As the saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” In fact, images are so powerful that they have the power to literally change the world.
So, here are 20 of the most influential images of all time:
1. An unborn baby pokes his hand out of the incision made in the uterus of his mother during surgery and suddenly grabs the surgeon’s hand.
2. Neil Armstrong, the very first man to walk on the moon (1969).
3. George Washington bowing down in prayer at Valley Forge in 1778.
4. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963.
5. John F. Kennedy Jr. saluting his father at his father’s funeral in 1963.
6. The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophia (1914), which directly led to World War I.
7. Ronald Reagan in front of the Berlin Wall presenting his “Tear Down This Wall” speech in Germany (1987).
8. The 2004 Beslan School Massacre in North Caucasus, Russia.
9. Firefighters raising the American flag at World Trade Center after 9/11.
10. President Abraham Lincoln giving his famous Gettysburg Address in 1863.
11. Tianaman Square Massacre in Beijing, China in 1989.
12. Allied troops storming the beaches of Normandy during World War II (1944).
13. Obama’s Democratic Presidential Nomination in 2008.
14. Hitler giving the infamous Nazi salute in Germany (1933).
15. Jewish prisoners at the moment of their liberation from the “death train” (internment camp) in 1945.
16. The Beatles, known as the greatest and most influential act of the rock era (1960’s).
17. Gandhi leading the Salt March (1930), a march that was critical to the Indian Independence Movement.
18. The first atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan in 1945.
19. The fairytale wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana of Whales in 1981.
20. Marilyn Monroe’s iconic white dress (1955).