On April 20th 2010 an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico killing 11 men. As a result U.S. oil production has dropped precipitously and dependence on foreign oil is now up to 66%.
In 715 B.C. Sennacherib, King of Assyria laid siege to Jerusalem, but they were unsuccessful – the Jewish accounts say that an Angel of the Lord killed 185,000 Assyrian soldiers. Some historians think it was cholera that killed them, but Sennacherib withdrew and Jerusalem – and therefore Israel – was preserved.