even if you survey your plane being shot up you still need to figure out how to land and the trees of Europe killed a lot of pilots.

Photo Line - World War I Helmets1915 (World War I) – war time helmets

World War I (Moving Image)1915 (World War I) – Renault FT tanks in France

Photo Line - Czar Nicholas II and Anastasia (1915)1915 (World History) – Czar Nicholas II having a smoke with his daughter Anastasia. Yes…. THAT Anastasia.


Photo Line - Bust of Nefertiti - German discovered 1913 (3,300 years old)

1913 (World History)- Archaeologists take this bust of Nefertiti home to Germany. At this point its about 3,300 years old. As of January 2014 the country of Egypt is still trying to get it back. Germany is claiming its too delicate to move.


iceberg photographed in 1912 bearing an unmistakable mark of black and red paint. It is believed that this is the iceberg that sank the Titanic.1912 – Iceberg photographed bearing an unmistakable mark of black and red paint. It is believed that this is the iceberg that sank the Titanic.

Last photo taken of RMS Titanic April 1912

April 1912 (Science) – This is believed to be the last known photo taken of the R.M.S. Titanic before it was sunk.


1911 diving suit1911 (Science) – One of the first diving suits.


Farman flying machine in flight France 19091909 (Science) – Farman flying machine in flight in France.


September 27, 1908 - Ford Model T debutsSeptember 27, 1908 – Ford Model T debuts.


December 17, 1903 - The Wright brothers fly the first airplaneDecember 17 1903 (Science) – Wright brothers first controlled flight at Kittyhawk, North Carolina.


Photo Line - Attorney at law, Mohandas Gandhi, 1893.1893 (World History) – Mohandas Gandhi attorney at law


Construction of Eiffel Tower 1888July 1888 (Science) – Construction of the Eiffel Tower.

Photo Line - onna bugeisha Female Samurai late 1800sLate 1800s (World History) – Onna Bugeisha (Female Samuari)

Photo Line - Pancho VillaLate 1800s (World History) – Pancho Villa


statue of liberty unpacking 18851885 (U.S. History) – Unpacking the head of the Statue of Liberty.

Photo Line - Young Theodore Roosevelt in boxing days of HarvardCirca 1880 (U.S. History) – Theodore Roosevelt in his boxing days at Harvard University


Photo Line - oldest known photo of The Great Sphinx taken in 18801880 (World History)- Oldest known photo of the Great Sphinx

Photo Line - Child laborers in 18801880 (U.S. History) – Child laborers


December 31, 1879 - Thomas Edison invents the light bulbDecember 31, 1879 – Thomas Edison invents the light bulb.


Photo Line - Chimney Sweep Child (1800s)1875 (World History) – Child laborer in England.

Photo Line - Mountain of bison skulls (Mid 1870s)1870s (U.S. History) – Mountain of Bison Skulls


June 1865 - The Civil War endsJune 1865 – The U.S. Civil War ends


Photo Line - Powder Monkey USS New Hampshire in 18641864 (U.S. History) – “Powder Monkey” on the USS New Hampshire


Photo Line - only known photograph of African American Union soldier. c1863-651863 (U.S. History) – Believed to be the only photo of an African American Union Soldier and his family.


Japanese archers 18601860 – Japanese archers


Photo Line - earliest known photo of Lincoln (1840)1840 (U.S. History) – Earliest known photo of Abraham Lincoln.


Photo Line - First photo of a human being (1838)1838 (Science) – First photograph of a human being.


November 15, 1805 - Lewis and Clark reach the Pacific OceanNovember 15, 1805 – Lewis and Clark reach the Pacific Ocean


Stitched Panorama (10 images)

1799 (World History) – The “Rosetta Stone” was discovered. Its named after the area it was found in. The reason its such an important piece of history is not because it was simply made in 196 B.C.E., but because it has both Greek and Hieroglyphics. This gave archaeologists cause to believe this stone would allow people to translate ancient texts from Egypt. The stone is still trying to be translated.

Photo Line - The Capital building under construction (1795)Circa 1795 (U.S. History) –  U.S. Capitol building under construction.


October 19, 1781 - The British surrender at YorktownOctober 19, 1781 – The British surrender at Yorktown.


Photo Line - Zheng He the Explorers Travel Routs

Photo Line - Zheng He the Explorer1405 (World History) – Explorer Zheng He’s ship compared to Christopher Columbus’ ship

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