31 years ago – June 1979

31 years ago this month…A populist, but ineffectual and unpopular Democrat was President, and thousands of barrells of oil per day gushed for months from a blown well in the Gulf of Mexico, despoiling the environment and beaches.  The oil company couldn’t figure out how to stop the gusher, and tried cones, caps, top-kills, etc., etc., etc., while US government agencies scrambled to contain the environmental damage.  It finally took nine months and two relief wells to stop the devastation. 
I’m not joking:

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