The famous kiss at Times Square, New York City, 14 Aug 1945

Caption   The famous kiss at Times Square, New York City, 14 Aug 1945
Photographer   Victor Jorgensen
Source   United States National Archives
Identification Code   80-G-413998
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Photos on Same Day See all photos dated 14 Aug 1945
Added By C. Peter Chen

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Visitor Submitted Comments

  1. Bill says:
    6 Jul 2010 07:35:37 AM

    World War II Scrapbook: The War is Over!

    A kiss made her famous. Edith Shain worked
    as a nurse in New York City, and became a
    American icon, on August 14, 1945.
    On that day, Life magazine photographed her
    being kissed by a sailor in Times Square
    during celebrations of news, of the Japanese
    surrender.
    Today at 91, Shain is one of the national
    spokespersons for:
    "Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive" Over the years
    many men have come forward as the sailor.
    If anyone has more information pass it on to
    the ww2db.
  2. Bill says:
    6 Jul 2010 12:04:01 PM

    " The Kiss Known Round The World "

    Edith Shain the nurse who was kissed by a
    sailor in Times Square, August 14, 1945 has
    died at her home in Los Angeles, California
    June 23, 2010, she was 91.
    The sailor has never been identified,However
    many have claimed to be that sailor.
    Edith continued working to help care for
    Veterans. She spent most of her life teaching
    in Los Angeles public schools.
    She is survived by:
    Her three sons, six grandchildern and
    eight great grandchildern. She became an
    American icon, and that spontaneous kiss
    became history.
  3. Anonymous says:
    19 Oct 2011 01:46:51 PM

    beatiful!

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