History is full of mysteries, and sometimes those defining moments are captured on film. While an era or generations can define a photograph, there are those times when a picture becomes a movement of its own.

The Miner And The Guard

Adam Marelli Photo

A dispute in Serra Pelada, Brazil turned serious when a miner and a guard got into an argument. Instead of walking away, the miner shows guts when he grabs the guard's gun barrel and pulls it towards him as if to challenge the guard to actually shoot him.

JFK Jr.'s Casket Salute


After President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, the world mourned and grieved the president's untimely death and for his family left behind. During the president's funeral, a horse-drawn caisson carried Kennedy's casket and this image captured a 3-year-old John F. Kennedy Jr. saluting his deceased father as he stood next to his grieving mother.

Lunch Atop A Skyscraper

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While the RCA Building at 30 Rockefeller Center in New York City was being constructed in 1932, on the 69th floor, real construction workers posed for a photo to promote the brand new building.

A Defiant Nazi


The man circled in the 1936 photo was August Landmesser, who was a member of the Nazi party before he married and had children with a Jewish woman named Irma Eckler. While watching the launch of a vessel in Germany, he refused to give the Nazi salute. August was arrested for "dishonoring his race" and both he and his wife were arrested and jailed. Their children were shipped off to an orphanage. In 1941, August was released from prison, but it didn't take long for him to be drafted right into the war. After being officially declared missing in action, everyone just presumed he was dead.

The Little Rock Nine

The Grio

When Elizabeth Eckford was 15 years old, she was a part of a group of students who made history in Little Rock, Arkansas. Dubbed the "Little Rock Nine," Elizabeth was one of nine black students who were part of the integration of Little Rock High School. A photographer captured the moments as the students made their way into the school, followed by an angry mob of white citizens and parents. In one picture, Elizabeth is seen holding her notebook as a woman is screaming obscenities at her.

Surgery On One's Self

South Pole Station

While stationed in Antarctica, Russian doctor Leonid Rogozov, who was taking part in the sixth Soviet Antarctic Expedition in 1960–1961, developed appendicitis. There was no other doctor at the station, so Rogozov was forced to perform an appendectomy surgery on himself.

I Have A Dream


Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech was delivered on August 28, 1963. It was at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where over 250,000 people showed up to support the end of racism along with civil rights for all. It's recognized as one of the most popular speeches in American history and a defining moment for the Civil Rights Movement.

An Angry Soldier

Ill Write It

Back in 2006, Gunnery Sergeant Michael Burghardt almost lost his life in Ramadi, Iraq, after an explosive device exploded under his feet. His fellow soldiers thought he was dead, but he was certainly still alive, so they cut off his bloody pants to see the extent of his injuries. He had multiple bruises and shrapnel in the back of his legs. He refused to be carried off on a stretcher and in turned threw up a middle finger to the sky. According to Stars and Stripes, Sgt. Burghardt explained the photo, saying, “I was really pissed off that they got me, that after all this time, they got me. I figured the triggerman was still watching, so I flipped him off. I yelled, ‘[Expletive] you! I’ll be out here next week!’”

Empire State Building Acrobatics

Twisted Sifter

It was in 1934 when Jarley Smith, Jewell Waddeck, and Jimmy Kerrigan attempted to make everyone's heart stop when they performed daredevil acrobatics on the 86th floor of the Empire State Building in New York City.

Polish Chess Prodigy


Polish chess prodigy Samuel Reshevsky baffled chess masters at his ability to master the game of chess at such a early age. In this 1920 photograph, he was only eight years old as he moved from one board to the next, outwitting these masters at their own game. While he never tackled chess as a full-time professional, he would become an American chess grandmaster.