The 20th century has graced us with moments of joy, moments of sorrow and everything in-between, but most people weren’t there to see the greatest moments in history themselves. Luckily, photographers were there to capture the most powerful images in of the century for us – and often in the perfect shot.
Just imagine how easy it is to literally shape the face of history – being there in the right place and at the exact right time to catch an iconic athlete in his moment of triumph, or a pensive president in crisis. Read on to see some of the most powerful images of the last century.
1. Shirley Temple With a Turkey, 1949
We all know Shirley Temple as perhaps the most iconic child actress to ever grace our screens, but her career certainly didn’t end when she grew older. Here we see a 21-year-old Temple in a pretty unusual Thanksgiving-themed publicity photo, alongside a suspicious looking turkey.
Temple, who began her film career at the astonishing age of three, continued to act as a teen. Later in life, she made an impressive career change, venturing into the world of diplomacy. She served as U.S. ambassador to Ghana under Gerald Ford and to Czechoslovakia under George H.W. Bush. Truly a woman of many trades.