Feb. 24, 1895: The New York Times reports that geologists are pondering whether a new Ice Age is on the way, speculating that if "countries now basking in the fostering warmth of a tropical sun will ultimately give way to the perennial frost and snow of the polar regions."

Killer Whale at SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla.Feb. 24, 2007: Bill O'Reilly, Fox News's perpetually angry talkshow host, sits for an interview with Mike Wallace of "60 Minutes."  In an uncharacteristic moment, O'Reilly says he believes in global warming. "Global warming is here. All these idiots running around saying that it isn’t here, that’s ridiculous."

Feb. 24, 2009: In his first State of the Union address, U.S. President Barack Obama tells the nation that the U.S. is falling behind China, Germany, Japan and South Korea as leaders in the clean energy economy.

Feb. 24, 2010: A veteran Sea World trainer is hauled beneath the surface and drowned by one of the marine park's orca whales (at right). Tilikum, a whale that had previously drowned a trainer at Sealand of the Pacific in British Columbia in 1991. The death of Dawn Brancheau is declared an accident by Florida officials.

Feb. 24, 2012:  Monsanto agrees to a $93 million settlement in a class action lawsuit brought by neighbors of its now-closed chemical complex in Nitro, West Virginia.  The firm made Agent Orange, the Vietnam-era defoliant, at its Nitro plant.  Monsanto will fund cleanup and medical monitoring for Nitro residents.

Photo: Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP

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