The eye of Hurricane Diana. The eye is a region of calm found at the centre of strong tropical cyclones. Surrounded by towering thunderstorms, it is where hurricanes gather all of their strength. Flights are made straight into the eye in order to gather data and better understand such storm systems.
The Baker nuclear weapon test conducted at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific. A fleet of more than 90 vessels was assembled by the US in order to investigate the effect of nuclear weapons on naval ships. Since the area was deemed safe in 1996, it has become popular amongst divers attracted by the shipwrecks.
HMHS Britannic was the last and largest of three ocean liners built by the White Star Line shipping company. Following the sinking of her sister ship, RMS Titanic in April 1912, the hull of the 53,000-ton Britannic was redesigned and it was launched on February 26, 1914.
It was sunk on November 21, 1916, after being struck by a single mine blast. The wreck was first discovered by Jacques Cousteau in 1975.
"We are not interested in the precise reconstruction of movement, which has already been broken up and analysed. We are involved only in the area of movement which produces sensation..."
Anton Giulio Bragaglia
The Cairo Pavilion at the Midwinter International Exposition, San Francisco. The consensus of the era regarded all peoples other than Western European whites as curiosities to be displayed, studied and comprehended.
Obaysch was the first hippopotamus seen in England since prehistoric times. He travelled from Egypt on a boat accompanied by a herd of cows to provide him with milk. Once at London Zoo he was an instant sensation, but interest soon faded when people began to realise that he didn't do very much.
The Golden Gate Bridge was completed in 1937 and its deck is suspended at a height of 75m. above water. It is the most popular place in the world to commit suicide. It apparently takes approximately four seconds to hit the water at a speed of 120 km/h.
Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan and is considered sacred. It has been featured in many ukiyo-e woodcuts and paintings, the subject epitomising the notion of the 'floating world'. The dense Aokigahara forest at its base is an ideal location from which to view the mountain, but is difficult to access. It has a historic association with demons in Japanese mythology, and is the country's most popular place for suicides.
Harry Houdini had to modify his Challenge Act when he discovered that police officers were offering him jammed handcuffs to escape from. Here he is seen escaping from a strait jacket whilst hanging upside down over Broadway.
On the 18th of January 2007, the container ship MSC Napoli ran aground off Branscome beach, Devon. Thousands of local residents and tourists flocked to the beach to retrieve the stricken cargo, which included clothing, wine, motorbikes, beauty creams and oil paintings.
Dunwich, England. Once a thriving port with a population of 4000, since its heyday in the Middle Ages, it has been gradually consumed by the sea. The church in the photograph had disappeared completely by the 1920s.
Taking off from Kansai Airport, the first to be built on reclaimed land. It has sunk over 8 meters since construction began, but has survived the 1995 Kobe earthquake and a 300 km/h typhoon in 1998.
Over a three-week period in October 2002, the Gulf War veteran John Allen Muhammad killed 10 people as they went about their daily routine. Acting with an accomplice, the sniper attacks were carried out from the boot of a modified Chevrolet Caprice. Post 9/11 anti-terrorist laws were applied in order to execute Muhammad by lethal injection on the 10th of November, 2009.
Allied soldier’s photograph of the Jahra Highway strewn with bombed vehicles. After being forced out of Kuwait, Iraqi troops were leaving the burning oil wells behind them and retreating back to Bagdad. U.S. pilots were shown recent news reports of the bombing of a nearby army barracks before being ordered to stop the retreating convoy at all costs. The attack lasted two days.
Signal Hill, part of the Long Beach Oil Field, one of the most productive in the world. The plots of land had been sold to potential homeowners who promptly changed their minds and entered into the oil business, hoping to get rich quick. The next-of-kin would eventually receive royalty checks for oil extracted from beneath the graves in the nearby cemetery.
After completion in Paris, the Statue of Liberty was accepted in 1886 by President Grover Cleveland on behalf of the United States. He said: 'We will not forget that liberty has here made her home'.