May 19, 1978: After an extensive series in the Niagara Falls Gazette and a torrent of complaints from neighborhood residents, the New York State Department of Health begins a door-to-door canvass of the Love Canal neighborhood in Niagara Falls, N.Y., to assess health impacts from the toxic waste dump in their neighborhood.
May 19, 1989: Daniel Smiley dies at age 82 in Kingston, N.Y. An avid naturalist and science buff, Smiley studied the plant and animal ecology around his family's tourist resort at Lake Mohonk, N.Y., for more than half a century. He also measured the temperature and acidity of the lake on a daily basis to establish one of the oldest continuous records of acid rain impact in the eastern U.S.
May 19, 2007: Well, someone's going to get fooled again: Roger Daltrey (at right, in 2011) blasts the notion of Al Gore's Live Earth concerts to call attention to global warming. "Bollocks to that! …The last thing the planet needs is a rock concert," says the legendary frontman for The Who. "The questions and the answers are so huge I don't know what a rock concert's ever going to do to help…. My answer is to burn all the f***ing oil as quick as possible and then the politicians will have to find a solution."
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