Krakatoa volcano in 2008Aug. 27, 1883: After months of smaller eruptions, the Indonesian volcano Krakatoa erupts (at right in 2008), obliterating its island and killing an estimated 36,000 people. Volcanic ash circles the earth for the next year and a half, significantly lowering global temperatures.

Aug. 27, 2003: A time-honored environmental villain draws some applause. The DuPont Corporation donates 16,000 acres of its land adjacent to the Okeefenokee National Wildlife Refuge to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the nonprofit Conservation Fund. DuPont abandoned plans to mine titanium dioxide along the perimeter of the swamp, best-known as the setting for the comic strip Pogo.

Aug. 27, 2005: As Hurricane Katrina grows to Category 3 strength, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin orders a voluntary evacuation of the city. National Hurricane Center Director Max Mayfield’s warnings at a White House briefing that a disaster is in the making get a lukewarm response.

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