Three StoogesFeb. 13, 1958: An environmental one-liner from an unlikely source: In one of their last comedy shorts, "Quiz Whizz," the Three Stooges (at right) drop a joke about smog in Los Angeles.

Feb. 13, 1960: France joins the U.S., the Soviet Union, and the U.K. as the world's fourth nation with nuclear weapons after a successful bomb test detonation in Algeria.

Feb. 13, 2006: Author Peter Benchley, whose 1974 book "Jaws" became a bestseller and a record-setting movie, dies. When Benchley saw the anti-shark frenzy unleashed by the popularity of the book and movie, he became a crusader to protect shark species.

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