The Miner And The Guard
A dispute in Serra Pelada, Brazil turned serious when a miner and a guard got into an argument. Instead of walking away, the miner shows guts when he grabs the guard’s gun barrel and pulls it towards him as if to challenge the guard to actually shoot him.
Lunch Atop A Skyscraper
While the RCA Building at 30 Rockefeller Center in New York City was being constructed in 1932, on the 69th floor, real construction workers posed for a photo to promote the brand new building.
A Defiant Nazi
The man circled in the 1936 photo was August Landmesser, who was a member of the Nazi party before he married and had children with a Jewish woman named Irma Eckler. While watching the launch of a vessel in Germany, he refused to give the Nazi salute. August was arrested for “dishonoring his race” and both he and his wife were arrested and jailed. Their children were shipped off to an orphanage. In 1941, August was released from prison, but it didn’t take long for him to be drafted right into the war. After being officially declared missing in action, everyone just presumed he was dead.
Surgery On One’s Self
While stationed in Antarctica, Russian doctor Leonid Rogozov, who was taking part in the sixth Soviet Antarctic Expedition in 1960–1961, developed appendicitis. There was no other doctor at the station, so Rogozov was forced to perform an appendectomy surgery on himself.
Empire State Building Acrobatics
It was in 1934 when Jarley Smith, Jewell Waddeck, and Jimmy Kerrigan attempted to make everyone’s heart stop when they performed daredevil acrobatics on the 86th floor of the Empire State Building in New York City.