THE UNKNOWN IDENTITY
OF 'TANK MAN'
In 1989, a single man stood alone in the way of a line of tanks, halting their progress toward Tiananmen Square in China.
The photo went on to become iconic. Moments after it was taken, the man was dragged off the street by two other unknown people, allowing the tanks to proceed towards their destination, where protesters were gathered to fight against government corruption and for freedom of speech.
British tabloids nicknamed the lone protestor Tank Man, but his true identity is still unconfirmed. Some believe he was executed for hindering a military operation, others claim he is safe thanks to his anonymity, as there are possible repercussions to what he did, even over 40 years later.
Time Magazine included the ‘unknown rebel’ on a list of the 100 most important people of the 20th century.
Clancy's comment: Let's hope he's safe and well.