Aug. 25, 1859: Edwin Drake drills the first successful oil well near Titusville, Pa. Two days later, Drake hits a gusher, taking the first step toward one of the most dramatic changes in human history.
Aug. 25, 1999: After nearly three decades of protection on the U.S. Endangered Species List, the peregrine falcon (at right) is de-listed. Its recovery is attributed to the ban on the pesticide DDT in 1972.
Aug. 25, 2005: Hurricane Katrina makes its first landfall as a Category 1 storm in South Florida. Katrina kills at least six in the state before crossing into the Gulf of Mexico and taking aim at New Orleans.
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