Tuesday, the 17th of June, 2014 is the 168th day in 2014 and in the 25th calendar week.
General Events:
World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
June 17, 2014 in the World
World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is celebrated on June 17, 2014. The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is a United Nations observance each year. Its purpose is to highlight ways to prevent desertification and recover from drought. Each annual celebration has a different theme. This day was proclaimed on January 30, 1995 by the United Nations General Assembly.
Desertification is a type of land degradation in which a relatively dry land region becomes increasingly arid, typically losing its bodies of water as well as vegetation and wildlife. It is caused by a variety of factors, such as climate change and human activities. Desertification is a significant global ecological and environmental problem.
Techniques exist for mitigating or reversing the effects of desertification, however there are numerous barriers to their implementation. One of these is that the costs of adopting sustainable agricultural practices sometimes exceed the benefits for individual farmers, even while they are socially and environmentally beneficial.[citation needed] Another issue is a lack of political will, and lack of funding to support land reclamation and anti-desertification programs.
Where is the event?
Worldwide
Icelandic National Day
June 17, 2014 in Iceland
Icelandic National Day is celebrated on June 17, 2014. Icelandic National Day is a holiday in Iceland and celebrates the day in 1944 that The Republic of Iceland was formed. The date of 17 June was chosen because it is the birthday of Jón Sigurðsson, a major figure of Icelandic culture and the leader of the 19th century Icelandic independence movement.
Where is Icelandic National Day?
Nationwide Iceland
Occupation of the Latvian Republic Day
June 17, 2014 in Lativa
Occupation of the Latvian Republic Day takes place on June 17, 2014. Occupation of the Latvian Republic Day is an official day of remembrance in Latvia. The holiday is observed to recall the Soviet occupation of Latvia in 1940.
Where is Occupation of the Latvian Republic Day?
Nationwide Lativa
Eat Your Vegetables Day
June 17, 2014 in the World
Today is Eat Your Vegetables Day! Remember how your parents used to tell you to eat your vegetables? They were right: vegetables are essential for living a long, healthy life, and they are also delicious! In recent years, there has been a steady rise in the number of American families that grow their own vegetables. The most popular crops for home gardening are tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers, and beans.
There are many ways to celebrate Eat Your Vegetables Day. Swap your junk food snack for fresh vegetables, start a container garden on your back porch, make a big salad for your family and friends, or become a vegetarian for the whole day! Enjoy!
Where is Eat Your Vegetables Day?
Worldwide
Historical Events:
656 – Ali ibn Abu Talib chosen kalief of Islam
1565 – Matsunaga Hisahide assassinates the 13th Ashikaga shogun, Ashikaga Yoshiteru.
1579 – Sir Francis Drake lands on coast of California at Drakes Bay, names it “New Albion”
1631 – Mumtaz Mahal dies during childbirth. Her husband, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I, then spends more than 20 years building her tomb, the Taj Mahal.
1837 – Charles Goodyear obtains his 1st rubber patent
1885 – Statue of Liberty arrived in NYC aboard French ship `Isere’
1916 – US troops under Gen Pershing march into Mexico
1939 – Last public guillotining in France. Eugen Weidmann, a convicted murderer, is guillotined in Versailles outside the prison Saint-Pierre.
1944 – Iceland declares independence from Denmark
1944 – Republic of Iceland proclaimed at Thingvallir, Iceland
1945 – Day of Unity in West Germany (National Day)
1950 – 1st kidney transplant (Chicago)
1958 – The Wooden Roller Coaster at Playland, which is in the Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver, Canada opened, and is still open to this day
1967 – 1st Chinese hydrogen bomb explodes
1967 – China becomes world’s 4th thermonuclear (H-bomb) power
1970 – Edwin Land patents Polaroid camera
1987 – With the death of the last individual, the Dusky Seaside Sparrow becomes extinct.
1988 – Women sentenced to 90 years in 1st product tampering murder case
1991 – South Africa abolishes last of its apartheid laws
1994 – OJ Simpson doesn’t turn himself in on murder charges, LA cops chase his Ford Bronco for 1½ hours, eventually gives up (seen live on TV)