Marking the beginning of the American Great Depression, October 24, 1929 would come to be called Black Thursday for the dark times it heralded. Stock prices plummeted and in the weeks that followed, billions of dollars worth of stock would simply vanish as speculators desperately tried to escape the crash. Ironically, it was this kind of behavior that sealed many speculators’ fates.
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Officially recorded in the United States as having begun in November 1955, the Vietnam War would span nearly 20 years and marked one of the United States’ most active efforts to thwart Communist expansion during the Cold War.
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LIFE Magazine, an American magazine published from 1936 to 2000, rose to prominence as a weekly periodical that was the first to focus on photojournalism. Though it is no longer published, the photos and history of LIFE are available on Time’s website. In the post below, we look at some of the most iconic photographs from the years of LIFE Magazine:
Shot during the Tienanmen Square protests of 1989, this photograph from Stuart Magnum captures the eponymous Tank Man as he stands before a column of advancing Chinese tanks. While several versions of this photograph exist, Magnum’s had its own unique adventure thanks to Chinese censorship; in order to survive, the photo had to be smuggled out of the country by a French student in a box of a tea.