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(MYFOX NATIONAL) - Throughout history, people, images and emblems have become the symbols of protest and change in the world.

As events unfolded in Iran over the past few weeks, another iconic image has been embedded into the history of civil unrest.Neda Agha Soltan has become the face of the protests in Iran.

Her death, which was captured on amateur videos and spread around the world in less than 48 hours on YouTube, Facebook, blogs and Twitter, has spurred global outrage.As she lay dying in the streets of Tehran, the struggle of the Iranian people was made clear to the rest of the world despite government attempts to suppress details surrounding election protests.The image and video of Soltan's death will forever be a symbol of protest, joining some of the most famous moments and images in recent history .Rosa Parks - In 1955 on a bus in Montgomery, Ala., Rosa Parks ushered in a new era of the civil rights movement .

Her decision to refuse to give up her seat to a white passenger eventually led to the disintegration of institutionalized segregation in the South. Tiananmen Square Massacre - After the death of pro-democracy leader Hu Yaobang in mid-1989, students began gathering in Beijing's Tiananmen Square to mourn his passing.

As tanks rolled through the streets to break up the demonstrations, one man armed only with shopping bags stood in front of the line of tanks weaving from side to side in an effort to stop them.

His defiance became the defining image of the student demonstrations crushed by the People's Liberation Army. Fall of the Berlin Wall - In 1989, after a 28-year power struggle that separated Germany, East Germany announced it would open its borders with the West.

In the hours after the announcement, thousands poured into the streets and began to chisel away at the wall that separated the country since 1961.

The fall of the Berlin Wall symbolized the end of the Cold War, the eventual fall of the Soviet Union, and paved the way for German reunification, which was formally concluded in 1990. Kent State Massacre - On May 4, 1970, a Vietnam War protest at Kent State University in Ohio turned deadly.

Unarmed college students were gunned down by members of the Ohio National Guard killing four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis.

The event shut triggered hundreds of universities, colleges, and high schools throughout the country to shut down, and symbolized the sharp political and social divisions of the era. The Self-Immolation of Thich Quang Duc - In 1963, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk burned himself to death at a busy Saigon intersection.

Thich Quang Duc was protesting against the persecution of Buddhists by South Vietnam's Ngo Dinh Diem administration.

The haunting and horrifying images of his self-immolation were circulated widely across the world and became the turning point of the Vietnamese Buddhist crisis which led to the change in regime.------The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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