A Russian woman tries to shelter her infant amidst the ruins while Axis forces shell of the small village of Krasnaya Sloboda during Operation Barbarossa, the Axis invasion of the Soviet Union. Krasnaya Sloboda, Bryansk Oblast, Russia, Soviet Union. 30 August 1941. Image taken by Anatoly Garanin.
AP photojournalist Horst Faas took this photo of Larry Wayne Chaffin on June 18, 1965, during the Vietnam War with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Battalion on defense duty at Phouc Vinh airstrip in South Vietnam.
June 11, 1963, Thich Quang Duc, a Buddhist monk from Vietnam, burned himself to death at a busy intersection in downtown Saigon to bring attention to the repressive policies of the Catholic Diem regime that controlled the South Vietnamese government at the time. Buddhist monks asked the regime to lift its ban on flying the traditional Buddhist flag, to grant Buddhism the same rights as Catholicism, to stop detaining Buddhists and to give Buddhist monks and nuns the right to practice.
Apart from annual national holidays, history scarcely invokes events by the dates on which they occurred, but September 11 immediately joined the Fifth of November and the Ides of March as a day that would forever live in infamy.