On this day
Francis Drake landed in California.
Back in 1579, famous English navigator Francis Drake landed on the coast of California - at Drakes Bay to be more precise - which he gave the name New Albion. It wouldn’t be too long before the English started to journey over to the New World and initiate the United States of America.
Mumtaz Mahal passed away.
If you have never heard of Mumtaz Mahal, you have very likely heard of her memorial! Following her death in childbirth in 1631, Shah Jahan, Indian Emperor and Mahal’s husband, dedicated the next two decades to building her tomb. The name of the tomb might be familiar - it’s the majestic Taj Mahal. What a celebration of life!
Lady Liberty made her way to the US!
Back in 1885, today was the date that the Statue of Liberty finally arrived in New York City! Traveling via the good ship Isere, Lady Liberty was a French gift from one nation to another, and it’s now known as one of the most iconic American landmarks of all time.
Dolly Parton made our hearts sing.
In 1973, Dolly Parton first presented her song “I Will Always Love You” to the world However, it’s a rare case in that a cover version is arguably better known - as the late Whitney Houston put her own spin on the tune for the soundtrack to classic 90s movie The Bodyguard.
Special Days Falling on June 17thLet’s put the history books away for now and focus on the present! Today’s a great day to celebrate our refuse collectors, sample some strudel, and even embrace a croc or two (not literally!).
Global Garbage Man Day
Garbage people are genuine unsung heroes of the modern age. Who deals with all our waste once we throw it out? The garbage man - and today’s the day to show your local refuse collector some appreciation. They’ve got to really love what they do - right?
World Croc Day
No, not the cult footwear - the animal! World Croc Day is all about learning more about what makes crocodiles tick, and how we can all do our bit to help protect their habitats. Did you know that crocodiles are some of the oldest animals on Earth? Rumor has it they were left over from the age of dinosaurs - and were protected underwater when the extinction event took place!