Time Puts an Historic ‘X’ on Osama bin Laden

By Steve Cohn
05/02/2011

On Monday (May 2), Time magazine announced that its special issue on the killing of Osama bin Laden will be marked with a bloody red "X."  The marking will be the fourth in Time‘s 88-year history. This follows a tradition begun by founder (1923) Henry Luce with Adolf Hitler (May 7, 1945), and continued by 2001-2006 managing editor Jim Kelly with the capture of Saddam Hussein (April 21, 2003) and the killing of bin Laden lieutenant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (June 21, 2006).

Now, Kelly successor (since June 2006) Rick Stengel is doing the same with bin Laden. May 20 issue out on Thursday (May 5) is a special after the May 16 release was advanced to today (May 2) because of the royal wedding.

News from Time updates our story from this morning.