Twenty years ago today, Chinese troops opened fire on unarmed college students leaving hundreds dead in the Tiananmen Square massacre. Here is the BBC report from June 4, 1989:

Here’s a good article in the Christian Science Monitor about where China is twenty years later. The verdict: Richer, but no closer to democracy.

I prefer to remember Tiananmen via this picture:

No one knows what became of “Tank Man” but for a few moments he captivated the world with his courage. I remember seeing a Paul McCartney concert in 1991. Before the show, the giant TV screen showed a history of McCartney along with other historical events. When 1989 rolled around, the crowd watched the video of Tank Man stopping the lumbering Chinese tanks. I will never forget the feeling of 65,000 people cheering just for him — it was electric.