1973 - A Soviet supersonic Tupolev TU-144 crashed near Goussainville, France killing 14 marking the first crash of a supersonic aircraft
1979 - A blowout at the Ixtoc 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. The worst oil spill to date. Some estimate the spill to be 428 million gallons.
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