December 5, 2018 This day in history
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Started by metmike - Dec. 4, 2018, 10:38 p.m.

Pick a good one.............even if your name isn't Carl (-:

1952Great Smog: A cold fog descends upon London, combining with air pollution and killing at least 12,000 in the weeks and months that follow.

Great Smog of London

The Great Smog of London, or Great Smog of 1952, was a severe air-pollution event that affected the British capital of London in early December 1952. A period of cold weather, combined with an anticyclone and windless conditions, collected airborne pollutants—mostly arising from the use of coal—to form a thick layer of smog over the city. It lasted from Friday, 5 December to Tuesday, 9 December 1952 and then dispersed quickly when the weather changed.

Government medical reports in the following weeks, however, estimated that up until 8 December, 4,000 people had died as a direct result of the smog and 100,000 more were made ill by the smog's effects on the human respiratory tract. More recent research suggests that the total number of fatalities was considerably greater; about 6,000 more died in the following months as a result of the event.

According to the UK's Met Office, the following pollutants were emitted each day during the smoggy period: 1,000 tonnes of smoke particles, 140 tonnes of hydrochloric acid, 14 tonnes of fluorine compounds, and 370 tonnes of sulphur dioxide which may have been converted to 800 tonnes of sulphuric acid.[6]

Research suggests that additional pollution-prevention systems fitted at Battersea may have worsened the air quality, reducing the output of soot at the cost of increased sulphur dioxide, though this is not certain. Additionally, there was pollution and smoke from vehicle exhaust—particularly from steam locomotives and diesel-fuelled buses, which had replaced the recently abandoned electric tram system –  and from other industrial and commercial sources.[7]

By metmike - Dec. 4, 2018, 10:55 p.m.
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Spring Cleaning: How The World Is Scrubbing

Coal Power Plants Of Toxic Gas                                 

By carlberky - Dec. 5, 2018, 6:03 a.m.
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An event that added fuel  to a fire that feeds on fact and nonsense.

Come on, people.  It's easy, just pick an event and cut and paste. You don't have to make stuff up all the time.

By joj - Dec. 6, 2018, 5:47 a.m.
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By carlberky - Dec. 6, 2018, 6:15 a.m.
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joj, I'll bet there was a spike in the birth rate in early September of 1934.

By metmike - Dec. 6, 2018, 10:59 a.m.
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That was an outstanding pick!

"While men enjoyed drinking and often considered it vital to their health, women who began to embrace the ideology of "true motherhood" refrained from consumption of alcohol. Middle-class women, who were considered the moral authorities of their households, consequently rejected the drinking of alcohol, which they believed to be a threat to the home.[30] In 1830, on average, Americans consumed 1.7 bottles of hard liquor per week, three times the amount consumed in 2010."


They didn't have laws with regards to riding a horse drunk (-: