VIVE LA FRANCE!

AP’s combat reporters capture the liberation of Paris

Seventy years ago, Allied forces liberated Paris after four years of German occupation.

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Eighty-nine-year-old Roland Chaisson, who stormed Normandy on D-Day when Germans killed half his squad before they could reach shore, poses for photographs in his home in Metairie, La., Wednesday, June 4, 2014. Chaisson is among D-Day veterans who will describe that day Friday and Saturday at the National World War II Museum.

AP Photo / Gerald Herbert

THE WAR TO END ALL WARS

The Associated Press covers the greatest story of the era

The Associated Press had covered war before, but not since the Napoleonic wars a century earlier had so many armies battled to so great an extent.

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Silhouettes of British soldiers are projected onto a trench scene in the new “First World War Galleries” after major redevelopment works at the Imperial War Museum during a press preview event in London, Wednesday, July 16, 2014.

AP PHOTO / Matt Dunham

Footprints on the Moon

The Associated Press covers the Apollo missions

Forty-five years ago, three Americans made history becoming the first to set foot on the moon. For the first time ever, explore AP's coverage of the Space Race in the new eBook, ’Footprints on the Moon,’ available now.

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Buzz Aldrin carries scientific experiments to a deployment site south of the lunar module Eagle. Aldrin and Neil Armstrong, mission commander of Apollo 11, became the first to walk on the moon, July 21, 1969.

AP PHOTO / NASA / Neil Armstrong

Civil Rights Act of 1964

50 years later

Fifty years ago, on July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Explore the historic social movement, through AP’s coverage, leading up to this landmark legislation.

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A 17-year-old civil rights demonstrator, defying an anti-parade ordinance of Birmingham, Ala., is attacked by a police dog on May 3, 1963.

AP PHOTO / BILL HUDSON

The death of a president

The assassination of President John F. Kennedy, 50 years later

“I grabbed that phone when it rang and Ike said, ‘Bob, the president has been shot!’ I said, ‘Ike, how do you know?’ He said, ‘I was shooting pictures then and I saw it. There was blood on his face. Mrs. Kennedy jumped up and grabbed him. She cried, ‘Oh no!’ And the motorcade raced on.’”

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President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy in their motorcade approximately one minute before the president was shot. 

AP Photo / James W. Altgens

Vietnam

The Real War

To cover the Vietnam War, the Associated Press gathered an extraordinary group of superb photojournalists in its Saigon bureau, creating one of the greatest photographic legacies of the 20th century. Collected in “Vietnam: The Real War” are images that tell the story of a war that has left a deep and lasting impression on American life.

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Marines move through a landing zone, December 1969.

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malcolm browne and the burning monk

50 years later

Fifty years ago, on June 11, 1963, AP Saigon correspondent Malcolm Browne shook the world with his picture of the ritual suicide by fire of a Buddhist monk in protest against South Vietnam’s repressive U.S.-backed regime.

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Thich Quang Duc, a Buddhist monk, burns himself to death on a Saigon street June 11, 1963 to protest persecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese government.

AP Photo / Malcolm Browne