Bull sharkSept. 6, 1869: A symbolic day in the conquest of the American West, as the first coast-to-coast railroad trip is completed at Alameda, Calif., on San Francisco Bay. The Central Pacific train had left New York more than a week earlier.

Sept. 6, 1937: Two fishermen in Alton, Ill., catch a bull shark in the Mississippi River just north of St. Louis. Bull sharks (at right) have been found elsewhere far from salt water, including 2,000 miles up the Amazon. 

Sept. 6, 1996: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)  attempts to straighten out the town of Fishkill, N.Y. The town’s very name, says PETA, promotes cruelty to fish. But what the 18th century Dutch settlers who named the town had in mind was to promote a “Creek with a lot of fish in it.” PETA’s suggestion flops in the bottom of the boat, and no further recommendations are made to change the name of the nearby Catskill Mountains.

Sept. 6, 2006: The Cabinet of the Ivory Coast resigns amid a growing scandal involving toxic waste dumping in the West African nation. In August, 10 deaths in the capital city of Abidjan had been linked to illegal waste dumping from foreign ships as the nation’s government is accused of providing an open door to such dumping. A reported 70,000 dumping-related illnesses were reported.

Sept. 6, 2012:  Breaking a curious campaign-season silence on climate change issues, President Barack Obama told the Democratic Convention that “Climate change is not a hoax, and extreme weather is not a joke.” His rival, Mitt Romney had dismissed links between climate change and extreme weather.

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

September 6
The first coast-to-coast railroad trip is completed in the U.S., a bull shark is caught in Illinois, and PETA wants to change the name of Fishkill, N.Y.