True Stories Behind 23 of the Most Iconic Photos in American History

True Stories Behind 23 of the Most Iconic Photos in American History

Aviation takes off

Kitty Hawk, North CarolinaUnderwood Archives/UIG/REX/Shutterstock

Wilbur and Orville Wright were brothers and best buddies who ushered in the age of modern aviation. On December 17, 1903, they flew the first powered, sustained, and controlled airplane flight, depicted here, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina (technically, Orville was in the plane, and Wilbur was on the ground, but they always took dual credit for everything). Learn about 12 other famous siblings who changed history.

San Francisco Earthquake

Victorian homes on Howard Street damaged in the earthquakeUnderwood Archives/UIG/REX/Shutterstock

At 5:12 a.m. on April 18, 1906, a violent earthquake broke loose with an epicenter near San Francisco. Thousands of lives were lost during the "great" San Francisco Earthquake, which still ranks as one of the most significant earthquakes of all time. Pictured here is the damage to a row of Victorian homes on Howard Street near 17th Avenue.

Young girl working in a cotton mill

Young Girl Working in Mill, LincolntonGlasshouse Images/REX/Shutterstock

Between 1908 and 1912, investigative photographer Lewis Hine traveled across America photographing children working in factories, fields, and mines—some as young as three, and all enduring work weeks that averaged 65 to 70 hours. Hine's photos—like this one of a young girl—helped catalyzed a change in public sentiment toward child labor and ultimately led to modern child labor laws.

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