December 08

This Day in History

1995

China Places Its Own Panchen Lama in Tibet

"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 … (more...)

1980

John Lennon Shot

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...)

1854

Virgin Mary Declared Free From Original Sin

"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, … (more...)