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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Kissing the War Goodbye!

Today's History Lesson...memorable photographs

Many Kodak moments are lost because of timing and the fact a camera was not available, often simply left at home. Then, there are those moments where a person just happened to be at the right place at the right time... with a camera. Some of the most memorable photographs scream loudly while others just take your breath away. Then, there are photographs that changed the world...or at least the way we look upon it anyway!

This Day in History: August 14, 1945


There are numerous memorable photographs throughout history. V-J Day in Times Square is a photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt that portrays an American sailor kissing a woman in a white dress on Victory over Japan Day (V-J Day) in Times Square in New York City, on August 14, 1945. This is one of the most famous photographs—if not THE most famous—of the 20th century.
The photograph, taken with a Leica IIIa camera, was published a week later in Life magazine among many photographs of celebrations around the United States that were presented in a twelve-page section titled Victory Celebrations. A two-page spread faces three other kissing poses among celebrators in Washington, D.C., Kansas City, and Miami opposite Eisenstaedt's, which was given a full-page display. Kissing was a favorite pose encouraged by media photographers of service personnel during the war, but Eisenstaedt was photographing a spontaneous event that occurred in Times Square as the announcement of the end of the war on Japan was made by U.S. President Harry S. Truman at seven o'clock. Similar jubilation spread quickly with the news. [Source: en.wikipedia.org]

The significance of the kiss is summed up in one phrase: "kissing the war goodbye"! For it was on this day, August 14, in the year 1945 that an official announcement of Japan's unconditional surrender to the Allies is made public to the Japanese people. Exuberance escalated as news surged through the entire country, and across most of the globe of Japan's surrender. The war was over.
(The ceremony officially ending the war would not take place for another few weeks, when Japanese representatives signed the documents of surrender aboard the USS Missouri battleship in Tokyo Bay on Sept. 2, 1945.)

On this day remember all those who fought, the survivors and the millions who died as a result of World War II. After years of brutal slaughter, those who did manage to survive could finally begin living again!