June 16, 1972:
Declaring that "The protection and improvement of the human environment … is the urgent desire of the peoples of the whole world and the duty of all governments," the U.N.'s first environment summit
ends in Stockholm, Sweden.
June 16, 1987: Orange Band
, the last member of its species — named for the ID band tied to its leg — died in Florida. The dusky seaside sparrow was once common along a stretch of the Atlantic coast of central Florida, but intense development doomed the species.
June 16, 1994:
Off-limits for hunting for nearly half a century, California gray whales
(at right) are removed from the Endangered Species List.
Photo: Jim Borrowman, Straitwatch/NOAA