This is “Gadget”, the first nuclear weapon detonated by the United States. Formally code named Trinity, the weapon was tested in the Jornada del Muerto desert on 16 July, 1945. The date of this test is frequently considered as the start of the Atomic Age.

Eight-year-old Samuel Reshevsky playing and defeating several chess masters at the same time. France, 1920.

Russian Tsar Nicholas II riding a rickshaw. Nagasaki, 1891.

German actress and singer Marlene Dietrich is lifted up to kiss a returning soldier.

A man standing on the Sphinx, demonstrating its size. Circa 1900s.

Paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division daubing each other with war paint. 1944.

A G.I. comforting a grieving infantryman during the Korean War.

General Douglas MacArthur observes the naval shelling of the South Korean city of Incheon. 15 September, 1950.

The propellers of the Titanic, with crew members for scale.

General Patton ordered the doors to this vault blown open, only to discover over 7,000 bags of ornamental gold and silver that had been looted by the Nazis.

Fixed. theme by Andrew McCarthy