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V-J Day in Times Square is a photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt that portrays an American sailor kissing a young nurse in a white dress on V-J Day in Times Square on August 14, 1945.... Best pic ever!

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That famous kiss... August 14, 1945 - VJ Day in Times Square (photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt)

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On August 14, 1945, at seven o’clock, U.S. President Harry S. Truman announces that Japan had surrendered unconditionally, ending World War II. Crowds spontaneously took to the streets.

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People sit on the curb amongst the confetti, tickertape and paper from the parade celebrating the end of WWII in NYC on VJ Day. August 14, 1...

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Doc Holliday (1851-1887). American gambler, gunfighter, and dentist of the American Old West who is usually remembered for his friendship with Wyatt Earp and his involvement in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

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NYC. Times Square, August 14, 1945 (V-J Day) "Sailor kissing a nurse celebrating the surrender" by Alfred Eisenstaedt. / The photographer took 4 shots in 10 seconds. This is the only one in which you can see a girl just behind the sailor's arm. She is Rita, his real girlfriend, watching the scene. This has been a conclusive proof to find out the real sailor among several "candidates".

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Close but no cigar: A culled shot from Times Square on VJ-Day by Alfred Eisenstaedt not originally published in LIFE Magazine (August 14, 1945). Another frame with sailor and a nurse became the iconic favorite, probably because of the subtleties of their more dramatic pose and their service garb.

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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 in Times Square, New York City, on August 14, 1945. - I want to re-enact this one day!

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