Ross PerotOct. 15, 1988: Whaling captains in Barrow, Alaska, debate whether to kill three ice-encircled whales as global attention is drawn to the animals' plight. Native residents of Barrow and other Alaskan Arctic coastal villages are allowed to take a small number of gray and bowhead whales as part of an age-old tradition, and as a staple part of their diet. The whalers end up pitching in on the effort to save these three, and two of the whales survive.

Oct. 15, 1992: In a debate with Democratic presidential hopeful Bill Clinton and President George H.W. Bush, third party candidate H. Ross Perot (at right, in 2008) delivers a soundbite for the ages. He predicts that differing wages and environmental standards between the U.S. and Mexico would create a "giant sucking sound" as U.S. jobs head south under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Oct. 15, 1999: A C-130 transport plane executes a daring rescue at the South Pole. Jerri Nielsen, completing a year's assignment as the only physician at the Scott-Amundsen station, had diagnosed herself with breast cancer in May. The station is cut off from the rest of the world during the harsh, dark Antarctic winter, but the rescue plane's crew risked their lives to rescue Nielsen. She recovers, but later dies after a relapse in 2009.

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