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Monday, January 4, 2016

POWERFUL PICTURES










The Most Powerful Pictures In American History


Since its invention, photography has provided a window into the events 
that have changed the course of our nation. Here are the images that have 
shocked, inspired, and moved us as a country. (Courtesy BuzzFeed)

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July 1863 — Battlefield at Gettysburg

























April 1906 — Destruction after the San Francisco earthquake
April 1906 — Destruction after the San Francisco earthquake
Public Domain / Via AP
In this 1906 photo, the severe damage of an earthquake in San Francisco is shown throughout the city. 
The earthquake spurred a devastating firestorm that claimed the lives of about 3,000 people and destroyed 
about 80% of San Francisco.

Nov. 19, 1863 — Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address

Nov. 19, 1863 — Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address
Matthew Brady &Company / Keya Morgan Collection, LincolnImages
In this 1863 picture, crowds gather around President Abraham Lincoln in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 
as he prepares to deliver his famous Gettysburg Address.

1870 — Bison skulls used as fertilizer

1870 — Bison skulls used as fertilizer
Public Domain
In the 19th century, American bison were hunted to near extinction. Entrepreneurs and hunters 
killed the animals for their prized skins and left their bodies behind to decay. In this picture, 
a poacher is seen standing on a pile of around 100,000 bison skulls.

Dec. 17, 1903 — Flight at Kitty Hawk

Dec. 17, 1903 — Flight at Kitty Hawk
John T. Daniels / AP
In this 1903 picture taken in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Orville Wright is seen manning the controls 
on the lower wing, piloting the Wright Flyer on the first powered flight ever. In the
 moments before the plane was airborne, his brother, Wilbur Wright, 
on the ground, guided and steadied the plane as it accelerated along the starting rail at left.

March 1936 — “Migrant Mother”

March 1936 — "Migrant Mother"
Dorothea Lange / Public Domain
In March 1936, during the height of the Great Depression, photographer Dorothea Lange 
came across a camp of 2,500 destitute campers and snapped this photo. 
Known as “Migrant Mother,” the photo came to define America’s Great Depression era.

May 6, 1937 — Hindenburg disaster

May 6, 1937 — Hindenburg disaster
Sam Shere / Getty Images
In this 1937 photo, the passenger-carrying airship Hindenburg is seen 
at the moment of exploding midair in Lakehurst, New Jersey. 
The disaster claimed the lives of 36 and marked the end of the era of 
passenger-carrying airships.

June 6, 1944 — Allies invade Normandy

June 6, 1944 — Allies invade Normandy
Public Domain / Via en.wikipedia.org
Taken on the morning of June 6, 1944, a military vehicle called an LCVP 
disembarks troops of Company E, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division (the Big 
Red One) onto Omaha Beach in Normandy, France. This remarkable act of 
heroism sought to liberate France from Hitler’s grasp and end World War II in 
Europe. During the initial landing, two-thirds of Company E became casualties.

Feb. 23, 1945 — Raising the American flag on Iwo Jima

Feb. 23, 1945 — Raising the American flag on Iwo Jima
Joe Rosenthal / AP
Taken on the island of Iwo Jima, Japan, U.S. Marines and a United States 
Navy hospital corpsman, raise a U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi. 
These men fought alongside more than 70,000 Marines, sailors, and 
airmen on Iwo Jima, a tiny eight-square-mile speck of volcanic rock and sand 
midway between Guam and Tokyo, during the closing months of World War II. 
Three of the Marines depicted in this picture were killed in the following days.

August 1945 — The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

August 1945 — The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Public Domain
In these photos taken from U.S. military aircraft, atomic mushroom clouds are 
seen rising over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as the atom 
bombs leveled everything to the ground. The picture on the left is of Hiroshima, bombed on Aug. 6, 1945, 
while the picture on the right shows the Nagasaki bombing on Aug. 9, 1945. 
The bombs killed nearly 160,000 people in Hiroshima and another 75,000 
in Nagasaki.

1945 — V-J Day in Times Square

1945 — V-J Day in Times Square
Alfred Eisenstaedt/The LIFE Picture Collection / Getty Images
An American sailor passionately kisses a nurse as thousands jam into 
Times Square to celebrate the long-awaited victory over Japan in World War II.

1955 — Rosa Parks mugshot

1955 — Rosa Parks mugshot
Universal History Archive / Getty Images
In this 1955 picture, Rosa Parks is seen in her Montgomery county mugshot 
after being arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a public bus to a white passenger. 
The actions of Rosa Parks and the subsequent Montgomery Bus Boycott 
became important symbols of the Civil Rights Movement during the 
mid-20th century.

1957 — Little Rock Nine

1957 — Little Rock Nine
Will Counts Collection / Indiana University Archives
In this 1957 picture, Elizabeth Eckford of what became known as “The Little 
Rock Nine” is seen being followed and threatened by an angry white mob on 
her way to class, as one of the first African-American students to ever attend 
classes at Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Aug. 28, 1963 — Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech

Aug. 28, 1963 — Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech
Afp / AFP / Getty Images
U.S. civil rights leader Martin Luther King waves to supporters from the 
steps of the Lincoln Memorial moments after delivering his iconic “I Have 
a Dream” speech on Aug. 28, 1963, during the March on Washington.

Nov. 22, 1963 — Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

Nov. 22, 1963 — Assassination of President John F. Kennedy
James W. Ike Altgens / AP
President John F. Kennedy slumps down in the backseat of his presidential limousine in Dallas after 
being fatally shot by a sniper. First lady Jacqueline Kennedy leans over the 
president as Secret Service agent Clint Hill pushes her back to her seat. “She’s going to go flying 
off the back of the car,” Hill thought as he tried to secure the first lady.

Nov. 22, 1963 — Lyndon B. Johnson is sworn in as president of the United States

Nov. 22, 1963 — Lyndon B. Johnson is sworn in as president of the United States
National Archives / Getty Images
Lyndon B. Johnson takes the oath of office as president of the United States, 
shortly after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas. Jackie Kennedy stands 
to Johnson’s left as he is sworn in.

Nov. 25, 1963 — Burial of John F. Kennedy

Nov. 25, 1963 — Burial of John F. Kennedy
AP Photo
In this picture taken on Nov. 25, 1963, 3-year-old John F. Kennedy Jr. 
salutes his father’s casket in Washington, three days after the president 
was assassinated.

May 25, 1965 — Muhammad Ali vs. Sonny Liston

May 25, 1965 — Muhammad Ali vs. Sonny Liston
John Rooney / AP
Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali stands over fallen challenger Sonny 
Liston, shortly after dropping Liston with a short hard right to the jaw. The 
bout lasted only one minute into the first round.

June 1965 — “War Is Hell”

June 1965 — "War Is Hell"
Horst Faas / AP
An unidentified U.S. Army soldier wears a hand-lettered “War Is Hell” slogan 
on his helmet, a phrase that became popular during the Vietnam War.

June 6, 1966 — James Meredith and his March Against Fear

June 6, 1966 — James Meredith and his March Against Fear
Jack Thronell / AP
Civil rights activist James Meredith grimaces in pain as he pulls himself 
across Highway 51 after being shot in Hernando, Mississippi, on June 6, 
1966. Meredith, who defied segregation to enroll at the University of 
Mississippi in 1962, completed his protest march from Memphis, Tennessee, 
to Jackson, Mississippi, after receiving treatment for his wounds.

Oct. 26, 1967 — “Flower Power”

Oct. 26, 1967 — "Flower Power"
The Washington Post / Getty Images
Antiwar demonstrators tried “flower power” on MPs blocking the Pentagon 
in Arlington, Virginia, on Oct. 26, 1967.

April 4, 1968 — Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

April 4, 1968 — Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
Joseph Louw / The LIFE Images Collection / Getty
Ralph Abernathy, Jesse Jackson, and others stand on the balcony of the 
Lorraine Motel and point in the direction of gunshots that killed American 
civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis.

Oct. 16, 1968 — “Black Power” salute

Oct. 16, 1968 — "Black Power" salute
AP Photo
Extending gloved hands skyward in racial protest, U.S. athletes Tommie Smith 
and John Carlos stare downward during the playing of “The Star-Spangled 
Banner” after Smith received the gold and Carlos the bronze for the 200-meter 
run at the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City.

June 6, 1968 — Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy

June 6, 1968 — Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy
Boris Yaro / Via moma.org
Robert F. Kennedy is comforted by Juan Romero, a busboy at the Ambassador 
Hotel, after being shot three times by a gunman. He died in the hospital a day 
later from his wounds. The killer’s motive for the murder appears to have been 
in retaliation of Kennedy’s support of Israel.

Dec. 24, 1968 — “Earthrise”

Dec. 24, 1968 — "Earthrise"
NASA / Bill Anders
Taken by Apollo 8 crew member Bill Anders while in orbit around the moon, this picture shows Earth 
rising above the lunar horizon.

July 20, 1969 — Astronaut Neil Armstrong

July 20, 1969 — Astronaut Neil Armstrong
NASA / Project Apollo Archive
Taken moments after Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon during the Apollo 11 flight, 
the astronaut is seen on verge of tears by what he had just experienced: He was the first 
human being to ever set foot on the lunar surface.

March 17, 1973 — “Burst of Joy”

March 17, 1973 — "Burst of Joy"
Sal Veder / AP
In this Pulitzer Prize–winning picture, released prisoner of war Lt. Col. Robert L. Stirm is greeted 
by his family at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California, as he returns home from the 
Vietnam War.

July 22, 1975 — “Fire on Marlborough Street”

July 22, 1975 — "Fire on Marlborough Street"
This harrowing picture was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1976 for spot 
news photography and depicts two people, 19-year-old Diana Bryant and her 2-year-old 
goddaughter, Tiare Jones, falling from the collapsed fire escape of a burning apartment 
in Boston. Bryant died as a result of injuries sustained during the fall, but the young child lived.

Dec. 8, 1980 — John Lennon’s murder in New York City

Dec. 8, 1980 — John Lennon's murder in New York City
Luiz Alberto/Keystone / Getty Images
On Dec. 8, 1980, John Lennon was murdered by Mark David Chapman outside of his Upper West Side 
home. He was 40 years old. In Central Park, scores of people gathered to mourn the death of the 
music and cultural legend.

Feb. 22, 1980 — “Miracle on Ice”

Feb. 22, 1980 — "Miracle on Ice"
Heinz Kluetmeier / Getty Images
In this hockey game of historic proportions, the United States national team,
made up of of only amateurs and collegiate players, defeated the Soviet 
Union national team, which had previously won six gold medals in seven 
previous Olympic games.

March 30, 1981 — Assassination attempt on President Reagan

March 30, 1981 — Assassination attempt on President Reagan
Ron Edmonds / AP
Secret Service agent Timothy J. McCarthy, Washington police officer 
Thomas K. Delahanty, and presidential press secretary James Brady lie 
wounded on the street after shots were fired at President Reagan on 
March 30, 1981. McCarthy threw himself into the line of fire after gunman 
John Hinckley Jr. had fired six shots from a crowd.

Jan. 28, 1986 — Space Shuttle Challenger disaster

Jan. 28, 1986 — Space Shuttle Challenger disaster
Bruce Weaver / AP
The Space Shuttle Challenger explodes shortly after lifting off from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, 
on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 1986. All seven crew members died in the explosion, which was blamed 
on faulty O-rings in the shuttle’s booster rockets.

Fall 1992 — Bill Clinton runs for president

Fall 1992 — Bill Clinton runs for president
Stephan Savoia / AP
Hillary Rodham Clinton sits on the lap of her husband, then Democratic presidential candidate Bill 
Clinton, as she jokes with vice presidential candidate Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, during 
a brief rest on their bus in Durham, North Carolina.

June 1995 — O.J. Simpson trials

June 1995 — O.J. Simpson trials
Vince Bucci / AFP / Getty Images
Former professional football player and actor O.J. Simpson tries on a new pair of Aris extra-large 
gloves that prosecutors had him put on during his double-murder trial in Los Angeles, California.

April 2000 — The Elián González affair

April 2000 — The Elián González affair
Alan Diaz / AP
After traveling with his mother and 12 others in a small aluminum boat, Elián González left 
Cuba in search of asylum in America. After his mother and 10 others drowned during the journey, 
he was rescued by fishermen and brought back to Florida. In this picture, armed federal 
agents seized González from the home of his Miami relatives as the U.S. Supreme Court 
declined to hear the case. He was returned to Cuba in June 2000.

Sept. 11, 2001 — President Bush is notified of the terror attacks

Sept. 11, 2001 — President Bush is notified of the terror attacks
Doug Mills / AP
President Bush’s Chief of Staff Andy Card whispers into the ear of the president to give him 
word of the plane crashes into the World Trade Center, during a visit to the Emma E. Booker 
Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida.

Sept. 11, 2001 — Attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City

Sept. 11, 2001 — Attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City
Spencer Platt / Getty Images
United Airlines Flight 175 from Boston crashes into the south tower of the 
World Trade Center and explodes at 9:03 a.m. in New York City. The crash of 
two airliners hijacked by terrorists loyal to al-Qaeda leader Osama bin 
Laden and subsequent collapse of the twin towers killed some 2,800 
people that day.

Sept. 11, 2001 — Workers carry FDNY chaplain Mychal Judge

Sept. 11, 2001 — Workers carry FDNY chaplain Mychal Judge
Shannon Stapleton / Reuters
In this picture, rescue workers carry fatally injured New York City Fire Department Chaplain 
Mychal Judge from one of the World Trade Center towers. That morning, Judge rushed to 
the site to pray over the dead and wounded in the streets. When the south tower collapsed, 
Father Judge was killed after being struck in the head by falling debris. According to Judge’s 
biographer, at the time of his death he was praying aloud, “Jesus, please end this right now! 
God, please end this!”

September 11, 2001 — Raising the Flag at Ground Zero

September 11, 2001 — Raising the Flag at Ground Zero
2001 The Record (bergen Co. Nj) / Getty Images
Firefighters raise a U.S. flag at the site of the World Trade Center on 
September 11, 2001, as a sign of patriotism and perseverance in the 
face of evil.

Sept. 11, 2001 — “Dust Lady”

Sept. 11, 2001 — "Dust Lady"
Stan Honda / AFP / Getty Images
Marcy Borders is seen covered entirely in yellow dust as she takes 
refuge in an office building after one of the World Trade Center towers 
collapsed in New York. Borders was caught outside on the street as 
the cloud of smoke and dust enveloped the area. She died in August 
2015, a year after being diagnosed with stomach cancer.

April 9, 2003 — Fall of Saddam Hussein

April 9, 2003 — Fall of Saddam Hussein
Goran Tomasevic / Reuters
U.S. Marine Kirk Dalrymple watches as a statue of Iraq’s President Saddam Hussein falls in central 
Baghdad. U.S. troops pulled down the 20-foot high statue as Iraqis danced on it in contempt for 
the man who ruled them with an iron grip for 24 years.

Sept. 4, 2005 — Hurricane Katrina

Sept. 4, 2005 — Hurricane Katrina
Robert Galbraith / Reuters
A man clings to the top of a vehicle before being rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard from the 
flooded streets of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Sept. 11, 2007 — Returning home from war

Sept. 11, 2007 — Returning home from war
Louie Favorite / AP
Maj. Terri Gurrola, U.S. Army, PA-C, weeps with emotion as she greets her 
daughter Gabrielle Gurrola at the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International 
Airport in Atlanta after returning from a seven-month tour in Iraq.

May 19, 2005 — Sunset on Mars

May 19, 2005 — Sunset on Mars
The Mars rover Spirit made this remarkable picture in 2005 from the Martian surface, revealing the 
sun dipping slowly below the distant lip of Gusev Crater.

May 1, 2011 — Situation Room

May 1, 2011 — Situation Room
Public Domain / Via White House
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with members of the national security 
team in one of the conference rooms of the White House Situation Room, receive an update on 
Operation Neptune’s Spear, a mission to kill terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. Note: A classified 
document in front of Hillary Clinton has been obscured by the White House.

Dec. 14, 2012 — Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting

Dec. 14, 2012 — Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting
AP / Via Newtown Bee
In this photo provided by the Newtown Bee, Connecticut State Police lead a line of children from the 
Sandy Hook Elementary School to safety after a gunman fatally shot 20 children and 6 adult 
staff members.

April 15, 2013 — Boston Marathon bombing

April 15, 2013 — Boston Marathon bombing
Boston Globe / Getty Images
Police officers with their guns drawn react to the second explosion down the street. The first 
explosion knocked down 78-year-old marathon runner Bill Iffrig at the finish line of the 117th 
Boston Marathon. The attack killed 3 people and injured an estimated 264 others.

June 26, 2015 — Legalization of same-sex marriage

June 26, 2015 — Legalization of same-sex marriage
Getty Images
Same-sex marriage supporters rejoice outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., after the high 
court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states.

April 2015 — Baltimore protests

April 2015 — Baltimore protests
Andrew Burton / Getty Images
A man makes a heart shape with his hands during a protest near the CVS pharmacy that was set on 
fire during rioting after the funeral of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Maryland. Gray, 25, was arrested 
for possessing a switchblade April 12 outside the Gilmore Houses housing project on Baltimore’s 
west side. Gray died a week later from a severe spinal cord injury he sustained while in police custody.

My normal cartoon closings seem inappropriate today.  Let me just say that I hope we all have a good year!!----fishducky