Ixtoc IJune 3, 1979: The Ixtoc I well in Mexico's Campeche Bay oilfield blows out (at right). It takes eight months to cap the well, and the incident dumps an estimate 140 million gallons of oil into Campeche Bay and onto Mexican beaches.

June 3, 1992: The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development — the "Earth Summit" — opens in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Delegates agree on a Statement of Forest Principles, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity.

June 3, 2007: The strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded in the Arabian Sea nears land. Tropical Cyclone Gonu packs 150 mph winds. It weakens before making landfall in Iran, but flooding still takes roughly 80 lives in Iran and in the Arabian Peninsula.

Photo: IncidentNews/NOAA

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