Albert FallOct. 25, 1929: Former U.S. Interior Secretary Albert Fall (at right) is convicted of bribery in connection with the Teapot Dome scandal — the first U.S. Cabinet member convicted of a crime committed while in office. In 1921, Fall had issued no-bid leases to powerful cronies for government-held oil deposits in Wyoming and California. He received no-interest loans and kickbacks in return.

Oct. 25, 1994: The Basel Convention is approved, banning shipments of hazardous waste from industrialized nations for disposal in developing nations.

Oct. 25, 1988: As the world watches, two Soviet icebreakers arrive off Barrow, Alaska, to join the effort to free two gray whales that are surrounded by shore ice. A third whale is believed to have drowned.

Oct. 25, 1999: The Orissa super-cyclone slams into India’s east coast with 160 mph winds and an immense storm wave. An estimated 15,000 lose their lives.

Oct. 25, 2012:  Hurricane Sandy makes landfall in Jamaica, causing at least one death after killing at leasat nine in Haiti. The storm would cross Cuba and set its sights on the Northeast U.S.

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