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Life magazine cover, June 19, 1944
Public DomainLife magazine cover, June 19, 1944
Although Life was the title of a humor and general interest magazine that was published between 1883 and 1936, it is best remembered as a glossy, oversized newsweekly that accented photojournalism after Henry Luce, the founder of Time magazine, purchased the rights to the name in 1936. It appeared every week thereafter for the next 36 years.

The cover at left appeared on June 19, 1944, depicting General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Supreme Commander of the D-Day landings, which had commenced a week and a half before. Eight years later, Eisenhower would be elected the 34th President of the United States.

Collapsing as a newsweekly in 1972, Life turned up only as occasional “special” issues until 2000.