These are the most important photos of the 20th and 21st century. A beautiful collection compiled by Magnum Photos. It includes (in order):
CERRO MURIANO, Spain—Federico Borrell Garcia, Spanish loyalist militiaman, collapses into death, 1936.
FRANCE—D-Day, Omaha Beach, 1944.
HIROSHIMA, Japan—The center of the atomic bomb blast. A Japanese soldier walks through a site where an army barracks once stood, 1945.
POLAND—Teresa, a child in a residence for disturbed children, grew up in a concentration camp. She has drawn a picture of “home” on the blackboard, 1948.
KORDOFAN, Sudan—The Nubas, 1949.
NORTH CAROLINA—A black man drinks at segregated water fountains, 1950.
NEW YORK—James Dean alone in Times Square, 1955.
SANTA CLARA, Cuba—Fidel Castro lifts a young admirer during the revolution, 1959.
MOSCOW—Nikita Khrushchev and Richard Nixon’s kitchen debate, 1959.
SHARPEVILLE, South Africa—Police open fire on a crowd, killing more than 70 and injuring hundreds of others during what came to be known as the Sharpeville massacre, 1960.
CHICAGO—Malcolm X, 1961.
ARLINGTON, Va.—Jacqueline Kennedy at John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s funeral, Nov. 25, 1963.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—At the climax of his “I Have A Dream” speech, Martin Luther King Jr. raises his arm on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and calls out for deliverance with the electrifying words of an old Negro spiritual hymn, “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”, 1963.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—A female protester being arrested and led away by police, 1963.
SOUTH CAROLINA—A funeral of a soldier killed in Vietnam, 1966.
ARLINGTON, Va.—Jan Rose Kasmir confronts the National Guard outside the Pentagon during the 1967 anti-Vietnam War march, 1967.
SAIGON, Vietnam—The Saigon fire department, which has the job of collecting the dead from city streets, has just placed a girl, killed by U.S. helicopter fire, in the back of their truck, where her brother finds her, 1968.
PARIS—Students hurl projectiles during the May 1968 student protest.
PRAGUE, Czechoslovakia—Warsaw Pact troops invade Prague near the radio headquarters, 1968.
MATAGALPA, Nicaragua—Muchachos await counterattack by the Guard, 1978.
MEXICO—Mexicans are arrested while trying to cross the U.S. border, 1979.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan—An Afghan girl at Nasir Bagh refugee camp, 1984.
NEW BRIGHTON, United Kingdom—1985.
TEHRAN, Iran—Veiled women learn how to shoot in the outskirts of the city, 1986.
CONEY ISLAND, N.Y.—A family walks along the crowded boardwalk, 1986.
BERLIN—A young man bridges the wall between East and West Berlin, 1989.
BEIJING, China—Tiananmen Square, 1989.
SAN FRANCISCO—AIDS at the Ambassador Hotel. James has been living with AIDS since 1985. He moved into the hotel three years ago. It’s the longest time he has lived anywhere, 1993.
BROOKLYN, N.Y.—Young people watch a huge plume of smoke rise from lower Manhattan after the attack on the World Trade Center, Sept. 11, 2001.
GAZA STRIP—A Palestinian man prays in Khan Younis camp. He awaits permission to pass through an Israeli checkpoint at the entrance of Gush Oatif, 2003.
IRAQ—An American soldier is killed during the battle for Baghdad, April 8, 2003.