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11 Incredible Photos Taken Just Before History Was Made



The Gettysburg Address

This is only one of two confirmed images taken of Abraham Lincoln at Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on November 19, 1863.

The grainy photo was taken just three hours before he delivered his historic Gettysburg Address.

11 Incredible Photos Taken Just Before History Was Made
Matthew Brady/National Archives and Records Administration via Wikimedia Commons

Hindenburg Disaster

This incredibly clear photograph was taken just a few hours before it’s fated firey crash in Manchester Township, New Jersey.

The Hindenburg was, a swastika-laden German airship made its way over New York City on the afternoon of May 6, 1937.

11 Incredible Photos Taken Just Before History Was Made
AFP/AFP/Getty Images

John Lennon’s Death

Did you know that John Lennon actually met his murderer?

On December 8, 1980, John Lennon was signing albums in New York City, when he was approached by David Chapman.

The man handed him an album, which he signed. The two likely even exchanged a few pleasantries.

Little did he know that hours later, Chapman would take his life.

11 Incredible Photos Taken Just Before History Was Made
Paul Goresh via Wikimedia

Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy

Likely one of the last – if not the last – photos taken of Senator Robert F. Kennedy before he was assassinated on June 5, 1968.


Almost immediately after claiming victory in California’s presidential primary, RFK was assassinated by Sirhan Sirhan about five minutes after this photo was taken.

11 Incredible Photos Taken Just Before History Was Made
Bettmann/Contributor via Getty Images

Lee Harvey Oswald’s Death

This intense photo captures the moments before Jack Ruby pulls the trigger and kills Lee Harvey Oswald (second from left) in the basement of the Dallas police headquarters on November 24, 1963.

11 Incredible Photos Taken Just Before History Was Made
Ira Jefferson “Jack” Beers Jr./The Dallas Morning News via Wikimedia Commons

How many of these moments do you remember? Did they change your life too?

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