April 15, 1907:
In his Message to the School-Children of the United States
, President Theodore Roosevelt says, "We of an older generation can get along with what we have, though with growing hardship; but in your full manhood and womanhood you will want what nature once so bountifully supplied and man so thoughtlessly destroyed; and because of that want, you will reproach us, not for what we have used, but for what we have wasted."
April 15, 1955:
The world's largest fast-food chain is born as Ray Kroc opens the first McDonald's franchise in Des Plaines, Ill. (at right). There are more than 32,000 McDonald's franchises today
, serving hamburgers and French fries by the ton and altering the world's food consumption and farming practices.
April 15, 1980:
In a well-intentioned effort to pitch in on America's energy conservation efforts, the town of Winooski, Vt., explores the idea of placing itself inside an 880-acre dome
. As you may have already concluded, this didn't happen.
April 15, 2011:
The Atomic Energy Society of Japan
reports that at least two of the six crippled reactors at the Fukushima Dai-Ichii complex north of Tokyo suffered partial meltdowns. The reactors, located north of Tokyo, survived a magnitude-9.0 earthquake on March 11 but were crippled by the massive tsunami that followed.