In 1882, Robert Koch announced the discovery of the tuberculosis bacterium. In 1989, the Exxon Valdez ran aground in the Prince William Sound, spilling millions of gallons of oil. In 1999, a NATO coalition began airstrikes against Yugoslavia. In 2015, a German pilot intentionally crashed a passenger jet in the French Alps, killing all 150 aboard.
Andrew W. Mellon (1855-1937), financier; Harry Houdini (1874-1926), magician; Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle (1887-1933), actor/filmmaker; Dorothy Height (1912-2010), civil rights activist; Steve McQueen (1930-80), actor; Bob Mackie (1940- ), fashion designer; Tommy Hilfiger (1951- ), fashion designer; Jim Parsons (1973- ), actor; Alyson Hannigan (1974- ), actress; Peyton Manning (1976- ), football player; Jessica Chastain (1977- ), actress; Chris Bosh (1984- ), basketball player; Starlin Castro (1990- ), baseball player
In 1936, the NHL's longest game was played. The Detroit Red Wings finally beat the Montreal Maroons after 116 minutes, 30 seconds of overtime.
In 1980, Americans put 9.8 percent of their disposable income into savings accounts; by 2005, that number had dropped to 1.5 percent, an all-time low.
"We won't have a society if we destroy the environment." – Margaret Mead
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