Canada suffers its worst weather disaster, and Keiko the orca whale returns to Iceland.
Mon, Sep 09, 2013 at 6:00 AM
Sept. 9, 1775:
A hurricane strikes Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula. In what is still considered Canada’s worst weather disaster
, at least 4,000 die — many of them fishermen or Royal Navy sailors assigned to North America during the American Revolution.
Sept. 9, 1890: Sequoia National Park
is established in California. It is home to some of the largest trees on earth.
Sept. 9, 1998: Keiko
, the orca whale that was captured off Iceland, displayed in a tank at marine parks in Canada and Mexico, then “liberated” with a flight to a better-equipped aquarium in Oregon, is flown back to Iceland as part of an intensive plan to reintroduce him to the wild. Keiko inspires worldwide support and a fictionalized box office hit, "Free Willy," but the release plan does not go well. Keiko beaches himself and dies in 2003.
Sept. 9, 2011:
Heavy rains from back-to-back tropical storms bring record flooding
to the Susquehanna River, prompting 75,000 people to evacuate. After flooding from Hurricane Agnes brought major destruction to Wilkes-Barre and other riverside towns in 1972, a flood-control levee thought to be un-toppable was built. This year, it was topped.
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