Molasses overruns Boston and President Ford outlines a plan to reduce oil imports.
Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Jan. 15, 1919:
A bizarre industrial accident
claims 21 lives in Boston. Temperatures had abruptly risen from near zero to the mid-forties, possibly causing an immense molasses tank to rupture and explode. Two and a half million gallons of molasses pour through the city streets in a sickly-sweet, 25-foot high wall, smothering people and horses and destroying buildings (at right).
Jan. 15, 1975:
In his first State of the Union Address, U.S. President Gerald R. Ford outlines an ambitious plan to reduce foreign oil imports
. His proposals include breaks for the coal and nuclear industries, higher energy taxes, improvements in energy conservation, and reductions in energy demand.
Jan. 15, 2004:
More than three years after losing the most contentious Presidential election in U.S. history, Al Gore blasts President George W. Bush
as a "moral coward" who is "wholly owned by the coal, oil, utility and mining industries."
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