17 June: World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

The United Nations’ World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is annually observed on June 17 to highlight the urgent need to limit desertification and recover from drought. Desertification does not refer to the expansion of existing deserts but to the degradation of land in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas, caused primarily by human… Read More   17 June: World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

Franklin’s kite

   Franklin’s kite   15 June 1752: this is the traditional date for Benjamin Franklin’s kite experiment (the exact date is unknown), which proved that lightning is electricity At the time electricity wasn’t “useful” yet, but it was just used for amusement. It was a polite entertainment for ladies and gentlemen who enjoyed creating  sparks… Read More Franklin’s kite

June 9, 1537: Sublimis Deus

On 9 June 1537 Pope Paul III unequivocally declared that Native Americans were rational beings with souls, “truly men” with the qualities and faults of other humans, and not beasts, therefore they should not be reduced to slavery (papal bull Sublimis Deus =The Sublime God)