GALLERY: 18 photos that changed the way we think, just like horror pic of Aylan Kurdi did

GALLERY: 18 Photos That Changed The Way We Think, Just Like Horror Pic Of Aylan Kurdi Did

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Aylan Kurdi's lifeless body joins a long list of images that changed the world

The picture of Aylan's tragic fate, his small body washed up on a Turkish beach, face down in the sand, sent shockwaves across the globe.
The three-year-old tot, his brother Galip, five, and mother Rehan died when their fragile dinghy capsized as they tried to get to Greece, a gateway into Europe for thousands of migrants.

Although many refugees have suffered the same fate, this picture alone managed to spark something in Britain's consciousness and capture the world’s attention in a way no story about the refugees had previously done.
Here, we look at 20 other powerful photos that spoke louder than words and managed to change history, from the horrors of war to the wonder of human achievement.

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The flag-raising at Iwo Jima is possibly the most reproduced photo of all time

'Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima' came to be regarded as one of the most significant and recognisable images of the Second World War and quite possibly the most reproduced photograph of all time.
On February 23, 1945, Joe Rosenthal captured the historic photograph of five US Marines and a Navy sailor raising an American flag atop Mount Suribachi on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima.
The picture later won the Pulitzer Prize and triggered a wave of optimism that US forces would soon defeat the Japanese and is credited with millions of Americans buying war bonds.

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The nuclear bombing of Hiroshima captured in a photo

In a more devastating photo during the Second World War, on August 6, 1945, the US nuclear bomb 'Little Boy' was dropped on Hiroshima, killing 140,000 people.
Days later, a second bomb, 'Fat Man', was dropped over Nagasaki, killing another 70,000 and prompting Japan's surrender in the Second World War.
The bombings remain the only two times a nuclear bomb has been used in warfare and sparked fears over a nuclear-arm race in the Cold War.

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The execution of a Viet Cong official sent shockwaves across America

The execution of a Viet Cong officer with a single pistol shot to the head in the middle of the Saigon street sent shockwaves across America.
The brutal photo is credited with turning the tide of American opinion in the war by highlighting its savage reality.
The photographer, Eddie Adams, who would win a Pulitzer Prize for his work, later came to regret the photo.
Mr Adams said the executioner in the photo, a South Vietnamese police chief named Nguyen Ngoc Loan, had just witnessed the Viet Cong official Nguyen Van Lem murder a family in cold blood.
The photographer praised the police chief as "a hero" and repeatedly apologised to Ngoc Loan before his death.

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The terror in Kim Phuc's face, running from a napalm attack

The photo of Aylan Kurdi has been compared to the face of a terrified nine-year-old girl named Kim Phuc seen running for her life after a South Vietnamese plane accidentally dropped napalm on its own civilians.
Nick Ut's photo in 1973 sickened people around the world and is believed to have quickened the end to the Vietnam War.

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Buddhist monk set fire to himself in protest

In a third horrific photo on the list from Vietnam, Thich Quang Duc was captured burning himself to death on a Saigon street to protest persecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese government.
The suicide was the first in a series of graphic killings by Buddhist monks.

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The unknown man defied a line of imposing tanks in China

In a photo that represented defiance and the push for democracy around the world, an unknown Chinese citizen stood in front of tanks during the crushing of the Tiananmen Square uprising in June 1989.
The man stood alone in front of the block of tanks as China sent in soldiers to crush and kill hundreds of unarmed pro-democracy protesters.

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The first photograph of a man on the moon

Neil Armstrong managed to become the first photographer on the moon when he captured fellow Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin moon-walking, on July 20, 1969.
The photo was not just a coup for the US in the Cold War but also a major step in early space exploration.

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Nelson Mandela, clenched fist aloft, symbolized South Africa's battle against apartheid

On February 11, 1990, Nelson Mandela raised his clenched fist as he walked free out of Victor Verster prison in Paarl after 27 years behind bars to a cheering crowd of 2,000.
His release marked a new era in South Africa which eventually led to the country's first all-race elections in 1994.
Mandela would become South Africa's first black president after centuries of white rule.

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'The Falling Man' was a chilling symbol of the 9/11 attacks

In a haunting photo taken on September 11th 2001, a man is caught jumping from the north tower of New York's World Trade Center.
The chilling photograph captures the man doomed fall after terrorists crashed two hijacked airliners into the World Trade Center.
Click here for more iconic photos, including the killing of JFK, the inaugaration of Obama, and Martin Luther King's march on Washington DC.

GALLERY: 18 Photos That Changed The Way We Think, Just Like Horror Pic Of Aylan Kurdi Did
GALLERY: 18 Photos That Changed The Way We Think, Just Like Horror Pic Of Aylan Kurdi Did
GALLERY: 18 Photos That Changed The Way We Think, Just Like Horror Pic Of Aylan Kurdi Did
GALLERY: 18 Photos That Changed The Way We Think, Just Like Horror Pic Of Aylan Kurdi Did
GALLERY: 18 Photos That Changed The Way We Think, Just Like Horror Pic Of Aylan Kurdi Did

GALLERY: 18 Photos That Changed The Way We Think, Just Like Horror Pic Of Aylan Kurdi Did

GALLERY: 18 Photos That Changed The Way We Think, Just Like Horror Pic Of Aylan Kurdi Did