Chicago sets a record temperature, and Godzilla saves Tokyo from the smog monster Hedorah.
Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 6:00 AM
July 24, 1971:
After a lucrative film career based on destroying Tokyo, Godzilla becomes an environmentalist and saves the city. "Godzilla Versus the Smog Monster
" is released on this day. Hedorah is a smog/sludge/sulfur-spewing flying creature brought to earth by a meteor. But Godzilla rules.
July 24, 1980:
The Global 2000 Report
is delivered to U.S. President Jimmy Carter. The report projects future challenges posed by a growing world population and a threatened environment.
July 24, 2011:
A two week-long heatwave ends
after sweeping through central and eastern North America. At least 33 deaths are blamed on the heat in the U.S., with at least ten more in Canada.
Photo: National Park Service
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