We tend to think of history as unchanging, like it’s carved into stone. And while historical events most definitely don’t change, our understanding of them is shifting all of the time.

Despite what we learn in our history classes, there is a great deal out there that most of us have never seen or heard. Thanks to some incredibly rare images from the historical record, however, there are a number of blanks from the past that are at last being filled in.

1. Lifeboats from the Titanic reach the RMS Carpathia, looking for rescue, 1912.

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2. Young Adolf Hitler stands (back row, center) with classmates in Austria, 1899.

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3. The unbroken seal of Tutankhamen’s tomb, 1922. It hadn’t been touched for 3,245 years.

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4. The Mona Lisa on display in Florence, 1913, two years after it was stolen from the Louvre.

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5. An Australian soldier witnesses a Japanese soldier commit suicide with a grenade, New Guinea, 1942.

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6. Ruins of the Temple of Jupiter, Lebanon, 1870-1885.

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7. A colorized photo of Lewis Payne, a co-conspirator in the Lincoln assassination, being held in custody prior to his execution, 1865.

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8. Chinese prisoners being used as live targets during Japanese soldiers’ bayonet practice, 1938.

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9. Wife and husband in Korea, 1904.

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10. Little Coyote and Morning Star, chieftains of the Cheyenne tribes, 1873.

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11. British soldiers at the Battle of the Somme, 1916.

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12. President John F. Kennedy pardons the Thanksgiving turkey, three days before his assassination, 1963.

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13. The Eiffel Tower under construction, 1888.

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14. A grotto inside an iceberg during the British Antarctic Expedition, January 5, 1911.

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15. Elvis being sworn into the Army, 1958.

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16. Mount Rushmore, before the famous monument was carved, 1905.

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17. A slave dealer in Alexandria, Virginia, 1861-1865.

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18. Charlie Chaplin, 1918.

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19. The Reich Chancellory, 1939.

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20. The recording of the MGM lion’s roar, 1928.

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21. A zeppelin flies over the pyramids, 1931.

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22. Christopher Robin Milne with the inspiration for Winnie the Pooh, 1928.

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23. The only photo of Billie the Kid, 1879.

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24. Annette Kenning promotes women’s right to wear fitted, one-piece bathing suits, 1907. She was later arrested for indecency.

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25. Painters work on the Brooklyn Bridge, December 3, 1915.

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26. Swami Satchidananda gives the opening speech at Woodstock, 1969.

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27. Hannah Stilley, who was born in 1746, is pictured here, photographed in 1840. She is believed to be the earliest born person is history to be caught on camera.

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28. Nikola Tesla sits in his lab next to his “magnifying transmitter.”

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29. The lone survivors of the sunken HMAS Armidale seen floating by a Catalina flying boat. The water was too rough for the boat to land, and the raft disappeared soon after.

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30. The lone items that made up Ghandi’s worldly possessions.

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31. A man stands holding a “punt gun,” which was used for duck hunting and could kill up to 50 birds at once. It was banned in the 1860s.

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32. Wall Street on Armistice Day, November 11, 1918.

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33. Construction of the Berlin Wall, 1961.

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34. A baby picture of the Dalai Lama, 1940.

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35. The German 7th Panzer Division preparing for the invasion of the Soviet Union, 1941.

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36. The Beatles with Jimmie Nicol, who filled in for a sick Ringo, 1964.

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37. A radiographer in his protective gear, France, 1918.

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38. Socialist Japanese politician Inejiro Asanuma is stabbed by an assassin in Tokyo, 1960.

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39. The aftermath of an IRA bombing in Coventry, England, 1939.

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40. Ham the chimp, the first primate to be sent into space, being fitted for his capsule before his test flight, which took place on January 31, 1961.

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41. U.S. and Soviet tanks at a standoff at Checkpoint Charlie, during the Berlin Crisis in 1961.

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42. The Stars And Stripes, the U.S. Army’s official newspaper, reports on Hitler’s death.

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43. The Statue of Liberty during construction in Paris, 1883.

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44. Al Capone’s prison cell at Eastern State Penitentiary.

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45. Cells where slaves were held prior to auction in Alexandria, Virginia, c. 1865.

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46. The very first female Marines being sworn in, 1943.

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47. The Titanic in port next to its less-famous sister ship, the Olympic, March 6, 1912.

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48. Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address on March 4, 1865. It is believed that his eventual assassin, John Wilkes Booth, can be seen at the center of the top row of the top platform.

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49. In order to promote liberty bonds, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. holds Charlie Chaplain aloft, Wall Street, 1918.

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50. A utility worker attempts mouth-to-mouth on his coworker who had accidentally touched a high-voltage wire, 1967.

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I can’t even believe that someone born in 1746 would be around to see the invention of the photograph, let alone sit down for one. I guess our perceptions of history really can change at any moment!

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