Snail darterSept. 25, 1961: U.S. President John F. Kennedy tells the United Nations, "we in this hall shall be remembered either as part of the generation that turned this planet into a flaming funeral pyre or the generation that met its vow to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war."

Sept. 25, 1979: U.S. President Jimmy Carter signs a bill exempting the Tellico Dam from provisions of the U.S. Endangered Species Act, clearing the way for the dam’s construction. A small, endangered fish, the snail darter (at right), was cited in opposition to the dam’s construction on the Tellico River in Tennessee.

Sept. 25, 1985: Hurricane Gloria spares Virginia Beach, Va., and veers northward in the Atlantic. The Rev. Pat Robertson, broadcasting his "700 Club" TV show from his Virginia Beach headquarters, takes credit for praying the storm in a different direction. Hurricane Gloria went on to kill eight people in Long Island and New England.

Sept. 25, 2011:  Wangari Maathai, leader of Africa’s Green Belt Movement and winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize, dies after a long battle with cancer.  The Kenyan environmental crusader advocated for forest protection, access to clean water, and the protection of human rights.

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