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News in Brief- February 20, 2019

News in Brief- February 20, 2019

World War II Museum president to speak at Nicholls

THIBODAUX, La. - President and CEO of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Stephen Watson, will be on the Nicholls State University campus this week to discuss the role of the museum in delivering the lessons learned from the War to End All Wars.

Watson’s discussion, titled “The Museum Behind the Story of the War that Changed the World,” is the latest installment of the Alumnus Anniversary Lecture Series celebrating Nicholls’ 70th anniversary. The event will be at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20 in the Mary and Al Danos Theater.

"Nicholls and the region are very fortunate to have a connection in Stephen Watson to such an important venue as the National World War II Museum in New Orleans,” said Dr. John Doucet, Alcee Fortier Distinguished Service Professor and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “We're thankful he's joining us to help celebrate our 70th anniversary."

The event is free and open to the public.

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Sailor in iconic V-J Day Times Square kiss photo dies at 95

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The ecstatic sailor shown kissing a woman in Times Square celebrating the end of World War II died Sunday. George Mendonsa was 95.

Mendonsa fell and had a seizure at the assisted living facility in Middletown, Rhode Island, where he lived with his wife of 70 years, his daughter, Sharon Molleur, told The Providence Journal.

Mendonsa was shown kissing Greta Zimmer Friedman, a dental assistant in a nurse's uniform, on Aug. 14, 1945. Known as V-J Day, it was the day Japan surrendered to the United States. People spilled into the New York City streets to celebrate the news.

Mendonsa planted a kiss on Friedman, whom he had never met.

The photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt was first published in Life magazine and is called "V-J Day in Times Square," but is known to most as "The Kiss." It became one of the most famous photographs of the 20th century, and is a popular image used on posters.

Mendonsa served on a destroyer during the war and was on leave when the end of the war was announced.

Friedman fled Austria during the war as a 15-year-old girl. She died in 2016 at the age of 92 at a hospital in Richmond, Virginia, from complications of old age.