... 1976, a bloodless a coup d'état ousted Isabel Martinez de Perón, a onetime professional dancer who had become President of Argentina following the death of her husband, Juan Perón. In January 2007 Spanish officials investigating human rights abuses arising out of the dirty war waged in Argentina briefly detained her.
... 1989, the Exxon Valdez supertanker beached on a reef in Alaska. Crude oil, 11 million gallons of it, spilled into Prince William Sound, turning the incident into 1 of the world's worst such disasters.
... 1999, the British House of Lords ruled that the former Chilean dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet could be extradited to Spain to face charges that he was involved in abuses that violated the Convention Against Torture.