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The Erie Canal was the first transportation system between the eastern seaboard and the western interior of the United States that did not require portage.

The Act is the first British legislation to encompass all of India’s forests and waterways.

Pakistan’s Kalabagh Dam Project is constructed and becomes highly contested as it develops from an irrigation project into a major effort to generate hydroelectric power.

The first international conference on global biosphere protection by UNESCO takes place in Paris in 1968.

The agreement between Canada and the United States concerns the quality of the Great Lakes Water Basin.

Scientists at Columbia University find that, as a result of nuclear testing, the radioactive isotope Strontium 90 could likely be detected in every human on earth.

Princess Augusta and Lord Bute establish the first botanic garden at Kew.

Fossey becomes a leading expert on mountain gorillas and advocates for their protection.

Abraham Darby introduces coke to the Coalbrookdale blast furnace, leading to a major breakthrough for the production of iron.

The Persian scholar Abu al-Hasan Ali ibn al-Husayn ibn Ali al-Mas’udi (c. 896-956) is among the first to record the use of simple vertical-shaft windmills in Sistan, Persia.