<p>The first flight. The discovery of Machu Picchu. The release of the Beatles' <i>Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band</i>. Revisit these events—and other defining moments of the last 150 years—with images from <i>100 Days in Photographs</i>, a new book from National Geographic and Getty Images.</p> <p>Above: It speaks volumes for the rapid rise of photography that a camera was present at Kitty Hawk on the historic day in 1903 when Orville and Wilbur Wright's <i>Flyer I</i> first took to the sky. The honor of pressing the shutter button actually went to John T. Daniels, who'd come from the nearby Coast Guard station to observe the endeavors of what he termed "a pair of poor nuts." The famous first flight, seen here, spanned 120 feet (37 meters) and lasted 12 seconds.</p> <p><a href="https://shop.nationalgeographic.com/product/top-10-national-geographic-staff-picks---books/100-days-in-photographs;jsessionid=rgUgOF9cZN1IcEVJzSSOBsjLIimmKG7EOb5eUNlWXDr1q8KFCckF!195678284">Learn more and buy the book: <i>100 Days in Photographs: Pivotal Events That Changed The World</i>.</a></p>

Wright Brothers Flight, 1903

The first flight. The discovery of Machu Picchu. The release of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Revisit these events—and other defining moments of the last 150 years—with images from 100 Days in Photographs, a new book from National Geographic and Getty Images.

Above: It speaks volumes for the rapid rise of photography that a camera was present at Kitty Hawk on the historic day in 1903 when Orville and Wilbur Wright's Flyer I first took to the sky. The honor of pressing the shutter button actually went to John T. Daniels, who'd come from the nearby Coast Guard station to observe the endeavors of what he termed "a pair of poor nuts." The famous first flight, seen here, spanned 120 feet (37 meters) and lasted 12 seconds.

Learn more and buy the book: 100 Days in Photographs: Pivotal Events That Changed The World.

Photograph by John T. Daniels

100 Days in Photographs

100 Days in Photographs pictures, photos, photo gallery, picture gallery, from National Geographic.

Read This Next

The world’s newest whale is already endangered
Sanibel Island was a paradise. Then Hurricane Ian struck.
Capturing the art and science of NASA’s origami starshade

Go Further

Subscriber Exclusive Content

Why are people so dang obsessed with Mars?

How viruses shape our world

The era of greyhound racing in the U.S. is coming to an end

See how people have imagined life on Mars through history

See how NASA’s new Mars rover will explore the red planet

Why are people so dang obsessed with Mars?

How viruses shape our world

The era of greyhound racing in the U.S. is coming to an end

See how people have imagined life on Mars through history

See how NASA’s new Mars rover will explore the red planet

Why are people so dang obsessed with Mars?

How viruses shape our world

The era of greyhound racing in the U.S. is coming to an end

See how people have imagined life on Mars through history

See how NASA’s new Mars rover will explore the red planet