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This past weekend Rep. Gabrielle Giffords released her first candid photos since she was shot in the head in Tucson, Arizona last January. It has been five months since we last saw the Congresswoman from Arizona and to see her smiling again was truly amazing.

STORY: Gabrielle Giffords: First Images Released After Shooting (PHOTOS)

The Congresswoman went through quite an ordeal, from her rehabilitation to her continuing progress. When Giffords let the public see how she looked after five months it was reassuring. We were relieved, happy and curious at the same time, everyone wanted to see how the Congresswoman looked.

The first photo after any adversity is the quintessential moment when we all feel that it’s an ending of a journey. Rep. Giffords still has more healing to do but at least we know now that she looks great and is in great spirits.

STORY: Gabrielle Giffords Gets High In Houston (PHOTOS x VIDEO)

It’s the snapshot people will always remember. From the moment Nelson Mandela was freed from prison, to the first time the world saw Saddam Hussein after he went into hiding.

Let’s take a look at some of the famous first photos we remember.



On March 8, 2010, Lil Wayne was sentenced to a year in prison, which he served at New York’s Rikers Island. Wayne was released from Rikers Island prison facility later that year on November 4, 2010 after serving eight months of his year-long sentence, this was the first photo of Lil Wayne after his prison bid.


The Reporter:

On January 29, 2006, ABC’s Bob Woodruff sustained serious injuries after an explosion from an improvised explosive device near Taji, Iraq. Woodruff suffered severe shrapnel wounds to the head that required surgery.


Saddam Hussein:

From April 2003 to December of that same year, Saddam Hussein was the most sought after man on the planet. 

On December 13, 2003, Saddam Hussein was captured by U.S. forces at a farmhouse in ad-Dawr near Tikrit in a hole, named Operation Red Dawn. Bearded up, Hussein was unrecognizable, it was the first time the public saw the former Iraqi leader in months. 


Free Mandela: 

On February 11, 1990, after 27 years of incarceration, Nelson Mandela was released from Victor Verster Prison. This was the first picture that was taken of Mandela after his departure. Mandela was accompanied by his wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and was greeted at the gates of the prison by thousands of waiting supporters. 


The Drummer:

On September 19, 2008, Travis Barker was injured when the Learjet 60 he boarded, crashed outside Columbia, South Carolina. This was one of the first snapped of the hip-pop drummer. 


The Magician:

On October 3, 2003, during a show at The Mirage, Roy Horn, the other half of the Las Vegas magician act “Sigfried & Roy,” was bitten on the neck by a seven-year-old male tiger named Montecore. After a seven month recovery, Roy made his first appearance, sitting down and talking with ABC News.