Happy birthday to containers and Chernobyl
Sorry to bump ToastyKen off the top of SSRBlog, but I can't let this day go by without noting the anniversary of two critical moments in 20th century history. The first is the 20th anniversary of the explosion at Chernobyl
, which spewed radiation across Eurasia and killed (by various estimates) thousands to hundreds of thousands of people. It remains the worst nuclear disaster in history. Today is also the 50th anniversary of the first use of the now-ubiquitous cargo container
, the hidden heart of global commercial integration that means we drink water from Fiji and wear clothes made in Bali. Historians will argue which event was more calamitous.