Tenzin Gyatso Dalai LamaNov. 17, 1934:  James M. Inhofe is born in Des Moines, Iowa.   Inhofe, a U.S. Senator representing Oklahoma, has referred to climate change as "the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people."

Nov. 17, 1950:  Tenzin Gyatso becomes the fourteenth Dalai Lama (at right) and spiritual leader of Tibet at the age of fifteen.  Later exiled from Tibet to India for his outspoken criticism of the Chinese government, the Dalai Lama becomes a global leader in calling for nuclear disarmament and environmental protection. Not to mention his off-camera featured role in "Caddyshack."

Nov. 17, 1997:  The Hibernia oil platform, in the middle of the historically-rich Grand Banks fishing grounds in the Atlantic off Newfoundland, strikes oil. The find raises economic hopes for Newfoundland, still reeling from the collapse and closure of its main fisheries, but also raises concerns about offshore oil safety. Fifteen years earlier, the Ocean Ranger rig toppled in a fierce winter storm, killing all 84 aboard.

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