On this day, in Saigon, Thich Quang Duc self-immolated himself. This photograph taken by Malcolm Browne of Associated Press was awarded the World Press Photo of the year award.

David Halberstarm who filed his report with the New York Times writes

I was to see that sight again, but once was enough. Flames were coming from a human being; his body was slowly withering and shriveling up, his head blackening and charring. In the air was the smell of burning flesh; human beings burn surprisingly quickly. Behind me I could hear the sobbing of the Vietnamese who were now gathering. I was too shocked to cry, too confused to take notes or ask questions, too bewildered to even think…. As he burned he never moved a muscle, never uttered a sound, his outward composure in sharp contrast to the wailing people around him. (1965: 211)

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