We chose this photo of a peregrine falcon—a female, walking across the rail of a balcony in Chicago—to inspire hope on Endangered Species Day. Not every animal listed as endangered is doomed to extinction. Peregrine populations were decimated by the use of pesticides, such as DDT, in the mid-20th century. The chemicals accumulated in the birds’ bodies, causing weak eggshells and high mortality rates for chicks. But by the 1980s humans had learned the cause, reduced or eliminated the various chemicals, and helped the birds rebound with gusto.
Start date: May 17, 1756
End date: Jan 01, 1763
Clockwise from top left: the Battle of Plassey (23 June 1757); the Battle of Carillon (6–8 July 1758); the Battle of Zorndorf (25 August 1758); the Battle of Kunersdorf (12 August 1759).
(1756) Britain declares war on France over North American colonies.
Also on this day,
1974 | India gets “The Bomb”
1980 | Mount St. Helen erupts
2004 | Johnson’s perfect game