The sailor George Mendonsa, son of Madeirans, who starred in a photograph in 1945, in which he appears to kiss an unknown woman in New York, died Sunday at age 95 in Rhode Island, United States.
For more than 70 years, George Mendonsa, a descendant of Portuguese, claimed that he was the one who appeared in the photograph, hugged kissing a woman he did not know, in Times Square, when thousands celebrated the end of World War II.
The photograph was taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt and published in Life magazine, making it one of the most well known in the history of 20th century photography.
Several people claimed the identity of the photographed couple, but only years later it was confirmed that the protagonists were George Mendonsa, a sailor posted on a warship, who on impulse grabbed and kissed Zimmer Friedman, a dentist’s assistant.
The CBS television network recalled today that it brought together the protagonists of photography, dubbed “The Kiss”, in 2012 in exactly the same place where it was taken in August 1945.
Zimmerr Friedman died in 2016 at the age of 92.George Mendonsa died days before his 96th birthday