The Most Iconic Images Of The 1990s

Published June 30, 2012
Updated June 26, 2018

Operation Desert Storm, 1990

Iconic Images Of The 1990s Operation Desert Storm

Operation Desert Storm, a.k.a the Gulf War, was the war waged by the UN-authorized coalition forces, led by the US, against the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.

The war marked a change in the way news was delivered, as events were broadcast live from the front lines straight to the homes of US civilians. It was nicknamed the Video Game War for this reason.

Iconic Images Of The 1990s: Rwanda Massacre, 1994

Rwanda Massacre 1994

On April 6, 1994, a group of Hutus began slaughtering the Tutsis in the African country of Rwanda. The brutality ensued for 100 days with the genocide leaving 800,000 dead. The cruelty of it all was that the world allowed the slaughter to occur without any intervention.

Though there are various devastating images of the tragedy, this one taken by Annie Leibovitz is one of the most haunting as it shows the bloody feet of children attempting to escape the slaughter by climbing the walls.

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