Cedar Fire satellite smokeOct. 27, 1858: Theodore Roosevelt, considered by many to be the first and greatest conservationist president, is born in New York City.

Oct. 27, 1995: A prototype hybrid car called the Prius is unveiled by Toyota at the Tokyo Auto Show.

Oct. 27, 2003: The Cedar Fire ravages much of rural San Diego County, scorching 280,000 acres, destroying more than 2,400 homes and buildings and killing 16 people (at right, a satellite image of the fire's smoke blowing into the Pacific Ocean). But on this day, America realizes it is serious: An NFL game scheduled to be played at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium has to be moved to Phoenix.

Oct. 27, 2011:  In an appearance at Pittsburgh, presidential candidate Mitt Romney departs from his previous view that climate change is real and human-caused.  It’s now a clean sweep of the major Republican candidates that climate change is somewhere between a myth, a hoax, and a scientific conspiracy.

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