Dec. 30, 1974:
An animal not found in the U.S. is given protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act: Three species of Australian kangaroos
— the red, the Eastern gray, and the Western gray — are listed as endangered to prevent import of their products into the U.S. The kangaroos bounce back and are de-listed in 1995.
Dec. 30, 1986:
In what is almost certainly the largest canary layoff in history
, the last 200 canaries on duty in British and Welsh coal mines are replaced by electronic gas monitors.
Dec. 30, 1990:
The Washington Post reports that J.R. Spradley
, a U.S. delegate at an international climate change conference, tells the Bangladeshi delegation that their nation getting swamped by sea level rise won’t be such a bad thing: "The situation is not a disaster; it is merely a change. The area won't have disappeared; it will just be underwater. Where you now have cows, you will have fish."