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A hand reaches above the broken glass-covered top of the Berlin Wall in 1961

A hand reaches above the broken glass-covered top of the Berlin Wall in 1961. Fifty years ago today, the Wall opened for the first time to West Berliners.<p>(Photo: Paul Schutzer—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

(Photo: Paul Schutzer—TIme & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

He combs, we swoon: an Italian man and his girlfriend, 1963. This tender image is one of LIFE’s most romantic photos.

(Photo: Paul Schutzer—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Martin Luther King Jr. encourages freedom riders as they board a bus for Jackson, Miss. in 1961. The civil rights activist would have been 85 today.

(Photo: Margaret Bourke-White—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Then as now: Syria played a pivotal role in the Middle East during World War II. In 1940 LIFE wrote, “For Syria, long a crossroads of world trade, has been watered by man’s blood for far longer than Flanders…”

(Photo: Carlo Bavagnoli—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Pure joy: a laughing boy on the street in Trastavere, Italy in 1958.

Women of the Winter Olympics: vintage photos of amazing athletes. (Photo: George Silk—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Women of the Winter Olympics: vintage photos of amazing athletes.<p>(Photo: George Silk—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

(Photo: Ralph Crane—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Cold weather can be stunningly beautiful—provided you don’t have to shovel or travel in it. Alaska, 1965.

AUX CORD: 14 Korean Artists You Should Be Obsessing Over

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Lauren Conrad Talks Engagement with 'Cosmopolitan'

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Which Wonder Woman Wore It Best?

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Backstage beauty: Diane von Furstenberg Fall/Winter 2014-2015

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of her famous Wrap dress, Diane von Furstenberg named her collection Bohemian Wrapsody, with a runway full of more …

10 Ideas to Steal from Rue Magazine's Small Space Issue

(Image credit: Rue Magazine)<p>Digital lifestyle publication Rue magazine released their 25th issue this week, all about small spaces. Between their …

Small Spaces

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Top Pin of the Day: An Elegant Entry

Today's top pin is a kitchen inspired by French style. For more inspiring photos and ideas, follow us on Pinterest.<p>In a Washington, D.C. Victorian row house designed by Barry Dixon, the Sophia mirror by Thomas O'Brien for Hickory Chair opens up the foyer and looks even bigger paired with an …