Sept. 25, 1961:
U.S. President John F. Kennedy tells the United Nations
, "we in this hall shall be remembered either as part of the generation that turned this planet into a flaming funeral pyre or the generation that met its vow to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war."
Sept. 25, 1979:
U.S. President Jimmy Carter signs a bill
exempting the Tellico Dam from provisions of the U.S. Endangered Species Act, clearing the way for the dam’s construction. A small, endangered fish, the snail darter (at right), was cited in opposition to the dam’s construction on the Tellico River in Tennessee.
Sept. 25, 1985:
Hurricane Gloria spares Virginia Beach, Va., and veers northward in the Atlantic. The Rev. Pat Robertson
, broadcasting his "700 Club" TV show from his Virginia Beach headquarters, takes credit for praying the storm in a different direction. Hurricane Gloria went on to kill eight people in Long Island and New England.
Sept. 25, 2011:
Wangari Maathai, leader of Africa’s Green Belt Movement
and winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize, dies after a long battle with cancer. The Kenyan environmental crusader advocated for forest protection, access to clean water, and the protection of human rights.
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