Gov. Earl WarrenJune 10, 1770: Captain James Cook, whose explorations exposed Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand to the West, runs his ship aground on the Great Barrier Reef.

June 10, 1929: E.O. Wilson is born in Birmingham, Ala. Fascinated at an early age by the sea life in Mobile Bay, and by the spread of fire ants that hitched a ride to Mobile aboard cargo ships, Wilson becomes one of the world’s foremost biologists, twice winning the Pulitzer Prize for his books.

June 10, 1947: California Gov. Earl Warren (at right) signs the state's Air Pollution Control Act, the first state law acknowledging problems from auto exhaust.

June 10, 2011: The Missouri River breaks a century-old record as it inundates towns, oil wells, and farmland in North Dakota. The flooding would threaten larger cities like Omaha and Kansas City in the coming weeks.

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