Thomas Midgeley Jr. discovered that adding tetraethyl lead to gasoline reduced knocking in automobile engines.

On the 4th November 1979, the Iran hostage crisis began when a group of Iranian students from a group called the Muslim Student Followers of the Imam’s Line stormed the American Embassy in Tehran.

Exxon Valdez had only recently departed the Valdez Marine Terminal when the captain, Joseph Hazelwood, left Third Mate Gregory Cousins in charge of steering the vessel while he retired to his quarters.