Ever since their invention, cameras have allowed us to capture snapshots of some of recent history’s most important moments. Whether it’s war and strife, famous entertainers, or other monumental human milestones, it’s all been captured on film.

Increasingly, historical photos remind us of how far we’ve come as a society. Sometimes, as with these 20 images, they even have the power to give us a new perspective on that which we thought we already knew!

1. On the Apollo 16 mission in 1972, astronaut Charles Duke left a photo of himself with his family on the moon’s surface, and it remains there to this day.

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2. This picture captures the construction of the Statue of Liberty in Paris in 1884, two years before its official dedication in the U.S.

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3. This is infamous drug kingpin Pablo Escobar posing with his young son in front of the White House in the 1980s.

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4. Back in 1947, Evelyn McHale, aged 23, jumped from the top of the Empire State Building to her death, landing on a limousine parked below. A photography student named Robert Wiles was there to capture this image, which was later famously used by artist Andy Warhol.

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5. Afghanistan was Westernizing quickly in the years prior to the reign of the Taliban. The country even boasted equal rights for women, who had access to careers, college education, Western clothing, and public transportation. 

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6. Back in 1919, American icons Charlie Chaplin and Helen Keller met for the first and only time, on a Hollywood movie set.

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7. One of the world’s most iconic photos is of the “Tank Man” in Tiananmen Square, and this picture shows that very moment from a totally different perspective. (Look at the man in the background to the left.)

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8. This photograph depicts a captured Soviet spy in Finland who, despite his impending execution, seems to find the ordeal funny.

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9. Taken in 1912, this photo captures some of the survivors from the Titanic boarding the Carpathia, which was the first ship to answer the Titanic‘s distress signals.

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10. Tsar Nicholas II is pictured here enjoying a happy moment with his daughter Anastasia just a few years before both would be executed in the Russian Revolution. 

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11. During World War II, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa was hidden for safekeeping. This photo shows the famous painting being un-boxed after the war.

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12. Lewis Payne and Lincoln-assassin John Wilkes Booth also plotted to kill Secretary of State William H. Seward. Payne didn’t succeed, and this picture shows him awaiting his execution on the USS Saugus.

13. This photograph catches President John F. Kennedy, Vice President Lyndon Johnson, and many other executive-branch staff during a 1962 visit to the Cape Canaveral Missile Test Annex.

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14. This famous photo depicts Allied troops making fun of Adolf Hitler from the top of Berlin’s Reich Chancellery at the end of WWII.

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15. These eerie-looking mannequins are remnants of nuclear tests conducted by the U.S. government in the Nevada desert in the 1950s.

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16. Taken during the evacuation of Saigon, this 1975 photo captures people at the U.S. embassy desperately trying to get aboard the last chopper out of the city.

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17. The Beatles’ album Abbey Road has one of the most iconic covers of all time, but as this picture shows, it took them a couple tries to get the shot just right!

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18. At just 18 years old, Queen Elizabeth II served as a mechanic and truck driver for the U.K.’s Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service during World War II.

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19. MGM Studios’ roaring lion logo is immediately recognizable to most people, and this picture shows the cameramen in the middle of getting that perfect shot!

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20. This photo of a family taken in Sweden during the 70s seems innocent enough, but standing second from the right in a green shirt and blue pants you’ll find the young Osama Bin Laden.

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So many iconic moments and people! Looking at these photos is like taking a journey back through time!