The Blizzard of '78 buries New England, and environmentalists sink a whaling ship.
Wed, Feb 06 2013 at 6:00 AM
Feb. 6, 1978:
The Blizzard of '78
slams into New England. A brutal version of the region's nor'easter storms drop over two feet of snow. During its peak, nearly four inches of snow per hour falls, stranding thousands of cars on area highways. Huge storm tides destroy beaches and homes along the coast, and 75 deaths are linked to the storm.
Feb. 6, 1980:
The pirate whaling ship Sierra is sunk while awaiting repairs in Lisbon Harbor, Portugal. The ship had been rammed the previous summer by environmentalists aboard the Sea Shepherd
, whose crew takes credit for the sinking.
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