|American History & Culture||US/World Environmental History||Year||National Strike Force (NSF)|
|First Earth Day. More than 20 million people participate.
President Nixon forms the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Clean Air Act passed, regulating air emissions.
|Clean Water Act is passed, placing pollution limits on water discharges and sewage.
EPA bans DDT.
|Endangered Species Act passed to protect wildlife.
The International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL).
|1973||National Strike Force Established|
|The Equal Rights Amendment approved by Congress.|
|The Safe Drinking Water Act regulates pollutants to ensure that people drink safe water.||1974|
|Secretariat wins the Triple Crown.
Richard Nixon resigns; Gerald Ford becomes president.
|Congress passes legislation that sets standards for automobile tail-pipe emissions. Automakers begin adding catalytic converters to cars.||1975||Mystery Spill (South Florida Coast)|
|The Toxic Substances Control Act empowers the EPA to track industrial chemicals used in the United States, as well as to ban those that pose a threat.
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act passed to control handling and disposal of hazardous waste.
|1976||Argo Merchant Oil Spill (Nantucket, Mass.)
|Bicentennial of the United States is celebrated.|
|Clean Air Act Amendments passed.
Clean Water Act passed.
|The movie Star Wars hits theaters.
Jimmy Carter becomes president.
|Sony introduces the Walkman, a portable audio cassette player.
“Blizzard of 1978” batters the Northeast. Snowfall ranges from 2–4 ft.
|1978||Brazilian Marina Response (Sao Paulo, Brazil)|
|EPA bans PCB manufacture.
U.S. sues for Love Canal cleanup
|1979||IXTOC I oil spill (Texas Coast)
|An accident occurs at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Middletown, Pennsylvania.|
|Congress creates the Superfund, setting aside large amounts of money to clean up hazardous waste sites.||1980|
|"Miracle on Ice" as US ice hockey team beats Soviet Union at the Winter Olympics.
Mt. St. Helens volcano, in Washington State, erupts.
|Inauguration of Ronald Reagan as the 40th president of the United States.
First space shuttle launched.
|The word “Internet” used for the first time.
Michael Jackson releases "Thriller".
|Compact discs begin to replace vinyl records.||1983||M/V City of Greenville (St. Louis)|
|Apple introduces the Mac.||1984|
|A team of British scientists reports that there is a hole in the ozone layer over the Antarctic.||1985|
|New York Mets top Red Sox in World Series.||1986||Space Shuttle Challenger recovery (Atlantic Ocean)|
|United States is one of 24 nations to sign the Montreal Protocol, an agreement to phase out production of chlorofluorocarbons(CFCs) that destroy the ozone layer.||1987|
|The New York Giants beat the Broncos in Super Bowl.|
|EPA sets standards for underground storage tanks.
Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act Amendments of 1988 passed.
|EPA publishes first Toxic Release Inventory.||1989||M/V Exxon Valdez oil spill (Prince William Sound, Alaska)|
|George H.W. Bush becomes president.
The Simpsons show debuts on Fox.
Fall of the Berlin Wall.
|Earth Day 20th Anniversary is celebrated on April 22. One hundred million people around the globe participate.
Pollution Prevention Act passed.
|Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) signed into law.
Hubble Telescope placed into orbit.
|The World Wide Web makes its debut.||1991|
|EPA commits to reducing environmental risks to minorities.||1992|
|Bill Clinton becomes the 42nd president of the United States.||1993||Barge Bouchard (Tampa, Fla.)|
|New standards require chemical plants to reduce toxic air pollution by more than half a million tons each year.
EPA presents first Energy Star computer awards.
|1994||San Jacinto River oil spill (Texas)|
|On Earth Day, a student-led campaign delivers the Environmental Bill of Rights to Congress.||1995||Hurricane Opal (Florida Panhandle)|
|It becomes mandatory that public suppliers of drinking water provide customers information about the chemicals and microbes in their water.||1996||TWA Flight 800 crash (off East Moriches, N.Y.)
|Dolly, the first sheep cloned from adult cells, is born.|
|Thirty-eight industrialized nations sign the Kyoto Protocol, agreeing to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by about 5% over 15 years.
U.S. and Canada move to eliminate toxics in Great Lakes.
|1997||Red River flood (North Dakota)|
|Princess Diana killed in car crash.|
|Baseball legend Cal Ripken, Jr. ends his record consecutive games streak at 2,632.
Dale Earnhardt wins the Daytona 500.
Seinfeld finale episode after nine seasons on NBC.
|New emissions standards are set for automobiles, requiring them to become 77% to 95% cleaner.||1999|
|The Senate overwhelmingly approves a $7.8 billion aid plan to restore the Everglades in Florida.
EPA endorses cleaner diesel fuels plan.
|2000||Pepco oil spill (Eagle Harbor, Md.)
|The head of Forest Service halts harvesting of old-growth timber on public lands.
U.S. decides not to sign the Koyoto Protocol .
|George W. Bush becomes president.
Wikipedia, a web-based, collaborative encyclopedia, is created.
Patriots win first of three Super Bowls.
|9/11 Terrorist Attacks (New York City/Washington D.C.)|
|American Idol airs for the first time.||2002|
|EPA proposes the first-ever mercury emissions regulations on power plants.
New Clean School Bus program reduces children's exposures to diesel emissions from buses.
|2003||Space Shuttle Columbia recovery (Texas)
|EPA informs the governors of 31 states that the air pollution in their states does not meet federal health standards.||2004||Athos I oil spill (Philadelphia)
|Red Sox break "Curse of Bambino" and win World Series.|
|EPA issues the Clean Air Interstate Rule and the Clean Air Mercury Rule.||2005||Hurricanes Katrina and Rita (U.S. Gulf Coast)|
|Lance Armstrong wins a record 7th Tour de France.
|Population of the United States reaches three hundred million.||2006||DBL 152 oil spill (Gulf of Mexico)|
|Arctic sea ice hits at an all-time low.
Through the Energy Star program, EPA prevents greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 27 million vehicles.
|2007||Cosco Busan Response (San Francisco, Calif.)
|EPA determines that greenhouse gases threaten public health and the environment.||2009||CAPECO tank farm fire (Bayamón, Puerto Rico)|
|Barack Obama becomes the first African American president and the country's 44th president.
New York Yankees win 27th World Series.
|EPA proposes tightening smog standard to improve air quality and protect public health.||2010||Haitian Earthquake Response (Haiti)|
|2010||Deep Water Horizon|
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