Feb. 20, 1902: Ansel Adams
, photographer of iconic nature scenes in the American West, is born in San Francisco.
Feb. 20, 2009: BP agrees to pay $180 million to settle pollution and safety violations at its Texas City, TX refinery, where 15 died in a 2005 explosion.
Feb. 20, 2012:
Environmental scientist and researcher Peter Gleick admits obtaining internal documents
from the climate-skeptic Heartland Institute by posing as a Heartland board member. Gleick later apologizes for an ethical lapse, but Heartland begins a year-long decline based on the documents’ contents.
Photo: Paul Sakuma/AP