8 Famous Photos From History
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8 Famous Photos From History

A picture is worth a thousand words.

8 Famous Photos From History
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"V-J Day in Times Square" (aka The Sailor and the Nurse Kiss) was photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt. The picture was taken on August 14, 1945. It was the celebration of Japan's surrender during WWII. There's definitely no better way to celebrate!


Albert Einstein was known for his intelligence, but people often forget his sense of humor. This photograph captures Einstein's humor after a long day of smiling for pictures. He decided to do a new pose for photographer Arthur Sasse.


"Flower Power" was photographed by Bernie Boston on October 21, 1967. The power photo captures Vietnam War protesters placing flowers in the barrels of rifles. The photograph gives off a calm vibe despite the intensity of the moment.


This photograph was taken moments before the assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. The moment this photograph was taken, Lee Harvey Oswald was waiting for the presidential motorcade to pass the Texas School Book Depository building. He would then fire 3 shots from the sixth floor, killing the 35th President of the United States.


"Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima" was photographed by Joe Rosenthal. The photograph shows marines raising an American flag on top of Mount Suribachi. The flag was placed there during the Battle of Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945.


Taking a break from some intense photos from history brings us to this iconic photo of Marilyn Monroe. This photograph was taken by Sam Shaw in 1951 when the actress was filming "The Seven Year Itch." This photograph has led to countless recreations by photographers and models. Monroe is definitely still a fashion icon in today's world.


"Lunch Atop A Skyscraper" was photographed by Charles C. Ebbets during the Great Depression. Men took any work they could get, and this included the dangerous work of building a skyscraper in New York City. In 1932 this just looked like some men doing their job, but today it is a powerful photo showing the risks people took to keep food on the table during the Great Depression.


This photograph shows the moment an atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. This photograph is actually taken from a video clip, but it is still one of the most famous photos in history. Over 130,000 people died from the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The atomic bombings remain the only nuclear weapons used during warfare to this day.

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