Many of us are familiar with the most famous moments in history, no matter what specifics we were taught in school. But it doesn’t always occur to us that there may be photographic evidence of some of history’s most eye-opening events and situations. This is particularly so given that we often tend to associate great on-the-spot photography with the current era of instant cameras and smartphones. Here are some remarkable pictures of historical scenes – frozen in time and captured forever.
20. The S.S. Normandie keels over
On February 9, 1942, the S.S. Normandie caught fire and then capsized at Pier 88 in New York. Originally constructed in France, the ocean liner was among the most powerful and largest ever built. But after being seized by the U.S. during World War II, she ultimately met a fate that was less than glamorous. You see, the Normandie was salvaged – but then it was thought that restoring her would be too expensive. She was eventually scrapped in 1946.