30 Extremely Rare Photos of Famous People in History

Many figures have risen to prominence throughout the course of history. It can be easy to think we have a full picture of some of these famous leaders, artists, and inventors based on what we read about them in books, however, this couldn’t be farther from the truth.

From mug shots to fuzzy slippers to selfies in space, these are the exciting photos of famous people in history you won’t find within the pages of your grade school history book. These 20 rare and intriguing photos are guaranteed to show you a new side to these famous figures from the past that you didn’t know existed.

1. Bernie Sanders


In August 1963 the 2016 presidential hopeful was arrested by police at a civil rights protest.

2. Queen Elizabeth II


The future queen of England joined the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service during World War II when she was only 18 years old. She served as a military truck driver.

3. Adolf Hitler


One of few photos of the dictator from his youth, this photo was taken in either 1889 or 1890.

4. Bonnie & Clyde


Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were infamous American criminals who traveled the US with their gang during the Great Depression.

5. Billy the Kid


This recently discovered photo of the notorious American outlaw playing croquet in 1878 is only the second authenticated photo of Billy the Kid in existence.

6. Bill Gates


Microsoft inventor and tech genius, Bill Gates, was arrested in 1977 for driving without a license and failure to stop at a stop sign.

7. Tsar Nicholas II & Grand Duchess Anastasia


This photo of the members of the last Russian royal family enjoying the perks of royalty was taken in 1916, a mere two years before the entire Romanov family was executed.

8. Osama Bin Laden


Pictured on the far right, the young man who learned judo with friends was a far cry from the international terrorist infamous for his 2001 World Trade Towers terrorist attacks.

9. Amelia Earhart


Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean but tragically she went missing during the voyage. She is pictured here getting her last haircut in 1937 before embarking on the journey.

10. Fidel Castro & Malcolm X


The two highly controversial political figures met to discuss politics and life in 1960.

11. Stephen Hawking


The renowned theoretical physicist with first wife Jane Wilde on their wedding day in 1965 before he was confined to the wheelchair most of us are used to seeing him in today.

12. Pablo Escobar


The notorious Colombian drug lord and his son visited the White House in the early 1980s.

13. Bill Clinton & John F. Kennedy


A 16 years old Bill Clinton once met with President Kennedy at the White House during an American Legion Boys Nation program in 1963. Little could Clinton have known that one day he too would be President of the United States.

14. Salvador Dali & Raquel Welch


In 1965, famed surrealist artist Salvador Dali met with American actress Raquel Welch. Dali immediately created an abstract painting of the Hollywood starlet.

15. Albert Einstein


Despite being one of the most intelligent people in history, the world-renowned theoretical physicist wasn’t afraid to let his hair down and enjoy the sillier things in life-including fuzzy slippers.

16. Archduke Franz Ferdinand


This is one of the last photos taken of the Archduke of Austria-Este while he was still alive. Moments after it was taken he was assassinated in Sarajevo-an action that would launch World War I.

17. Mahatma Gandhi & Charlie Chaplin


Chaplin was a great admirer of Gandhi and while visiting London in 1931 could not pass up the opportunity to meet him in person. Before meeting with Chaplin, Gandhi had never even heard of the world-famous silent-film star!

18. Buzz Aldrin


Astronaut Buzz Aldrin set the “selfie” bar high for future generations when he snapped this photo of himself with the earth during the Gemini XII mission in 1966.

19. Ernest Hemingway


While serving in WWI a teenage Hemingway was struck by a mortar shell on the Italian front. This photo shows the future writer recuperating from his injury in Milan in 1918.

20. Abraham Lincoln

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Via Imgur

Most of us are used to envisioning President Abraham Lincoln with his customary tall hat and beard. With both of those features absent from this photo it can take a moment to realize who you are looking at.

21. Goldie Hawn


The date is 1964 and the beautiful Goldie Hawn enjoys a hamburger in a diner.

22. Lynda Carter


This 1970s photo shows the gorgeous Lynda Carter laying on a rockin’ seventies quilt.

23. How To Effectively Hitchhike


This photo from the seventies shows girls hitchhiking and they more than likely got a quick pick-up.

24. Debbie Harry


Photo of Debbie Harry from 1976.

25. Grace Kelly


This is a photo of Grace Kelly on vacation in Jamaica in 1955.

26. Clint Eastwood


A photo from 1964 shows Clint Eastwood skateboarding through Rome, Italy.

27. Sigourney Weaver


In 1983, this photo shows Sigourney Weaver enjoying a massive bite of a tasty hotdog.

28. Peter Dinklage


Here is a young photo of Tyrion from Game of Thrones in high school in 1987.

29. Bob Marley


1976 – Bob Marley with Miss World Cindy Breakspeare.

30. Mohandas Gandhi


This one dates back to 1893 and shows Mohandas Gandhi as an Attorney at Law.

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