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
If you have Norwegian roots, May 17 is a day to celebrate. It was on this day in 1814 that the Constitution of Norway was signed, declaring Norway an independent kingdom. This historic neighborhood in Trondheim, Norway, would be an ideal place to celebrate. Trondheim is the Norway’s third-largest city, founded by Viking king Olaf Tryggvason in 997. Today, its colorful wharfs and waterways charm visitors from around the world.
Start date: 1951
End date: May 17, 1954
Majority: Warren, joined by unanimous
Judgment and order of the Supreme Court for the case
(1954) US Supreme Court rules school segregation unconstitutional.
Also on this day,
1642 | Montreal founded
1875 | Derby debuts
1902 | Ancient computer found
The owner of this land in Wales could have chopped down the oak tree to make room for more crops, but we like to think he was too fond of the tree. And what’s not to like? Not only do trees provide beautiful scenery, they also offer animal habitat, cooling shade, and jobs. What’s more, they combat climate changes by absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere. Every day should be National Love a Tree Day, in our book.