40+ Famous Historic Events Then and Now
These fascinating past and present photos of famous events give us a clear, wonderful picture of human progress. Enjoy!
The first World Series in Pittsburgh in 1903
The 2014 World Series final which was slightly more organised.
The first ever Rockefeller Christmas tree in 1931
Rockefeller Christmas tree in 2013
The first International match at Wimbledon in 1883.
The Wimbledon Championships in 2014
The first Glastonbury festival in 1970 attracting 1,500 people who paid £1 each for a ticket and free milk.
The Glastonbury festival in 2014 attracting 135,000 people who paid £225 for a ticket and beer instead of milk.
The first official gay pride march in London surrounded by police for their protection.
2014 LGBT London pride parade flanked by supporters.
Valerie Benguiat / Digital Journal
The first photo ever taken from space, in which a camera was strapped onto a V2 rocket fired straight up in 1946.
The Aurora Australis taken from the International Space Station in 2013.
The first official Paralympic Games held in Rome in 1960, in which 400 athletes from 23 countries participated.
2012 Paralympic Games in London, in which 4,300 athletes from 164 nations participated.
The first climber, Sir Edmund Hillary, reached the summit of Mt Everest in 1953.
With far better equipment today, a traffic jam like this one in 2013 becomes a common problem on Everest.
Utmost Adventure Trekking/Al Jazeera
Aerial view of the 1930 World Cup final in Montevideo, Uruguay, with only 13 teams participating because of the difficulty of getting to South America at the time.
2014 World Cup in Brazil with 209 countries eligible to enter
The first photograph of Earth taken from the moon in 1969.
Photo of both the Earth and moon from China’s Chang’e 5-TI satellite in 2014.
China National Space Administration
Three men participating in the marathon at the first modern Olympics in 1896, in which only 16 nations were allowed to compete.
2012 marathon in London, in which 206 nations participated.
The first neon sign installed on the Las Vegas strip in 1941.
Las Vegas strip today.
The first modern Olympic Games held in Athens in 1896
2012 Olympics held in London
New York’s first subway in 1904, which was the first choice of transportation of New York’s upper class to escape the busy streets
New York’s subway today
Western Berliners looking on as work begins on the Berlin wall in 1961.
United Berliners celebrated the anniversary of the fall of the wall and marked it’s former path with illuminated balloons this year.
Bill Murray as the first guest on The David Letterman Show in 1983.
In 2014, Bill Murray shared on the same stage again with David Letterman, along with Lady Gaga.
Boston Marathon organizers attempt to stop Kathrine Switzer from running the race in 1967.
Boston Marathon in 2014
The Wright brothers’s successful flight in 1903, with their plane flying for 59 seconds over 852 feet.
The Philae probe had traveled 4 billion miles and landed on a comet in 2014
A French soldier fitted with a prosthetic mask in 1918.
In 2011, the first full face transplant was successfully accomplished on Dallas Wiens who lost all of his face in an accident.
Otto Lilienthal made the first glider flight in 1894.
Annie Edson Taylor became the first person ever to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel in 1901.
Felix Baumgartner took a plunge from the stratosphere, 24 miles above Earth, in 2012.