The Construction of Madison Square Garden In 1966

Construction Madison Square Garden

Officially opening its doors to the public in 1968, Madison Square Garden is the oldest and most active major sporting facility in New York City, and one of the busiest music arenas in the world. With a price tag of a cool $1.1 billion, it’s also thought to be one of the most expensive venues ever built.

50 Influential Photographs That Changed Our World

Kosovar refugee Agim Shala, 2, is passed through a barbed wire fence into the hands of grandparents at a camp run by United Arab Emirates in Kukes, Albania.

Apollo 11 crew members capture mankind’s first physical brush with the moon in July, 1969.

Influential Photographs Man On Moon

Source: SD Wall Pic

Robert Capa immortalizes the treatment of French women who were believed to have been Nazi collaborators during liberation “ugly carnivals” in 1944, France.

Influential Photographs Shaming Nazi Collaborators

Source: Joe Humphrey

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The Secrets Behind Mona Lisa’s Smile

It would be easy to blame author Dan Brown and his blockbuster book and subsequent movie, “The Da Vinci Code”, for renewed public interest in the mysteries surrounding the world’s most famous portrait. The novel imagines all sorts of keys in the artist’s work that unlock mysteries of the ages. But even before Brown published his fictional tome, Mona Lisa has been an object of scrutiny for 500 years as scholars have tried to find answers to questions raised by the masterpiece.

Mona Lisa Full Portrait

Source: Wikimedia

Researchers are currently lifting and testing bone sets from an Italian convent in hopes of identifying the remains of Lisa Gherardini, whom many believe to be the portrait’s subject. Those involved with the project to exhume her remains and use the skull to reconstruct her face say it will prove with more certainty that Mona Lisa is who they think she is, the wife of a Florentine silk merchant. DNA results may be completed as early as June.

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Women Of Hell’s Angels, 1965

Old Ladies Hells Angels 1965

Source: Time

The United States has had a rebellious streak from its inception, and its mid 20th century incarnation–Hell’s Angels—proves no exception. Photographer Bill Ray and writer Joe Bride described the leathered outlaws as a new breed of rebel that “absolutely despised everything that most Americans value and strive for. They rode their bikes, hung out in bars for days at a time, fought with anyone that messed with them. It was extraordinary to be around.”

And yet even within this rebellious sect, gender divisions bore a strong resemblance to more mainstream society. Of particular interest to the LIFE duo was the role that women played within the club. Women would come and go, and many of them were as young as teenagers. During Hell’s meetings, they would wait patiently in another room, not allowed to take part in the discussion.