The Gettysburg Address, written by Abraham Lincoln in less than an hour. The speech took less than five minutes to deliver, and the photographer on the scene didn't capture photos because his camera wasn't ready, as he was expecting Lincoln to talk for at least an hour. Reading the text still gives me goosebumps
This is one of only two confirmed pictures of Abraham Lincoln at the Gettysburg Address, one of the most famous events in American history. Lincoln is in the center of the picture, hat off, and the tall man to his right wearing a top hat is his bodyguard. The Gettysburg Address, in 1863, saw Lincoln speak of the Civil War struggle leading to a "new birth of freedom" that would bring true equality to all of its citizens.
Daniel Day-Lewis viewing the Gettysburg Address, in the Lincoln Bedroom at the White House. Day-Lewis, of course, plays Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's movie "Lincoln". Photo by The White House, via Flickr