June 4: China's Longest Night
During the night of June 3-4, 1989, the People's Liberation Army viciously cleared Beijing's Tiananmen Square, where more than a million people had gathered, talked, sung, and celebrated. During the night thousands died. Blood marked pavements, corpses littered streets and alleys. The papier-mâché Goddess of Democracy, a monument to freedom that dominated the square, was smashed. It was China's longest night.