50 Powerful Photos That Changed The World

Hopefully you have a tissue box handy, because once you get through these 50 phenomenal and heartbreaking photos, you may have a few tears in your eyes.

While the legacy of these influential photographs may change over time, their importance will never.

Below are 50 powerful photos to changed the world… forever.

1. Kent State


14-year-old Mary Ann Vecchio cries before recently deceased Jeffrey Miller moments after he was shot by the Ohio National Guard during the Kent State shootings.

2. Robert F. Kennedy


Teenager Juan Romero sits by Robert F. Kennedy’s side moments after Kennedy was shot. Romero had been shaking his hand when the presidential contender was shot by Sirhan Sirhan.

3. Tropical Storm Hannah


After Tropical Storm Hannah ripped through Haiti in 2008, a young boy rescues a stroller.

4. How Life Begins


1965’s “How Life Begins” is one of the first pictures taken with the endoscope.

5. Segregation


Dorothy Counts encounters adversity in 1956 as she makes her way to a recently integrated school in Charlotte, North Carolina. After days of harassment, she was forced to withdraw from the school.

6. Annette Kellerman


Annette Kellerman promotes women’s right to wear fitted bathing suits in 1907. She was later arrested for indecency.

7. Che Guevara


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

8. Berlin Wall


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

9. Horace Greasely confronts Heinrich Himmler


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.

10. 1968 Mexico City Olympics.


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

11. Boston Marathon bombing


78-year-old Bill Iffrig lies on the ground following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

12. September 11th


President Bush receives word of the September 11th attacks while visiting a Florida classroom.

13. Earthrise


During the 1968 Apollo 8 mission, astronaut William Anders takes “Earthrise”. It’s been described as the “most influential environmental photograph ever taken”.

14. Obama, Clinton, Biden


Obama, Clinton, Biden and members of the national security team wait in anticipation of Bin Laden

15. March 2012 tornadoes


A man from Alabama is reunited with his pet following a devastating series of March 2012 tornadoes.

16. 9/11 memorial


A man weeps before the 9/11 memorial.

17. Thích Quảng Đức


In June 1963, Thích Quảng Đức lights himself on fire in protest of the oppressive Diem government in South Vietnam.

18. Occupy Wall Street


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

19. Gas chamber


Concentration camp inmates leave their ghostly traces through nail scratches, as seen throughout this gas chamber.

20. Helen Keller


Helen Keller meets president Eisenhower in 1955.

21. Christians and Muslims


Christians and Muslims hold hands in solidarity during the Cairo uprisings in January 2011.

22. Epitomizing politics


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

23. World War II tank photo


A Russian veteran weeps before a Soviet tank used during World War II.

24. War in Iraq


A child weeps at the funeral of his father, who died during the War in Iraq.

25. D-Day


Robert Capa captures a soldier emerging from the waters on D-Day.

26. Kabul, Afghanistan. 2009


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

27. Lee Harvey Oswald final moments


Nightclub owner Jack Ruby shoots Lee Harvey Oswald.

28. March 2011 tsunami


A four-month-old Japanese baby brings light to the disaster that was the March 2011 tsunami, which claimed thousands of lives.

29. 19th century graves


The 19th century graves of a Catholic woman and her Protestant husband deny this Dutch cemetery the power of separating them.

30. Tiananmen Square


A Chinese man stands defiantly before tanks in Tiananmen Square in June, 1989.

31. Pearl Harbor survivor


A disconsolate Pearl Harbor survivor embraces a fellow veteran (from the War in Iraq) in July, 2004.

32. Natori, Japan


Akan Ito cries among the rubble of Natori, Japan. A 2011 tsunami tore the town apart.

33. Mars at dusk


NASA’s Mars Rover presents the world with a vision of Mars at dusk.

34. Gettysburg battlefield


Union soldiers strewn about the Gettysburg battlefield.

35. Hindenburg Zeppelin


The Hindenburg Zeppelin catches fire on May 6, 1937.

36. The starving boy


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

37. John F. Kennedy Jr. salutes his father


John F. Kennedy Jr. salutes his father at JFK’s November 1963 state funeral.

38. Bobby Moore embraces Pele


Bobby Moore embraces Pele at the 1970 World Cup finals.

39. The vulture and the little girl


In 1993, photographer Kevin Carter documents extreme hunger and poverty in Sudan.

40. Robert Capa


Robert Capa’s timeless photo of a Republican militiaman meeting his death during the Spanish Civil War in 1936.

41. The falling man


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

42. Alabama tornado in March 2012


Family members embrace in the wake of a devastating Alabama tornado in March 2012.

43. Connie Kopelov and Phyllis Siegel


Connie Kopelov and Phyllis Siegel become the first gay couple married in Manhattan in 2011.

44. Terri Gurrola


In 2007, Terri Gurrola is reunited with her daughter after serving in Iraq for 7 months. Gurrola served as a medic near Ramadi.

45. Center for Disturbed Children


Terezka, a girl who grew up in a concentration camp, shocks counselors at a Center for Disturbed Children when she draws a picture of her “home” in Poland.

46. Chechnya in 1994


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

47. Sudan People’s Liberation Army


A Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) soldier during a rehearsal for the Independence Day ceremony in July, 2011.

48. French women


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

49. Apollo 11


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

50. Kosovar refugee Agim Shala


Kosovar refugee Agim Shala, 2, is passed through a barbed wire fence into the hands of grandparents at a camp run by United Arab Emirates in Kukes, Albania.

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