This famous photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt captured the emotions of sheer joy and happiness of Victory over Japan Day on August 14, 1945. In this image, an elated American sailor can be seen kissing a nurse in Times Square where people had gathered to celebrate the end of the Second World War.
This iconic picture was taken when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was delivering his famous “I Have a Dream” speech on August 28, 1963, during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The speech was delivered in front of around 250,000 civil rights supporters.
American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos protested against racism by raising a black-gloved fist during the playing of the American national anthem at the 1968 Olympics games held in Mexico City. This image by John Dominis was quickly considered as an iconic emblem for the turbulent 60s.
During the Second World War, the Americans needed Iwo Jima, a small volcanic island around 760 miles south of Tokyo, as an air base; however, the Japanese resisted. This resulted in a month of fighting that claimed the lives of around 6,800 Americans and 21,000 Japanese. On the fifth day of this battle, the Marines managed to capture Mount Suribachi. This Pulitzer Prize-winning image, taken by Joe Rosenthal, managed to capture the iconic moment in history as five Marines and a Navy corpsman prepared to hoist the American flag atop the mountain.
On December 17, 1903, the Wright Brothers succeeded in carrying out the first sustained flight. The first flight test took place in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. During the test on December 17, Wilbur Wright managed to fly their plane for 852 feet over the sand in 59 seconds.
This photo was taken in Promontory Summit, Utah on the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad project. This iconic image was captured after the final spike, also known as the golden spike, was laid by Leland Stanford in order to connect the Central Pacific Railroad and the Union Pacific Railroad on May 10, 1869.
In this amazing picture, 11 men can be seen sitting casually, having lunch, and chatting on a steel girder of a skyscraper without any safety harnesses, 840 feet above the streets of Manhattan! The photo symbolized the ambition and resilience of Americans during the Great Depression.
Rosa Parks, a seamstress, was arrested for violating the segregation laws on December 1, 1955. She refused to give up her seat to a white passenger while on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. This nonviolent resistance sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott which was under the leadership of Martin Luther King Jr.
This photograph, by Cecil Stoughton, captured the moment when Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as the U.S. president by Federal judge, Sarah T. Hughes aboard the Air Force One plane an hour and a half after JFK’s assassination on November 22, 1963. He is flanked by his wife, Lady Bird Johnson and JFK’s widow, Jacqueline Kennedy.
The photo was taken on July 4, 1939, when Lou Gehrig, the Iron Horse of baseball, stepped in a packed Yankee Stadium and delivered one of the most memorable speeches. He suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a neurological disorder, which now also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, after the famous baseman.