Powerful Historic Moments in Photographs

Written descriptions of the past are one thing, but having memorable photos to go along with history's significant events never hurts.

The Burning Monk

Tragic events led to this unforgettable scene. Image: Malcolm Wilde Browne

Malcolm Wilde Browne is Pulitzer Prize awarded reporter and photographer who captured one of the most striking moments in the history of Vietnam’s conflicts – the ritual suicide of Thich Quang Duc.

The Buddhist monk set himself on fire in protest against the repressive regime of Ngo Dinh Diem.

This photo is known as The Burning Monk and it was taken on June 11, 1963.

A series of tragic events preceded this both heroic and horrific act of the Buddhist monk.

The first one was the killing of nine Buddhist monks in early May of 1963 when South Vietnamese soldiers fired at peaceful protesters in the city of Hue.

This event provoked large demonstrations in Saigon at the beginning of June and culminated in the martyrdom of Thich Quang Duc and, in a certain way, changed the course of the history of the Southeast Asian nation.