On this day
The Amnesty Proclamation was issued.
On this day back in 1863, then-US President Abraham Lincoln officially issued the Amnesty Proclamation – which would establish a plan to help reconstruct the nation post-slavery while honoring the US Constitution.
The Clifton Suspension Bridge opened.
In 1864, the Clifton Suspension Bridge, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, finally opened in Bristol, England. Tragically, the bridge opened five years after his death.
Nuclear weapons were banned from space!
As bizarre an event as it might sound, today in 1966, the US and USSR signed a famous treaty to prohibit the use of nuclear weapons in outer space. This was during the Cold War when nuclear weapons were a very dangerous threat on Earth alone – but the so-called "Star Wars" agreement would keep these weapons Earthbound.
Annie Leibovitz took a photo of John Lennon.
While it might not sound like a huge event, photographer Leibovitz took a photo of ex-Beatle John Lennon today back in 1980 – it would be his last. Lennon was brutally murdered the same day.
The Cusco Declaration was signed.
In 2004, the Cusco Declaration was signed in Cuzco, Peru. The declaration officially established the Union of South American Nations.
Special Days Falling on December 8thAs much as we all tend to focus on our own celebrations in December, it is important to remember that around the world, others are celebrating their own special days. Here are some of the biggest events taking place around the world today.
Japan marks Bodhi Day every December 8th, otherwise known as Rohatsu to citizens. It’s a day of spiritual reflection and celebration that’s actually moved dates over the years thanks to Japan moving to the Gregorian calendar during its “Westernization.” It’s an important occasion for practicing Buddhists to reflect on the Four Noble Truths. Many people celebrating today will decorate trees, too.
National Youth Day
December 8th also marks National Youth Day for people in Albania – because it marks the 1990s student protests against then-Dictator Enver Hoxha. Students from the university named after the leader would march and demand political reform – the number of protestors grew to 3,000 over the course of just three days! The event has gone down as pivotal in the rebuilding of Albania’s establishment.
Santa Marian Kamalen Day
Guam also has cause to celebrate today, as Santa Marian Kamalen Day marks an important spiritual occasion for citizens. It’s a day that meets the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, with the Virgin Mary and the wood and ivory image of Our Lady of Camarin receiving praise from thousands. The celebrations today typically start around midday, as people gather outside the Cathedral Basilica. There’s typically a procession that takes place after spiritual practice.