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20 Influential Photographs That Changed Our World

1945 Nagasaki, taken by the U.S. Air Force


1950 Segregated Water Fountains in North Carolina 


1961 Hans Conrad Schumann jumping into West Berlin 



1972 Kim Phuc in a napalm attack in South Vietnam 


1989 Tiananmen Square protest




1994 Sudanese child with a vulture 


A man falls from the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

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Robert Capa immortalizes the treatment of French women who were believed to have been Nazi collaborators during liberation “ugly carnivals” in 1944, France

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The Bolivian government poses with the corpse of revolutionary Che Guevara in 1967.

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Crowds gather at the decrepit Berlin Wall in November, 1989.

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Horace Greasely confronts Heinrich Himmler in a German prisoner of war camp in the 1940s. Greasely escaped over 200 times; he was in love with a German woman.

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Bronze medal winner John Carlos raises a black power salute at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.

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Retired police captain Ray Lewis is arrested at an Occupy Wall Street protest in November 2011.

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In June 1963, Thích Qu?ng ??c lights himself on fire in protest of the oppressive Diem government in South Vietnam.

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Epitomizing politics’ ability to divide as much as it unites, South Korean man sheds a tear when parting ways with his North Korean relative.

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An Afghan man offers a US soldier tea near Kabul, Afghanistan. 2009.

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The Hindenburg zeppelin catches fire on May 6, 1937.

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In 1980, a missionary holds hands with a starving boy in Karamoja district, Uganda.

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A Russian soldier playing an abandoned piano in Chechnya in 1994.

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Apollo 11 crew members capture mankind’s first physical brush with the moon in July, 1969.

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