Jan.13, 1915: An earthquake centered near Avezzano in the "boot" of Italy claims over 29,000 lives.

Cloned cowsJan. 13, 1939: A firestorm swept across Victoria State in Australia in a tragedy known as that nation's "Black Friday." The bushfire claimed 71 lives, and is still considered one of the worst fires in the nation's history.

Jan. 13, 2005: Two and a half weeks after the devastating Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reports on the toll to the region's fisheries. From Indonesia to East Africa, tens of thousands of fishermen are dead or missing, and tens of thousands of fishing boats are destroyed.

Jan. 13, 2010: The European Food Safety Authority approves the sale of meat and dairy products from cloned animals (at right) in the European Union’s 27 nations.

Jan. 13, 2011:  Australian leaders say that recovery from weeks of flooding will take on “post-war proportions.”  Queensland state, in Northeast Australia, is said to be two-thirds underwater, and Brisbane, Australia’s third-largest city, is devastated.  Scientists link the extraordinary summer rainfall to La Niña weather conditions.

Photo: Chris Gardner/AP

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