The study of history will always be one of the most crucial for the development of humanity - we will always be able to learn from those who came before us, and, hopefully, we will always want to. This is why it is so important to work to remember the past, to maintain records of all that has happened in our rich and fascinating world. The more we know about what happened before us, the more we can move forward to make our own history.
Below, you'll find photos of incredible people, places and events that have shaped our world today. They can teach all of us a little something.
1. A man repaints the face of the clock on Boston's Custom House for the 1976 bicentennial celebration.
2. A young Bill Murray, in 1977, at Elvis' funeral.
3. A boy sells papers in 1910, in Wilmington, Delaware.
4. An overzealous fan is carried away by police at a Beatles concert in 1965, at Shea Stadium in New York.
5. Artists create portraits of war heroes for LIFE Magazine in 1942 at the American Painting Factory.
6. In 1930, all-girl band The Ingenues plays for cows at the University of Wisconsin as part of an experiment to test the effect of music on cows' milk production.
7. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. attends a press conference in Birmingham, Alabama.
8. The Navy's last flying aircraft carrier, the USS Macon, carries the Sparrowhawk aircraft.
9. Eleanor Roosevelt meets the mascot for the Democratic party.
10. The early stages of construction of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
11. Franklin Roosevelt Jr. and John Roosevelt pose with famous surfer Duke Kahanamoku.
12. Princess Diana shakes the hand of an AIDS patient without a glove, battling the stigma and paranoia surrounding the disease and earning her place as a gay rights icon.
13. Painters pose on the Brooklyn Bridge in 1914.
14. The cast of the original Star Trek pose together. From left to right: Leonard Nimoy, George Takei, DeForest Kelley and James Doohan.
15. Dr. Timothy Leary lectures from a futon in 1966.
16. President Ford poses in 1974 with Democratic and Republican House leaders O'Neill and Rhodes.
17. Ronald Reagan gives Muhammad Ali a run for his money at the White House in 1983.
18. U.S. paratroopers cross a river in southern Vietnam in 1965.
19. President Richard Nixon gives a thumbs-up to the camera after resigning from the presidency.
20. President Jimmy Carter poses with his wife, Rosalynn, after his graduation from Naval Academy in 1946.
21. The Beatles visit White House Sub Shop in Atlantic City in 1964 and pose with police officer Bobby Palamaro and a six-foot sandwich.
22. Cary Grant gets his hair and makeup done for the 1959 classic "North by Northwest."
23. The face of one of the Abu Simbel temples in Egypt is moved to higher ground to escape damage from the impending flooding of the Aswan High Dam project.
24. Girls play in the slums of Manchester, 1965.
25. In 1969, Swami Satchidananda Saraswati attends the opening of Woodstock Music Festival.
26. This is the biology lab at Greensboro, North Carolina's Agricultural and Mechanical College in 1899.
27. Dustin Hoffman stands outside his New York home after an accidental bomb explosion blew a hole in his living room wall.
28. Tourists enjoy the beach in Atlantic City in 1904.
29. The Montreal Hockey Club, the first winners of the Stanley Cup.
So, now that we’ve looked back at almost 30 pivotal moments from history, how do you feel? Hopefully, a little inspired and a lot fascinated. History is an amazing thing, and we can often learn more from pictures than we might think. You never know – one day, you might be in pictures like these.