On this day

ENCYCLOPÆDIA BRITANNICA

Debut of the Billboard magazine pop album chart
Exxon Valdez Alaskan oil spill

With the debut of the Billboard magazine pop album chart, American pianist and singer Nat King Cole‘s King Cole Trio became the first record album to appear at No. 1.

On this day in 1989, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground, spilling some 11 million gallons (41 million litres) of oil into Prince William Sound in Alaska and creating the largest oil spill in U.S. history up to that time.