Hayman Fire smokeDec. 7, 1873: With an aroma said to smell like coal tar, a “killer fog” descends on London.  More than 1,000 die during the next week.

Dec. 7, 1994: Citing evidence that overfishing has caused a widespread collapse in the Cod population, the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service orders the closure of three key areas of Georges Bank, the historically productive fishing ground off the Massachusetts coast. The action has huge repercussions in the fishing industry, and cod stocks have been slow to rebuild.

Dec. 7, 2003: U.S. Forest Service worker Terry Barton pleads guilty to arson charges for setting the largest fire in Colorado history. The Hayman Fire (at right) burned 138,000 acres and destroyed 133 homes between Colorado Springs and the Denver suburbs in 2002. Barton was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment.

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