Today is World Elephant Day

Today is World Elephant Day

They might be wildlife icons, but, sadly, elephants are in crisis. World Elephant Day is a chance to show our love and support for these much-loved giants and raise awareness of the threats to their future in both Africa and Asia, ranging from ivory poachers and traffickers to loss of habitat. The occasion was founded by the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation, based in Thailand, working together with Canadian film-maker Patricia Sims. The launch of this international initiative in 2012 saw the release of the documentary film ‘Return to the Forest’, narrated by Star Trek legend William Shatner. The ideal way to mark the day is to donate to a charity helping elephants or organise an event in aid of these beautiful but threatened beasts. You could also watch a wildlife film about elephants or sign a petition to raise awareness. (source: http://www.daysoftheyear.com)

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Today in History: Lufthansa was (re)formed in 1954 

Today in History: Lufthansa was (re)formed in 1954 

Lufthansa originally formed back in 1926 as Deutsche Luft Hansa A.G. (the name Deutsche Lufthansa was used as of 1933). But with the defeat of Germany in World War II, the country lost sovereignty over its airspace and Lufthansa had to cease all operations. A new national airline was founded under the name of Luftag in 1953. Luftag acquired the name and logo of Deutsche Lufthansa on August 6, 1954 and was granted approval to launch domestic flights in April of 1955. International operations began in May of 1955 and thus the tradition of the German flag carrier continued.

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Today in History: One million Beetles in 1955

Today in History: One million Beetles in 1955

63 years ago today, the one millionth VW Beetle came off its assembly line in Wolfsburg, Germany, where it is still on display at the Volkswagen Auto Museum.

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Today in History: Firestone Tire and Rubber Company founded in 1900

Today in History: Firestone Tire and Rubber Company founded in 1900

118 years ago today, the American tire company was founded by Harvey Samuel Firestone in Akron, Ohio. In 1988, the company was taken over by Japan’s Bridgestone Corporation.

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Today in History: Los Angeles discovered in 1769

Today in History: Los Angeles discovered in 1769

Spanish Army Captain Gaspar de Portola and Franciscan missionary Juan Crespi discovered the present site of Los Angeles on August 2, 1769. Portola named the area “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula” (in English, town of our lady the Queen of Angels of the little Portion). The city was officialy founded on September 4, 1781, by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve. In 1821, it came part of Mexico following the Mexican War of Independence before it was purchased by the United States in 1848.

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Today In History: Opening of the Berlin Zoo in 1844

Today In History: Opening of the Berlin Zoo in 1844

The Berlin Zoo is the oldest and perhaps best known zoo in Germany. It opened in 1844 and is located in Berlin’s Tiergarten. With a space of 35 hectares (86.5 acres), some 1,380 different species and over 20,000 animals, the Berlin Zoo presents one of the most comprehensive collection of species in the world. The zoo and its aquarium had more than 3.5 million visitors in 2017. It is the most visited zoo in Europe and one of the most popular worldwide.

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Happy Birthday, Switzerland

Happy Birthday, Switzerland

Founded in 1291, the Swiss are celebrating their country’s 727th anniversary today.

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