Prince Albert of MonacoMarch 14, 1879: Albert Einstein is born in Ulm, Germany. His work provided the basis for many of the breakthroughs in physics in the 20th Century. Late in life, he expresses regret for his role in paving the way for nuclear weapons development: "The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking...the solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker."

March 14, 1903: U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt establishes the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge off the Florida Coast. It is the first in a network that has grown to 584 National Wildlife Refuges nationwide.

March 14, 1958: Prince Albert of Monaco (at right) is born, the son of Prince Rainier and the former actress Grace Kelly. Albert becomes a tireless crusader for the environment, and his Prince Albert Foundation becomes a center for environmental activism and philanthropy.

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

March 14
Einstein is born, and the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge is established.