A baby elephant takes a mud bath at the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Tuesday. The baby, which has not yet been named, will go on public display starting Friday. Mike Stark/AP
Actor Yoav Donat, director Samuel Maoz, actor Michael Moshonov, and actor Zohar Strauss pose during the photo call for the film 'Lebanon,' at the 66th Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, on Tuesday. Andrew Medichini/AP
Matina Shakya, the Living Goddess Kumari Devi, is carried during the Indrajatra festival in Katmandu, Nepal, on Tuesday. Gopa Chitrakar/Reuters
A Los Angeles fire truck is pulled from a sinkhole in the Valley Village neighborhood of Los Angeles on Tuesday. Four firefighters escaped injury after their fire engine sunk into a large hole caused by a broken water main in the San Fernando Valley, authorities said. Nick Ut/AP
Indian children from impoverished families take part in an outdoor class as part of a mobile study program by the Chalta Firta School in a slum neighborhood of New Delhi, India. Kevin Frayer/AP
Models display wedding dresses made mostly from toliet paper in Tel Aviv on Tuesday. Seven designers created gowns made mostly from toliet paper as part of an advertising campaign for an Israeli toliet paper company to mark Sept. 9, 2009, one of the most popular dates for wedding ceremonies. Gil Cohen Magen/Reuters
Cars are partially submerged near the sea, following flash floods in Selimpassa, Turkey, on Tuesday. Flash floods were triggered by torrential rains in the region and have caused deaths, washed away a bridge and caused massive damage to many hundreds of homes and small businesses. Ibrahim Usta/AP
Lubna Hussein, a former journalist and UN press officer, smiles after her release in Sudan's capital Khartoum on Tuesday. Ms. Hussein, who was jailed for wearing trousers deemed indecent, was freed on Tuesday after the country's journalists' union said it had paid a $200 fine on her behalf. Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters
Traffic slows while crossing the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco on Tuesday. Commuters took alternate routes to San Francisco thinking that the Bay Bridge was still closed after workers discovered a crack in a steel link while conducting seismic upgrades to the 73-year-old bridge over the holiday weekend. Eric Risberg/AP
A water buffalo pulls a log from a burnt Lampesue forest in the Luwu district of Indonesia's South Sulawesi province on Tuesday. Indonesia's parliament passed a new environment bill, giving the Environment Ministry the power to revoke polluters' business licenses, which environmentalists say could lead to more effective enforcement. Yusuf Ahmad/Reuters
Students listen to President Barack Obama speak about the importance of education at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Va., on Tuesday. Larry Downing/Reuters
Mirrikatiwatt Murray (l.) and Donnell Gates, students at Nap Ford Charter School in Orlando, Fla., watch a webcast of President Barack Obama on a classroom computer as he delivers remarks from a school in Arlington, Va., on Tuesday. Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/AP
Seventy years ago, AP's Joe Rosenthal took the now iconic photo of US Marines raising the flag at Iwo Jima. The Christian Science Monitor reported why the tiny island played such a huge role in the war's Pacific theater.
ByJoseph C. Harsch, Staff writer
This article originally ran in The Christian Science Monitor on Feb. 23, 1945, on the same day when Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal took the now iconic photo of US Marines raising the nation's flag on the island of Iwo Jima in the Pacific Ocean. The Monitor's Joseph C. Harsch explained at the time why Iwo Jima played such an important role in the US campaign in the Pacific during World War II.