20 Amazing Historical People Like You’ve Never Seen Before

Some of the most amazing people to walk this Earth have been immortalized through the camera lens. Sometimes, a photo is discovered that makes you look at history with a fresh perspective. Case in point, these 20 historical icons are about to reveal themselves in ways you've never seen before. You won't want to miss a single photo!

Arnold Schwarzenegger

The Terminator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger, looking a bit on the scrawny side in middle school in 1958.

Steven Spielberg

From way before Hollywood was obsessed with CGI — Steven Spielberg on the set of Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1980.

Jim Carrey

This completely adorable photo of Jim Carrey making his daughter Jane smile in 1991.


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Michael Jordan

This 1986 picture of Michael Jordan's momma giving him a big ol' smooch that'll hit you right in the feels.

Hillary Clinton

A young Hillary Rodham Clinton as a Wellesley College senior in May 1969.

Donald Trump

Donald Trump kicking back in his Fifth Avenue Manhattan apartment in May 1976.

Marilyn Monroe

Before she was known as the blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe, Norma Jeane Baker was a girl-next-door brunette with aspirations of stardom.


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Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn was relatively poorly paid. Jane Russell was paid around 10 times as much as Marilyn when they co-starred in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Her salary for her final unfinished film, Something’s Got to Give, was $100,000. Compare that with Elizabeth Taylor, who was getting a million dollars for Cleopatra.

Muhammad Ali

This amazing picture of Muhammad Ali talking a suicidal man back from the ledge of a Los Angeles building in January 1981.

Franklin Roosevelt

Stricken with polio at an early age, President Franklin D. Roosevelt often had to hide his disability from the press and the American people. He often used leg braces and wheelchairs to get around

Franklin Roosevelt

For starters, young Franklin was an only child of very wealthy parents; he grew up on an estate in New York’s Hudson Valley.


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James Dean

Growing up, James Dean considered himself an artistic person, studying the violin and tap dancing. Here he can be seen studying dance from famous choreographer Katherine Dunham (1955).

James Dean

Dean was very close to his mother, and she was the only person capable of understanding him. She died of cancer when he was 9 years old.

Elvis Presley

From 1958 to 1960, Elvis Presley served in the U.S. Army. After being drafted, his management and military leaders agreed to allow him to perform for soldiers in lieu of actually serving. He declined and served honorably.

Elvis Presley

Elvis bought Franklin Roosevelt’s presidential yacht after he finished the army and gained popularity across the world.


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Babe Ruth

On August 16, 1948, the greatest baseball player of all-time passed away.  One month prior, he can be seen here arriving in Baltimore with his sister.

Babe Ruth

Ruth’s first official professional home run came on Sept. 5, 1914 for the Providence Grays of the International League, where he had been sent by the Red Sox for more seasoning the month before.

Barack Obama

This mega-throwback of a future US President Barack Obama graduating from high school in 1979. Growing up in Hawaii, President Barack Obama showed an athletic side even from an early age. Starring on his high school's basketball team, his love of the game persists even to this day.

Barack Obama

He planned to install a basketball court in the White House grounds.


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Groucho Marx

Absent is the painted-on grease mustache and glasses, but even at a young age, 20-year-old Groucho Marx can be seen with his signature cigar.

Groucho Marx

I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.

Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa became a nun in 1928 at the age of 18.  Before deciding to help the sick and the poor, she was known as Agnes Bojaxhiu.

Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa's devotional work among the poor and dying of India won her the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1979.


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John F. Kennedy

Before turning to a career in politics, a young and very skinny John Fitzgerald Kennedy was a key member of the Harvard college swim team.

John F. Kennedy

JFK's application to Harvardwas just 5 sentences long.

The Beatles

Prior to becoming The Beatles, the most famous music group ever was also known as The Silver Beatles and The Quarrymen. It wasn't until 1960 that the lads from Liverpool settled on their name.

The Beatles

The Beatles were one of the most famous and influential English rock bands of all time, formed in 1960. In the first few years the band members included Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe, but ultimately the band gamed fame early in the 60s with members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison.


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Anne Frank

Anne Frank documented her time in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, and her family's attempt to allude capture. Shown here with her family, they attempted to emigrate to America without success.

Anne Frank

Anne Frank and seven others remained in hiding for 2 years in the "Secret Annex", a small apartment behind her father's business in Amsterdam.

Abraham Lincoln

A young Abraham Lincoln without his stovepipe hat and beard. In fact, it wasn't until 11-year-old Grace Bidell wrote the soon-to-be President that he would look better with facial hair, that he decided to grow his beard.

Abraham Lincoln

He was the only president to have a patent: Lincoln invented a device to free steamboats that ran aground.


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Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela was known for his tireless fight in opposition to apartheid. As a younger man, Mandela (left), was a fighter in the ring as well as outside.

Nelson Mandela

This man that changed the world grew up in a tiny village and was the first member of his family to attend school. His father, who served as a counselor to tribal chiefs, died when he was 9, and the boy was adopted by the Thembu regent, Chief Jongintaba.

Pope John Paul II

Prior to becoming Pope John Paul II, young Karol Wojtyla (2nd from right) grew up during the Nazi occupation of Poland. To escape being captured by the Nazis, he hid in his uncle's house.

Pope John Paul II

Growing up, John Paul was athletic and enjoyed skiing and swimming. He went to Krakow's Jagiellonian University in 1938 where he showed an interest in theater and poetry.


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Jimmy Stewart

When the United States entered World War II, Jimmy Stewart enlisted in the Air Force. During this time, he flew 20 combat missions and remained a member of the USAF reserves until 1968.

Jimmy Stewart

His college degree and extensive flight time played to his favor, and he received his commission after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Because he had logged over 400 hours as a civilian, he was permitted to take basic flight training at Moffett and earned his pilot wings.

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart didn't just wear leather jackets and aviator goggles, she actually designed a line of women's clothing to help support her flying.

Amelia Earhart

During World War I, Amelia became a nurse's aid in Toronto, Canada, to tend to wounded soldiers.


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Jackie Robinson

While many of you may know Jackie Robinson as the All-Star baseball player who broke the color barrier, he also lettered in 4 sports, (football, baseball, basketball, and track) while enrolled at UCLA from 1939-1941.

Jackie Robinson

Robinson attended John Muir High School, where he was placed on the Pomona Annual Baseball Tournament All-Star Team with fellow future Baseball Hall of Famers Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox and Bob Lemon of the Cleveland Indians.

Martin Luther King Jr

Civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr. can be seen here, on the same balcony in Memphis, Tennessee where he would be assassinated on the following day.

 Martin Luther King Jr

Martin Luther King Jr. added the "I have a dream" line during his speech, it was improvised.

Charlie Chaplan

Charlie Chaplin was known for his character The Tramp, complete with bowler hat, cane, and mustache.  He can be seen here, out of character with Albert Einstein.


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Mark Twain

Known in his youth as Samuel Clemens, Mark Twain acquired his pen name from a term used by riverboat pilots, which was just one of Twain's early professions.

Mark Twain

In May 1864, Twain challenged a rival Nevada newspaperman with whom he was feuding to a duel but fled before an actual fight took place, supposedly to avoid being arrested for violating the territory’s anti-dueling law.