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26 Famous People From History Like You've Never Seen Before

A collection of rare historic pictures, presented by Getty Images.

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

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An officer had been with the man for three hours preventing him from jumping. Ali happened to be driving by the building and asked if he could be of any assistance. After talking to the man, Ali approached him, put his arm around him, and they walked into the building together.


10. A rare photo of the Silver Beetles, rocking out on the stage in 1960 — only months away from changing their name officially to The Beatles.


16. This incredible 1969 family portrait of NASA's Apollo 11 astronauts with their wives, children, and the friend who made them famous — the moon!

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Pictured are, at top, from left, astronaut Michael Collins, children Mike, Kate, and Ann, and his wife Pat; at left, astronaut Edwin Aldrin Jr, his wife Joan, and children Mike, Jan, and Andy; at right, astronaut Neil Armstrong and his wife Jan, and children Ricky and Mark.

17. Martin Luther King Jr. sitting quietly for a mug shot after his arrest in Montgomery, Alabama, for directing citywide boycotts of segregated buses in 1956.

18. This glorious photo of Rosa Parks sitting at the front of the bus in Montgomery, Alabama, after the Supreme Court ruled segregation illegal in 1956.


23. This 1944 picture of John F. Kennedy after being awarded the Navy Marine Corps Medal for "extremely heroic conduct" when his PT boat was cut in two and sunk by a Japanese destroyer.

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A junior lieutenant and skipper of the PT at the time of the action (August 1943), Lt. Kennedy swam through the shark-infested Solomon Islands waters to rescue members of his crew. Then the Naval officer and his men made their way to a tiny Island where they were hidden until another PT boat arrived to rescue the survivors.

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