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  • Three-Quarters Of The World's First Feature-Length Film Got Blacklisted From History on Random Important Historical Artifacts That Are Still Missing

    (#12) Three-Quarters Of The World's First Feature-Length Film Got Blacklisted From History

    There is a robust list of missing films from cinematic history, but arguably the most historically significant item was The Story of the Kelly Gang­, a 1906 silent motion picture widely recognized as the world's first ever feature-length narrative film.

    The Australian movie told the story of Ned Kelly and his mischievous crew, and it was a smash success despite its apparent runtime being over an hour long. Unfortunately, all records of the film became lost by the mid-1900s. In the decades since its disappearance, some fragments of the film have emerged, which adds up to about 25% of the entire movie; these parts are available for public viewing. The rest of the film remains lost.

  • The 'Peking Man' Specimen Has Vanished on Random Important Historical Artifacts That Are Still Missing

    (#9) The 'Peking Man' Specimen Has Vanished

    In piecing together humanity's evolutionary history, the "Peking Man" specimen - identified in 1927 as a prime example of Homo erectus - was one of the most important clues. Uncovered near Beijing, China, the specimen gained worldwide notoriety when researchers definitively declared it an ancestor of modern humans. However, the Peking Man became lost during WWII.

    With an impending Japanese invasion, Chinese scholars attempted to export the specimen out of China, but no record exists of where it went thereafter.

  • NASA Accidentally Got Rid Of The Controllers That Steered 'Apollo 11' on Random Important Historical Artifacts That Are Still Missing

    (#14) NASA Accidentally Got Rid Of The Controllers That Steered 'Apollo 11'

    The Apollo 11 mission that landed Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon is among the most important endeavors in human history. Unfortunately, someone at NASA erroneously ordered three command-module hand controllers used to steer the Apollo 11 to be thrown out. The employee tasked with the controllers' disposal chose to sell them to an anonymous buyer instead.

    Thus, the whereabouts of the controllers are still a mystery to this day.

  • A Camera Could Reveal If George Mallory And Andrew Irvine Made It To The Top Of Everest, But It's Never Been Found on Random Important Historical Artifacts That Are Still Missing

    (#11) A Camera Could Reveal If George Mallory And Andrew Irvine Made It To The Top Of Everest, But It's Never Been Found

    In 1924, George Mallory and Andrew Irvine made an ill-fated attempt to become the first explorers to reach the top of Mount Everest. Mallory's remains were recovered in 1999, but Irvine's is still missing. As a result, nobody is sure whether or not the men ever reached the peak.

    According to Howard Somervell, a member of Mallory's climbing team, Mallory borrowed his camera before he and Irvine departed on their final journey. Somervell's camera never turned up afterward. Some believe if the camera were found and its images got developed, this could prove once and for all if Mallory and Irvine were the first to master Everest.

  • Blackbeard's Treasure May Still Be Out There on Random Important Historical Artifacts That Are Still Missing

    (#2) Blackbeard's Treasure May Still Be Out There

    Edward Teach, AKA Blackbeard, may have tight competition for the title of most famous pirate, but when it comes to pirate lore, his missing treasure is the most well-known piece of lost history. In 1718, Blackbeard and Queen Anne's Revenge supposedly ran aground on a sandbar in North Carolina; no one has ever found the enormous trove of treasure that the ship reportedly carried.

    Since this incident neither rendered the ship unusable - and experts argue if this ship is indeed Queen Anne's Revenge - nor significantly impacted the people aboard it, the crew would have had more than enough time to unload and conceal their haul. As of 2018, there is no definitive find of Blackbeard's purported treasure.

  • The Sarcophagus From The Smallest Pyramid Of Giza Sank Into Obscurity on Random Important Historical Artifacts That Are Still Missing

    (#6) The Sarcophagus From The Smallest Pyramid Of Giza Sank Into Obscurity

    The smallest of the Great Pyramids of Giza houses the tomb of Pharaoh Menkaure - far from a household name to most, but he is perhaps one of the most celebrated figures by Egyptophiles. Over the centuries, tomb raiders took most of the statues, artifacts, and treasure buried with Menkaure, including his mummy.

    When British soldier Richard Vyse discovered Menkaure's sarcophagus in 1837 - with a fake replacement mummy inside - he tried to have it shipped back to London before it, too, went missing. Unfortunately, the ship carrying it sank on the journey - no one has found the sarcophagus after this incident.

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