Construction begins at Chernobyl, and an earthquake shakes Guatemala and Honduras.
Mon, Feb 04 2013 at 6:00 AM
Feb. 4, 1970:
Ground is broken for the Chernobyl nuclear station
complex north of Kiev in the Ukraine. The plant’s first reactor starts operation in 1977. Its fourth reactor explodes and burns in 1986 in the worst nuclear power accident in history.
Feb. 4, 1985:
The brown pelican
(at right) is removed from the U.S. Endangered Species list after 15 years of protection. The birds had made a strong recovery following the 1972 ban on DDT.
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