13 Incredible Historical Photos They Didn’t Show You in School

2. View From The Top of The Empire State Building on The Day of Its Dedication

The Empire State Building officially opened on May 1, 1931, 45 days ahead of its projected opening date. At the time of its opening, it was the largest building in the world, standing at an impressive 380 meters, or 1250 feet.

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It was said that it would hold this crown for a while, because it wouldn’t be economically viable to build a larger building, especially during the Great Depression in the early 30’s. As the first building to exceed 100 stories, it became an icon of the city of New York and ultimately of the entire nation. It all started here, on the day this picture was taken, during the opening of the Empire State Building.

3. A Photo Taken From Behind The Statue of Lincoln During Martin Luther King, Jr’s Famous Speech

‘I have a dream.’ These were the words that famous activist Martin Luther King Jr. used to start his speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963. To this day, the speech stands as one of the most iconic and inspiring speeches in history.

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Thanks in large part due to Martin Luther King Jr.,  Congress passed many laws that made sure blacks were treated far more fairly than they were at the time.

4. The Recording of The MGM Lion

MGM Studios, short for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, is one of the oldest film studios in the world. Besides their most popular movies, like Rocky Balboa, Gone With The Wind and 2001: A Space Odyssey, MGM is also known for their famous intro movie, a lion that roars.

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This photo shows that famous lion being recorded. Its roar would serve as an introduction to movies for 90 years and counting.