Before there was Fukushima (Japan, 2011) and Chernobyl (Russia, 1986) …
There was the Three Mile Island [TMI-1] accident (PA, USA)
Forty years ago, the most significant accident in U.S. commercial nuclear power plant history occurred on March 28, 1979 at the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station (TMI-2). The partial meltdown of reactor no. 2 occurred due to a series of failures, both mechanical and by human operators. The accident galvanized anti-nuclear activists and the general public, resulting in new regulations for the nuclear industry. Currently on display on 2nd Floor South are some of our resources highlighting this event.
For more resources on this topic, see our Gov Docs LibGuide -- Three Mile Island Accident.
2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the Grand Canyon National Park. when Congress enacted a law [P.L. 65-277 (Feb. 26, 1919)] "that there is hereby reserved and withdrawn from settlement, occupancy, or disposal under the laws of the United States and dedicated and set apart as a public park for the benefit and enjoyment of the people, ..." Today it is one of the most sought out vacation destinations within the United States.
View some of the materials that we have on display near the 2nd Floor South library entrance of Marx Library. If you like the poster "Canyon Country" by Charley Harper, shown with the display and originally printed in 1990, it is still available from sale from the GPO Bookstore.
African-American History Month is an annual celebration of the contributions that African Americans have made toward our American history, despite their struggles for freedom and equality. Its origin is attributed to Dr. Carter Woodson, who initially promoted a week-long celebration known as Negro History Week in 1926. Decades later, in 1976, it evolved into a month-long celebration. In 1986, the U.S. Congress passed legislation (P.L. 99-244) recognizing February as “National Black (Afro-American) History Month.” Each year since then the current President of the United States acknowledges this event with a proclamation. On Jan. 31st, Pres. Trump continued this tradition with his “Presidential Proclamation on National African American History Month, 2019.” Currently in the Government Documents area (Marx Library, 2nd Floor South) there is a display of just a few on the many resources we have to offer on this topic.
On a related topic, please check out our Gov Docs LibGuide on the Tuskegee Airmen.