On this day in 1987 the New York Times ran a story about tainted fish being found in the stomachs of nine whales found dead on Cape Cod beaches:
Contaminated mackerel were found in the stomachs of nine whales that died recently along Cape Cod beaches, a finding that may help explain other mysterious marine fatalities, researchers said today.
''We have what appears to be an unprecedented mortality in marine mammals,'' Joseph R. Geraci, a marine pathologist, said at the New England Aquarium here. ''Perhaps not unprecedented in that it occurred, but unprecedented in that we have discovered for the first time a biological toxin that is directly responsible for the deaths.''
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Democrat sides with GOP on President's censure move
On this day in 1998, a resolution by Congressman William Delahunt (MA-10) to censure President Clinton for his actions in the Lewinsky scandal was rejected by the House, which proceeded to impeach Clinton on two of four articles against him.
Delahunt, a former district attorney coming to the end of his first term in Congress, argued to no avail that four previous presidents - John Adams, John Tyler, James Polk and James Buchanan -- had been subjects of censure resolutions. Though only a freshman member of the House, Delahunt was in the thick of the battle over Clinton's impeachment as a member of the Judiciary Committee.
The House vote was originally scheduled for Dec. 18, but delayed a day after Clinton ordered military strikes against suspected illicit weapons sites in Iraq.
Two months later, the Senate acquitted Clinton of both articles.