Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima is an iconic photograph taken on
23, 1945 by Joe Rosenthal. It depicts five United States Marines and
U.S. Navy corpsman raising the Flag of the United States atop Mount
Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II. The
photograph was instantly popular, being reprinted in hundreds of
publications. Later, it became the only photograph to win the
Prize for Photography in the same year as its publication, and
ultimately came to be regarded as one of the most significant and
recognizable images in history, and possibly the most reproduced
photograph of all time. Of the six men depicted in the picture,
(Franklin Sousley, Harlon Block, and Michael Strank) did not survive
the battle; the three survivors (John Bradley, Rene Gagnon, and Ira
Hayes) became suddenly famous. The photograph was later used by
de Weldon to sculpt the USMC War Memorial, located just outside
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Mary Tudor, sister of Henry VIII of England, became queen consort of
John Capodistria, the Greek head of state, was assassinated in
The Washington Monument, then the world's tallest building, officially
opened to the general public.
The Black Sox scandal: The Cincinnati Reds "defeated" "Shoeless
Jackson and the Chicago White Sox to "win" the World Series major
league baseball championship by 5 games to 3.
Uganda became independent from the United Kingdom, with Milton Obote
as the first Prime Minister.
Wikiquote of the day:
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world...
You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one. -- John Lennon