Montara Oil SpillAug. 26, 1768: The Endeavour, skippered by Captain James Cook, departs Plymouth England on a three-year voyage of discovery. Cook sails to the southwest, rounds Cape Horn, and visits Tahiti, New Zealand, and Australia, circling the globe in three years and returning to England in 1771.

Aug. 26, 1924: The sail-powered whaling ship Wanderer breaks up and sinks after getting pounded by a storm in Buzzard’s Bay, Mass. The demise of the New Bedford-based ship is taken as a symbol of the end of the U.S. whaling industry.

Aug. 26, 2010: The Indonesian Government demands compensation of at least $1 billion U.S. for damages to its fishing and marine industries from the Montara oil spill in Australian waters (at right) a year earlier.  The claim is later upped to $2.6 billion.  They don’t get it.

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This feature is compiled by Peter Dykstra, an MNN contributor and publisher of Environmental Health News and The Daily Climate.