Brown pelicanNov. 11, 1882: The U.S.S. Albatross is christened by the U.S. Fisheries Commission as the world’s first vessel dedicated to fisheries and ocean research.

Nov. 11, 1940: What some remember as a beautiful fall day in the U.S. Midwest soon becomes ugly. The temperature drops by up to 50 degrees, and the Armistice Day Blizzard leaves more than two feet of blowing, drifting snow from Kansas to Michigan. More than 150 people die, many of them hunters taken by surprise in mid-season.

Nov. 11, 2009: Recovering from decades of overhunting and exposure to DDT and other pesticides, the brown pelican is removed from the U.S. Endangered Species List.

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This feature is compiled by Peter Dykstra, an MNN contributor and publisher of Environmental Health News and The Daily Climate.