Hernando Cortez arrives in Veracruz, and a natural gas pipeline explodes in Louisiana.
Tue, Mar 04, 2014 at 6:00 AM
March 4, 1519: Hernando Cortez
and 509 soldiers arrive at Veracruz to begin their brutal conquest of the Aztec people. His arrival coincides with an Aztec prophecy that Quetzalcoatl, a major god in Aztec culture, would return.
March 4, 1962: A small nuclear reactor
is activated to provide power for the U.S. Antarctic research base at McMurdo Station (at right, in 2005). Plagued by minor leaks and accidents, the reactor is dismantled 11 years later.
March 4, 1965:
A natural gas pipeline explodes
near Natitoches, La., killing 17 people. The tragedy is credited with inspiring the passage of the Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act three years later.
Photo: ZUMA Press
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