Young Red kangarooMarch 9, 1957: A magnitude 8.3 earthquake strikes near the Aleutian Islands. There is minor damage in the sparsely-populated islands, but a tsunami sweeps southward across the Pacific, destroying two villages in Hawaii. The wave also causes minor damage near San Diego, California.

March 9, 1983: Anne Gorsuch Burford resigns under fire as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Her stormy tenure at EPA was marked by a scandal over the alleged mishandling of the "Superfund" toxic waste site cleanup program.

March 9, 1995: An animal not found in the U.S. is removed from protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act: Three species of Australian kangaroos – the Red (at right), the Eastern Gray, and the Western Gray – had been listed as endangered to prevent import of their products into the U.S. since 1974.

Photo: ZUMA Press

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