I was looking through some older threads on the GD and saw one about photographs that changed the world. It was an incredibly successful thread and many people enjoyed it. Figured it would be good to start a new one. Many people agreed in that thread that it was a better fit for GD than fast threads.
"Iconic pictures are more effective then any story. Sometimes you see photographs that just take your breath away. The following photos; some famous, some infamous, did exactly that to me on first viewing. They will live on, as a permanent reminder of the events which caused them." - <Drake
Let us begin.
Also, you'll probably find several NSFW or otherwise graphic images, so browse under your own discretion.
Britain's Conservatives get a new leader: Margaret Thatcher is the first woman to lead a British political party. She beats four male rivals in the contest to succeed Ted Heath.[img]http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2009/05/02/article-1176649-04C540ED000005DC-984_468x365.jpg[/img]
On 31 July, as The Miami Showband return to the South after a gig in Co. Down, they are victims of a sectarian ambush by the UVF. Fran O'Toole their lead singer is among three Miami Showband members to die.
Only Westerners and well-connected locals are airlifted to safety. Fourteen years after the first U.S. military intervention, the Vietnam war ends.
Nagazaki after the Bomb
Riots turn into open revolt in the black township of Soweto. Hundreds of people die. As violent protests spread across South Africa, security forces are told to restore order 'at all costs'.
KINGSMILLS, Bessbrook, Co. Armagh: Following the killing of six Catholics by loyalist paramilitaries, ten Protestant workmen are shot dead in a border ambush, widely believed to be the work of the IRA.
American President Gerald Ford goes for re-election. He defeats challenger Ronald Reagan for the Republican nomination. Jimmy Carter is the Democratic candidate. On 2 November, Jimmy Carter is elected U.S. President.
I just know I will be showered in dumb ratings, but I have never exactly known the full story behind the image. Anybody care to explain please?
I love these threads. So much history in photographs.
[QUOTE=madnath619;35608559]I just know I will be showered in dumb ratings, but I have never exactly known the full story behind the image. Anybody care to explain please?[/QUOTE]
It's not a dumb question, not many people know the actual story behind the image.
here you go:
[quote]In 1975, during the Fall of Saigon, Loan fled South Vietnam. He moved to the United States, and opened a pizza restaurant at Rolling Valley Mall, in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Burke, Virginia. In 1991, he was forced into retirement when his identity was publicly disclosed. Photographer Eddie Adams recalled that on his last visit to the pizza shop, he had seen written on a toilet wall, "We know who you are, fucker". [/quote]
People from a religious organization called the [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peoples_Temple"]People's temple[/URL] mass suicided by taking a killer-drug. 918 men, woman and children died
'Punk rock' storms the music charts this year. The Sex Pistols deliver their own version of 'God Save The Queen'.
TENERIFE 27 March: Two jumbo jets collide in bad weather. 574 people die in the worst accident in aviation history.
SOUTH AFRICA: Black leader Steve Biko dies in police custody. Despite blatant evidence of torture and maltreatment, the authorities rule that police cannot be held responsible for his death.
Despite strong U.S. support, the Shah of Iran is ousted from power. Ayatollah Khomeini returns after fourteen years in exile. Iran becomes an Islamic republic. Amid a storm of anti-American protests, Muslim militants take dozens of people hostage at the U.S. Embassy.
CAMBODIA (KAMPUCHEA): Four years ago, the fanatical Khmer Rouge took power. It was 'Year Zero' - a brutal new beginning for Cambodia. In 1979, invading Vietnamese forces reveal the horror of Pol Pot's regime.
1979 is the worst year ever for industrial disputes in Ireland. The Army gets called in during a nationwide bus strike. A national postal strike lasts for over four months.
Why do people rate this as "funny"..?
El Salvador: Archbishop Oscar Romero is murdered. He has been an outspoken defender of human rights. His funeral becomes a scene of carnage: 40 people die and 200 are injured.
Former Beatle John Lennon is murdered in New York.
London: The SAS end a six- day siege of the Iranian Embassy. They kill four terrorists and free nineteen hostages.
This version of the WTC attack is pretty shocking.
Bhopal Gas Tragedy
[quote]Pablo Bartholomew is an acclaimed Indian photojournalist who captured the Bhopal Gas Tragedy into his lens. Twenty-six years have passed since India’s worst industrial catastrophe injured 558,125 people and killed as many as 15,000. Because safety standards and maintenance procedures had been ignored at the Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) pesticide plant in Bhopal, a leak of methyl isocyanate gas and other chemicals triggered a massive environmental and human disaster. Photographer Pablo Bartholomew rushed to document the catastrophe. He came across a man who was burying a child. This scene was photographed by both Pablo Bartholomew and Raghu Rai, another renowned Indian photojournalist. “This expression was so moving and so powerful to tell the whole story of the tragedy”, said Raghu Rai.[/quote]
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