- Robert Desnos
Nowadays we immediately go to Google to answer all of our curiosities and questions, no matter what the level of intensity the topic may uphold. There are many historical events that when you Google Image search, it results in plenty of weird and disgusting photos. Although one would be better of not seeing this chemical warfare or holiday celebrations went wrong images, we still love to see it. Hence why it is advised to not google search images if one wants to get a great night’s sleep without nightmares involved.
The Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
On April 4, 1968, the civil rights movement leader was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. MLK was an impassioned public speaker who moved people worldwide. King was standing on the balcony of a hotel when a sniper’s bullet hit him in the neck. The news of his death sparked riots in more than 100 cities around the country.
TWA Flight 800
It is human nature to have a bit of morbid curiosity, but the TWA Flight 800 crash is definitely not something you should ever image search. The plane crash was the third-deadliest aviation accident in U.S. territory. The plane exploded mid-air at the beginning of a flight from New York to Paris. The explosion killed all 230 people on board. Witnesses described it as a “wall of flame 30 feet high.” Investigators concluded that a short circuit in the fuel tank caused the explosion.
Family Separation in North & South Korea
In August of 2018, North and South Korea held temporary reunions for families separated by the Korean War. The reunions were organized by the Red Cross of the two Koreas, included 100 older citizens from each country whom they had not seen since the early ’50s. In the photo above, North Koreans hold the hands of their departing South Korean family members say goodbye.
Sandy Hook Shooting
The Newtown shootings of 2012 left 28 people dead and 2 injured. Adam Lanza first murdered his mother then shot 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School. He then took his own life. It was one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history.
Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coat on August 29, 2005, at a category 3. The Coast Guard rescued around 34,000 people in New Orleans alone. But the government was unprepared for the natural disaster: it took days for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to establish a plan of action. One reporter called the destruction a “total disaster zone” where people were “getting absolutely desperate.” Many people had nowhere to go; the Superdome accepted 15,000 refugees. Tens of thousands of desperate people broke into the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center complex but found no food, water or shelter. And it was nearly impossible to leave New Orleans. In all, Hurricane Katrina displaced more than 1 million people in the region and killed nearly 2,000 people.
You’ve probably heard about Charles Manson and his “Family,” especially with the recent film “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood.” Manson was a cult leader who manipulated and exploited his followers, who were usually young women. On August 8, 1969, Tex Watson, Susan Atkins, Linda Kasabian, and Patricia Krenwinkel went to actress Sharon Tate’s home and, as Manson had instructed, to “totally destroy” everyone in it and to do it “as gruesome as you can.” Sharon Tate was eight and a half months pregnant. Atkins wrote “pig” on the front door in Tate’s blood.
Students from Columbine High School in Colorado watch as their fellow students evacuate the building on April 20, 1999. Two masked students sprayed the school with gunfire and explosives before turning the weapons on themselves. Twelve students and one teacher died in the rampage; twenty-three others were wounded.
The Rosenberg Trial
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were accused and convicted of spying for the Soviet Union. The couple was accused of selling nuclear secrets to the Russians. They were also the first American civilians to be executed for espionage during peacetime.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously proclaimed, “December 7, 1941- a date which will live in infamy.” Hundreds of Japanese planes made a surprise raid on the major U.S. navy base near Honolulu. Nearly 20 American naval vessels were damaged or destroyed and more than 300 aircraft. More than 2,400 Americans died in the attack; at least 1,000 were wounded. In the photograph above, the battleship Arizona is seen on fire and sinking after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Syrian Civil War
The Red Cross declared the situation in Syria to be a civil war for the past 8 years now, and, sadly, tens of thousands of children have suffered. More than 100,000 people are displaced from the ever-rising escalation of violence in the country. Many photos such as this one showing a little girl standing barefoot at al-Hol camp for displaced people are all over the internet. It is heartbreaking, to say the least. This particular photo was taken in 2019.
In the fall of 1958, Theodore Kaczynski- who would one day be known as the Unabomber- enrolled in Harvard College. There he was deceived into participating in a brutal psychological experiment that confirmed his belief in the evil of science. The researchers used abusive assaults on the student guinea pig psyches to break down their egos and humiliate them. Kaczynski was so traumatized by the experiment that it led him to target scientists and academicians. He mailed and delivered sixteen package bombs over seventeen years, killing three people and injuring twenty-three.
In the year 79 A.D., Mount Vesuvius exploded and decimated the ancient Roman city of Pompeii. One witness wrote that volcanic ash shrouded the city in “a darkness…like the black of closed and unlighted rooms.” Two thousand people died after the eruption. The site was rediscovered in 1748 and was surprised to find the city of Pompeii most intact. They found buildings, artifacts, and skeletons. This photograph of a terrified victim is just one such that you might find on an image search.