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The Pictures Your History Teacher Couldn’t Show You

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72. 1911 – First Known Picture of Machu Picchu

On a trek through the jungles of central Peru, Yale professor Hiram Bingham came across the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu. He was actually searching for Vilcabamba, another lost city, but found the ruin instead. He called it the most important ruin discovered in South America since the Spanish Conquests. Augusto Berns, a German, apparently had Machu Picchu on his maps from 1874 and attempted to go to the ruins to find Incan treasure. It was Bingham who took the first photo however.

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71. 1929 – Prohibition in Effect in Detroit

From 1920 until 1933, prohibition was in effect in the US. It was the illegality of manufacturing, storage, transportation, sale, possession, or consumption of alcohol. Rum-running became an organized crime, especially in Chicago. The Roaring Twenties were born from illegal sales and consumption of alcohol. Here, police had raided an establishment or home that was illegally selling alcohol. The only option available was to literally dispose of it, which is what you see happening here.

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