Everyone’s life can change in a matter of seconds and these photos definitely prove it. Here are 24 unreal pictures taken just before some of the most tragic moments in history.

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November 22, 1963, was a tragic day in American history. President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed by an assassin, as he and First Lady Jacqueline were heading through Dallas, Texas. This is the final photo taken of JFK while he was still alive.


This is one of the most chilling photos you’ll ever see. While taking a photo of his wife, daughter and mother, Filipino politician Renaldo Dagsa also photographed his own assassin who was aiming at him with a pistol as Renaldo was snapping a photo. This picture proved to be an important piece of evidence in the murder trial.

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This photo was taken just before Ki-Suk Han, 58-year-old father and husband, was pushed in front of an oncoming subway train in New York City. Although his face isn’t shown, you can see that the poor man knows very well that these were his last seconds on this planet.

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A loving father took this photo of his family as they headed towards Kuala Lumpur for a vacation. What they didn’t know is that their Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 plane was about to crash over Ukraine. The plane was reportedly shot down by pro-Russian separatists using a Buk system and all 283 passengers and 15 crew members unfortunately died in the crash.


This is the last photo taken of the famous ill-fated British passenger liner. As you might know, Titanic sank in the North Atlantic ocean on April 15, 1912.


This eerie photo of the World Trade Center was taken during a dramatic storm, just a day before the 9/11 Attacks. Even during stone-cold rain and strong winds, the towers stood tall in their final hours.

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On January 7, 2012, a hot air balloon hit a high voltage power line and crashed just north of Carterton, a town in New Zealand. A total of 10 passengers and 1 pilot died in this tragic accident.


Back in 1986, NASA’s Space Shuttle Challenger desintegrated 73 seconds into its tenth mission, killing all 7 crew members and destroying all cargo including TDRS-B, a communications satellite that was supposed to be deployed into orbit by the shuttle.

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Pictured above is legendary member of the Beatles, John Lennon, as he was signing autographs for fans in front of his condo in New York City. Next to him is Mark David Chapman, a person who shot and killed John just a couple of moments after this photo was taken.


This is the last photo ever of Pacific South Airlines Flight 182. The ill-fated airplane collided with another aircraft over San Diego back in 1978. All 137 passengers were killed, along with 7 civilians on the ground. The impact destroyed 22 houses as well.


This is the last photo taken of the Hollywood heartthrob James Dean. Just hours later the legendary actor had a fatal crash in his Porsche 550 Spyder pictured above.

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These two beautiful young ladies were on the way to Collette’s (girl on the left) bachelorette party when they decided to take this selfie. Just a couple of moments later, they had a head-on collision with another car, and unfortunately, Collette suffered fatal injuries.

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After helping out an injured man, this brave NYPD officer rushed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center, shortly after the 9/11 Attacks. She tried to find and evacuate more victims, but then the building collapsed. Moira Smith was the only female officer who was killed in the 9/11 Attacks.


This is a photo of Concorde Flight 4590, which caught fire during takeoff. All passengers and crew members died when the plane crashed into a nearby hotel, and four people were killed on the ground. This was the only fatal Concorde accident during 27 years they were operational.

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On April 20, 1999, two high school students from Columbine, Colorado entered the school premises with guns and pipe bombs, which they used to murder 12 students and one teacher, injuring many others in the process. Pictured above is William Sanders, a teacher who saved hundreds of students by running to the cafeteria and letting everyone know a shooting was happening.

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A Boeing 707 that carried the entire US figure skating team, which was en route to the 1961 World Figure Skating Championship in Prague, unfortunately crashed and killed every single member of the team along with the airplane crew. This was an incredible loss for the United States.


Pictured above is the Fast and Furious actor Paul Walker getting into the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT. Paul and his friend who was actually driving the car, crashed minutes later, and Walker ended up dying in the collision.


People are willing to do everything for the perfect photo these days, including risking their lives. Xenia Ignatyeva, a 17-year-old girl from Russia, climbed to the top of a bridge just to snap this amazing photo, but she quickly lost her balance and fell to her death.

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After a long hiatus, 1980’s rock group Great White decided to do a reunion show at a nightclub called The Station in West Warwick, Rhode Island. Unfortunately, the venue caught fire and burned completely to the ground. Over 100 people died that night!

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Jenni Rivera, a popular singer from Mexico, and her entourage of six took this photo in December of 2012, just moments before taking off on a private jet, which unfortunately crash shortly after.

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Back in 1937, German airship called Hindenburg caught on fire and crashed over New Jersey, killing 36 people in the process. This photo was taken right before the airship took off.

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This photo of the legendary rapper Notorious B.I.G. was taken just before he was shot four times in Los Angles, California. The New York rapper died an hour after he was admitted to the hospital.


Back in 2014, 24 engineering students and their tour guide drowned in Thalout area of Mani district in India, because of a sudden surge of river water released upstream from Larji hydro electric project.

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Back in 1943, William Becker, the mayor of St Louis, decided to participate in a demonstration of a new aircraft, along with some of his colleagues. Moments after it took off, the aircraft’s right wing broke off and all ten passengers were killed. This photo of the group was taken just before the takeoff.