International Kissing Day: Top 10 Kisses in History
International Kissing Day: Top 10 Kisses in History
July 6 marks International Kissing Day, so what better time to commemorate the most memorable smooches in history? Here are the top 10, so grab your lover, friend, family member and smack a big one on them while reading this:
1. V-J Day in Times Square
Perhaps the most famous kiss in the world was captured by Alfred Eisenstaedt on August 14, 1945, on Victory over Japan Day (V-J Day) in New York's Times Square. The photo was published in Life magazine and shows an American sailor kissing a woman in a white dress. "I was walking through the crowds on V-J Day, looking for pictures. I noticed a sailor coming my way. He was grabbing every female he could find and kissing them all — young girls and old ladies alike," Eisenstaedt said in The Eye of Eisenstaedt. "Then I noticed the nurse, standing in that enormous crowd. I focused on her, and just as I'd hoped, the sailor came along, grabbed the nurse, and bent down to kiss her. Now if this girl hadn't been a nurse, if she'd been dressed dark clothes, I wouldn't have had a picture. The contrast between her white dress and the sailor's dark uniform gives the photograph its extra impact."
2. Kiss by the Hôtel de Ville
Five years later, Robert Doisneau captured the next most famous kiss in photographic history for the same magazine. "Le baiser de l'hôtel de ville" caught a couple kissing in Paris and became a symbol of love in the French capital. But, as it turned out, Doisneau had actually created the shot using aspiring actors Françoise Delbart and Jacques Carteaud, lovers he had just seen kissing. "He told us we were charming, and asked if we could kiss again for the camera," Delbart told in 2005. "We didn't mind. We were used to kissing. We were doing it all the time then, it was delicious."
3. From Here to Eternity
In 1953, Fred Zinnemann created the most famous on screen kiss in From Here to Eternity. The film follows three soldiers, including Burt Lancaster, stationed in Hawaii prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Deborah Kerr played his lover, whom he famously kisses on the beach, with the surf crashing around them as their legs and bodies remain entangled. The duo allegedly became involved off screen as well and who can blame them with that chemistry?
4. Stanley Cup Riots Kiss
In June 2011, a riot broke out in downtown Vancouver following the Boston Bruins' win of the Stanley Cup over the Vancouver Canucks. About 140 people were injured during the fallout, more than 100 people were arrested and four people were stabbed. But in the midst of it all, Australian native Scott Jones and Alexandra Thomas were lost in each other and a photo by Getty photographer Rich Lam captured their kiss in the midst of all that biolencce. “We were struck by police shields, pushed to the ground and I was just very, very frightened,” said Thomas. Jones' dad added, "“He lay down next to her to comfort her. She was crying and he just kissed her to calm her down."
5. The Notebook Rain Kiss
Entertainment Weekly called it "one of the most iconic" kissing-in-the-rain scenes on film. Part of the power of the scene had to do with the off screen romance between Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling, who, in the Nicholas Sparks film adaptation from 2004, play two lovers (Allie and Noah) divided by war and time. “It wasn’t over. It still isn’t over," Noah tells Allie after she waited for him for seven years. And then that kiss.
6. The Kiss
This 1896 film distributed by Thomas A. Edison, Inc., was only 18 seconds long but it had quite an impact. One of the first films every shown to the public, it re-enacted the final kiss between May Irwin and John Rice from the musical The Widow Jones. "The spectacle of the prolonged pasturing on each other's lips was beastly enough in life size on the stage," wrote one critic, "but magnified to gargantuan proportions and repeated three times over it is absolutely disgusting."
7. Captain Kirk and Lt. Uhura
Though it was not the first interracial kiss on screen (that occurred in the film Island in the Sun in 1957 and on TV in 1967 with "Movin' With Nancy"), Captain James. T. Kirk's (WIlliam Shatner) smooch with Lr. Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) is the one we remember best, even though it was forced on them by telekinesis.
8. Abby and C.J. on 'L.A. Law'
The first gay kiss on TV took place in February 1991 on the series "L.A. Law." Actresses Michele Greene and Amanda Donohoe, who played couple Abby and C.J. The latter surprises the former with a kiss after dinner.
9. Britney and Madonna
Back in 2003, The Queen and Princess of Pop locked lips, closing a generational gap that gaped for several years prior. Their kiss on stage at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards during Madge's performance of "Hollywood" is believed to have turned Spears from innocent to sex kitten.
10. The Longest Kiss
Talk about chapped lips! The longest kiss in history took place in February 2013 in Thailand at an event put on by Ripley's Believe It or Not! There Ekkachai Tiranarat and Laksana Tiranarat locked lips in a history smooch that lasted 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds.