History’s Most Memorable Kisses

By | February 14, 2019

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Cary Elwes and Robin Wright share a passionate kiss as Wesley and Princess Buttercup in "The Princess Bride" Source: (syfy.com)

A kiss can be many things…romantic, loving, forbidden, scandalous, and shocking. In the 1987 movie, The Princess Bride, the narrator notes that “Since the invention of the kiss there have been five kisses that were rated the most passionate, the purest. This one left them all behind.” Well, we found more than five. In honor of Valentine’s Day, let us take a moment to look at some of history’s most memorable kisses. 

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US sailor bending young nurse over his arm to give her passionate kiss in middle of Times Square as others look on during celebration of Japan's surrender to Allies at end of WWII. Source: (Lt. Victor Jorgensen/US Navy/The LIFE Picture Collection)

A Welcome Home Kiss

A photographer was snapping photographs of the people of New York celebrating the end of World War II on August 14, 1945, when he took what is perhaps the most famous and memorable kiss photo ever. A returning sailor, later identified as George Mendonsa, swept an unsuspecting nurse, who we now know was Greta Friedman, into his embrace, dipped her slightly, and kissed her passionately. This intimate interaction between total strangers might not fly in today’s era of heightened awareness of sexual harassment, but in 1945, it was a passionate display to celebrate victory and to celebrate life.