On this day: March 28

POSTED: 04:17 PM PDT Mar 25, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Mar 27, 2014 

Vikings sack Paris, the Hollywood Walk of Fame gets its first star, President Eisenhower dies, and Three Mile Island melts down, all on this day.

OTD March 28 - Three Mile Island
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1979: Operators of Three Mile Island's Unit 2 nuclear reactor outside of Harrisburg, Pa., fail to recognize that a relief valve in the primary coolant system has stuck open following an unexpected shutdown. As a result, enough coolant drains out of the system to allow the core to overheat and partially melt down, resulting in the release of small amounts of radioactive gases and iodine into the environment. It was the worst accident in U.S. commercial nuclear power plant history.

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