Preparing for a fox huntFeb. 18, 1979: Q: How often does it snow in a warm place where it almost never rains? A: If you're talking about the Sahara Desert, the answer is once. A thirty-minute snowstorm struck southern Algeria on this day. It didn't stick, and according to records, it's never happened before or since then.

Feb. 18, 1981: A month after taking office, U.S. President Ronald Reagan outlines sweeping cuts in federal programs, but he assures, "we have no intention of dismantling the regulatory agencies, especially those necessary to protect environment and assure the public health and safety. However, we must come to grips with inefficient and burdensome regulations, eliminate those we can and reform the others."

Feb. 18, 2005: Anti-hunting activists score a victory in the U.K. as fox-hunting with dogs is banned. The age-old process of "the chase" in which a fox is tracked by hounds (at right) comes to an end.

Feb. 18, 2011:  A “swarm” of nearly sixty small to moderate earthquakes rumble in Arkansas.  No injuries are reported, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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