The Santa Barbara song bird is declared extinct, and Al Gore wins a Nobel Peace Prize.
Sat, Oct 12 2013 at 6:00 AM
Oct. 12, 1954: Hurricane Hazel
begins its path of destruction, sweeping over western Haiti and killing between 400 and 1,000. Another 95 people perish in the U.S. as the storm makes landfall in North Carolina three days later. The storm continues inland and passes into Canada near Toronto. Flooding and high winds claim another 100 lives in Canada.
Oct. 12, 1983:
The Santa Barbara song sparrow
is officially declared extinct. Last seen in California’s Channel Islands in 1967, the birds are believed to have been wiped out when rabbits were introduced to the islands. At right, a song sparrow from San Francisco.
Photo: Will Elder/National Park Service
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