London institutes a congestion charge, and Leyte is buried under rock and mud.
Mon, Feb 17, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Feb. 17, 1993:
In his first State of the Union address
, U.S. President Bill Clinton promotes the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and promises "appropriate safeguards for our workers and for the environment." Clinton also proposes a "BTU tax" on energy consumption, and observes, "I'd like to use that Superfund to clean up pollution for a change and not just pay lawyers."
Feb. 17, 2003:
The London Congestion Charge
debuts. Mayor Ken Livingstone invokes the controversial measure in which each motorist entering central London must pay a daily £5 ($8) fee. The charge is intended to reduce accidents, gridlock and pollution (at right). Traffic drops by 25 percent on the first day.
Feb. 17, 2006:
A massive mudslide
buries a town on the Philippine island of Leyte. Years of deforestation and irresponsible mining are blamed for the slide, which kills more than 1,100. About one-quarter of the fatalities are children inside an elementary school that is engulfed by the landslide.
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