March 16, 1978: Amoco Cadiz oil spill

souslamazoutlaplage“Supertanker Amoco Cadiz splits in two after running aground on the Portsall Rocks, three miles off the coast of Brittany, resulting in the 5th-largest oil spill in history.”

After a while, all these spills/accidents merge into one (ho ho).  The first biggie (Santa Barbara) and some others, such as Exxon Valdez or Deep Horizon still register, but the lesson is that a focussing event that is repeated loses its focus. If only social movements could realise…


Other things that happened on this day

1942 The first V-2 rocket test launch. It exploded at lift-off.

As ever, see the disclaimers, help the project and comments policy.


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