These moments in history are for many a time gone by — but the real, raw emotions live on in the images. Take a look back at some of the most heart-wrenching and moving events to ever take place.
When Orville and Wilbur Wright took their historic flight in Kittyhawk, North Carolina, it changed the world and modern aviation forever. This image is often used in the context of technological achievements in the 20th century, but it also represents how an idea can be put into action with the right balance of hard work and determination.
A service is held in Hoboken, NJ, for American soldiers who died on the battlefields of France during World War I, circa 1920.
September 30, 1927
Babe Ruth makes his 60th home run of the 1927 season at Yankee Stadium, a record that would remain unbroken for the next 34 years.
Mohandas Gandhi marches from his ashram in Sabermanti to the coastal town of Dandi to revolt against a British ban on making salt out of seawater. The march started on March 12, 1930 and ended on April 5, 1930, with thousands of people showing their support.
June 1, 1937
Amelia Earhart sits in the cockpit of her Lockheed Electra right before embarking on her second attempt to circle the equator. Earhart and her co-pilot Fredrick Noonan would not return from this voyage.
January 1, 1941
A view showing St. Mary's, Aldermanbury, surrounded by buildings that had been devastated by the Luftwaffe's incendiary bombing blitz during WWII.
The people of Warsaw, Poland, attempt to rise against the German troops and police that entered the ghetto to deport its inhabitants during WWII.
A group of United States Marines celebrate their victory over the Japanese forces following the battle at Iwo Jima.
December 24, 1951
U.N. Troops have a Christmas service near the frontline combat zone during the Korean War.
September 6, 1957
Elizabeth Eckford ignores the hostile screams and stares of fellow students on her first day of school. She was one of the nine Black students whose integration into Little Rock's Central High School was ordered by a Federal Court following legal action by the NAACP.
The view inside an operating room at Duke University, where surgeons use a heart and lung machine during a procedure.
March 30, 1965
American civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King (1929 - 1968) and his wife Coretta Scott King lead a Black voting rights march from Selma, Alabama, to the state capital in Montgomery.
November 22, 1963
Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson is sworn into the office of the presidency aboard Air Force One.
November 25, 1963
Outside the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington D.C., John F. Kennedy Jr. salutes his father's coffin.
October 21, 1967
Antiwar demonstrators try flower power on soldiers blocking the Pentagon Building in Arlington, Virginia, on October 21, 1967.
October 16, 1968
Tommie Smith and John Carlos, gold and bronze medalists in the 200-meter run at the 1968 Olympic Games, engage in a victory stand protest against the oppression of Black people in the United States. With heads lowered and fists raised in the Black power salute, they refuse to recognize the American flag and national anthem. Australian Peter Norman is the silver medalist.
July 20, 1969
Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. is photographed walking near Apollo 11's lunar module.
May 4, 1970
National Guardsmen open fire on students protesting the escalation of violence in Vietnam. Four are killed, eight others are wounded.
During the Christmas retail season, a young white boy kisses a Black Santa Claus on the cheek in an unidentified department store.
February 6, 1972
Protestors stand opposite Royal Ulster Constabulary police and British soldiers at a barricade in Northern Ireland, in response to the shooting of 14 civilians by British paratroopers one week prior.
Emma Baty is the Senior Entertainment Editor at Cosmopolitan, where she shapes TV, movie and music coverage, writes celebrity profiles, edits stories across both print and digital, and generally obsesses over all things pop culture. Prior to this role, she worked as Cosmopolitan.com’s News Writer, writing celebrity news stories daily and covering live events like the Oscars. Originally from Grand Haven, Michigan, she currently lives in Brooklyn.
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