July 19, 1979:
The Greek-registered tanker Atlantic Empress
collided with another tanker, Aegean Princess, during a tropical storm off the Caribbean island of Trinidad. The Atlantic Empress foundered for two weeks before sinking, spilling 90 million gallons of crude in the process.
July 19, 2001:
A 60-car freight train catches fire in a tunnel
beneath downtown Baltimore, crippling the city for hours. The train’s cargo includes propylene glycol, which is used in antifreeze, and hydrochloric acid. Fumes and smoke force the evacuation of much of the downtown area, and a brown goo oozes out of the century-old rail tunnel.
Photo: ZUMA Press