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Iconic Getty Images

  1. The Hindenburg Disaster

    The Hindenburg Disaster

    Getty Images is a global photo agency with more than 80 million images available for licensing. On Aug. 15, Carlyle Group bought a majority interest, valuing Getty at $3.3 billion. Many of the most iconic pictures of the 20th century are part of the agency's collection. Here are some of them.

    The Hindenburg disaster at Lakehurst, N.J., which marked the end of the era of passenger-carrying airships.

    Photograph by Sam Shere/Getty Images
  2. First Flight

    First Flight

    Orville Wright flies a Wright glider fitted with a Wright-designed 12hp engine at Kill Devil Hills, near Kitty Hawk, N.C. It was officially the first sustained, controlled flight by a heavier-than-air craft. Wilbur Wright runs alongside his brother.

    Photograph by Fox Photos/Getty Images
  3. Highest Standard of Living

    Highest Standard of Living

    Flood victims line up to get food and clothing from a Red Cross relief station in front of a billboard.

    Photograph by Margaret Bourke-White/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
  4. Migrant Mother, California, February 1936

    Migrant Mother, California, February 1936

    'Destitute pea pickers in California, a 32-year-old mother of seven children.' Photograph taken by Dorothea Lange when working for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal. The FSA produced some of the most remarkable social documentary photographs of the 20th century in its attempt to produce an encyclopedic record of American life between 1935 and 1944.

    Photograph by Dorothea Lange/SSPL/Getty Images
  5. Coco Chanel

    Coco Chanel

    Coco Chanel, French couturier, in Paris in 1936.

    Photograph by Lipnitzki/Roger Viollet/Getty Images
  6. Betty Grable

    Betty Grable

    Portrait of American model and actress Betty Grable in 1943.

    Photograph by Hulton Archive/Getty Images
  7. Times Square Kiss

    Times Square Kiss

    An American sailor kisses a white-uniformed nurse in Times Square to celebrate victory over Japan in World War II on Aug. 14, 1945. This is the same scene but not the image for which photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt is widely known.

    Alfred Eisenstaedt/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
  8. Mohandas Gandhi

    Mohandas Gandhi

    Indian leader Mohandas Gandhi reads as he sits cross-legged on the floor at home in 1946. The spinning wheel in the foreground is a symbol of India's struggle for independence.

    Margaret Bourke-White/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
  9. Kennedys Mourn

    Kennedys Mourn

    Members of the Kennedy family at the funeral of assassinated President John F. Kennedy in Washington, D.C. From left: Senator Edward Kennedy, Caroline Kennedy, 6, Jackie Kennedy, Attorney General Robert Kennedy, and John F. Kennedy Jr., 3.

    Photograph by Keystone/Getty Images
  10. The Beatles

    The Beatles

    Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr take a dip in a swimming pool.

    Photograph by John Loengard/Life Magazine/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
  11. Black Power Salute at the Olympic Games

    Black Power Salute at the Olympic Games

    U.S. track and field athletes Tommie Smith, center, and John Carlos, right, first and third place, respectively, in the 200-meter race, protest with the Black Power salute as they stand on the winner's podium at the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City on Oct. 19, 1968.

    Photograph by John Dominis/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
  12. Buzz Aldrin on the Moon

    Buzz Aldrin on the Moon

    Apollo XI astronaut Buzz Aldrin stands on the surface of the moon with the reflection of astronaut Neil Armstrong and the lunar module Eagle shining on his face mask.

    NASA/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
  13. Richard Nixon

    Richard Nixon

    President Richard Nixon raises his hands in a double V sign in the doorway of a helicopter, leaving the White House after resigning amid the Watergate scandal on Aug. 9, 1974.

    Photograph by Bill Pierce/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images
  14. Chinese Activist Blocks Column of Tanks

    Chinese Activist Blocks Column of Tanks

    A lone man faces down a column of tanks on June 5, 1989, at the entrance to Tiananmen Square in Beijing. The incident took place on the morning after Chinese troops fired on pro-democracy students who had been protesting in the square since April 15, 1989.

    Photograph by CNN/Getty Images
  15. Civil Rights Protests

    Civil Rights Protests

    African Americans are attacked by water cannon during a protest against segregation in May 1963 in Birmingham, Ala.

    Photograph by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
  16. 'Dewey Defeats Truman'

    'Dewey Defeats Truman'

    Standing on his campaign train platform, victorious presidential candidate Harry Truman jubilantly displays an erroneous Chicago Daily Tribune with the headline "Dewey Defeats Truman," which overconfident Republican editors had rushed to print on election night.

    Photograph by W. Eugene Smith/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images
  17. The Berlin Wall

    The Berlin Wall

    The first section of the Berlin Wall is torn down by crowds on the morning of Nov. 10, 1989.

    Photograph by Tom Stoddart/Getty Images
  18. Steve Jobs

    Steve Jobs

    Apple chief Steve Jobs and his wife, Laurene Powell, in their backyard in Palo Alto, Calif., on Aug. 4, 1997.

    Photograph by Diana Walker/SJ/Contour by Getty Images
  19. Sept. 11

    Sept. 11

    Firefighters walk toward one of the towers at the World Trade Center before it collapsed after a plane hit the building in a terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001, in New York.

    Photograph by Jose Jimenez/Primera Hora/Getty Images
  20. Gorillas' Bodies Recovered

    Gorillas' Bodies Recovered

    Conservation rangers from an anti-poaching unit work with locals to evacuate the bodies of four mountain gorillas killed in unknown circumstances at Virunga National Park in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo on July 24, 2007.

    Photograph by Brent Stirton/Edit by Getty Images
  21. Royal Wedding

    Royal Wedding

    Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, smile following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011, in London.

    Photograph by Chris Jackson/Getty Images