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The Most Iconic Images Of The 1970s
Napalm Girl, 1972
Taken by Huynh Cong Ut, this photograph of the devastating impact of a napalm attack is the most iconic image of the Vietnam War. The girl in the center of the photograph is 9-year old Kim Phúc, who is running away from the attack with severe burns.
Kent State protest, 1970
The Kent State protest rocked Ohio after President Nixon announced he was sending troops into Cambodia. What was meant to be a peaceful protest gained the attention of the Ohio National Guard, which fired at the crowd and killed four. This image of a young woman crying over the dead body of a student was taken by John Filo and won him a Pulitzer Prize.
Fire on Marlborough Street, 1975
Boston Herald photographer Stanley J. Forman snapped this picture in 1975 after a fire broke on out Marlborough Street. The tragic tale goes that the two individuals depicted, Diana Bryant and Tiare Jones, jumped from their building just seconds before a fireman tried to grab them to save their life. Diana Bryant was pronounced dead at the scene, while the little girl survived. The powerful photograph won a Pulitzer Prize and also paved the way for Boston and other states to mandate tougher fire safety codes.
Nixon’s resignation, 1974
After the Watergate scandal ruined his Presidency, this iconic image – Richard Nixon waving goodbye as he boards a helicopter at the White House on the day his resignation – was taken.
Patty Hearst and the SLA bank robbery, 1974
In 1974, Patty Hearst, an American newspaper heiress and socialite, was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA). Patty eventually began to relate to her captors and started to take part in their criminal endeavors under the name Tania. This photography shows her holding an M1 Carbine while robbing a Hibernia bank in San Francisco for which she was arrested in 1975. She was convicted in 1976, but President Carter commuted her term and she was eventually released in 1979. She was later granted a full pardon when President Clinton left office on the grounds that she had been brainwashed to perform these tasks.
Munich Massacre, 1972
The Munich massacre occurred in 1972 during the Summer Olympics when members of the 11 members of the Israeli Olympic team were taken hostage and eventually killed by the Palestinian group, Black September. This eerie image captures one of the kidnappers standing in their hotel balcony during the siege.
Jonestown Massacre, 1978
On November 18, 1978, People’s Temple cult leader Jim Jones told his followers to commit “revolutionary suicide” by drinking cyanide fruit punch. 909 members, over 200 of which were children, were found dead at the Jonestown compound in Guyana. Jim Jones was found with a bullet wound to the head.
Margaret Thatcher becomes first female British Prime Minister, 1979
In 1979, Margaret Thatcher became Britain’s first female prime minister following the country’s national election. This photograph captures her during the announcement of victory. Known as the Iron Lady for her fastidious conservative political views and reforms, she remained Prime Minister for over 11 years.