Thursday, June 3, 2010
A Few Things That Happened on This Day In History
1940 – World War II: The Luftwaffe bombs Paris and the evacuation of Dunkirk ends with a German victory. However, over British/Allied 300,000 troops were rescued and were given the chance to fight another day.
1956 – British Railways renames ‘Third Class’ passenger facilities as ‘Second Class’ (Second Class facilities had been abolished in 1875, leaving just First Class and Third Class). (I found this amusing.)
1979 – A blowout at the Ixtoc I oil well in the southern Gulf of Mexico causes at least 600,000 tons (176,400,000 gallons) of oil to be spilled into the waters. Until the explosion of the Deep Water Horizon off the Louisiana coast, it was the worst oil spill to date and, hopefully, the last.