ABU SIMBEL, Egypt (NBC/EBU) - This phenomenon has taken place twice a year for more than 3,000 years of Egyptian history.
Sunlight Tuesday fell on the inner sanctum of Egypt's main temple at Abu Simbel.
The shaft of light pierced the darkness to illuminate the face of Ramses II, whose statue is seated in the presence of Egyptian gods.
The spectacle only happens on Feb. 22 and Oct. 22, which are said to mark Ramses II’s birthday and coronation.
Ramses II’s reign, from 1279 to 1213 BCE, was the second longest in Egyptian history.
A very dangerous situation was averted when crews contained a chemical leak during a fire at a business in Grand Haven Tuesday morning.
World leaders and joyous, singing South Africans honored Nelson Mandela on Tuesday at a rainy Soweto soccer stadium where U.S. President Barack Obama praised him as a "giant of history" and the last great liberator of the 20th century.
Celebrating one of his personal heroes, President Barack Obama praised Nelson Mandela as the last great liberator of the 20th century, urging the world to carry on his legacy by fighting inequality, poverty and discrimination.