December 08, 1980
Musician John Lennon is shot and killed by an obsessed fan in New York City. The British star, formerly of the rock group The Beatles, had once caused outrage when he declared that the Beatles were "more popular than Jesus." Love and peace were Lennon's central themes; he found love when he married...
December 08, 1854
"On 8 December 1854, Pope Pius IX proclaimed the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception. It proclaimed the status of Mary as free from Original Sin from the instant she was conceived. Until this point, while Mary’s status was universally held to be the pinnacle of virtue, the question of Immaculate C...
December 08, 1995
"On this day in 1995, China clashed with the Dalai Lama in choosing an alternate eleventh Panchen Lama, Buddhism’s second-ranking monk, replacing the chosen six-year-old Panchen Lama who was arrested in China earlier in May.
In Tibetan Buddhism, the Panchen Lama is the second-highest rank...