Images of characters and events that changed the world

Images of past events that have had a dramatic impact on our lives!

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Turned into iconic images, few people know what happened to these characters that shaped history around the world.

Here are some of the photos that are still part of this because of the impact caused at the time, created a shift over the years.

Jesse Owens

During the Berlin Olympics in 1936, the son of a farmer and grandson of a slave to glory by becoming the first black American to win four gold medals at the Aryan master race called the Nazis who were under the power of Adolf Hitler, who refused to applaud and salute the athlete for his victory.

Owens died on March 31, 1980 in Tucson at age 67.

Edith Shain

Graduated in Nursing from New York University, Shain was involved in the historic Times Square kiss on the end of World War II.

He had remained anonymous until the 70’s when he confessed to Alfred Eisenstaedt, author of the photograph, be that nurse kissed by a sailor, a symbol that marked the end of the war.

He died in June 2010 from liver cancer.

John F. Kennedy Jr.

Was three when his father, John F. Kennedy, U.S. president was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. Kennedy’s death shocked the world, however, the image of Kennedy Jr. Saluting his father’s coffin during the funeral procession marked the decade.

Like his father, John F. Kennedy Jr. died young, at age 38 in a plane crash with his wife Carolyn Bessette and her sister Lauren.

Kim Phuc

Also called the “napalm girl” Kim Phuc was 9 years old when 65 percent of his body was burned by the bombing of a South Vietnamese Army aircraft in the village of Trang Bang, during the war between the U.S. and Vietnam.

Today is Goodwill Ambassador of the Organization of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco).

Sharbat Gula

Fleeing the war in Afghanistan in June 1985, when he was photographed by Steve McCurry for the American magazine National Geographic.

Gula, was only 12 when the image of their impressive green eyes surprised the audience of the magazine. In 2002, McCurry has reconnected with the Afghan mother of three women.

Elder Spencer

“Nevermind” established him as the baby’s best-known music to the cover of one of the most important bands of all time, Nirvana. Ten years later, Elder remade the cover by getting paid $ 200 for the Rolling Stones.

Nicole Florentino

The curious story of Nicole began at age 13 when he was Siamese Dream album cover of Smashing Pumpkins in 1993, which no one imagined was that 17 years later that little girl with wings would be led by bassist Billy Corgan.

Vietnam flexes muscle in the South China Sea

The South China Sea

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Now is no exception.

In recent weeks, China and Vietnam have been jockeying for position in the contested patch of ocean.

This isn’t the first time they have done so — back in 1988 some 70 Vietnamese died in a brief naval battle between the two powers — but it is the first time tensions have significantly boiled over in nearly a decade.

Both China and Vietnam are more powerful now and both have increasing energy needs as their economies grow.

The sea is thought to be oil- and gas-rich, which is a main reason — in addition to it being home to important shipping lanes — why it continues to be a source of contention. Sovereignty has long been contested and it remains an
emotive issue for Chinese and Vietnamese populations.

The Philippines, Taiwan, Brunei and Malaysia also claim parts of the Spratly-Paracel archipelago located in the sea, which is known in Vietnam as Hoang Sa and Trung Sa.

Most recent spat

On Monday, Vietnam conducted what they called “routine” live-fire drills off  the coast, following accusations that China interfered with PetroVietnam‘s ships in the sea. Beijing prickled, saying Vietnam’s actions constituted a “show of  force to defy Beijing.” That same day, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung signed an order
clarifying who is eligible for military conscription, which will be effective  from August. It wasn’t a call to order, but it was a military directive at a time of heightened tensions.

While experts say there isn’t likely to be out-and-out war this time around, most say more clashes are almost certainly on the horizon. Last week, Dung called Vietnamese sovereignty in the area “incontestable,” while “Beijing has adopted the attitude of a wearily vexed but patient patron,” said Gavin Greenwood, an analyst at the Hong Kong-based security firm Allan and Associates. “[China has long signalled that its] claim to the South China Sea is … non-negotiable,” Greenwood added.

Vietnam authorities permit protests

For a couple weeks now, uncharacteristic protests have erupted outside the Chinese embassy in Hanoi, and its consulate in Ho Chi Minh City. Public displays of dissent are rare in Vietnam. When they do happen, they generally concern issues that directly affect everyday life, like land grabs or   factory conditions.

Police reportedly outnumbered protesters at these recent marches, but the fact that authorities allowed them to occur at all is notable. Previously, they have cracked down — perhaps most notably in 2007. “Clearly, the authorities had the capability of ensuring the anti-China demonstration did not even begin, but chose to permit it — either to allow
public opinion to be ‘vented’ or as a signal to Beijing that the dispute had crossed an important line,” said Greenwood.

China and Vietnam have a contentious history. Northern Vietnam was occupied by the Chinese for more than 1,000 years, and anti-Chinese sentiment can run high there. Outwardly, however, the two nations mostly make a show of friendship.

Nguyen Thi Hoa, a 60-year-old Hanoi resident, said she has been following the latest spat closely. “I don’t understand why China wants to do this,” she said, speaking from Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi’s city center, a few hours after the protests on Sunday morning. “This is our land, our house, our nation. China cannot invade. It’s very  clear. But the Chinese cannot accept they are wrong!”

How likely are future clashes?

Experts don’t think another war is imminent, but many in Vietnam would not like to see their government back down either. Future clashes may be inevitable.

Vietnam expert Carl Thayer, a professor in Canberra, told GlobalPost that “both China and Vietnam are heading for a collision course if they do not stop upping the ante in response to each other.”

The sentiment was echoed by Greenwood, who said, “A minor incident between the two countries naval or coastguard units that ended the present period of mounting tension may be inevitable as neither side can readily back away from their present positions.” Last year in July the United States said that that resolving the ongoing issue was in the United States’ “national interest.”

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Nguyen Phuong Nga said that Vietnam welcomes international efforts in the sea dispute. “Every effort by the international community in maintaining peace and stability in the East Sea is welcome,” she wrote on her official website.

Many have taken Nga’s comments as a call for United States help, but at least one expert says that won’t happen anytime soon.“The U.S. has a national interest to see that U.S.-owned ships and those of its allies and friends and ships that carry cargo to and from the United States are not molested,” Thayer said. “But the U.S. will not take sides in territorial disputes.

The USA took a whipping the last time they went to Vietnam, what do you think would happen this time? The USA is broke and they owe too much money to China. I think they will make a deal and stay out of any border conflicts.