Lt. Victor Jorgensen / US Navy photograph, National Archives
V-J Day in Times Square
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.
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Martin Luther King Jr.’s Speech
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.
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Muhammad Ali vs. Sonny Liston
Muhammad Ali knocked out Sonny Liston in the first round during the World Heavyweight Title fight at St. Dominic’s Arena on May 25, 1965. This iconic picture captured the win perfectly with Ali standing victorious over his opponent.
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Clicked in October 1967, this photo shows a young protestor placing carnations into the barrel of the rifle held by the National Guardsman during a protest against the Vietnam War at the National Mall in Washington D.C.
Black Power Salute
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.
Taken in 1968 by astronaut William Anders, this iconic photograph captured Earth rising over the moon during the Apollo 8 mission.
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Burst of Joy
This is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph clicked by photographer Slava “Sal” Veder. The photograph captures the happy reunion between a U.S. POW from Vietnam and his family.
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Miracle on Ice
This joyous photograph captured the United States’ national hockey team’s victory over the heavily-favored Soviet Union’s team at the 1980 Winter Olympics. Sports Illustrated termed the pictures of this iconic win as “Miracle on Ice.”
We, Earthlings, witness sunsets with a beautiful orangish hue; however, Mars, our neighboring red planet, has blue sunsets! This photo was taken by NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Spirit on May 19, 2005.
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
The Pride Colors on the White House
The White House was lit up with the colors of the rainbow on June 27, 2015, to commemorate the Supreme Court’s ruling that legalized same-sex marriage.
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Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima
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.
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The First Flight
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.
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Women’s March on Washington, 2017
Millions around the globe gathered in Washington D.C. to stand in support of women’s rights in 2017. It was the largest single-day protest in the history of the country.
First Transcontinental Railroad Project
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.
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The First Selfie
Robert Cornelius, an amateur chemist and photography enthusiast from Philadelphia, set up his camera in the back of his family’s store and took the first-ever “selfie” in 1839.
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The First Presidential Portrait
Although the first-ever president to be photographed was John Quincy Adams, the 6th president, the portrait of James K. Polk, the 11th president, was the first portrait to be put up in the presidential office in 1849.
The First 3D Glasses
In this picture, audiences can be seen sporting the first-ever 3D glasses during the opening-night screening of Bwana Devil—the first full-length color 3D movie, at the Paramount Theater in 1952.
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The First McDonald’s
Ray Kroc’s first McDonald’s restaurant opened in 1955 in Des Plaines, Illinois. Back then, McDonald’s used to sell hamburgers for just 15 cents.
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Lunch Atop a Skyscraper
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.
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The Arrest of Rosa Parks
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.
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Lyndon B. Johnson Sworn in as President
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.
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War is Hell
The photo was taken by German photographer, Horst Faas on June 18, 1965, during the Vietnam War. The headband message citing “War is Hell” on a soldier’s helmet had a deep impact on many young American soldiers.
Woodstock – 1969
Woodstock was a music festival held in August 1969 in Bethel, New York. The organizers expected around 10,000 attendees, but an estimated 400,000 people attended the festival. This iconic picture captured the multitude that came together for the three-day festival.
Neil Armstrong after the First Moonwalk
This photo of a teary-eyed Neil Armstrong was taken a few moments after he returned from his first walk on the moon. This emotional moment was captured by his fellow astronaut, Buzz Aldrin.
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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.
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The Funeral of John Lennon
On December 8, 1980, John Lennon was assassinated outside his Dakota residence. John Lennon’s wife Yoko Ono decided to keep an open casket and observe a vigil on account of his untimely passing.
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The Hindenburg Disaster
In this 1937 photo, the German passenger airship LZ 129 Hindenburg can be seen exploding midair in Lakehurst, NJ. The disaster marked the end of the era of passenger airships.
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The Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
Jesse Jackson, Ralph Aberanthy, and Andrew Young can be seen standing on the balcony pointing in the direction of the assailant just after bullets struck Martin Luther King Jr. who had then collapsed to the ground.
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Raising the Flag at Ground Zero
It has almost been 18 years since the tragic attack on The World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Three firefighters can be seen raising the flag over Ground Zero while they were digging through the rubble for survivors.
Yellowstone National Park
Hayden Geological Survey of 1871
In 1871, geologist Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden explored the region of southwestern Wyoming which is now known as Yellowstone National Park.
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The First Professional Baseball Team – 1869
Led by Hall of Famer, Harry Wright, the Cincinnati Red Stockings was the first professional baseball team of the country.
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Construction Worker on the Empire State Building
This photo of a middle-aged man working on the framework of the Empire State Building in 1930 is yet another depiction of the Great Depression.
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Major League Baseball
On October 1, 1903, the Boston Americans (now known as the Red Sox) of the American League won against the National League champions Pittsburgh Pirates in a best-of-nine series in the first World Series game.