Chemical Events in History

2014 Event - In West Virginia, 10 people were hospitalized and 300,000 people have been unable to use tap water for four days since 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, an industrial chemical, leaked into the Elk river

2013 Event - Britain agrees to help Syria destroy over 165 tons of chemical weapons; the stockpile includes substances that could be used to make highly toxic nerve agents

2013 Event - Syria's chemical weapons arsenal requires an eradication site; Belgium rejected being a candidate for the destruction, suggesting the stockpile should be destroyed close to Syria

2013 Event - The Organization on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons reports it has completed the inspection of 21 out of 23 chemical weapons sites across Syria, resulting in the destruction of over 1,000 metric tons of toxic agents and munitions

2013 Event - After being elected to the UN Security Council, Saudi Arabia reports it will decline its seat because the UN failed to end the Ghouta chemical attack

2013 Event - An agreement is made between the U.S. and Russia to draw up a UN Security Council resolution to eliminiate chemical weapons in Syria

2013 Event - Syria's President, Bashar al-Assad, states he will grant international weapons inspectors access to chemical weapons sites, but rebels may make the sites unreachable

2013 Event - In a report sent to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Syria claims it has fully disclosed information regarding its chemical weapons program

2013 Event - The UN Security Council receives alleged proof of chemical weapons use by Syrian militants from Russia

2013 Event - France drafts a resolution for the Syrian government to turn over its stockpiles of chemical weapons in 15 days

2013 Event - Upon concluding their search for chemical weapons in Syria, UN inspectors leave Damascus

2013 Event - Lakhdar Brahimi, UN Special Envoy to Syria, says international law states that any action in response to Syria's use of chemical weapons must be decided by the UN Security Council

2013 Event - As the U.S. prepares an alleged imminent attack on Syria, Walid Muallem, Foreign Minister of Syria, denies that Syrian government forces used chemical weapons

2013 Event - Syria's government allows UN weapons inspectors to visit the site outside of Damascus suspected of a chemical weapons attack during the conflict

2013 Event - UN inspectors arrive in Damascus to determine whether chemical weapons were used in the Syrian conflict

2013 Event - 'Le Monde' reports the Assad regime in Syria continues to use chemical weapons

2010 Event - Ali Hassan al-Majid, former Iraqi minister, also known as Chemical Ali, is sentenced to death for the poison gas attack at Halabja

1996 Death - Ray McIntire, chemical engineer, dies at 77

1989 Event - Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze calls for total destruction of Soviet and U.S. chemical weapons

1989 Event - 140 nations agree to ban chemical weapons (poison gas, etc)

1989 Event - Soviet Union promises to eliminate stockpiles of chemical weapons

1989 Event - International Conference on Limitation of Chemical Weapons opens in Paris

1976 Event - Chemical factory in Milan explodes (dioxane cloud)

1976 Death - Percy Julian, holder of more than 138 chemical patents, dies at 78

1974 Event - Chemical plant explodes in Flixborough Lincs kills 29 in UK

1972 Event - Chemical spill with fog sickens hundreds in Meuse Valley Belgium

1967 Event - U.S. Surveyor 5 makes 1st chemical analysis of lunar material

1965 Event - U.S. confirms its troops used chemical warfare against the Vietcong

1948 Event - I G Farben chemical plant explodes in Ludwigshafen, Germany, 182 die

1947 Event - Chemical mixing error causes explosion that destroys 42 blocks in Los Angeles

1943 Birthday - Henk Vos, chemical analyst/Dutch politician, PvdA, 2nd Chamber

1921 Event - Gas explodes at Bradishe Aniline chemical works in Germany, 565 die

1920 Event - General Amos Fries appointed 1st U.S. Army chemical warfare chief

1918 Event - Christy Mathewson resigns as Reds manager to accept a commission as a captain in chemical warfare branch of Army

1918 Birthday - Ray McIntire, chemical engineer

1918 Event - TNT explosion in chemical factory in Oakdale, Pennsylvania kills 200

1877 Event - American Chemical Society chartered in New York

1866 Birthday - Herbert Henry Dow, pioneer in U.S. chemical industry, Dow Chemical

1865 Birthday - William Heinemann, England, publisher, Chemical Instrumental

1864 Event - William Huggins discovers chemical composition of nebulae

1859 Event - GR Kirchoff describes chemical composition of Sun

1777 Birthday - Hans Christian Oersted, Den, physicist/chemist, View of Chemical Law