Throughout history, people have waited in or formed lines for reasons of immense gravitas -- state funerals, disaster relief, fleeing war-torn countries, and other seminal moments. The ones you see in the slideshow above are the kinds of lines that have a seriousness of purpose, weightiness and consequence. Historically important. Portentous. Indelible.
More than a quarter million people wait up to 10 hours in line to view the casket of President John F. Kennedy in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 24, 1963.
Hundreds line up in The Mall to sign the Book of Condolence at St. James's Palace after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997.
Iraqi women queue to vote at a polling station in Basra southern Iraq, in the country's first free elections.
In a scene common throughout the country, people stand in a line that stretches around the block to enter a job fair in New York City in March.