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These 18 Incredible Photos Are Some Of The Most Powerful Images In History @ 8:08 pm
On Jul 24, 2016
If you’re looking for a cat meme, come back tomorrow.
If, however, you’re looking to have your mind blown, stick around for a little while.
Because in this big, beautiful, crazy, eff’d-up world, there’s no such thing as a dull moment. (I mean, have you seen the news lately??)It’s pretty safe to say that at any moment in time, day or night, something is going down somewhere. FOMO! YOLO! It’s the end of times! And all that. We human beings have seen some shit. Some of it good, some of it bad, and some of it ugly. (One time, Clint Eastwood even showed up).
Let these 28 iconic photos be a reminder that whatever comes next, we’re all in this together.
1. Bye, bye, Berlin Wall. You will not be missed.
*Watches US election coverage and silently prays that history won’t repeat itself*
2. Meanwhile, in Chile, the wrath of God made an appearance Puyehue volcano erupted for the first time in 50 years.
Chile’s Puyehue volcano erupts, causing air traffic cancellations across South America, New Zealand, Australia and forcing over 3,000 people to evacuate. People were – understandably – freaking out a little. Because regardless of your religious beliefs, don’t act like you wouldn’t be terrified to have literal fire and brimstone raining down on you. Sure is pretty though.
3. Olympic medalists take a stand for equality.
At the 1968 Olympics, athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos made history when they raised their fists in the Black Panther salute to accept their medals.
4. A missionary and a starving child hold hands.
This image sums up the horrors of inequality, the universality of the human experience, and the heart-wrenching disconnect between the two – all at once.
5. The view from the other side.
If you think about it, the earth is really just the moon’s night light.
6. A sunset on Mars…
7. The day we colonized the moon.
Okay, so it’s not ours. But we got there first.
8. A boy accepts the flag during his father’s memorial.
A powerful reminder that every hero leaves someone behind.
9. The allies land at Normandy.
Just another day at the beach, said no one ever.
10. Man vs. Tank in Tiananmen Square.
As if the photo weren’t enough, get this!!! According to Wikipedia, “As the lead tank maneuvered to pass by the man, he repeatedly shifted his position in order to obstruct the tank’s attempted path around him.” You, sir, have balls.
11. Proof that family is family, no matter how you carve up the map.
A South Korean man shares a tearful goodbye with a North Korean relative. Their three-day visit was the first – and only – contact allowed in decades.
12. Official Title: #Goals.
At least it should be.
13. A man is reunited with his dog after a Tornado destroys his Alabama home.
Bottom line, when you’ve got love, the rest is just stuff.
14. When a Chicago snowstorm had no chill (pun intended).
When your weather starts to rival the over-the-top special effects of “The Day After Tomorrow”, it might be time to move.
15. When the Little Rock Nine paved the way for desegregation in schools.
I’m not going to call Elizabeth Eckford the Beyonce of the Little Rock Nine, because that would trivialize the impact that Brown v. Board of Education had on the civil rights movement. But I will say this – she has a crazy amount of ‘Bey’ factor (poise, confidence, and class) for a fifteen year old. Especially one who’s getting death threats from a scowling mob of harpies.
…Seriously, look at the faces of the women in the back.
16. A South Sudanese soldier stands in line to rehearse Independence Day ceremonies.
In 2011, South Sudan became the world’s youngest sovereign nation, reminding us that history isn’t all in the past – it’s being written every day.
17. The Bolivian government poses with the body of Che Guevara.
According to legend, the revolutionary’s last words were, “Shoot, coward. You are only going to kill a man.” How right he was. Decades later, he’s still an icon.
18. A prisoner of war returns home.
Released prisoner of war Lt. Col. Robert L. Stirm is greeted by his family at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, Calif., as he returns home from the Vietnam War, on March 17, 1973. Hard to reconcile the Brady Bunch-era styling of this happy family with the horrors the returning soldier likely endured.
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