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The IXTOC I was an exploratory well that blew up in the Bay of Campeche (Southern Gulf of Mexico) on June 3, 1979, after oil and gas feeding from the well ignited. At its height the well may have pumped upwards of 30,000 barrels of oil (1.26 million gallons) into the Gulf a day; currents eventually brought the oil to the Texas shore that August. Engineers were finally able to cap the well on March 23, 1980. The spill is the second-largest in history.

from Mental Floss

11 Memorable Images from the 1970s

Three Mile Island was the worst accident in U.S. nuclear power plant history as the partial meltdown released small amounts of radioactive gases and radioactive iodine into the environment Read the full text here: --brought to you by mental_floss!

THREE MILE ISLAND ACCIDENT falls under scale 5 nuclear power plant accidents. On March 28, 1979, in the wee hours of morning, the Three Mile Island nuclear generating station witnessed a nuclear meltdown of one secondary loop. This nuclear accident released 13 million curies of radioactive gases into the atmosphere and caused a loss of USD 2,400. 10 court cases were also filed on various authorities, concerning this accident, and they took 15 long years to get settled.

Arrival of the Imam in Iran on 1st of February,1979----look at the display of impartiality. If his son or one of his advisors had accompanied him down, it would have set the stage for favoritism. Instead, he took the arm of the airplane's captain, and descended to the ground to change modern history.

PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. (1977)

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Inaugural gown is the main attraction -

First lady Rosalynn Carter and daughter Amy attend President Jimmy Carter's inaugural ball in 1977.

~ President Jimmy Carter