The WWII Sailor in the Iconic Times Square Kiss Photo Dies at 86

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It’s one of the most famous kisses in history — one you’ve probably seen in poster form on the walls of countless freshman dorm rooms. Glenn Edward McDuffie, the sailor pictured in Alfred Eisenstaedt’s iconic 1945 photograph “V-J Day in Times Square,” passed away this week at the age of 86. At the time of the photo, McDuffie was on his way to visit his girlfriend in Brooklyn when news broke that the Japanese had surrendered, ending World War II and birthing “Victory over Japan Day.” He has said he was inspired to kiss the nurse he passed by on the streets of Times Square that day because he was realizing his brother would soon be released from a Japanese internment camp.

[h/t NY Daily News]