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Calendar day; June 17, 2015

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Wednesday, the 17th of June, 2015 is the 168th day in 2015 and in the 25th calendar week.
General Events:
World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
June 17, 2015 in the World
World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is celebrated on June 17, 2015. 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 World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought?
Occupation of the Latvian Republic Day
June 17, 2015 in Lativa
Occupation of the Latvian Republic Day takes place on June 17, 2015. 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
National Eat Your Vegetables Day
June 17, 2015 in the USA
Strategically created in the middle of National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month, this day is the perfect opportunity to re-introduce a healthy portion of vegetables into your diet. No doubt about it, Eat Your Vegetables Day was created to promote a more healthy diet…….for life
As part of a main meal or as a snack, vegetables can be enjoyed in a variety of ways.  Each vegetable has it’s own nutritional content though generally they contain little protein or fat and varying proportions of vitamins such as Vitamin A, Vitamin K and Vitamin B6, provitamins, dietary minerals and carbohydrates.   They also contain a variety of other phytochemicals, some of which are antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and anticarcinogenic properties.   There are some vegetables that also contain fiber which is important for gastrointestinal function.   Another benefit is the important nutrients that vegetables contain that are necessary for healthy hair and skin.
When eating a diet consisting of the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables, it may help lower the risk of heart diseases and type 2 diabetes.  These diets may also help to decrease bone loss and protect against some cancers.  The potassium provided, may help prevent the formation of kidney stones.
It is recommended by the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans, to consume 3 to 5 servings of vegetables per day.  This recommendation may vary however, depending on age and gender.   For most vegetables, one serving is equivalent of 1/2 to 1 cup and can be eaten either raw or cooked.
Where is National Eat Your Vegetables Day?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 17th June:
1291 – Acre last crusader stronghold reconquered and destroyed after 200 years of crusader control by the Mamluks under Sultan al-Ashraf Khalil
1397 – Union of Kalmar established between Denmark, Sweden & Norway
1462 – vlad III the Impaler attempts to assassinate Mehmed II (The Night Attack) forcing him to retreat from Wallachia.
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
1855 – Heavy French/British bombing of Sebastopol, Crimea: 2,000+ killed
1885 – Statue of Liberty arrived in NYC aboard French ship `Isere’
1916 – 1st national congress of Sarekat Islam at Bandoeng Java
1928 – Amelia Earhart leaves Nfld to become 1st woman (passenger) to fly Atlantic (as a passenger in a plane piloted by Wilmer Stultz)
1938 – Japan declares war on China
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)
1953 – Riots in East Germany for reunification
1956 – Golda Meir begins her term as Israel’s foreign minister
1958 – The Wooden Roller Coaster at Playland, which is in the Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver, Canada opened, and is still open to this day
1961 – Russian ballet dancer Rudolph Nureyev defects to west in Frankfurt
1967 – China becomes world’s 4th thermonuclear (H-bomb) power
1970 – Edwin Land patents Polaroid camera
1976 – Indonesia annexes Portuguese East-Timor
1982 – President Galtieri resigns after leading Argentina to defeat
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)


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