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Well there's a thread for youtube vids, a thread for funny pics, a thread for hot chicks. Figured we should start one for historical-iconic-cool pics. Feel free to include a little explanation of your pic. The more thought provoking the better. Iconic sports pics are always good too. Although history is rarely pretty, let's refrain from posting anything too gruesome.


Tiananmen Square 1989. Lone man defying the Communist regime in China. According to the government this never happened.


Woman about to be stoned to death. The anguish on her face says it all.


One of the most famous pics ever taken. Times Square 1945, returning American sailors.


Bobby Orr scoring the Stanley Cup winning goal.


Tommie Smith and John Carlos with their famous and very controversial 'Black Panther' salute at the 1968 Olympics.


In 1970, Dr. Oscar Auerbach revealed that he had trained 86 beagles to smoke and 20 of them developed cancers. It was an experiment that proved for the first time the link between large animals exposed to cigarette smoke and cancer; it caught the tobacco industry unaware and opened the floodgates as both sides frantically rushed to prove or disprove harmful effects of cigarettes via a frenzy of animal testing.


John F. Kennedy Jr. saluting his father’s casket on his third birthday.


By the time the Tunisian President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali visited Mohamed Bouazizi — the humble fruit vendor whose self-immolation set in motion the events that would culminate in the first successful revolution in the modern Arab World — both men’s fates were already sealed. Ben Ali fled the country less than 3 weeks later.


Paul Henderson scoring 'the goal'.


That should be a good start. Off ya go CDC.

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The image of Muhammad Ali looking down over a knocked out Sonny Liston in their May 25, 1965 championship fight in Lewiston, Maine is considered to be one of the most memorable photographs in sporting history.

Photographer Neil Leifer took the picture for Sports Illustrated Magazine when Ali stopped Liston with a single punch in the first moments of the first round of the fight. With the win, Ali retained his World Heavyweight Title, which he won over Liston in their first match a year earlier as an 8-1 underdog.

This iconic image shows the ending of the second Ali vs. Liston fight which remains one of the most controversial and memorable fights in boxing history. Leifer took the photo as Ali stood over Liston and taunted him as he remained on the mat after a quick right to the head; creating arguably the greatest photo in sports history.

In his book “The Best of Leifer” the photographer described the moment:

A two-minute fight might be a major disappointment for the fans, but for a photographer, it doesn’t matter whether it goes 15 rounds or 15 seconds. All any editor ever expected from me was a great knockout picture. In Lewiston, the knockout happened exactly where I wanted it to, and my only thought was, “Stay right there, Sonny! Please don’t get up!”

Part of being a great photographer is being lucky enough to be in the right spot at the right time like I was, but a more important part is not missing when you’re in that spot. I got very lucky at the Ali-Liston fight, but what I’m proudest of is that I didn’t miss.

Leifer, one of the top professional sports photographers, is credited with 170 Sports Illustrated covers. He has long stated that his favorite subject throughout his career was Muhammad Ali.

Undoubtedly, Leifer’s iconic photo of Ali over the KO’ed Liston is one of the most coveted and famous pictures in all of sports history. It has also become one of the most valued sports photographs by collectors.

The significance of the photo’s place in history was forever immortalized when it was chosen as the cover image for Sports Illustrated magazine’s special issue, “The Century’s Greatest Sports Photos,” published on July 26, 1999.

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Sixty-five pound, 3'7" novelty baseball player, hired by Bill Veeck to play one single game for the St. Louis Browns on 19 August 1951. Detroit Tigers pitcher Bob Cain attempted to throw strikes, but the strike zone for a midget is not large. Gaedel took first base after four balls were thrown. Due to this stunt, contracts with new players must be run through the Commissioner of Baseball's office.


Beatles Abbey Road album cover.


Lunch atop a Skyscraper (New York Construction Workers Lunching on a Crossbeam) is a famous photograph taken by Charles C. Ebbets during construction of the GE Building at Rockefeller Center in 1932.

The photograph depicts 11 men eating lunch, seated on a girder with their feet dangling hundreds of feet above the New York City streets.


The photo is the “Pulitzer Prize” winning photo taken in 1994 during the Sudan Famine.

The picture depicts stricken child crawling towards an United Nations food camp, located a kilometer away.

The vulture is waiting for the child to die so that it can eat him. This picture shocked the whole world. No one knows what happened to the child, including the photographer Kevin Carter who left the place as soon as the photograph was taken.


In 1965, at Jackson, Mississippi, an iconic and ironic image from the civil rights era as a white policeman rips an American flag away from a young black boy, having already confiscated his ‘No More Police Brutality’ sign.


The power of Mother Nature. Japan tsunami 2011.


Jimi Henrdix burning his guitar at the Monterrey Pop Festival.


Advertisement for Hitachi/Maxell demonstrating the power of their speakers.


Aurora Borealis pictured in Iceland.


A huge sinkhole in Guatemala City, Guatemala, crashed into being reportedly swallowing a three story building. The sinkhole likely has been weeks or even years in the making. Flood waters from tropical storm Agatha caused the sinkhole to finally collapse.

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Phyllis Siegel, 76, left, and Connie Kopelov, 84, both of New York, embrace after becoming the first same-sex couple to get married at the Manhattan City Clerk's office in 2011.


Robert Peraza pauses at his son's name on the 9/11 Memorial during the tenth anniversary ceremonies at the site of the World Trade Center.

Also, any picture of soldiers returning to their children gets me.

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Thich Quang Duc set himself on fire to protest the treatment of Buddhist monks in Vietnam.

CDC'ers have since called his suicide "an act of irrationality" stemming from an "unhealthy state of mind," as is the case with literally every suicide, ever.


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Thich Quang Duc set himself on fire to protest the treatment of Buddhist monks in Vietnam.

CDC'ers have since called his suicide "an act of irrationality" stemming from an "unhealthy state of mind," as is the case with literally every suicide, ever.


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