Rare Photos You'll Never Find In History Books

Written by Kennita Leon Rose

The history books tend to leave out a lot of pictures. Particularly ones like what we're about to show you in this gallery. They capture moments with some of the most iconic faces in history. Here are the rare pictures you won't find in any history book. 

A 17 year old Prince at the beginning of his career.

Prince Rogers Nelson aka Prince was known for his expression of erotic sexual fantasies. The release of his first two (2) albums in 1978 and 1979 respectively, gained him his first top 20 pop hit. His fame grew as his music continued to get top spots on Billboard charts. On April 21, 2016 Prince was found dead at his home in Minnesota, the cause of death was due to a drug overdose.

Young Diana, Princess of Whales in the 1960’s.

Despite being emotionally scarred by her parent’s muddled divorce, Diana managed to regain a happy childhood. She studied abroad at Boarding School and thereafter proceeded to a public high school.

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno 1970’s 

These two famous bodybuilders pose for a picture after a body building competition. They became lifelong friends who trained together for competitions. Lou has graced the film industry in a number of movies, including Lego Marvel’s Avengers.

Atoy Wilson the first black ice skater to become a star with the Ice Follies in 1978.

Atoy Wilson, at 13 was the first African-American to make it to the U.S Skating Championships and to also break through racial barriers. He retired at the top of his game and is now a production accountant for the television industry.

Gene Wilder about to lick it on the set of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in 1971.

Gene Wilder was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for best actor for his role as Willy Wonka, in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. He went on to win a Prime time Emmy Award for outstanding guest actor. He died in August 2016 of complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

George Clooney in a promo shoot for The Facts of Life-1979

Appearing as a handy- man on the sit com The Facts of Life, his career evolved as an actor and he went into screen writing and producing. He was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Imgar Bergman on the set of Jaws (1975)

Imgar, a brilliant filmmaker is seen with the famous shark from the Jaws movie. He never really retired and kept making films, he died on an island in Sweden at the age of 85, the cause of death is still unknown.

John F. Kennedy in Dallas, 1963

While riding through a presidential motorcade along with his wife Jacqueline and Texas Governor’s wife Nellie, John F. Kennedy was assassinated, he was shot in the head. He was one of the best Presidents in US history. 

Marlon Brando applying his own makeup for On the Waterfront (1954)

Known for the taxicab scene, Brando is pictured here applying his own makeup to achieve a realistic feel to the art of his role. In July 2004, it was confirmed that Brando died due to respiratory failure caused from pulmonary fibrosis (scarring of the lungs).

President Johnson taking his Oath of Office on Air Force One, 1963

President Johnson is seen here taking his oath onboard the Air Force One, in a cramped room where for the first and only time, inauguration was done on an air craft and was ministered by a woman. He died of a heart attack after he left the presidential office.

Robin Williams and Raquel Welch on the set of Mork and Mindy, 1979

Robin Williams’s role in Mork and Mindy was what gave him his rise in comedy. He also did stand-up comedy and film acting. He later committed suicide by hanging himself at his home.

Sean Connery and Ursula Andress on the set of the first James Bond Film Dr. No 1963

Sean Connery is the first actor to play the character of James Bond; he went on to star in the other six James Bond films. He is now retired from acting after receiving a lifetime achievement award.

Vin Diesel in high school, 1985

Vin Diesel completed high school but dropped out of college to pursue his acting career. He is still in the acting field as he is also a producer, director and screen writer. His most successful films have been The Fast and Furious film franchise. 

Mohammad Ali, 1954

Mohammad was introduced to Boxing in his pre-teens because his bike was stolen and he wanted to learn how to fight in the event that he caught the person. He always spent time reading the Bible while other young boys chased after girls and did things their age. After a successful career in boxing, Ali retired, and later died after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s syndrome. 

Arnold Schwarzenegger walking through Munich to promote his own gym, 1969.

He also walked away with the prize of Mr. Universe in that same year. He also has a very successful acting career, a political career and is also a businessman. 

Annie Easley, NASA Computer Scientist and Mathematician, 1955

At a time when racial segregation was still rampant, Anne Easley beat the odds and became a computer engineer and mathematician at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), later known as NASA. Out of the 2,500 employees at the time, she was only one of four African Americans.  

Cher, Susan Sarandon, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Jack Nicholson on the set of The Witches of Eastwick in 1987

Four familiar Hollywood faces collaborated to produce the critically acclaimed move, The Witches of Eastwick in 1987. Each actor’s performance created a film that was humorous and ridiculous, but well-received. 

Colonel (Harland) Sanders in Louisville Kentucky, 1977

Sporting his iconic white suit, black String Bow Tie, platinum hair, and warm smile, Colonel Sanders happily poses in Kentucky with two of his fans in 1977. Like many others, these two probably loved Kentucky Fried Chicken.

David Bowie on the set of The Man Who Fell To Earth, 1976

Die-hard David Bowie fans are bound to remember his performance in The Man Who Fell To Earth. The highly acclaimed movie is best known for Bowie’s performance and the stunning imagery. Here, Bowie sits with the crew, accessorized with a trench coat and fedora hat.

J.F.K. and his daughter enjoy a meal

Propped on a foot stool, a young Kennedy looks up at her father as they engage in a very important conversation over a meal. Perhaps one day, she hopes to hold a fork just like her daddy did. 

Jodie Foster and Robert De Niro on the set of Taxi Driver, 1976

This story of a vigilante taxi driver was a critical and commercial success. DeNiro played the vigilante protagonist, while Foster (who was 12 years old at the time) played a teenage prostitute.   

Marilyn Monroe with a sprained ankle on crutches, 1953 

Even on her worst days, Marilyn Monroe still managed to look flawless. Though she seems a bit grouchy in this photo (understandably), her poise, style, and sex-appeal still shines through. 

Robin Williams and Racquel Welch on the set of Mork and Mindy, 1979

Before he became the lovable comedian that we know and miss, Robin Williams’ first trial on a TV show was on Mork and Mindy. He played Mork, an awkward alien whose friend, Mindy (Racquel Welch), was teaching him how to be human.

Sean Connery plus kitty on the set of Dr. No in 1962 

Here, Sean Connery takes a break from the action and gun-play that is synonymous with the James Bond character. He shows his softer side by playing with the paws of this sleepy kitten. 

Steve Carell as a high school hockey goalie, 1979

Life Magazine once nominated Steve Carell as “America’s funniest man”, but before The Office, The 40-year-old Virgin, and before he voiced Gru on Despicable Me, Carell was your everyday high school hockey player. 

Steve Jobs having recently returned from his pilgrimage in India, 1974

While he was in India, Steve Jobs contracted, lice, scabies, and dysentery. However he emerged as an enlightened man with renewed spirituality. From this trip, he understood the focus required to start and build Apple Corporation.  

Steve McQueen’s mugshot, 1972

If Steve McQueen didn’t smile through his mugshot, he would have lost his title as “The King of Cool”. This mugshot was taken in Anchorage, Alaska when McQueen was caught drunk driving. He hastily posted bail and left town. 

Sylvester Stallone on the Los Angeles set with director, John Avildsen, 1976

Hard work and persistence truly paid off, both for Sylvester Stallone and for Rocky. Stallone wrote the Rocky script and insisted that he play the lead role. Under the direction of John Avildsen, Rocky became the highest grossing film of 1976, and won Best Picture at the Oscars. 

The Dukes of Hazzard, 1980’s

This popular television series aired from 1979 to 1985. The show depicts the adventures of Bo and Luke Duke, and their cousin Daisy who live in the fictional Hazzard County in Georgia. Their orange car, the General Lee, was modeled from the 1969 Dodge Charger.

Vladimir Putin, 1963

From this image, it is clear that Vladimir Putin’s serious countenance has persisted throughout his life. As the President of the Russian Federation, his public image is one of machismo and strength. 

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Kennita Leon Rose


Kennita's funky style of writing has only blossomed since she discovered her passion for reading. In her downtime, she loves chillaxing with her friends and letting loose. This grown-up flower child, who hails from the Caribbean, can definitely hang with us any time.