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Saddle. Turkey, 16th century. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Queen Mother Pendant Mask: Iyoba Benin Empire, 16th century The Metropolitan Museum of Art

An American sailor passionately kisses a nurse as thousands jam into Times Square to celebrate the long-awaited victory over Japan in World War II.

Tibetan Bridle -- 15th-17th Centuries -- Leather, iron & gold -- Metropolitan Museum of Art

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The 50 Most Powerful Pictures In American History

In this 1955 picture, Rosa Parks is seen in her Montgomery county mugshot after being arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a public bus to a white passenger. The actions of Rosa Parks and the subsequent Montgomery Bus Boycott became important symbols of the Civil Rights Movement during the mid-20th century.