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30 Photos Taken Seconds Before History Was Written

Every photographer hopes to snap an iconic picture of history being made, but how many actually get to do so? Over the years, we’ve collected a handful of such photos, some of which have been granted awards and swayed the hearts of millions.

But there are some pictures out there that capture not the exact moments in history that we now talk about, but the events leading up to them. These snippets help us envision the stories in their entirety and in some cases, may paint drastically different pictures- such as a smile right before an assassination, or a seemingly innocuous gesture right before the triumph.

Together, let’s look at some of these photos and recreate iconic moments in history from start to finish.

Tank Man At Tiananmen Square

History’s most iconic depiction of resistance was when an unidentified man known as “Tank Man” single-handedly stood down four Chinese tanks among the Tiananmen Square protests against political corruption and persecution. This photo shot on June 5, 1989 shows the “Tank Man” approaching those tanks in the middle of the street ready to make history.

Adolf Hitler’s Death

This photo captured on April 29, 1945 of Hitler (right) with adjutant Julius Schaub surveying the ruins of the Reich chancellery in Berlin was believed to be the last picture of him prior to his suicide.

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