On 10 June 1963, Vietnamese monk Thích Quảng Đức burned himself to death at a busy intersection in Saigon. He emerged from a car, seated himself in the lotus position and meditated while his colleagues poured gasoline over him. Đức then struck a match and dropped it on himself. As flames consumed his robes and flesh, “he never moved a muscle, never uttered a sound, his outward composure in sharp contrast to the wailing people around him.” The self-immolation was done in response to the persecution of Buddhists by South Vietnam’s Ngo Dinh Diem administration. This picture, first published in black and white, was taken by Associated Press photographer Malcolm Browne.
There were many shots taken at this session, although one is the famous iconic image (not this one). I’m not sure if Muhammad Ali liked The Beatles, as their emergence on the American music scene began to divide the Pop and R & B charts that were gradually coming together in the early 60s. Some in the African American community thought the Fab Four’s arrival diminished the importance of their own artists, given The Beatles success with a lot of covers of 1950’s early Rock N’ Roll.