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This Day on TODAY in 2003: Saddam Hussein statue topples

April 9, 2013 at 11:36 AM ET

April 9, 2003 may be best remembered for this iconic image.

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The Iraq War began with "shock and awe" on March 19, 2003. Just a few weeks later, as fighting raged in Baghdad, viewers around the world watched the statue of Saddam Hussein topple. The scene became one of the most symbolic and controversial moments of the war.

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During TODAY's live special coverage on that day, Katie Couric and Tom Brokaw reported on the statue's fall, with Brokaw declaring that the event was "at once a pathetic and symbolic representation of Saddam Hussein. It says it all about what is going on."


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