Photo taken on V-J Day in Times Square in 1945

It’s hard to believe it, but World War II ended in 1945 (almost 60 years ago). On the 14th of August 1945 news of Japan’s surrender was announced in the USA. This signalled the end of the war. The day became known as V-J Day (Victory over Japan day) in the USA. Riotous celebrations erupted in the streets. Among the overjoyed masses gathered in Times Square in New York City that day was one of the most talented photo journalists of the 20th century – Alfred Eisenstaedt (a German immigrant).

He spotted a sailor running along the street grabbing any and every girl in sight. He later explained that whether she was a grandmother, stout, thin, old, didn’t make any difference to this sailor. He snapped this photo of the sailor kissing a very attractive nurse and it became one of most well known photographs of all time.

The image was circulated in newspapers across the USA. Alfred Eisenstaedt worked as a photographer for Life magazine from 1936 to 1972. He died in 1995. This photo by him has been selected as the Daily Cool Photo on Running Wolf’s Rant for the 16th of June 2012.

Yesterday a photo featuring a Greek Football fan at Euro 2012 was the Daily Cool Photo on Running Wolf’s Rant, feel free to check it out. Watch this space for daily updates on this blog in the Photography and Babescategory. Remember: Feedback is appreciated and welcome here and Sharing is Caring (so share the posts you like on Running Wolf’s Rant with your friends on Facebook and Twitter).

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Henno Kruger
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