compact fluorescent bulbSept. 12, 1960: Hurricane Donna brushes past Cape Hatteras, N.C., and scores a direct hit on Long Island and New England. The storm had previously causes more than 100 deaths in Puerto Rico before passing through Florida. It is the only storm to bring hurricane-force winds to Florida, the Carolinas, and New England.

Sept. 12, 2005: Ten days after President George Bush tells Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Michael Brown that he’s “doing a heck of a job,” Brown resigns from FEMA amid widespread criticism of his leadership. He had been removed as director of the Hurricane Katrina recovery effort three days earlier.

Sept. 12, 2007: While compact fluorescent bulbs (at right) are hailed as an energy-saver for households, the toxicity of the mercury contained in the light bulbs raises concerns. Maine Gov. John Baldacci signs into law a measure that calls for careful disposal, or recycling, of CFL bulbs.

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