A native of South Vietnam, Thich Nu Thanh Quang was born in 1911 and entered a Buddhist monastery to become a nun. She gained international attention on May 28, 1966, when she committed suicide in front of the Dieu De Pagoda in Hue. After dousing herself with five gallons of gasoline, Quang ignited herself and remained motionless in a kneeling position for nine seconds before collapsing. Before her death, she drafted a letter to President Lyndon Johnson calling for the United States to abandon its support for the political regime of Nguyen Cao Ky. Her death triggered a series of mass Buddhist protests throughout the country.