March 28, 1960:
The U.S. Supreme Court rejects a case
brought by gardeners on Long Island upset by indiscriminate spraying of DDT and other pesticides. The case was followed closely by author Rachel Carson as she wrote her epic book "Silent Spring."
March 28, 1898:
South Africa establishes the Kruger Game Preserve
to protect vanishing wildlife. The preserve is made a National Park in 1926.
March 28, 1979:
At about 4 am on this day, a series of mechanical and human-error failures shuts down cooling water to a nuclear reactor at Three Mile Island
, near Pennsylvania's capital city of Harrisburg. By nightfall, the prospect of a major radiation release seemed minimal. But those initial limited projections, unfortunately, proved wrong.
March 28, 1990:
"The Ants," a book by Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson
(at right, in 2007) and Bert Holldobler, is published. It wins the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction for its descriptions of the ordered society of ant colonies.
March 28, 2001:
U.S. President George W. Bush officially rejects the Kyoto Climate Change
accord. Fearing its rejection, President Bill Clinton had also never presented the Treaty to the U.S. Senate for approval.