23 Mind Blowing Stories Behind The Most Famous Photos Ever

The old adage is that a picture is worth a thousand words. Sometimes, though, there are those truly amazing photos that, while worth that much, need even more words, because the backstory behind them is just as, if not more, badass.

These are those photos.

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Entry by John E.

This famous photo taken by then 22- year old Neil Leifer happened because Leifer lost his preferred seat to a more senior photographer who had arrived

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THIS IS THE COVER OF ABBEY ROAD, THE LAST ALBUM THE BEATLES RECORDED. AND THESE ARE PAUL MCCARTNEY'S SKETCHES FOR IT. Photographer lain Macmillan took

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Entry by Kalli

CRACKEDCOR In 1959 Italian superstar Sophia Loren was welcomed to Hollywood by a Beverly Hills party in her honor, although Jayne Mansfield's decollet

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Entry by ChevySpoons

This photo, of the evacuation of Saigon in 1975, almost wasn't taken. Freelance e photographer Hubert van Es happened to look out the window ofthe UPI

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Entry by VirginAndy

CRACKED COMT This candid photo showing the human side of the tyrant Josef Stalin was captured by Lt. Gen. Nikolai Vlasik, the dictator's bodyguard, co

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Only one memberof The Who actually urinated on the large concrete piling from their iconic album cover. Who's next According to photographer Ethan A.

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Entry by Hestutomo

Russia's Tsar Nicholas II and England's King George V were cousins and delighted in showing off their family resemblance. Here they attend a wedding h

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On Sept. 25, 1978, photographer Hans Wendt was on assignment taking pictures of gas pump nozzles for his employer, the County of San Diego. Suddenly,

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Entry by VirginAndy

CRAGKEDcO View from the Window at Le Gras is the first successful photograph in history, it was taken in 1826 by French inventor) Joseph Nicephore N

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The Berks girl is Maggie Goldenberger, a nurse from Phoenix. Ceesebumps cooschumes The picture was taken when Goldenberger was about 11 years old. She

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FIRE ESCAPE COLLAPSE This award-winning picture captured 19-year-old Diana Bryant and her 2- -year-old goddaughter Tiare Jones falling from a broken f

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Entry by Hestutomo

National Geographic's Best Picture of 1987 shows surgeon Dr. Zbigniew Religa after performing a 23- hour heart transplant, the first successful such

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Entry by Hestutomo

This photograph shows the aftermath of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. Two photographers captured nearly identical images, although with two completel

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Entry by VirginAndy

On December the 27th of 1895, while experimenting on cathode rays, German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen asked his wife Bertha to put her hand on&

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Entry by Scott Laffey

NIRVANA'S SWIMMING BABY was the four-month-old son of photographer Kirk Weddle's friend. And not actually swimming. As Weddle explains, The mom was o

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Entry by milito

When Fred Morley's photo of The London Milkman was published during the Blitz, it lifted the spirits of Londoners and Britons everywhere, as it port

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When Elvis Presley died in 1977, National Enquirer editor Generose Pope, Jr. pulled out all the stops to get a picture of The King in his coffin. The

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Entry by Hestutomo

During a military police demonstration in Bahia, Brazilian Army General Goncalves Dias said, Please don't create an episode, not on my birthday. The

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Entry by gicusudoru

This is the eyes of hate photo of Joseph Goebbels by LIFE magazine photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt. And this is a shot taken before he was aware that

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GRACKED.COM This is a photo of Omayra Sanchez, a 13 year old girl trapped in water as a result of a volcanic eruption in Colombia. The photo caused ou

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Entry by Jesmonster

Kent State, May 4th, 1970 On his lunchbreak from the photo equipment room journalism student, John Filo. took this iconic photo. As he was taking phot

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Entry by gicusudoru

WORLD'S HIGHEST STANDARD OF LIING There's w way like the way American Although this Margaret Bourke-White photo is commonly used as a symbol of the Gr

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Entry by Chan Teik Onn

CRACKEDCON DURING THE 9/ 1 TRAGEDY, BILL BIGGART, THE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE SHOT ABOVE, DOCUMENTED THE FALL OF THE FIRST TOWER WITH HIS CAMERA AND REFUS

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