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Some Of The Most Powerful Photos Taken In 2018

devin.duke 31 Dec 2018

Wow, it's finally here. 2018 is finally over.

Without a doubt, 2018 has proven to be one of the most influential years in many ways. The United States has been further thrown into political turmoil, another royal wedding took place, and women took major strides forward toward ensuring equal rights.

One of the best ways to look back and characterize a year is to look at some of the most powerful photographs that went viral over the last 365 days. Let's take a look at some of the most impactful photos of 2018.

The world watched in wonder as Prince Harry and American Meghan Markle wed.

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This public kiss between Duke of Sussex and The Duchess of Sussex was taken after St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19th.

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This iconic shot of former Senator Bob Dole being held up to salute the late President George H.W. Bush left an impression on the nation.

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Both Dole and Bush served in World War II.

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This picture of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford characterizes a hearing that divided a nation.

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After Judge Brett Kavanaugh was nominated by President Trump to be a Supreme Court Justice, Dr. Ford testified before the Senate to describe her experience of sexual assault, allegedly at the hands of Judge Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh was later confirmed.

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2018 was also characterized by some of the worst mass shootings in United States history.

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Everyone has seen this photo of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Emma Gonzalez crying during a 6 minute and 20 second moment of silence for the victims of the shooting. This is how long the entire massacre took the day it happened.

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The United States was thrown into a bitterly divided debate over immigration as pictures emerged of children and their parents being detained at the border.

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This image of a crying 2-year-old Honduran migrant child standing and watching as her mother was searched and detained captivated a nation and divided us all as well.

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Here is a touching photo of President George H.W. Bush looking on at his wife Barbara Bush's casket who passed in April this year.

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As we all know, months later, he also passed away.

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This photo of a malnourished 2-year-old Yemeni boy shocked everyone as we all began to pay more and more attention to the conflict happening between Yemen's Saudi-backed government and Iranian-linked Huthi rebels.

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The three-year conflict still rages on without an end in sight.

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Kristen Stewart ruffled some feathers during a screening of 'BlacKkKlansman' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival.

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She removed her heels in protest of the previous dress code established at the festival dictating that all women must wear heels.

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Yes, just before the New Year, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump finally visited US troops in Iraq nearly two years into his presidency.

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This image shows the smiles on the faces of soldiers during Trump's visit at Al Asad Air Base.

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One of the most important midterm elections took place in the United States this year, and voter turnout was through the roof.

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Here is a powerful shot of a woman waiting to cast her vote at Grady High School in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Hurricane Florence left unspeakable tragedy and flooding in North Carolina this year.

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As always, the community rallied together to help each other out. This photo shows Bob Richling carrying Iris Darden from her home after flood waters began to come in.

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Love in the face of utter devastation.

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Teresa Nance gets licked by her dog after returning to check on her home after floods from Hurricane Florence devastated her neighborhood.

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Check out this shot of French President Emmanuel Macron pumping his fist during a match between France and Croatia at the FIFA World Cup held in Russia this year.

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Notice that Putin is sitting two seats away to the left. What a shot!

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Most of us remember this scene from the NATO Summit in Brussels.

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While all of the NATO leaders looked in one direction, fittingly, Donald Trump looked the complete opposite direction. As we all know, Trump's relationship with NATO leaders has been lukewarm, to put it kindly.

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Last, but not least, we have this iconic shot of a Tesla Roadster floating in space after being launched from the Falcon Heavy rocket.

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The car was equipped with a dummy driver named 'Starman'.

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