Today in History: Kyoto Protocol adopted in 1997

Today in History: Kyoto Protocol adopted in 1997

The Kyoto Protocol is an international agreement linked to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which commits its parties by setting internationally binding emission reduction targets – in essence the closest thing to a working global agreement to fight climate change. A total of 192 countries have signed and ratified the Kyoto Protocol; only Afghanistan, Sudan & the USA have not signed the treaty.

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Today is International Animal Rights Day

Today is International Animal Rights Day
Every year International Animal Rights Day is celebrated on December 10. This observance coincides with the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights declared in 1948, and this has been made deliberately.
On December 10, 1948 the UN General Assembly adopted and declared the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to prevent the repetition of World War II and concentration camps. But some years ago activists demanded expansion of the Declaration, stating that animals also have rights not to suffer pain and die because of human activity. At that time the term of speciesism was coined in order to talk about discrimination of the sentient beings due to the species they belong to. Animals can’t protect themselves from people, who think that they are superior just because they were born like this. Observance of International Animal Rights Day draws public attention to the issues of speciesism and discrimination. Annually numerous campaigns are organized on December 10 in order to recognize animal rights, stop deliberate cruelty and killing animals.

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Today in History: David Klein died in 2005

Today in History: David Klein died in 2005
David Klein was an American artist who is perhaps best known for the iconic travel images he created for Trans World Airlines (TWA) during the 1950s and 1960s. Klein studied art in Los Angeles and was a member of the California Watercolor Society during the 1930s. He served as an illustrator for the U.S. Army during World War II and moved to New York in 1953 where he worked as an art director for a theater advertising agency while also producing posters for successful plays. His breakthrough as a commercial artist came when he developed the advertising campaign for TWA. He created dozens of vibrant posters that display famous landmarks in an abstract style. David Klein passed away in New York in 2005 at the age of 87.

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Today in History: Jim Morrison born in 1943

Today in History: Jim Morrison born in 1943

75 years ago today, James Douglas “Jim” Morrison, one of the most iconic and influential frontmen in rock music history and lead vocalist of the Doors, was born. Morrison co-founded the Doors during the summer of 1965 in Venice, California. The band spent two years in obscurity until shooting to prominence with their #1 single in the United States, “Light My Fire.” Morrison recorded a total of six studio albums with the Doors, all of which sold well and received critical acclaim. Morrison developed an alcohol dependency during the 1960s, which at times affected his performances on stage. He died in 1971 at the age of 27 in Paris. Though the Doors recorded two more albums after Morrison’s death, the loss of him crippled the band and they split up in 1973. In 1993, Jim Morrison, as a member of the Doors, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Today in History: John Lennon killed in 1980

Today in History: John Lennon killed in 1980
38 years ago today, the death of English musician, songwriter and front man of the Beatles, John Lennon, sparked worldwide shock and sadness: on December 8, 1980 John Lennon was fatally shot by a deranged fan in front of his apartment complex in New York City. Together with Paul McCartney, John Lennon formed the most successful songwriting partnership in musical history. Lennon left the Beatles in 1969 and later produced albums with his wife, Yoko Ono, among others. After a 5 year break from music, Lennon had just returned to the recording studio in 1980. Tragically, only a few weeks after the release of his new album Double Fantasy, he was shot and killed.

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Today is Independence Day in Finland

Today is Independence Day in Finland

Finland’s Independence Day commemorate the country’s declaration of independence from the Russian Democratic Federative Republic. The territory of present-day Finland became a part of Sweden in the 13th century. In 1809, Sweden was defeated by Russia in the Finnish war, and Finland became an autonomous part of the Russian Empire. When the 1917 February Revolution occurred in Russia, Finland got a chance to withdraw from Russian rule. The Parliament of Finland adopted the Finnish declaration of independence on December 6, 1917.
Independence Day has been celebrated since the first year of Finland’s independence. It used to be quite a solemn occasion marked by church services and patriotic speeches. However, in the 1970s its atmosphere became more informal, for example, concerts have become an integral part of the celebration. Of course, formal ceremonies take place as well. The holiday begins with a flag-raising ceremony on Observatory Hill in Helsinki. As Independence Day is an official flag day, the flag must be flown from public buildings until dusk. The ceremony is followed by a special church service and official visits to the war memorials to honor those who died in the Second World War. In the evening, about 2,000 guests attend the Presidential Independence Day reception.

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Today in History: Fritz Lang born in 1890

128 years ago today, the ground-breaking film director and screenwriter Friedrich Christian Anton “Fritz” Lang was born in Vienna. In the 1920s, Lang made film history with silent movies like “Nibelungen” (1924) and “Metropolis” (1926). His film “M” (1931) is considered a precursor to the film noir genre. In his famous and much-quoted masterpiece “Metropolis” he drew the dark future vision of a world in which the proletariat was serving the machines in an impersonal world city. Fritz Lang emigrated to the USA in 1933 and together with Bertolt Brecht directed the movie “Hangmen Also Die” (1942), directed against the Nazi regime in Germany. In 1963 he was awarded the German Film Award and in 1966 the Federal Cross of Merit. Land died in 1976.

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