25 years ago today, the world’s tallest outdoor bronze statue of the seated Buddha was completed in Hong Kong. Located near Po Lin Monastery and symbolizing the harmonious relationship between man and nature, the Tian Tan Buddha, is a major center of Buddhism and a popular tourist attraction in Hong Kong.

The 112-foot-tall statue (34m) took 3 years to complete and was finished on the 29th, the day the Chinese recognize as the day of the Buddha’s enlightenment. SEE how big it looks in a video… (1993)

–Featured photo by Oogstweg, GNU license

MORE Good News on this Date:

  • Václav Havel became President of Czechoslovakia, the first non-Communist leader in more than 40 years (1989)
  • Guatemala and leaders of the National Revolutionary Union signed a peace accord ending a 36-year civil war (1996)
  • The New England Patriots became the first NFL team in 35 years to finish the regular season undefeated winning 16 games in a row (2007)
  • The first gay couples were married by the state of Maine, after 53 percent of voters in November supported the initiative – photo, Steven Bridges and Michael Snell were the first couple married in Portland at midnight (2012)

Also, on this date in 1975, gender discrimination was outlawed in the UK. New legislation guaranteed a woman’s right to equal pay and status in the workplace and in society.


The Sex Discrimination and Equal Pay Acts made it illegal to discriminate against women in work, education and training.

And, on this day in 1966, Paul McCartney began studio work on his new song ‘Penny Lane’.penny-lane-sign.jpgNamed for the street near Lennon’s house in The Beatles’ hometown of Liverpool, McCartney and Lennon would regularly meet at the Penny Lane junction to catch a bus into the center of the city.

And, on this day in 1937, Ireland was born when it adopted its own Constitution, 15 years after the Irish War of Independence and its treaty-induced interim government was established.

The document committed Ireland to democratic ideals that enshrined the people as masters. It also provided the right for every child to have a free primary education provided by the State.

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