Oil tankerNov. 25, 1839:  Over 300,000 people die when a cyclone and a 40-foot storm surge overrun the city of Coringa, India.   Fifty years earlier, another cyclone had leveled Coringa. The city never fully recovers.

Nov. 25, 1956:  Eleven firefighters lose their lives battling the Inaja Fire in the Cleveland National Forest, east of San Diego, California.

Nov. 25, 2003:  The U.S. Senate fails to act on energy legislation that would have reduced foreign oil imports but given huge breaks to domestic fossil fuel production.   Senate Democrats like New York’s Charles Schumer and Washington State’s Maria Cantwell fought the bill, which they said did little to promote alternative energy and not enough to constrain use of MTBE, a fuel additive found to have considerable pollution side-effects.

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