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Just 45 years ago, 16 states deemed marriages between two people of different races illegal. But in 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court considered the case of Richard Perry Loving, who was white, and his wife, Mildred Loving, of African American and Native American descent. The case changed history - and was captured on film by LIFE photographer Grey Villet. ~ LIFE
The man who stumbled on HELL
The man who stumbled on HELL: His place in history has never been revealed. But a published memoir by an SAS officer recounts how he uncovered the horrors of Belsen. Lieutenant John Randall thought iron gates led to a grand country house. Then he saw figures, dressed in rags, shuffling from a hut. Trying not to retch at the smell, Randall addressed the prisoners. Afterwards he noticed the emaciated corpses locked in hideous embraces. The camp contained 50,000 prisoners, most of all near deat...
A day before Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his Berlin bunker, Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini met a more public end. He and his mistress, Clara Petacci were caught by partisans while trying to flee into Switzerland. On April 29, 1945, the two were shot to death in the small village of Giulino di Mezzegra. Their corpses were then taken to the Piazzale Loreto in Milan and strung up on meat hooks above a gas station. Crowds threw stones at the bodies for several days.
Last photo of President McKinley before he was assassinated. On September 6, 1901, he was inside the Temple of Music, on the grounds of the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. He was shaking hands with the public when he was shot by Leon Czolgosz, an anarchist. The President died on September 14.
Susanna Dickinson will always be remembered as the sole adult Anglo survivor of the Alamo and the most extensively quoted eyewitness source. On the morning of the assault her husband told her the Mexicans were over the walls and ran out from the chapel where she stayed. She never saw him again. She saw the body of Crockett between the chapel and the barrack building.
Villanueva, María Andrea Castañon
Señora Candelaria Villanueva ... lived to age of 112. She nursed James Bowie as he lay on his cot during the seige of the Alamo. Until her death at the turn of the century, she made a small living recounting her version of the story and posing for tourists' photos as "a living survivor of the Alamo". In 1891, the Texas legislature awarded her a pension of twelve dollars a month for being an Alamo survivor and for her work with smallpox victims in San Antonio.
Sean Flynn the son of actor Errol Flynn, he went to Vietnam as a photojournalist for TIME, he was known to hang out with John Stienbeck's son while there. He went with speical force unites into the thick of things to get photos, tragically he disappeared in Cambodia and has never been seen again.
An airman shares a joke with his girlfriend as they dance. Original...
22nd April 1944: An airman shares a joke with his girlfriend as they dance. Original Publication: Picture Post - 1680 - Wartime Dance Hall - pub. 1944 (Photo by Leonard McCombe/Picture Post/Getty Images)
The Angel of Gettysburg: Elizabeth Thorn: 1863
Elizabeth Thorn | Her obituaries say merely that she witnessed the Battle of Gettysburg. ... They did not report how she did her duty in the aftermath of the battle. Working almost entirely without help, in the heat and storms of that July, among the rotting corpses of men and horses, she dug graves in the rocky soil and buried over one hundred soldiers.