45 Stories From History Captured In Pictures, As Seen On This IG Page
Some of the most exciting stories you’ll ever hear are those that come straight out of history books. But sadly, the way these tales are often delivered tends to bore us to tears or leave us snoring through our lessons. So if you’re interested in taking your understanding of history into your own hands, we’ve got the perfect list for you, pandas.
Below, you’ll find photos of some of the most fascinating moments from the past couple centuries that have been captured on film, courtesy of the Incredible History Instagram account. Enjoy scrolling through this virtual blast from the past, and keep reading to find a conversation with Luke Rosa, teacher and creator of Students of History!
Iran, 1979 - Thousands Of Iranian Women Protesting On The Streets Against Prospects Of Mandating Hijab
650 American Officers And Enlisted Men Paying Tribute To More Than 8 Million Horses, Mules And Donkeys That Died In Service In The World War I
Shavarsh Karapetyan, An Armenian Finswimmer(10-Time World Record Holder), Who Saved Lives Of 20 Drowning Passengers In A Sinking Trolleybus Which Fell Of A Bridge Into The Yerevan Lake
The Incredible History Instagram account has made quite an impact on the platform, as it has shared over 2,350 posts and amassed an impressive 41.6k followers. The account’s bio states, “Nihil novi sub sole,” meaning “there is nothing new under the sun” in Latin, and notes that the page is for sharing history, stunning places and interesting facts. So if you pandas need to brush up your knowledge of historical events, or need a reminder of why learning about history is so important, Incredible History has got you covered.
To learn more about why we should all be interested in history, we reached out to Luke Rosa, teacher and creator of Students of History. Luke was kind enough to have a chat with Bored Panda and share what inspired him to become a history teacher in the first place, as well as why he's so passionate about the subject.
A 9000-Year Old Skeleton Was Found In A Cave Near Cheddar, England, And Nicknamed "Cheddar Man"
His dna was tested and it was concluded that his living relative, a history professor, is living a 1/2 of a mile away from the cave, tracing back 300 generations to each other
Remains Of An Ancient Roman City Of Timgad In The Aures Mountains Of Algeria
A Shepherd From The Village Of Kınalık With His Children, Azerbaijan, 1970's
“I wanted to help make learning history fun for all kids,” Luke shared. I felt like there was too much memorizing of dates and facts and not enough appreciation for the amazing stories from the past. I also saw it as a way to bring people together. Learning about diverse cultures helps kids see how alike we are and also to appreciate the accomplishments of others.”
And as far as why we should all care about history, Luke says it’s about much more than memorizing facts. “It’s about understanding who we are,” he told Bored Panda. “World History introduces kids to the rich diversity of world culture and fosters empathy and respect for those of different backgrounds. US History helps kids evaluate sources, analyze evidence, and think critically. And my US Government classes help students understand the importance of rights and freedoms and how to be an active and responsible citizen.”
The Arkadiko Bridge, A Mycenaean Bridge Near The Modern Road From Tiryns To Epidauros On The Peloponnese, Greece. Dating To The Greek Bronze Age, It Is One Of The Oldest Arch Bridges Still In Existence And Use Today And The Oldest Preserved Bridge In Europe
Polish Border Guard And His Horse Drinking Water From The Stream In The Bieszczady Mountains During A Patrol, 1980
Princess Elizabeth At 19 Years Of Age Is Seen In The Auxiliary Territorial Service In The 1945, During World War II
We were also curious if Luke is partial to any particular moments or events in history. “I love so much of History!” he shared. “For World History, I love teaching about Ancient Egypt. It’s so mysterious and a unit kids love to explore. In US History, I love teaching the Civil Rights Movement. It’s a living example of how society can transform for the better and an opportunity to help students understand the struggles of marginalized communities.”
"Mother's Eyes" The Bedouin Mother; Photograph By Ilo Battigeli, 1948
German And British Pilots Engaged In A Dogfight Above St Paul's Cathedral During The Battle Of Britain, London, 1940, World War II
Luke also noted that social studies education is more important than ever. “Americans are blasted with a fire hose of information every day. Some is real, and much of it is not. In social studies, kids learn critical thinking and how to evaluate sources,” the educator explained. “This teaches kids how to discern facts from fiction and make informed decisions. At the same time, social studies connects kids with different cultures and fosters empathy. Lastly, history shows students the progress we’ve made in terms of civil rights, gender equality, and social justice, and hopefully inspires them to continue the fight for a better, more inclusive world.”
If you’d like to expand your own knowledge of history or improve your plans for teaching it to students, be sure to visit Luke’s website Students of History!
March 16, 1945: A U.S. Marine Approaches A Japanese Soldier On Iwo Jima, Japan During World War II
The Japanese soldier was buried for 1 1/2 days in this shell hole playing dead and ready with a live grenade inches away from his hand. The marines feared he might be further booby trapped underneath his body after knocking the grenade to the bottom of the shell hole. Promising no resistance, the prisoner is given a cigarette he asked for and was dragged free from the hole
Actor Yul Brynner Arriving To The Premiere Of The Movie "The Ten Commandments" In His Mercedes 300 Sl Roadster, 1956
Activist Ben Masel Smokes A Joint While Voting In The 1976 Presidential Election Taking Advantage Of An Apparent Law That Prohibits Arrest While Voting
Aside from how fascinating it is to see images from World War II or a snowball fight in France in 1896, it’s actually important that we ensure history isn’t forgotten. According to University of the People, studying history is a key factor in understanding our world better. Systems that we may simply accept, such as governments and how societies function, can be understood by examining the past and how these structures came about in the first place.
We can also deepen our understanding of people and ourselves through studying history. Ever wonder why certain countries have such strong bonds or distaste for one another? Just look back in time, and you can clearly see how wars, occupations and alliances have bonded nations or torn them apart. And the impacts of these events can last long after they actually took place.
A Lone Dog Sits In Snow Next To A Column Of Retreating Italian Soldiers Near Stalingrad, Soviet Union, December 1942, World War II
Goodyear’s Illuminated Tires - A Woman Adjusts Her Stocking Using The Light Emitted By The Goodyear Tire On An October Night In 1961
Looking back in time also helps us understand our own identities. The culture of any specific place or group of people likely took centuries to form, and it’s impossible to understand why your grandmother always prepares tamales on Christmas or why you celebrate Halloween in that way without learning the historical context. We can feel closer to our ancestors when we learn about their ways, and when we understand how traditions came about, we’re more likely to consider them significant and continue passing them along.
A Soldier Of The French Foreign Legion Holding The Dog "Fritz", The Battalion Mascot, At Bir Hakeim. Fritz "Moved Over To The Other Side" And Joined The Battalion In Narvik In 1940, And Stayed With Them Ever Since
The Coins That Saved A Soldier's Life- At The Beginning Of World War I
To Protect It From Drying Out, A Worker Sprays Water Onto A Millennia-Old Chariot Recently Unearthed In The City Of Luoyang In Central China
Another way you can learn more about history that An Historian About Town recommends is doing things the old fashion way: actually going to the library. She explains that many public libraries actually offer talks and presentations from authors, professors, politicians, artists, historians and more that can quickly teach you a bit about anything at all! If you’re not even sure where to start or which topics interest you, it can be great to simply see what information is available and dive into whatever piques your interest.
The Cockpit Of An American B-24 Bomber From The 392nd Bomb Squadron Of The 30th Bomb Group, Damaged By A Japanese Anti-Aircraft Shell On January 27, 1945, During A Sortie To Bombard Iwo Jima
The projectile badly damaged the instrument panel, the co-pilot and the navigator of the bomber were injured by shrapnel, but miraculously the pilot managed to return the aircraft to base
J. Robert Oppenheimer With Albert Einstein At The Institute For Advanced Study, 1947
Jordanian Brides Wearing Full-Face Veils Seen Waiting Patiently For Their Mass Wedding Ceremony
This largest ever mass wedding ceremony in Jordan brought together 48 couples in a ceremony funded by islamist Charity group which covers all expenses for couples who cannot afford to pay for their wedding. Amman, Jordan, 1999
If you do know which time periods or events interest you the most when it comes to the world’s history, then you can certainly find books, podcasts, documentaries and more on those topics. Learning about history can be much more fun when you get to decide what you want to know, and becoming curious about a topic will likely lead you down a rabbit hole of learning more and more. It doesn’t matter where you start, just pick up some fun facts and you’ll certainly be able to impress your friends with interesting knowledge any day now!
A Fake Tree Used As An Observation Post And Sniper Nest On The Frontline By The British Army During World War I
A 1960's Coca Cola Advertisment Made By Spreading Grain For Pigeons In St. Mark's Square, Venice, Italy
Mugshot And Fingerprints Of Benito Mussolini, Bern, Switzerland, 1903
Have you learned something new about our world through scrolling through these photos, pandas? We hope they’ve provided you with a different perspective on a certain time or place, and remember to keep upvoting the ones that deserve to be seen by everyone. Feel free to share in the comments what some of your favorite historical moments are, and then if you’re interested in checking out another Bored Panda article, we recommend this one featuring images of some of the darkest moments in history.