What Are Some Famous Historic Images?


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The image of marines raising the U.S. flag on Iwo Jima in 1945 and the image of a sailor kissing a woman in New York in 1945 during the V-J Day celebrations are some famous historic images. A photograph of Lyndon Johnson taking the presidential oath of office with Jacqueline Kennedy by his side is another famous image.

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Joe Rosenthal, an Associated Press photographer, took the famous photograph of a Navy corpsman and five Marines raising the U.S. flag on Mt. Suribachi on Feb. 19, 1945. The battle for Iwo Jima is one of the bloodiest in the history of Marine Corps. After the battle, the men raised a small flag on Mt. Suribachi. Later that day, a larger flag visible by troops from all over the island and the ships offshore replaced the small flag. Joe Rosenthal’s photo captures the second raising.

Alfred Eisenstaedt took one of the most famous photographs of all time on Aug. 14, 1945. As World War II effectively ended with Japan’s surrender, celebrations broke out in New York. In the middle of New York City’s Times Square, a sailor planted a kiss on a woman in white dress. Alfred Eisenstaedt captured it in his iconic photograph.

Cecil Stoughton, a former Army photographer, took the photo of President Johnson taking the oat of office aboard Air Force One on Nov. 22, 1963. The photo shows Jacqueline Kennedy in the same suit she had on during her husband's assassination.

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