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This Day In History 24 March

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27 years ago today one of the worst environmental disasters to have hit North America occurred, when oil tanker the Exxon Valdez ran aground in Prince William Sound, Alaska. 240,000 barrels of oil were spilt. The effects of the event are still felt today, as local wildlife populations have still not fully recovered and scientists estimating that around 75,000 litres of oil remains on beaches in the area.

 

Today is the anniversary of the birth of magician and escapologist Harry Houdini, 142 years ago in 1874. Look out for new magical content on Yalla very soon.

 

Birthday wishes to Greek Minister of Finance Yanis Varoufakis, who was an extremely visible opponent of technocratic government, despite his background in economics. He shares his birthday with WWE wrestler The Undertaker.

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