Peter Sellers as Dr. StrangeloveJan. 29, 1964: Stanley Kubrick’s "Doctor Strangelove" is released. Peter Sellers (at right) — playing three different roles — leads an all-star cast in this film that finds the comical side of nuclear war.

Jan. 29, 1969: A blowout on an oil platform off Santa Barbara, Calif., spills 200,000 gallons of oil into the Pacific and onto California beaches. By the time it is capped 11 days later, the Santa Barbara spill becomes an iconic image of environmental damage.

Jan. 29, 2003: A U.S. Appeals Court ruling clears the way for rapid expansion of mountaintop removal coal mining. Environmentalists claim that the practice — which levels entire mountains to reach coal seams, with the waste being dumped in valleys and streams — violates the U.S. Clean Water Act.

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

January 29
A nuclear satire is released in theaters, and mountaintop removal is approved.