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Photos Of Historical Figures We Just Saw This Month That Made Us Say 'Whoa'

Updated November 16, 2020 1.9k votes 268 voters 17.7k views15 items

List RulesVote up the snapshots of these historical figures you think are the most awe-inspiring.

Many of history's most important people are preserved in many ways in today's society whether that be through their revolutionary actions, their discoveries, or the principles they left behind from their leadership or sacrifice. Many of those people - like Martin Luther King Jr. - are also preserved in photos, and sometimes those photos are rarely seen. Each day, though, pictures resurface of some of the world's most influential people, leaving a treasure trove of images for us to find.

Vote up the photos we saw this week that you find most "whoa"-worthy.

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    Doris Miller Being Pinned With A Navy Cross - 1942

    Doris "Dorie" Miller (October 12, 1919 – November 24, 1943) was an American Messman Third Class in the United States Navy. During the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Miller manned anti-aircraft guns (despite having no formal training in their use) and attended to the wounded. For his actions, he was recognized by the Navy and awarded the Navy Cross. He was the first African American to be awarded the Navy Cross, the third highest honor awarded by the US Navy at the time, after the Medal of Honor and the Navy Distinguished Service Medal. The Navy Cross now precedes the Navy Distinguished Service Medal. Miller's acts were heavily publicized in the black press, making him an iconic...  more
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    The 9 Kings Of Europe Gathered For King Edward VII's Funeral - 1910

    Photo: W. & D. Downey / Wikimedia Commons / Public domain
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    Annie Oakley (born Phoebe Ann Mosey; August 13, 1860 – November 3, 1926) was an American sharpshooter and exhibition shooter. Her talent first came to light when at age 15 she won a shooting match against traveling-show marksman Frank E. Butler, whom she later married. The couple joined Buffalo Bill's Wild West show a few years later. Oakley became a renowned international star, performing before royalty and heads of state. Oakley also was variously known as "Miss Annie Oakley", "Little Sure Shot", "Little Miss Sure Shot", "Watanya Cicilla", "Phoebe Anne Oakley", "Mrs. Annie Oakley", "Mrs. Annie Butler", and "Mrs. Frank Butler". Her death certificate gives her name as "Annie Oakley Butler"....  more
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  • Stephen Robert Irwin (22 February 1962 – 4 September 2006), nicknamed "The Crocodile Hunter", was an Australian zookeeper, conservationist and television personality. Irwin achieved worldwide fame from the television series The Crocodile Hunter (1996–2007), an internationally broadcast wildlife documentary series which he co-hosted with his wife Terri; the couple also hosted the series Croc Files (1999–2001), The Crocodile Hunter Diaries (2002–2006), and New Breed Vets (2005). They also owned and operated Australia Zoo, founded by Irwin's parents in Beerwah, about 80 kilometres (50 mi) north of the Queensland state capital city of Brisbane. Irwin died at 44, after being pierced in the heart...  more
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