This Day for You - June 17
World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought :
Desertification, along with climate change and the loss of biodiversity, were identified as the greatest challenges to sustainable development during the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. Two years later, in 1994, the UN General Assembly established the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)and also marked June 17 as the day!
1973 – Leander Paes, Indian tennis player
1837 - Charles Goodyear
The chemist who invented vulcanize rubber, obtains his 1st rubber patent.
1631 – Mumtaz Mahal, wife of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, died while giving birth to the 14th child. Taj Mahal was built in her memory.
1858 – Rani Lakshmibai died on this day, follow her story in Must Watch!
1885 – The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York. To commemorate the American Revolution and the friendship between the U.S. and France, the statue, designed by French sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, the dismantled Statue of Liberty, arrives in New York Harbor after being shipped across the Atlantic Ocean in 350 individual pieces packed in more than 200 cases. The sculptor had modelled the statue after his own mother and taken help from engineer Gustave Eiffel, the man behind Eiffel tower.
1961 – India's first jet aircraft, HAL HF-24 Marut took its first flight. It was a fighter-bomber aircraft.
1944 – Iceland was declared independent and became a republic.