This is V-J Day in Times Square snapped by photojournalist Alfred Eisenstaedt with his Leica camera. At that moment, on August 14, 1945 (incidentally, the eve of the Assumption), the street was filling with people in response to the news that Japan had surrendered, and the Second World War was over. Eisenstaedt later recalled that he saw a sailor go around grabbing women of all ages, shapes and sizes; when he saw her grab the nurse, Eisenstaedt was struck by the contrast between her white uniform and his dark one, and started shooting. This picture became an overnight cultural icon, but decades would pass before either of the parties to this kiss would be identified.
And one of them has now passed away. Edith Shain, who was a nurse at Doctor's Hospital in New York City on V-J Day, contacted Eisenstaedt in the late 1970s to identify herself as the female subject of his most famous photograph. She died Sunday in Los Angeles at the age of 91.
H/T Fr. Z.