Powerful Historic Moments in Photographs

Written descriptions of the past are one thing, but having memorable photos to go along with history's significant events never hurts.

The Statue of Liberty Under Construction

The statue was a gift from Paris, as envisioned by artist Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi .

The Statue of Liberty is one of the most recognizable landmarks of New York City and a site everyone wants to visit when in the city.

This colossal monument was a present from the people of France to the people of the United States to mark the 100th birthday of the great nation of America.

The legend has it that the idea for such an impressive gesture came from the Frech artist Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi in 1870 while he was on a ship sailing to New York.

Bartholdi envisioned the great image of liberty inspired by the Roman goddess Libertas, greeting him at the entrance to the city.

It didn’t take too long for him to put his idea into action, but it did take over 15 years for the statue to be revealed in New York Harbor.

Tiananmen Square’s Tank Man

There were thousands of protestors during the Tiananmen demonstrations, but this individual caught the world’s attention.

The Tiananmen Square Massacre is another powerful event which shook not only the people of China but the whole world.

It all started as a peaceful student demonstration for democracy but ended up in blood and terror after the Chinese government decided to send police and army troops to the streets of Beijing against the unarmed demonstrators, in June of 1989.

This image is known as the Tank Man and it shows an anonymous peacemaker who dared to stand alone in front of the advancing tanks and tried to stop them, but he was forcibly taken away from the scene.

His identity remains unknown, but Time magazine listed him as one of the “100 Most Important People of the 20th Century.”