Sept. 11, 1902: Swept by hot, dry winds, the Yacolt Burn destroys 370 square miles of Washington state forests and kills 38 people.
Sept. 11, 1961: The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) opens its first office in Morges, Switzerland. WWF is now active in more than 100 countries with more than 5 million supporters.
Sept. 11, 1964: Less than an hour from New York City and surrounded by the growing suburbs of Long Island, the Fire Island National Seashore (at right) is created.
Photo: National Park Service
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