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On June 30, 1859, Jean-Francois Gravelet (aka Charles Blondin or the "Great Blondin") crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope some 160 feet above the gorge. Blondin's daring act, or "ascension", along the 1,100 foot cable was seen by some 5,000 spectators and led to a series of daring, theatrical performances, inspired by the circus, in other parts of the world. Appealing to the public taste for the morbid through daredevil stunts, Blonde performed even into his seventies, with his last one in Belfast, Ireland in 1896.
World Environment Day began in 1974 and is recognized annually on June 5th as an effort by the United Nations to increase global awareness of and action towards the protection of planet Earth. It was designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 in support of its Conference on the Human Environment and has addressed many many topics and concerns through the years. This year's theme is "Connecting People to Nature" -- inviting us to think about how we are a part of nature and how we depend on it.
News will feature stories about the history and themes of World Environment Day address the importance of nature, the phenomena of the physical world and everything in it.
Harriet Beecher Stowe was born on June 14, 1811 in Litchfield, Connecticut to the Reverend Lyman Beecher and Roxanna Foote Beecher. One of many children, Stowe became a student and then a teacher at Hartford Female Seminary which was founded by her sister Catherine. Harriet began writing stories for a Cincinnati literary club. She became internationally famous with the publication of Uncle Tom's Cabin (1851), an anti-slavery novel. Stowe published more than 30 books, in addition to articles, poems, and hymns.
June 21st, 2017 marks the onset of summer, at the time of the longest day. June solstice is the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the Winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere, and the exact timing depends on when the sun reaches its northernmost point from the equator. Farmer's Almanac predicts 12:24am. Higher in the sky throughput the day, the sun's rays strike Earth at a more direct angle, and typically the sun is seen the longest, even if it is not the hottest day of the year.
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