Nov. 29, 1979: The floodgates are closed for the first time on the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Tellico Dam, ending a six-year controversy. The dam’s construction was opposed due to the presence of the snail darter, a small endangered fish, in the Tellico River.
Nov. 29, 2000: In compliance with a treaty calling for complete destruction of chemical weapons, the U.S. completes incinerating its stockpile of nerve gas, mustard gas and sarin at Johnston Atoll in the Pacific. Incineration continues at multiple sites across the continental U.S.
Nov. 29, 2008: In the second major stranding in a week, 150 long-finned pilot whales beach themselves and die in Tasmania, Australia.
Nov. 29, 2010: Philanthropist Richard Goldman (at right in 2009) dies at age 90. He created the Goldman Environmental Prize to honor grassroots environmental activists.
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